(graphic from The Perpetual Page-Turner)
The Perpetual Page-Turner is hosting the 3rd annual End of Year Book Survey! I’ve never done it before, so I’m excited to be doing it for this year.
Best In Books 2012
1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Fantasy: Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
Classic: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
(Forgotten) Classic: The Princess Dehra by John Reed Scott
Reread: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Sci-fi: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
Mystery: The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
YA Contemporary: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
General Fiction: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Non-fiction: Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart
Audiobook: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Diviners by Libba Bray. It has flappers! And ghosts! And it’s set in 1920s New York City! But the more I think about it, the more disappointed I am that it wasn’t better. It’s not BAD, no way! I gave it 3/5 birds, after all. But neither is it FANTASTIC like I wanted it to be.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. Previous to this book I’d only read The Eyre Affair, which confused and irritated me. After reading The Last Dragonslayer, however, I’m now a firm Jasper Fforde fan. (Even if I still don’t like The Eyre Affair.)
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
I feel kind of bad about this because I read a LOT of good books earlier in the year, but once the initial rush of love faded I don’t think I talked about them much later in the year. Actually, this is true for most of the books I read? Once I review them, I kinda forget them. Er. HOWEVER, I suppose the one I’d want to recommend the most to people NOW would be Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard, which I read way back in January. Here’s my review!
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Technically I am not a new-comer to the Discworld series, but I AM a newbie to the Watch subseries! So that kinda counts, yes?
I’m also really liking the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix; I read Mister Monday last week and loved it! Yay!
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Instead of listing (almost) the same authors from question number one, I will instead list different ones! Yaaaay. So: Tom Pollock, Rachel Neumeier, Laura Amy Schlitz.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I hadn’t read any of his books before, and I only knew about this book because the movie was coming out and I’d seen the trailers. Based on THOSE, I was worried this book would be depressing and terrible and something I wouldn’t like. Then the ebook went on sale for $0.25 one day and I bought it. And guess what? I liked it!
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Robopocalypse. I stayed up SO late reading it, and then it wouldn’t leave me alone even when I was done.
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Usually I don’t reread books until it’s been at least a year since I first read them, and looking at my books read this I don’t really feel the need to reread them sooner. Maybe I’ll reread one of the Diana Wynne Jones books, but more likely I’ll just read one I DIDN’T read this year (like Hexwood).
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Psmith, from Mike and Psmith and etc. Usually I forget characters’ names right after reading a book, but I remember him! It probably helps that it’s right in the title. 😛
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, which is both beautiful and terrifying. Still haven’t worked up the nerve to read the last book in the trilogy, btw! Sigh.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
Robopocalypse, which I suppose is kind of a weird answer? But after reading it I had a fun few days of thinking about what makes a person a person, what would happen if we actually DID invent an artificial intelligence, etc. I’m still thinking about that stuff, actually!
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I put off reading this book for YEARS because I thought it’d be boring or something. Oh, how wrong I was. I liked it so much I still haven’t been able to review it!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
I haven’t really been keeping track of favorite quotes like I did in years past, but! This one from Psmith, Journalist is kinda interesting, because I didn’t know that was how police officers kept track of one another way back when (unless it’s a lie, but I don’t see why anyone would bother lying about such a thing):
A tentative shot from nowhere ripped through the air close to where Psmith lay flattened on the pavement. And then the pavement began to vibrate and give out a curious resonant sound. To Psmith it conveyed nothing, but to the opposing army it meant much. They knew it for what it was. Somewhere—it might be near or far—a policeman had heard the shots, and was signalling for help to other policemen along the line by beating on the flag-stones with his night-stick, the New York constable’s substitute for the London police-whistle.
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Shortest: The Art of Money Getting by P.T. Barnum, at 45(!) pages.
Longest: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, at 1316 pages. Holy crap! The next-longest (if you’re interested) is Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, at 1006 pages.
Skipping the next two questions because I can’t work up the enthusiasm to answer them.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne. It’s a mystery! It’s a REALLY GOOD mystery, and I mourn the fact that he never wrote another one of them after this one.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
The book that springs most readily to my mind is The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers. I didn’t like it as much as the rec’er probably wanted me to, but I did MOSTLY like it! So, yeah.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, the final Chaos Walking book. I’m tired of being scared of it! I shall laugh in its face and read it first thing come January. Yes!
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
To complete all my various reading challenges, to comment more on other people’s blogs, and to keep up with replying to comments left here. I’d also like to read at least 200 books! And I’m probably going to fiddle with my ratings again, just fyi.