Thursday, January 3, 2013

2012 End of the Year Summary

Happy New Year! I set a reading goal of 70 books in 2012 and I didn't quite make that goal.  I did read 65 books, which was 9 more than the year before. I successfully completed the fourth round of Cannonball Read.

Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner hosted an end of the year book survey again this year. Here are my answers to that survey:

1. Best Book You Read in 2012: While it is tough to pick just one book, I would say The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was the best book I read in 2012.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn't: Hands down Gone Girl by Gilian Flynn. I know this book was buzzing throughout the book world, but I didn't find the characters that likable. Perhaps I read this book at the wrong time or I missed some key to the book.

3. Most Surprising (In a Good Way) Book in 2012: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella was my surprise book in 2012.  My expectations for Chick Lit books is never high, but this book had a nice mystery and romance missed into the plot.

4. Book You Recommended To People The Most in 2012: Taylor Stevens' second book The Innocent and In The Woods by Tana French are two books that I recommended the most in the past year.

5. Best Series You Discovered In 2012: I don't tend to read a lot of series books, but I did discover Brad Parks' Carter Ross' Mysteries (Faces Of The Gone, Eyes Of The Innocent, and The Girl Next Door) this year.

6. Favorite New Authors You Discovered in 2012: Rachel Joyce, Tana French and Gregg Hurwitz are three new authors I discovered in 2012.

7. Best Book That Was Out Of Your Comfort Zone or Was A New Genre For You: We read a graphic novel Tricked by Alex Robinson for book club.  I hadn't read a graphic novel since college so it was a "new" experience for me.

8. Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book in 2012: You're Next by Gregg Hurwitz kept me on the edge of my seat.

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year: I am not a big fan of rereading books, so probably none.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012: It is a toss-up between Beautiful Ruins and A Secret Kept 

11. Most memorable character in 2012: I would say Harold Fry from The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry.  Rachel Joyce captured the essence of a retiree suddenly encouraged to take on an impossible task.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand because she was able to make non-fiction seem like fiction.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012:  There isn't one specifically, but I found myself gravitating towards books about marriage and motherhood as those two life events happened for me over the past 18 months.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read: Definitely Unbroken.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012: Hmm.. this question is tough.  Many of the books I read this year were full of beautiful passages.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012: 
Shortest - The Kissing List at 223 pages
Longest - Forever Queen at 629 pages

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It: I think Tricked was one book that had me shocked, perhaps more because it was graphically depicted.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012: The budding romance between Emily and Winn in The Girl Who Chased The Moon because of the innocent way it started.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously: Close tie between The Girl Who Chased The Moon and Small Wars.  Both were books by authors that I read before but hadn't enjoyed the first book.

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else: Definitely You're Next - thanks to Jen at Jen's Book Thoughts recommendation.

Looking ahead to 2013, I've set my reading goal at 70 books again.  It may be challenging with two little ones to take care of as well, but I am going to try.  I'm also going to make some of those books e-books. I have joined Cannonball Read round five as well.  

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