Annual End Of Year Book Survey – Best in Books 2012

Annual End Of Year Book Survey - 2012
I was scrolling through Google Reader when I found this survey on Jamie’s blog (The Perpetual Page-Turner) a few weeks ago. Jamie created this survey for herself back in 2010 but then a bunch of people followed suit and it became so popular that she turned it into an annual feature on her blog. I figured it would be a nice way of closing this year with a survey like this so I’m joining in the fun. :) Since it’s extremely long, I’ve decided to post it in three separate parts. Today’s post is about my 2012 reads and some of my favourites.

1.) Best Book You Read In 2012?

Oh dear, there were so many! I’ll probably break it down by genre to make it a bit easier for me. My absolute favourite was probably Tana French’s In The Woods which I read this autumn.

▪ YA Paranormal : Fracture by Megan Miranda
▪ YA
Sci-fi : Tempest by Julie Cross
▪ YA Dystopian : Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker
YA Thriller : Mice by Gordon Reece
Adult Mystery / Thriller: In The Woods by Tana French and Eye Contact by Fergus McNeill
Adult Literary Fiction: Come to the Edge by Joanna Kavenna
Adult Contemporary Fiction: Lifesaving for Beginners by Ciara Geraghty
Adult Women’s Fiction: Got You Back by Jane Fallon

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

The Watcher by Charles MacLean. This one sounded reaaaallly good but it turned out to be COMPLETELY different from what I thought it would be and I really struggled with it.

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

It has to be Joanna Kavenna’s Come to the Edge. I got this book as an unsolicited review copy from Quercus and even though the synopsis didn’t give away too much, I decided to give it a try. I’ve never read anything by Kavenna so it was definitely a pleasant surprise – Come to the Edge is just hilarious. Slightly bonkers but hilarious at the same time. :D

4.) Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

There were quite a few! I think I was rambling quite a lot about Tana French’s In The Woods and what an amazing writer she is. Then I discovered Fergus McNeill’s debut (Eye Contact) and I just couldn’t recommend it enough. Fans of crime fiction must check out these two writers – they are fantastic. I also recommended Marian Keyes’s newest novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

Veronica Roth’s Divergent series for sure. Funnily enough I read more standalones than series this year but this one has definitely been my favourite. Even though I haven’t had time to read book #2 yet…

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

I loved Tamar Cohen’s and Megan Crane’s writing. Both of their books – The Mistress’s Revenge and Once More With Feeling – made me keep on reading until late at night and I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with next. Tana French, Ciara Geraghty, Gordon Reece and Evonne Wareham must also be added to the list.

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

Funnily enough, dystopia was something I haven’t really tried before. When I read Divergent and The Other Life, I soon realised that I love this genre and it’s been one of my favourites ever since.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Tana French’s In The Woods, hands down. It’s quite a long book (600+ pages if I remember correctly) but I’ve been reading it for three days straight with very short breaks. It’s just… seriously, read it and you’ll see what I’m talking about :D Oh and Gordon Reece’s Mice was another one I couldn’t put down. Plus, it scared the living daylight out of me.

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Oh dear, I don’t know. I don’t think I’ll have time to re-read anything with all these exams coming up but if I had to pick one, it would be Divergent. The sequel is on my to-be-read list for 2013 so I might even pick it up again before the second book and read it again. We’ll see.

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

I just adore this cover. Unfortunately mine is a review copy and has a different cover – quite a simple one, really – but it’s still my favourite one. I love those flowers and the colours!

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

The policeman in Fergus McNeill’s Eye Contact is the first character who came to my mind. For some reason I just can’t get him out of my head. I loved his character!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Without a doubt, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine. It’s the story of a  11-year-old girl called Caitlin, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. The book basically deals with how people can deal with the loss of a loved one and how our lives might be different if we understood each other a little bit better. It was an utterly touching and beautiful story.

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

It’s probably Marian Keyes’ Saved by Cake. The introductory chapter and Marian’s take on depression and what she’s been through made me cry buckets and affected me quite deeply.

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

Divergent! But what’s the most unbelievable is that I still haven’t read The Hunger Games. Er… right. *hides behind the sofa*

15. Favourite Passage/ Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?

Come to the Edge by Joanna Kavenna

(Taken from Come to the Edge by Joanna Kavenna)

This! HA. It’s definitely been one of my favourite quotes of all time. I laughed my socks off at this scene.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?

Shortest – Carnage by Maxime Chattam (111 pages) and Unlocked by Ryan G. Van Cleave (176 pages)
Longest – In The Woods by Tana French (592 pages)

17. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously:

Got You Back by Jane Fallon and I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. I read all of Kinsella’s books but I think this one’s been my favourite so far. :)

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

Divergent by Veronica Roth. I kept seeing it on people’s blogs and everyone was crazy about it so I decided to give it a try – and I loved it!

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22 Responses to “Annual End Of Year Book Survey – Best in Books 2012”

  1. I loved Divergent! It popped up a lot in my survey too, I was so annoyed with myself for leaving it unread for six months, because it was just plain awesome. I’d definitely recommend reading The Hunger Games, I never thought I’d get into it when I started reading it but I loved it. Seeing The Other Life included in your survey makes me really excited because I just bought myself a copy of that book on a total whim, so I’m super happy to see you enjoyed it. :)
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  2. I keep hearing amazing things about Tana French’s books, but I still haven’t read any of them, although I own In The Woods.

    And you’re not the only one that still haven’t read Insurgent. I finally read Divergent & loved it, so I got Insurgent & it’s been sitting on my shelf unread for months now, hopefully I’ll finally read it in 2013, I might even re-read Divergent first, too :)

    I’ll have to check out some of your other recommendations!

    Happy Holidays!
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    • Vicky says:

      That’s my plan as well! :) Oh and read In The Woods if you can, it’s brilliant. It’s so atmospheric!

      Happy holidays and here’s to a good 2013!

  3. that scene is hilarious . tnx vicky for putting some books cough cough in the woods cough

    great list
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  4. I love the cover for Debutantes and that scene from Come to the Edge is hilarious! I’m going to do this at the very end of the year :)
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  5. Pragya says:

    I have been meaning to do this survey, hopefully I will get to it before the year ends. Most of the books you mentioned in there are on my TBR since I have been closely following your blog. But the only one I have read is Divergent and I’m sorry to say this but it was a 3 star for me, I liked it but not really gushing about it. Glad you loved it though. And for The Hunger Games, I think you’ve found company. I started listening to the audio version sometime back but I’m still to get back to it, got busy with my other reads. It is pretty interesting though. Have you read Lottery by Shirley Jackson? You can read that either before or after you read THG.
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  6. Great picks. I just love this survey. I did mine a day ago. You gave me some books I need to add to my TBR pile.
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  7. Yay!! to Divergent, and the cover of Debutantes is GORGEOUS. Thank you for sharing your favorite passage from Come to the Edge :)
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  8. I love dystopian too, which is how I began reading YA….wait till you see my top YA picks for 2012 on Dec 31st..bwahahaha…can you say Dystopian heaven!
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  9. Kirsty says:

    I bought myself Saved by Cake by Marion Keyes as a birthday present. And it also had the greatest effect on me in 2012. Made me understand a little bit about how it is to suffer from depression. How cake is the greatest thing ever and made me follow Marion on Twitter which is a joy.

  10. Melissa says:

    I really need to pick up Into the Woods & Divergent, huh? I also need to check to see if Saved by Cake will be coming out in US without the metric measurements! I want that book!
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  11. kit says:

    In The Woods sounds great – I just went back to read the synopsis and I think I remember wanting to read it the first time you mentioned it on the blog! I’ll have to keep an eye out for it next time I’m in the mood for a crime thriller. :) Great answers Vicky, Happy New Year!
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  12. Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog says:

    I just got I’ve Got Your Number from the library so now I’m excited to read it. I love that author too. I haven’t heard of some of these books so I’m going to have to check them out. Here’s My End of the Year Book Survey 2012

  13. Oh yes, I totally loved your review of In the Woods as well and gosh, I have yet to read Divergent and Delirium! I finally read The Hunger Gamaes trilogy and let me tell you, it’s freakin’ awesome! You’ll love, love, love it =D\

    I love the quote you picked! LOL.

    And I’ve to pick up Sophie Kinsella’s latest, I love her books, really.
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  14. Charleen says:

    I’ve Got Your Number is my favorite of the Sophie Kinsella books too! Also, I’ve been hearing good things about In the Woods for years. And the Divergent series is definitely on my list although I want to wait until it’s finished so I can read it all in one go.

    Glad to have found your blog.
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