The 3rd Annual End Of Year Book Survey – 2012 is hosted by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner:
My silly little survey I created for myself to highlight what I read in 2010 suddenly grew when a bunch of others jumped in and has turned into such a fun end of year event that I have LOVED hosting and has made my TBR list grow crazily! So without further ado: the 3rd annual End of Year Book Survey!
I love lists and on a Sunday afternoon, there is nothing better than updating my blog. I’ll keep my answers short 😉
1. Best Book You Read In 2012?
Novel: One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson.
Play: The Deep Blue Sea by Terrence Rattigan
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Definitely, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
The Coroner (Jenny Cooper #1) by M.R Hall. You just gotta love her.
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Anything Kate Atkinson and Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D James.
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
The Jenny Cooper ones.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
M.R. Hall, P.D James, E.M Forster.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Probably The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen. It was highly symbolic and very, very complex, but totally worth-reading.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Death Comes to Pemberley. I read it in three sittings more or less.
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
I don’t really like re-reading, but maybe The Coroner or, The Great Gatsby (third time!).
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
The Great Gatsby. I just love the picture they used in the Penguin Modern Classics edition. It is so elegant!
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Again, Jenny Cooper.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Howards End by E.M Forster. The prose was musical.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen was so intense I had trouble sleeping while reading it. The Master Builder offered some interesting insight into human desires.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The bookish snob in me thought that, being so popular, it could only another simple, easy to read bestseller. I was wrong.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
From Howards End, a lesson to the overworrier in me:
“She could not explain in so many words, but she felt that those who prepare for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.”
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Shortest: probably any of the plays.
Longest: The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling / Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.
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!
Oh so many! One of the reasons I joined the blogosphere was to talk about the books I read! If I had to choose one, probably the nature of love and how it affects people after reading The Deep Blue Sea.
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Daisy Buchanan in relation to any of the characters in The Great Gatsby. They way she disguises herself as a loving, lovely person is just amazing.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Howards End by E.M Forster via Li.