Best of 2012

I came across this awesome End of Year Book Survey by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner and since I love making lists and filling out surveys, there was no way I could not do this one. But… as it turns out, my 2012 reading experience is not that diverse…

The first half of 2012 was mostly about re-reads for me. (I’ve read all the Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Percy Jackson books again, because after I quit my studies I had more time than I’d had in ages – and I just wanted to!). It was not until July/August that I started searching for new reads and got into book blogging. Let’s see what I come up with!

(Oh, and there’s no way I’m good with one A per Q!)

My Favorite Books of 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi blew my mind!

Contemporary: The Fault In Our Stars by John GreenAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Dystopia: Divergent (and Insurgent) by Veronica RothCinder by Marissa Meyer
Fantasy: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

(One book?! Ha. Riiiiiight. In fact, you might see these books pop up at any random time during this survey. I’ve also made a list of my top ten books of 2012.)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I know that a lot of you love this book and thought it was very moving, but I didn’t feel it that much. It really disappointed me. I was expecting so much, but I couldn’t connect to the characters. Maybe my expectations were too high.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson because I was prepared to hate it (13 Little Blue Envelopes was one of my favorite books when I was thirteen, so you can imagine how protective I was of it!) and ended up liking it a lot!

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (which was not new to me since I read it in 2008, but in 2012 I was constantly having the following conversation: “OMG have you seen the Hunger Games?!” “Have you read the book?” “Is there a book?!” ARGH!)

Oh, and also:
Shatter Me to everyone who picked it up in my local bookstore when I was there.
Divergent to the people who asked for THG recommendations (this is your best shot!)
The Fault in Our Stars because I immediately bought my friend who loved Looking for Alaska a copy when I finished it!
And Twilight, to my mom. Multiple times. (I knew she would love it.)

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

The Divergent trilogy! I need book 3 now. Preferably right now. I heart it so much.
Also: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare! I FINALLY get what the hype is about. Why have I not read these books before?!

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Veronica Roth, Tahereh Mafi, Marissa Meyer, Cassandra Clare, Stephanie Perkins, Lauren Oliver… am I already repeating myself?

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

City of Glass definitely! I’m not a big fantasy reader but WOW, the world Clare created is amazing! And while I liked City of  Bones and City of Ashes, they were nothing compared to CoG, which is about five times better! So good!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

I could literally NOT put down Divergent by Veronica Roth, which I read on holiday in Spain (I started in the middle of the night and then continued reading the entire day on the beach until I finished). So fast-paced! I also had trouble putting down Anna and the French Kiss.

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins because I might just re-read this every year. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get enough of St. Clair! (And obviously all the books that have sequels coming out in 2013.)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

The new cover of Shatter Me. Which is so stunning it made me buy it (I know! I had no control over it!) even though I already had a hardback copy (and then I had two copies of a book I hadn’t read… oh well!). And The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I really really wanted to Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce which is my favorite cover ever, but I HAVEN’T READ IT YET!

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) The Night Circus

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Male: Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments and Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars.
Female: Cinder from Cinder and Juliette from Shatter Me.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Shatter Me. The writing is just GORGEOUS! The Night Circus is a close second. And Delirium by Lauren Oliver. And all the John Green books I’ve re-read + TFiOS which was new for me! Because duh.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

Again, this must be The Fault In Our Stars. I was bawling my eyes out.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan because I borrowed it from the library a couple of times but never had the time (or real interest) to read it, and after I finished I COULDN’T BELIEVE that I hadn’t read it before. Same goes for Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – I loved both of these books!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?

“Killing time isn’t as difficult as it sounds. I can shoot a hundred numbers through the chest and watch them bleed decimal points in the palm of my hand. I can rip the numbers off a clock and watch the hour hand tick tick tick its final tock just before I fall asleep. I can suffocate seconds just by holding my breath. I’ve been murdering minutes for hours and no one seems to mind.”

– Juliette from Shatter Me

“But isn’t this a dance? Isn’t all of this a dance? Isn’t that what we do with words? Isn’t that what we do when we talk, when we spar, when we make plans or leave it to chance? Some of it’s choreographed. Some steps have been done for ages. And the rest–the rest is spontaneous. The rest has to be decided on the floor, in the moment, before the music ends.”

– Dash from Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. (…) You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

– Hazel from The Fault In Our Stars

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?

Shortest: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (215 pages).

Longest: technically Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (766 pages) but since that was a re-read: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (541 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!


18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Hazel and Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars. And um, duh, Anna and St. Clair and Lola and Cricket. Oh! Oh! I also nominate Jace and Clary. And Prince Kai and Cinder. Can I go on? No? Okay.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (not counting the re-reads, obviously!) because if you’ve read any post anywhere on my blog, you know he’s my favorite author EVER. Also, Where She Went by Gayle Forman which is a lot better than If I Stay.

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Delirium! I’d read what this book was about a long time ago and I never really felt the need to pick it up, but my friend who loves dystopias told me to read it and fall in love with it AND I DID!

Book Blogging Life in 2012

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?

Since I started book blogging in August, I have to say my favorite discovery is book blogging in general. I’ve had many blogs over the years and I can’t believe book blogging has never crossed my path before. You can find some of my favorites in the list of awesome blogs to the right, and I also want to add all the bloggers who have been incredibly nice to me since I started.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?

Either my Percy Jackson and the Olympians series review which was incredibly long but a lot of fun to write, or my review of Looking for Alaska which was one of the first reviews I ever wrote. And I like my reviews of Shatter Me and Insurgent because they’re more love declaration than review.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

Does one discussion count? I loved to know what you think, and especially on my Book To Movie Adaptions post but this is also the only discussion I’ve had so far, so I’m obligated to mention it.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

This post about the art of reviewing from Novel Sounds made me think more carefully about the way I review my books. Good Books & Good Wine’s review of Scarlet made me laugh out loud. I also loved this post about originality in blog posts by Parajunkee. And I love Picture Me Reading‘s artistic reviews. I know there are many more, but I can’t come up with any right now. I should start keeping track…

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Ha, I’m cheating and I know it. But I wish I’d been able to meet Tahereh Mafi SO MUCH and I’m so thankful to my brother who went to the book signing when I couldn’t make it and got my book signed that I’m listing it anyway. As to virtual memes: I love participating in Top Ten Tuesday (almost) every week. I adore making lists and it was actually one of the first things that caught my attention when I started book blogging.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

Being welcomed to the blogosphere with open arms! Seriously, I’ve gotten such positive feedback and friendly comments and I’m so grateful for that. It made me feel welcome and it made me want to keep blogging and writing. Thank you all!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My review of The Night Circus (the most views).

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I wouldn’t mind some more love in general :) I really like this post about characteristics for a perfect protagonist but I got a lot of amazing comments on it already. Oh well.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Book Depository! How have I survived without it?! I buy every book ever on this website now. And Goodreads, which I adore and is a great procrastination device.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I didn’t have any bookish goals set for this year, except that I wanted to re-read the entire Harry Potter series (it had been two years!) which I did.

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

One? Ha. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna, Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead…

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi and Divergent #3 by Veronica Roth. LOVE those series! (I also made a list of my top ten most anticipated books of 2013!)

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

Be creative! I don’t want to post anything at random, I want my posts to mean something. That’s why I won’t post something every day of the week ;)

Phew, that was a long run! But so much fun! I tried to answer as truthfully and thoughtfully as I could, but it still took me a couple of days to be fully satisfied with my answers. Have you filled out this survey yet? Leave a link in the comments and I’ll make sure to check it out! :)

Judith is a 21 year old book blogger and reviewer, English student, part time magazine editor, compulsive book buyer, aspiring writer, proud book pusher, founder of Paper Riot and co-founder of the Recaptains. She is kind of addicted to Twitter. More?

12 Responses to “Best of 2012”

  1. Great post! I had the same feeling about City of Bones, it actually made me hesitant to read the sequels. And I LOVED Shatter Me and Destroy Me, can’t wait for Unravel Me.

    • Judith says:

      I thought it was okay at first but the more the world was explained the more I started to like it. The ending is the main reason I want to read on. I can’t just leave it at that! And YES I need Unravel Me like right now!

  2. I LOVED Fault in Our Stars! 2012 isn’t over for me yet. I still have five more books to attempt to read before the new year. I need to get cracking.

  3. I agree a lot with your list! I can see that we read a lot of the same books :) Divergent & Cinder are definitely in my list for best books I read this year :) Divergent & Mortal Instrument are also two of the best series I discovered this year! My best moment is also the welcome you get. All the nice comments and the friends you make :D


    • Judith says:

      Ha, yes, we have quite similar taste in books! I know, I love meeting new bloggers and making new friends! :) It’s the best part of book blogging! (And reading all those fabulous books of course!)

  4. Alisa Selene says:

    I really need to read Anna and The French Kiss…I hear it recommended so often! Love your blog :)

  5. Lisa says:

    I heard so many wonderful things about Night Circus, but I haven’t picked it up yet. Maybe that will be a goal for 2013.

  6. Alexa Y. says:

    I love that all of your top books for the year are books that I’ve read and LOVED as well. Seriously, I think we share a very similar taste in reading!

    I can’t believe you’ve been blogging for only under a year, by the way :p

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