Last year, Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner posted a survey of all the books she read during the year just kind of for herself. A lot of other bloggers decided to join in so she decided to host it as an end of the year survey this year. I had fun thinking up my answers for these questions.
- Best book you read In 2011?
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
- Most disappointing book/book you wish you loved more than you did?
I wish I would’ve loved The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney more than I did. I hope that I’ll like the second book more so that I can give the series more of a chance.
- Most surprising book (in a good way) of 2011?
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. I wasn’t expecting to like it very much, but I really did enjoy it a lot.
- Book you recommended to people most in 2011?
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- Best series you discovered in 2011?
Heist Society by Ally Carter
- Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?
Stephanie Perkins. I absolutely loved Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door.
Ally Carter. I really enjoyed Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals.
Kendare Blake. Anna Dressed in Blood was awesome!
- Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
- Book you most anticipated in 2011?
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
- Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?
- Most memorable character in 2011?
- Most beautifully written book read in 2011?
Crossed by Ally Condie. I love her poetic writing style.
- Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- Book you can’t believe you waited until 2011 to finally read?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2011?
This is from East of Eden: “But the Hebrew word, the word timshel–‘Thou mayest’–that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’–it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.”
- Book that you read in 2011 that would be most likely to reread in 2012?
Everneath by Brodi Ashton. In fact, I plan to reread it first thing in 2012 so I can count it toward the 2012 DAC and because it’s just that awesome! (My review will be posted on January 3.)
- Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?
The ending of City of Fallen Angels and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. She has a way of leaving you in high anxiety at the end of her books.
Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2011
- New favorite book blog you discovered in 2011?
Alternate Readality. I love Jenny’s insights and views on things. She gets me thinking all the time.
- Favorite review that you wrote in 2011?
I think the most thought out review I posted was either the one for To Kill a Mockingbird or East of Eden. My favorite that I wrote, however, is Everneath and unfortunately, it hasn’t been posted yet. Only a couple more days, though.
- Best discussion you had on your blog?
My post about Combating Reading Slumps was by far the most intriguing and well participated in post.
- Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
“I LOVE Twilight and I am NOT ASHAMED” at Alison Can Read. I really appreciated this discussion because it’s something I needed to read. I started to give into all the negativity surrounding Twilight and it bothered me because I do really love the books. This helped me realize that it’s okay if I love them even if others don’t.
- Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I was very fortunate this year to attend a lot of author signings. My favorite signing was for Markus Zusak. He was just so personable and took time with each and every person at the event. He stayed until 1:00 am signing books.
- Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Did you know that if you have Amazon prime and pre-order books, most books will be delivered to you on release day? I didn’t! I was so excited when I found that out with Lola and the Boy Next Door.
- Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I signed up for one challenge this year. The 2011 DAC. I failed miserably. I only read two books out of the twelve I signed up to read. Hopefully, next year I’ll do better. I also had a goal to read 25 books this year. (I know that’s low, but I’m a slow reader and school takes up a lot of my time.) I didn’t quite reach my goal but I gave it my best shot!
Looking Ahead …
- One book you didn’t get to in 2011 but will be your first priority in 2012?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I started it in 2011, but I didn’t finish it so after I finish my reread of Everneath, I’ll finish The Book Thief.
- Book you are most anticipating for 2012?
There’s a tie between Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.
- One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2012?
I like my reviews, but I feel like they could have more sustenance. I intend to do some research on this and see if I can figure out a better way to do it.