This meme comes from The Perpetual Page-Turner. I love an opportunity to reflect on my reading year, so here goes.
Best In Books 2012
1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
I spend most of my time reading either Young Adult fiction (mostly chosen from my classroom library) or books from my own massive to-be-read pile. (And I am not exaggerating, I’m talking hundreds of books).
Best YA – no contest…The Fault in Our Stars – John Green.
In fact this might have been my favourite book of the entire year despite the fact that, you know, it ripped my heart out.
Best Fiction – Room – Emma Donoghue
I actually had a harder time choosing this one. I read a handful of books that I really liked this year, all of them for different reasons. This one, though, was just so unusual and compelling I had to put it on top.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Graveminder – Melissa Marr
This was the first book I read in 2012 and I’d been really looking forward to it. I loved the cover. I loved the premise. But the writing and the plot and the characters = hot mess.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
I just wasn’t anticipating liking The Casual Vacancy at all. I haven’t read the Harry Potter books (except for The Philosopher’s Stone) and I just couldn’t imagine liking a really long book about a small British town. But I did like it. A lot.
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
I have happily recommended The Fault in Our Stars over and over to students in my classes. That’s generally who gets the brunt of my bookish enthusiasm. Other books I’ve flogged include: Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy (which I can include here because I read the second and third books in 2012!), Nevermore by Kelly Creagh and Ashes by Ilsa Bick.
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh The second book, Enshadowed, is currently available in hardcover. This series features a feisty heroine, a creepy Edgar Allan Poe-ish nightmare world and some terrific writing.
Ashes trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick. The second book, Shadows, is currently available in hardcover. This series features a world gone horribly awry, flesh-eating zombies and a fabulous main character.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
John Green. Emma Donoghue. Kelly Creagh. Ilsa J. Bick. Kate Morton. These are all authors I will definitely read more of.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Because I am reading a lot of young adult fiction these days I find that I am reading genres (fantasy, for example) that I wouldn’t normally read. I still don’t think I would enjoy straight up sci fi, but who knows. I want to be able to have those discussions and if I’m gonna talk the talk, I’m gonna have to walk the walk. (Or, read the book!)
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Nevermore – Kelly Creagh
I’m not sure it was the most thrilling book, but I did have a hard time putting it down.
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
If I re-read any book from this year, it would probably be The Fault in Our Stars…or I might skim through Ashes and Nevermore before I read the second books in the series.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Samantha from J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. I totally got her.
Hazel and Augustus from John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. I just can’t say enough about these characters and my love for them.
Jack from Emma Donoghue’s Room. Incredible.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Oh dear. I am going to have to go with…Helen Dunmore’s A Spell of Winter. I am a longtime fan of Dunmore; she never fails me when it comes to the quality of her prose. But I was also really surprised by how impressed I was by Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. It was really good.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
The Fault in Our Stars. I laughed out loud and I sobbed uncontrollably into my fist in the middle of the night.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
I actually don’t get all hung up on not reading books when they first come out. I don’t often jump on the hype wagon. I just add books to my tbr list, purchase the books eventually and read them when I get around to it…or I am in the mood.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
Oh dear. I will have to get back to you on this one.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Shortest: The Uncomon Reader – Alan Bennett, 120
Longest: The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling, 503
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!
I can’t tell you of any one particular scene. I can tell you that my book club had an excellent night discussing The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas. I have also loved talking books with students in my class.
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Hazel and Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars. Just perfection on the page.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
Evidence of Blood – Thomas H. Cook
A Spell of Winter – Helen Dunmore
I really love both of these authors and enjoyed both of these books in 2012.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
None. Other than books I read for book club, I don’t run out and buy books based on someone else’s recommendation.