Best In Books 2012
1. Best Book You Read In 2012?
My favorite 2012 release was The Diviners by Libba Bray. This book is extraordinary. Don't even get me started on the 2011 releases I read!
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Don't get me wrong. I liked this book. But I expected to love it and... I thought it was okay. I'm curious to see where the series goes, but I was dissapointed Throne of Glass wasn't my new Graceling.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
Easy, by Tammara Webber. I was unsure of this book. I don't take rape lightly, and – while it's a quality I dislike in myself – I'm aware I judge books for being self published alone. This book proved me wrong on the self-published front, and made me burst with pride that a book handles something like rape so deftly, effectively, with the power to really make a difference.
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
My number one most recommended book has been Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost the past couple years running. This year? It's changed. I've recommended Storm by Brigid Kemmerer a lot, and I've been an ardent supporter/shipper/pusher of Anna and the French Kiss since I read it in January.
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Elemental by Brigid Kemmer. I'm kind of in love with this lady.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Brigid Kemmerer (Jeez. This is becoming a theme). And after this year, Hannah Harrington's officially on my auto-buy list, as are Stephanie Perkins and the amazing Laini Taylor.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
A story about a gay teen, brutal bullying, and contemp? Before this year I had never read a contemp. Then Don't Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble came alone and shook me to my core. In a good way.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Unravelling, by Elizabeth Norris. High-stakes FBI sci-fi thriller. AMAZING. Slated by Teri Terry runs a damn close second. If I wasn't trying to give 2012 releases the attention her, it would be Divergent, by Veronica Roth, hands down.
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This book is like happiness distilled into book form. It's the perfect bad-mood/weather/day/reading-slump book.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Karou, from Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Étienne St.Clair, from Anna and the French Kiss.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. Anyone who's read this will understand. For those of you who haven't, you truly won't regret it.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
There are two: Saving June by Hannah Harrington. This book broke my heart and re-made it better than ever before. It made me fall in love with contemporary, with life, and all over again with music.
Don't Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble is just... extraordinary. This book... it's one of those books with the power to change lives. Wonderful.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
In my defence, I wasn't really aware of its existence till late last year, but I'm going to have to go with Divergent, by Veronica Roth.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
...how am I supposed to answer that with just one? :O
“This new thing between them it was... astral. It reshaped the air, and it was in her, too—a warming and softening, a pull—and for that moment, her hands in his, Karou felt as powerless as starlight tugged toward the sun in the huge, strange warp of space.”
― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone
“I gaze out at the glittering sea, the breathtaking sky above it, and think of birds and the moment before the fall, and how my sister as a child had been strong enough for the both of us, and I wonder when exactly that changed. I don't know when, but it did. Jake was right - I'm strong in a way June never was. Because I know that I want to be here. Even with the pain. Even with the ugliness. I've seen the other side - marching side by side down city streets with people who all believe they can change the world and the view of the sunset from Fridgehenge and Tom Waits lyrics and doing the waltz and kisses so hot they melt into each other and best friends who hold your hand and stretching out underneath a sky draped with stars and everything else.
There is so much beauty in just existing. In being alive. I don't want to miss a second.”
― Saving June, Hannah Harrington
“I’ll never understand why some people can’t just let others live their lives, you know,” Danial said. “You don’t have to understand. You don’t have to agree. Just leave people alone. When I look at the moon and planets and stars, all that narrow-mindedness and hate seem so petty. The universe is such a big place. One hundred thousand light years just from one end of the Milky Way to the other. One hundred. Thousand. Light years. In the time it’s taken for light to travel from one end of our galaxy to the other, thousands of generations have passed. It really makes you realize how small we are, doesn’t it? How short our time on earth is.”
― J.H. Trumble, Don't Let Me Go
“Love is a luxury.”
“No. Love is an element.”
An element. Like air to breathe. Earth to stand on.
― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Shortest: Choker, Elizabeth Woods (233 Pages)
Longest: Last Sacrifice, Richelle Mead (594 pages)
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. There was a scene in this book involving a cat that had me raging to anyone who would listen (big kudos to the wonderful Mandee from Vegan YA Nerds who listened while I ranted – repeatedly). I didn't wind up reviewing the book because, despite thinking it brilliant, I couldn't see past my anger over this one 'small' thing.
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012
Burruu and Yukiko in Stormdancer. The bond between Thundertiger and human girl is the stuff legends are made of. And, I mean, this:
"FEATHERS GROW BACK. SISTERS DO NOT." ♥
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
I read so many new authors this year that my old favorites barely got a look-in! That being the case, it has to be A Million Suns, by Beth Revis. She followed up a near-perfect debut with a book just as shiny, terrifying, and brilliant.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Anna and the French Kiss - Celine and Brodie. You Guys ♥
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor - Brodie
Divergent by Veronica Roth - Yes, Brodie, you're always right. I'll listen better in the future. I promise.
Don't Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble - thank you the amazing Brigid Kemmerer
Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?
I started blogging only shortly before the end of 2011, so this is very hard to answer as all my favorite blogs were 'discovered' this year! I love Novel Sounds, though. Elena runs wonderful features, and her music recommendations are perfect.
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
The response to my post on 'Why I Love This Community' was wonderful, and only re-enforced the huge love I had before!
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
The Amazing Wendy Darling's discussion with Dan Krokos on reviewer space, Authors as public figures, and author/reader interaction was insightful, intelligent, and wonderfully handled by both parties. I loved Wendy long before this, and I respected her even more afterwards.
The amazing Lisa, behind Badass Bookie, recently posted a blistering retort to those who label YA fiction 'trashy' that had me cheering, and, well, pretty much every discussion post by one of my favorite blogger peeps, Amanda, at On A Book Bender.
5. Best event that you participated in?
Is it biased to pick Author Appreciation August, which I co-hosted with the beautiful Becca of Reading Wishes? I loved the spirit behind this event – saying thanks to the authors who give us so much, and it's so, so Becca to come up with an idea so thoughtful and beautiful and perfect – such a reflection of herself ♥ I also loved participating in Brigid Kemmerer's book tour for Storm. This was a ridiculous amount of fun.
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
Meeting my BFF Kristin in the flesh. Kristin and I met last year, online, through blogging. When Kristin flew out to Australia to spend the week with Lauren and me, and we met up with Alex from Alexandra's Scribblings, it was like the stars aligned.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
It's a fairly even tie between my review of Easy, by Tammara Webber, and my discussion posts on Blogger Burnout and Why I Love This Community.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My review of Don't Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble. This is one of those books I want to make ALL THE PEOPLES READ.
9. Best bookish discovery ?
E-READING! Oh goodness. Getting the Kindle App on my phone has revolutionised my reading!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Eep, no! I'm failing terribly at my Goodreads challenge! I'm up to 87 of 100.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Under the Never Sky. It's insane I haven't gotten to it yet!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
I just wrote a post about this! It has to be The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
Consistency and balance. A blogging place that is comfortable for me to maintain, and I'm happy with! I'd really like to hit that 100 for my Goodreads challenge next year, too ;)