2012 End of Year Book Survey

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*Updated 12/31/12*

1. Best book you read in 2012?
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James was not nearly as good as I thought it would be. Across the Universe by Beth Revis… I couldn’t even get past the first few chapters. Also everyone else seemed to love Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Paper Towns by John Green, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher but I did not like those books (the first one because of the horrible ending and the other two because of the annoying selfish characters)!!

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
I certainly did not expect The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to be as good as it was. I was also pleasantly surprised by The Snowman by Jo Nesbø, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. They were all better than I thought they would be!

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Duh.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin and Matched by Ally Condie.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
See above: Sherman Alexie, George R. R. Martin, Ally Condie, Jo Nesbø, Liane Moriarty… And Veronica Roth.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I had never read a graphic novel before and actually enjoyed American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. I also never thought I’d enjoy medieval fantasy (the A Song of Ice and Fire series).

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Room by Emma Donoghue and What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.

9. Book you read in 2012 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
I don’t typically re-read books but maybe The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
I liked the Matched trilogy covers.

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11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Arnold Spirit, Jr. from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood is written in verses so I thought I wouldn’t like it but I did and the writing was quite beautiful.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (sorry, I know that is my answer way too often).

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2012?
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
(Also: “I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.”)

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2012?
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson (132 pages) and A Clash of Kings (1,040 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.)?
The horrible cop-out ending of Beautiful Creatures.

18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc.)?
Poppet and Bailey in The Night Circus. Hazel and Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars. Tris and Four in Divergent. Liesel and Max from The Book Thief (also Liesel and Rudy, Liesel and Hans, Liesel and Ilsa…). Daenerys and Khal Drogo in A Game of Thrones; Tyrion and Shae in A Clash of Kings.

19. Favorite book you read in 2012 from an author you read previously?
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris or Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult.

20. Best book you read that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?
I’m glad I gave John Green another chance… Based on lots of recommendations, I read The Fault in Our Stars and loved it! Even though I didn’t like Paper Towns.

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