Jamie hosts an end of the year book survey at The Perpetual Page Turner every year. Go check out the survey for Jamie’s answers, links to all the other people who’ve participated, and to link your own!
Best In Books 2012
- Best Book You Read in 2012
- Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t?
- Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
- Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
- Best series you discovered in 2012?
- Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
- Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
- Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
- Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (review), especially if I can convince my mom to read it, too. I loved this one and thought it was so beautiful and haunting. I’d totally read it again.
- Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
- Most memorable character in 2012?
- Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
I don’t know, man. I think Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson was really, really well written. Let’s go with that one. Here’s a sample:
“Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well just be words on a page, because we’re only what we’ve done and what we are going to do.”
- Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
- Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
- Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
I don’t keep track of quotes (and maybe I should, and maybe I will in 2013? Who knows?), but I do remember highlighting a lot of quotes when I read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Stuff like this:
Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl. Men actually think this girl exists. …Oh, and if you’re not a Cool Girl, I beg you not to believe that your man doesn’t want the Cool Girl. It may be a slightly different version – maybe he’s a vegetarian, so Cool Girl loves seitan and is great with dogs; or maybe he’s a hipster artist, so Cool Girl is a tattooed, bespectacled nerd who loves comics. There are variations to the window dressing, but believe me, he wants Cool Girl, who is basically the girl who likes every fucking thing he likes and doesn’t ever complain. (How do you know you’re not Cool Girl? Because he says things like: “I like strong women.” If he says that to you, he will at some point fuck someone else. Because “I like strong women” is code for “I hate strong women.”)
- Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Longest book was Ellen Hopkins’s Tilt clocking in at 602 pages. Shortest was No Name Baby by Nancy Bo Flood at 106 pages.
- 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!
The weird, jarring plot twist in Huntley Fitzpatrick’s otherwise perfect My Life Next Door. (review)
- Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Travis and Harper in Trish Doller’s Something Like Normal. (review) They were the swooniest relationship for me, and I don’t usually get swoony about fictional characters.
- Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously?
Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo (review). I read and loved Good Oil (being published this month in the US as Love and Other Perishable Items) last year, so I actually ordered this one from Australia. And it was WORTH IT.
- Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?
- One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
There are so many books that I’m chomping at the bit to read once the Cybils are over. I can tell you that Reached by Allie Condie is high on the list. So is Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar (not available in the U.S. but I got my hands on a copy).
- Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
- One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging in 2013?