This survey is created and hosted by the lovely Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.
1. Best Book You Read In 2012?
A few of my faves this year (I kept this to books I’ve never read before):
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (which turned my top 5 books into 6) by Catherynne M. Valente
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer – This book needed another go round of editing before being pushed out into the world. The story and concept were solid, and you should know by now how much I LOVE fairy tale retellings. It just wasn’t ready technically speaking.
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer – I liked this one, but, there was something lacking in it. Again, the story and concept were solid. It just was too little kiddish to me. I think this is really a MG book disguised in YA packaging. If I had known that going in, I probably would have enjoyed it more.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
Ditched by Robin Mellom – I don’t read contemporary fiction all that often. Since I met Robin Mellom at my local bookstore and found her quite lovely I decided to give Ditched a shot, and I’m so glad I did. Hilarious.
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen – Confession time: I don’t like Robin Hood, as in, the character (apart from the fox(y) Disney cartoon version, who is just plain awesome). I do, however, like the world of Robin Hood and the other characters. I picked up Scarlet on a whim at the library one day. It was definitely a winner. I loved seeing the story through Scarlet’s eyes, and A.C. Gaughen captured the voice of the day perfectly. I definitely recommend this one if you’re a fan of Robin Hood, historical fiction, and/or strong heroine voices.
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente.
The Curse Workers series by Holly Black.
ALL Zoe Marriott books (The Swan Kingdom, Daughter of the Flames, & Shadows on the Moon).
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Claire Legrand – The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is fantastic! My review will probably be up in the next week or so. Also, she’s writing a retelling of The Nutcracker! *screams internally for two hours*
Catherynne M. Valente – This is the author who cracked my top 5 books of all time, something that hasn’t happened in over 10 years. *applause*
Diana Peterfreund – Her retelling of Persuasion is per-fec-tion. AND her next book is a Scarlet Pimpernel retelling! Eeek! Can’t wait!
Sara Zarr – I’d been hearing all about how amazing Sara’s books are from fellow book bloggers this year. I finally picked up Once Was Lost and realized what all the fuss was about. Zarr’s writing is beautiful. It’s simple and poignant. I will definitely be picking up more books by her.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori – Tee hee. Manga are books too. ;) I never thought I would be reading manga, but since I’m just a little obsessed with Ouran and the anime does not end in any sort of satisfying fashion, I decided I needed to read the manga. So worth it. Now I’m reading more manga and discovering what a beautiful and wonderful world it is.
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente.
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Percy Jackson. Always. <3
A-through-L, the wyverary from The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland.
Victoria from The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. LOVE her.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
Chalice by Robin McKinley
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. LeGuin
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
Quiet by Susan Cain – This book is a wonderful glimpse into the introverted life.
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. LeGuin – This book is the pre-Avatar Avatar, only 50 times better. Definitely gave me a lot to think about in terms of how we treat each other.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede. LOVED this book. I didn’t even know it existed until this year.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
“The people Fried interviewed were saying out loud what creative people have always known. Kafka, for example, couldn’t bear to be near even his adoring fiancee while he worked:
You once said that you would like to sit beside me while I write. Listen, in that case I could not write at all. For writing means revealing oneself to excess; that utmost of self-revelation and surrender, in which a human being, when involved with others, would feel he was losing himself, and from which, therefore, he will always shrink as long as he is in his right mind…. That is why one can never be alone enough when one writes, why there can never be enough silence around one when one writes, why even night is not night enough.”
- Susan Cain Quiet
“‘People are foolish when it comes to love.’
Elliot hadn’t been. She’d been rational, logical, reasonable, prudent. She’d been cold and cruel and disloyal and distant.
She hadn’t been foolish.
She’d been the most foolish girl on the island.”
- Diana Peterfreund For Darkness Shows the Stars
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
The Ink Drinker by Eric Sanvoisin – 48 pages
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan – 513 pages
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori – Pretty much every single volume had a moment like this. (Tricia, you need to read these SOON!)
White Cat by Holly Black – That ending! It kills me!
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Zira & Sorin in Daughter of the Flames.
Mirasol & The Master in Chalice.
Tamaki & Haruhi in Ouran High School Host Club (even though I personally prefer Kyoya. Ahem).
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously:
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr.
Anyone have any epic plans for New Years Eve this year? I have wonderful party plans to read, hang out with my family, and (hopefully) go to bed early. Hehe. ;) See you next year!