Monday, December 17, 2012

2012 End of Year Book Survey

End of Year Book Survey is the brain child of the AMAZING Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner

Best Books in 2012

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

C - Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I can't even begin to explain just how much I fell in love with this book and just how much it resonated with me as a reader. It confounded me. well and truly.

J - Excuse me a moment while I scroll through 103 books I've read to date. Hmm. This isn't even a book that came out this year, but I'm going to have to go with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Listened to it on audiobook, sobbed like a baby, then worked a 12 hour shift in a deep depression.

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

C - Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, which was like a kick in the face after loving Amy and Roger to death. Without sounding harsh, it was pretty boring and made me cranky. I felt manipulated. The best part was the Amy and Roger cameo on like page 5, the rest was just white noise.

J - Catching Jordan. Everyone else loved it. I thought it reeked like designer impostor perfume. And Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh. After broadcasting my eternal love for Nevermore for the past two years, I figured the sequel would be equally amazing. So very wrong. 

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

C - Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion which is a book about ZOMBIES. I know. I hate them too but this book was just plain beautiful.

J - Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. ALIENS, you guys. Gross, right? Sticky green men. Except this man is not green he's kinda om nom.

4. Book you recommended most to people in 2012?

C - Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. Naturally. I think I yammered on about this one so much people were close to introducing my face to their fists. Also? ALL THE THINGS by Melina Marchetta because come on, it's Melina Marchetta.

J - Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. I fell in love. I wanted to scoop this book into my arms and make it rain on all the cities. That might hurt, but the people who didn't suffer injuries could definitely enjoy. And more recently? Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. 

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

C - The Lumatere Chronicles (Finnikin of the Rock, Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn) by Melina Marchetta. Without a shadow of a doubt, THE best YA fantasy series I have ever read. Not read them? GET ON IT, JUMP ON IT.

J - Across the Universe by Beth Revis. The first two books consumed my whole life for a time. It's totally turned me on to sci-fi and if you haven't read it yet? DO IT.

6. Favourite new authors you discovered in 2012?

C - Vicki Wakefield, Kristin Cashore, Elizabeth Wein and Beth Kephart. 

J - Beth Revis, E Lockhart, Marissa Meyer

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

C - Code Name Verity, because books about WWII just don't appeal to me, I mean, I was practically bullied into reading The Book Thief.

J - I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. I don't like reading about murderers, period. But the way Barry Lyga wrote this novel totally entranced me. The inner workings of a serial killer's brain? CRAY. I feel weird admitting this.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

C - Quintana of Charyn. I couldn't stop reading because I just HAD TO KNOW EVERYTHING. I still get a jolt of frenzied anticipation when I think about it, and I've bloody read the thing.

J - Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG WARNER.

9. Book You Read in 2012 That You Are Most Likely to Re-Read Next Year.

C - All of the Lumatere books, Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar (writing so sumptuous you'll want to have a wee cry) and The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater because duh.

J - Easy by Tammara Webber. This will definitely be my go-to swoon book. This book was so hot that the fists in my brain were totally keysmashing all over the place. *Sudsfjaud&Ahflsdf!!!!!!!

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

C - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

J - Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill. ALL THE COLORS.

11. Most memorable character in 2012? 

C - Froi. Naturally.


12. Most beautifully written book in 2012? 

C - Warm Bodies by Iaasac Marion

J - Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Her words are exhilarating. 

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

C - Code Name Verity. Honestly, I was almost catatonic.  There was a fetal position sobfest. 

J - Second Chance Summer. I had just lost a loved one to cancer, so to read this was like ripping my heart out and smashing it with a sledgehammer repeatedly. I holed myself up in my bedroom for a good hour, loudly sobbing.

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

C - The Graceling books by Kristin Cashore because LOL WHAT AM I CRAZY OR SOMETHING. I don't even know what my problem was.

J - The Across the Universe series. When I wasn't reading them, I was dreaming about reading them.

15. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2012?

C - “It's like being in love, discovering your best friend.” Code Name Verity

"I dream my necrotic cells shrugging off their lethargy, inflating and lighting up like Christmas deep in my dark core. Am I inventing all this like the beer buzz? A placebo? An optimistic illusion? Either way, I feel the flatline of my existence disrupting, forming heartbeat hills and valleys." Warm Bodies

"My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them." The Raven Boys (because it wouldn't be a Carla list without at least one Maggie quote)

J - "And I've realized that the Beatles got it wrong. Love isn't all we need. Love is all there is." - Second Chance Summer 

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read in 2012?

C - All I Ever Wanted by Vicki Wakefield - 202 pages - shortest. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - 870 pages - longest

J - Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (170 pages); New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (563 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!

C - I am a weirdo in that I don't always want to talk to people about moments in books that I love; I see these things as mine and I'm always reluctant to share with people because I have possessive tendencies

J - All of Unravel Me.

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

C - All of the relationships in all of the Melina Marchetta books. ALL OF THEM. I don't even care if this is cheating or whatever. TOUGH.

J - Noah and Mara. And Harry Potter and everyone. 

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

C - Am I allowed to say the Lumatere books again? NO? Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo and Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar then. (but the Lumatere books too).

J - Wicked in Your Arms by Sophie Jordan. Not only can she write about dragons, but she can write about sexy closet times, too. 

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

C - The Road Home by Ellen Emerson White. Angie recommended this book to me and went so far as to send me a copy (isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful) and I can't handle how amazing this book was. All of the feelings and all of the gratitude to Angie especially, for introducing me to something so extraordinary. 

J - Angelfall by Susan Ee. Anna freaked out and told me to read this. I did. I see why she freaked out.

Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2012?

C - Young Adult Anonymous. SERIOUSLY I don't get how this blog hasn't skyrocketed to blog stardom already because they are ASTOUNDINGLY good. It's a blogging tag team (hell yeah for co-bloggers!) consiting of Maggie and Noelle who btw are the nicest most loveliest hilarious people in the whole of the blogging land. You can like them too, but I saw them first. 

J - Paranormal Indulgence. I love Asher. She's hilarious and an excellent reviewer. You can tell she puts so much effort and pride into her blog and I cannot help but want to buy everything that she recommends. Her reviews are top notch. Just TRY and not get excited by everything she reviews. JUST TRY.

2. Favourite review you wrote in 2012? 

C - Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar and - review as in one? WHAT'S THAT I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE TOOTING OF MY OWN HORN - The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta, plainly because I deliberated over them for so fecking long and I do not deliberate. 

J - Carla, you SERIOUSLY DID deliberate over TPS. I have the DMs for proof of it! Well, I didn't write it. But I took pictures of myself making various reactive faces to various scenes in Harry Potter. And a picture is worth a thousand words or something. 

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

C - hahahahaha discussions. what is this, the news desk?

J - EXTRA, EXTRA. I actually did a discussion post this year when I was feeling crappy about my slow reading and jelly of everyone who can fly through books like that one Olympian runner whose name I can't remember.

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

C - I really loved Jamie's post on a high school friend finding her blog because it has a John Green gif and she says some really smart things that I agree with.

J - ^ what she said.

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

J - RT CON. And my sleepover/photoshoot with Anna, Jamie, and Tara.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

C - Joining Makeshift Bookmark. OBVIOUSLY.

J - ^ What she said. And the wine sleepover.

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

J - probably that Harry Potter post I talked about. 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

C - Every single post by my lovely co-blogger Jen, because she is the bomb diggity and is my favourite. 

J - Bahahah, Carla. I love you.

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

C - AbeBooks which is this amazing online used bookstore - I have managed to get some pretty fab Aussie YA books for a frigging steal (it literally hurt to tell you this because I don't want you all buying all the good books that I might want, selfish, I know)

J - Kindle for my iPhone because OMG ALL THE CHEAP SEXY EBOOKS.

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

C - I am too lazy for anything that involves goals or challenges. It messes with my creativity, I need to be one with the art, or whatever.

J - Yeah, I fell short of my 115 book goal. But I think I'm going to take a page from Carla's book and through all the f*cks out the window, as far as giving any.

Looking Ahead

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

C - Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King because this was a gift by the lovely Lenore (who btw has her debut novel Level 2 coming out in January! go buy it, I've read the first chapter and it is AMAZING) from last christmas and I still haven't read it. SHAMEFUL. also, as a contemp YA connoisseur  its ridiculous that I haven't read any A.S. King.

J - PFFFSHHH... all of them. 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

C - SO MANY. Howling Boy by Cath Crowley. More Than This by Patrick Ness. The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr. All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry. Just One Day by Gayle Forman. September Girls by Bennett Madison. Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund. Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller.

J - I am honestly too lazy right now to look at all of them, because there are so many. But I'll just shoot off a few. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.  Game by Barry Lyga. The next 2 Morganville Vampires books. The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead.

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

C - I hope that I manage to inspire people to read more, or recommend them a book that changes their world for the better. 

J - If I can recommend even ONE book that becomes someone else's favorite, my life has meaning.


  1. Oh gee. I'm so sad that you didn't love Second Chance Summer or Catching Jordan. I thought SCC was kind of the perfect book, and while I like Stealing Parker more than CJ... I really really liked CJ. Miranda is pretty great.

    I always enjoy your reviews ladies, and I can't wait to read more in the new year! Thanks for always keeping it real. :)

    P.S. That being said, I have about 4 books on my Nook that I still have not read, but are based on your recommendations. So I promise you I will finally read them. :) And then I will add Code Name Verity to my list and the rest of Marchetta's books. As well as finally read some AS King. You are keeping me busy!!

    Oh, have a super holiday and here's hoping there are plenty more awesome books to devour in 2013!

  2. Ya know what I kept thinking while I read this post? How well you two work together. While I loved both of your blogs independently, you work so flipping well together. I, for one, am also excited 2012 was the year that made you co-bloggers.

    Adore you girls! Have a great Christmas. Definitely looking forward to all your awesomeness in 2013! xoxo

  3. Warner -- puke. Code Name Verity -- YES TIMES FIVE MILLION. Finnikin -- I gotta get on that. The Road Home -- added to wish list! Angelfall -- YES. Everything else -- You two rock my socks. THE END BYE.

  4. I love you guys. That's pretty much all I wanted to say.

    Oh, I lied. OF COURSE I WANTED TO SAY...

    Code Name Verity - SO GOOD.
    Graceling - Love it, though I have not yet read Bitterblue!

    The Lumatere Chronicles/Across the Universe - I promise to get to these, and soon!

  5. WAH CAN WE ALL HANG OUT?? Like it's not really that fair that I've hung out with you both SEPARATELY. The together thing needs to happen. Carla, I 'm reading Holier Than Thou right now so I'm excited you love it! And now I NEED to read Code Name Verity since it was a fave for you!! ALSO, I just got Second Chance Summer and I'm so, so scared now because normally you and I agree on all things contemporary! Jen -- I so need to read Incarnate! BAHHH! And I love that quote from Second Chance Summer and am now so conflicted about if I'll like it based on Carla's disappointment and that quote!


  6. I've yet to read anything by A.S. King either... We must get on this Carla! I recommended Something Like Normal by Trish Doller too and listed it as one of the books I rec'd most on the survey. Such a fab book and you are such a clever, cool cat for helping Trish come up with new title, Where the Stars Still Shine (which btw I'm SO excited to read!). Also, bring on The Indigo Spell!

    Did you know? You guys are awesome :D

  7. I'm happy that I wasn't the only person that didn't like Second Chance Summer. It *was* like a kick in the face after A&R.

    Carla, I share your LOVE for the Lumatere series! Best books ever! Although, I haven't read Quintana yet! I hope they put it up on NetGalley because AHHH! I need it!

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  9. Carla - KISS ME, HARDY!!!! I'm so glad to see others who share my love of Code Name Verity :)

    Jen - so glad you discovered E.Lockhart, I did this year as well and her books are brill!

  10. Ah...the post-Harry Potter sobfest. Haven't we all experienced that? Haven't we!? But you know, for me it's more that there's not an eighth book than the actual ending of The Deathly Hallows. (The epilogue makes me want to choke somebody...) Great list.

  11. Ok. So many things to say.

    AMEN to Code Name Verity. That book was so good! I like historical fiction, but I don't know if I would have picked this one up if it wasn't for a few people practically bashing everyone over the head with it. I'm so glad they did! It's a book I'll be re-reading this year just so that I can fully appreciate it's complexity and awesomness.

    And I'm so with Jen on the last Harry Potter. I was really late to the Potter party, and I just finished the last two books in January last year. I had major book sads after that and wanted to read nothinggggg because what would live up to Deathly Hallows?

    I have to give Carla a major shoutout for the Melina Marchetta recommendation. I saw a lot of people who loved Jellicoe Road, and I started reading it while on a beach vacay. Unfortunately, I was super confused about 50 pages in and tweeted about it. Thankfully, Carla told me to stick it out and wait for the puzzle of amazing and OMG that's exactly what it was. I read Saving Francesca and The Piper's Son (and bought the first two Lumatere books) so I'm just going to give Carla the slow clap of thanks for helping open my eyes to the awesomeness that is Melina Marchetta. And now you've pretty much made me feel like I need to drop everything and read Froi. Which, let's face it, I probably do.