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