Category Archives: Survey

Daphne’s Year End Post 2012

end

Kristina completed her survey weeks ago, but last year I remember doing my survey and then reading one of my favorite books before Dec 31, so I thought I’d wait until the year was truly over.  Well, here you go.  You can stop holding your breath now.

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

These are the books that I gave 5 stars to on Goodreads, but my personal faves are in BOLD.

YA:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Chick Lit:

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins

The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume by Lisa Rumsey Harris

Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

Who’s Afraid of Mr. Wolfe? by Hazel Osmond

Romance:

A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster

Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards

All Summer Long by Susan Mallery

At Last by Jill Shalvis

Run the Risk by Lori Foster

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

Decked With Holly by Marni Bates — I loved Awkward, but this follow-up did not rise to the challenge.  Still enjoyable, though.

Willow Springs by Toni Blake —  Book 5 in a series that I read back to back, I was really looking forward to this one because 1) it’s about best friends who fall in love and 2) I thought it would be about one of them having unrequited feelings for the other, but that just wasn’t the case.  Plus, it was a little darker than I was anticipating.

Underworld by Meg Cabot — I loved Abandoned, which was a play on the Persephone myth, but this one fell a little flat for me.  Pierce, our heroine, annoyed me.  She was very flaky and fickle in this book.  I hope the final book shows a more mature and more palatable Pierce.

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

The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume by Lisa Rumsey Harris.  I said before that I wasn’t expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and overall greatness of this book.  Also, Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, which is supposed to be reimagined Twilight fanfiction, but I loved it.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

I cannot say enough about Attachments, The Unlikely Gif of Treausure Blume, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  Also, The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

The Inn Boonesboro by Nora Roberts, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Shades of London by Maureen Johnson, Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta, Destiny by Toni Blake, Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga, Play by Play by Jaci Burton, Razor Bay by Susan Andersen, The Sullivans by Bella Andre, Love Undercover by Lori Foster, The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz, The Liar’s Club by Celeste Bradley, and Ugly Ducklings by Manda Collins

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Toni Blake, Laini Taylor, Lisa Lutz

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

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga.  Horror/Suspense is not really a new genre for me, but it’s definitely out of my comfort zone.  This was a great book and a promising start to a new series.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Attachments

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

If I were to reread any book from 2012 this year, it would be Where We Belong by Emily Giffin and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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

i hunt killers 

This is just the dust jacket, the inner hardback of the book is white with blood spatters, outlining a male figure.  Tres Cool.

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Izzy Spellman from The Spellman Files and Jamie Fraser from Outlander

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

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

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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

“Because I wanted you.”  He turned from the window to face me.  “More than I ever wanted anything in my life,” he added softly.

I continued staring at him, dumbstruck.  Whatever I had  been expecting, it wasn’t this.  Seeing my openmouthed expression, he continued lightly.  “When I asked my da how ye knew which was the right woman, he told me when the time came, I’d have no doubt.  And I didn’t.  When I woke in the dark under that tree on the road to Leoch, with you sitting on my chest, cursing me for bleeding to death, I said to myself, ‘Jamie Fraser, for all ye canna see what she looks like, and for all she weighs as much as a good draft horse, this is the woman'”

I started toward him, and he backed away, talking rapidly.  “I said to myself, ‘She’s mended ye twice in as many hours, me lad; life amongst the MacKenzies being what it is, it might be as well to wed a woman as can stanch a wound and set broken bones.’  And I said to myself, ‘Jamie, lad, if her touch feels so bonny on your collarbone, imagine what it might feel like lower down…'”

He dodged around a chair.  “Of course, I thought it might ha’ just been the effects of spending four months in a monastery, without benefit of female companionship, but then that ride through the dark together”–he paused to sigh theatrically, neatly evading my grab at his sleeve–“with that lovely broad arse wedged between my thighs”–he ducked a blow aimed at his left ear and sidestepped, getting a low table between us–“and that rock-solid head thumping me in the chest”–a small metal ornament bounced off his own head and went clanging to the floor–“I said to myself…”

He was laughing so hard at this point that he had to gasp for breath between phrases.  “Jamie…I said…for all she’s a Sassenach bitch…with a tongue like an adder’s …with a bum like that…what does it matter if she’s a f-face like a sh-sh-eep?”

I tripped him neatly and landed on his stomach with both knees as he hit the floor with a crash that shook the house.

“You mean to tell me that you married me out of love?”  I demanded.  He raised his eyebrows, struggling to draw in breath.

“Have I not…just been…saying so?”

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?

Longest:  Tie  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Outlander both are listed at 870 pages

Shortest:  Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart at 182 pages

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!

Several scenes from Outlander come to mind:  when Clare faces off against the wolf; when Jamie punishes Clare; Jamie’s torture at the hands of Captain Randall; the revelation of just who Geilie could be/was…the whole freaking book, honestly.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Marian & Conrad’s teenage relationship from Where We Were; Jamie & Clare from Outlander

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously?

The Fault in Our Stars (I’d previously read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Let It Snow by John Green previously); Where We Belong (I’ve read all of Emily Giffin’s books, this is my favorite)

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

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; Attachments by Rainbow Rowell; Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes

Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012 (optional)

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?

Probably those of our sisters in the Selective Collective, Book Addict’s Guide and Teen Lit Rocks (The Grown UP YA and YA Crush are both old favorites), but also Don’t Take My Books Away

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?

Is This YA?  Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Movie Review

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I really enjoyed the Outlander Read Along

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

I really don’t know…

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Outlander Read Along, I liked having access to all these people who were reading the same thing I was and getting their take on it.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

Being retweeted by Emily Giffin for my review of her latest book, Where We Belong

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

I’m going to quote Kristina on this one:  “On June 8, 2012 we did a combined TGIF and Fangirl Friday.  Does anyone remember what movie came out in June?  Magic Mike!!  So I mentioned this in my Fangirl and 6 months later it has almost 30,000 views.  CRAZY.”

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Our Giveaways.  I really wish more people would participate.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

nothing new under the sun here

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I had a challenge on Goodreads to read 150 books in 2012 and I barely passed it.  I have been on a reading decline in the past few months, but I did meet my challenge, and had two books to spare, so there!

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone but have not been able to get into the sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight but I am working on it.  I will not read anything new until I finish it.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013? 

I hope to get out of this reading funk and become more active in this blog.  I feel like Kristina has been carrying the load lately and I want to contribute my share.

Advertisements

Kristina’s End of Year Survey

endJamie over @ The Perpetual Page-Turner (and Broke & the Bookish) makes these awesome surveys every year for everyone to participate and share what great books they’ve read, new authors they’ve discovered, and lots of other great finds!

Best In Books 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

I’m going to stick specifically with contemporaries since I have a harder time getting into them and actually finishing them so when I do I know there were worth it.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

These books were great!  I loved them and hope that everyone reads them ASAP. 

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

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

I liked both of them but I felt there could have been more.  I’m holding on to complete judgment until the series are finished. 

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

 Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale –  I thought this would just a quick contemporary read and it turned into a soap opera.  Great book!

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

Hands down:    Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.  I got it from the library because I wasn’t sure about it.  Then I went out and bought it and made at least four more people read it but bugging them.  I’m still recommending it now.  A close second here would be Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

Maria V. Snyder’s Healer Series.  I have book 2 Scent of Magic waiting for me from Netgalley!

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Maria V. Snyder for sure.  I’m on a mission to collect all of her books PRONTO.  Leigh Bardugo, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Gretchen McNeil and Rainbow Rowell.

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

 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  I’m a nerd but this book took it to a whole new level. 

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

 Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier.  I loved every second of it.  Books that I read in 1-2 sittings are rare nowadays. 

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

 Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg or Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

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

 Possess by Gretchen McNeil

possess

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

 I really loved Elliot from For Darkness Shows the Stars.  She chose duty over love at first and though she suffered for it she persevered and didn’t complain.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

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

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle.  You can ask my girl Tee @ YA Crush about this one.  We talked about it A LOT.  I went through extreme mood swings when reading this book which was a first.   

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

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  I haven’t continued the series yet but it was great!  I only read it this year for a read along because I knew I wouldn’t have started it anytime soon if I didn’t.  

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

 “If you believed that thoughts were energy and energy is matter (E=mc2) and matter never disappears, then a person can never truly leave you unless you stop thinking about them. Everything you shared with a person is still there swirling around in the universe. Love, Cam had to admit, might be real. And love endures. Relationships endure. Because thoughts are energy, energy is matter, and matter never disappears.”  – Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

“In every letter, in every line, she saw him. He hadn’t changed – he’d only grown into the man he’d meant to be.” For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?

I really don’t know 100 % for these. . .probably Love Reborn for longest book (almost 600 pages) and the Georgia Nicholson books by Louise Rennison.  Most of them were right at 200 pages.

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!

Definitely the ending to Pandemonium.  I mailed Tee @ YA Crush my copy so that she could read it early and we could talk about it.  WOW.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Will Grayson & Tiny Cooper in Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Samantha Reed & Jase Garrett in My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously

 Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster – When I need a break from all the dystopian or fantasy books I can always count on hers to make me laugh out loud.

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

 Touch of Power by Maris V. Snyder – One of the girls at the local used book store told me about this one and I’m so happy she did!

Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012 (optional)

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?

 Well of course all of the SC girl’s blogs (though I know we definitely knew Tee @ YA Crush in 2011 so on a technicality she isn’t listed below)

Sandie & Diana @ Teen Lit Rocks

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide

Outside of the SC, Alyssa’s blog Books Take You Places

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?

I really liked Article 5 by Kristen Simmons. 

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

 Probably our recent post on using our real names on the blog.  I wanted to just skim over that and pretend it didn’t happen but like the Rolling Stones say:  You don’t always get what you want, you get what you need.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

 Hmm. . . This is a harder one for me but Candice @ The Grown-Up YA had a great post about girls and self images.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Unfortunately we don’t have many signings in my area and all festivals are a bit of a drive from us as well so I haven’t been able to participate in any to date. I’m really trying to make BEA 2013 work though!

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

I’m going to say starting The Selective Collective.  We chat almost every day and some days all day.  They are all such great people and I can’t wait for this feature to grow.  Also, chatting with Brittany & Alyssa ALL DAY LONG.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

 On June 8, 2012 we did a combined TGIF and Fangirl Friday.  Does anyone remember what movie came out in June?  Magic Mike!!  So I mentioned this in my Fangirl and 6 months later it has almost 30,000 views.  CRAZY.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any of our giveaways.  We are still trying to build up our blog and even though we are working on our second anniversary we still have a long way to go follower wise. 

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Hmmm. . . probably paperbackswap.  Daphne told me about this one and I’ve gotten several books and I’m waiting on more. 

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I did compete in my first Bout of Books with Daphne and though I had fun it was a bit too much pressure at the time because of my lack of free time this last half of the year.

 

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

Don’t hate me but I have to say Insurgent.  I know what happened.  I loved Divergent so much that I preordered Insurgent and there is sat because I had other books that I didn’t own that had deadlines.  Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise though because I want to reread Divergent first and the third book won’t be out till the end of the year.  I’m just shocked I’ve been able to avoid all reviews and any spoilers to date. 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

What am I NOT excited about?  There are so many great books comign out!  How about anything by Cassandra Clare?  The end to the Delirium trilogy, Requiem?  Rachel Hawkins Hex Hall spin off looks cute as well. Oh!  Let’s not forget Lover At Last by J.R. Ward.  I LOVE the BDB series. 

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

Oh God, I need to do the same thing I should have been doing in 2012, comment more.  I’ve had a lot going on family wise so my free time has been sparse for quite some time and I appreciate everyone taking the time to come by our blog and support us, but I need to do the same back.  I’m hoping things will quiet down a bit and I’ll be able to do that this year, you guys deserve it!

 

End of Year Survey ~Maggie

1. Best Book You Read In 2011? 

Best book. . .I have to pick two (and even that isn’t enough 🙂 )  by far it has to be Divergent buy Veronica Roth and Hourglass by Myra McEntire.  Can’t wait for the sequels!!!

2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick.  I don’t know if it’s the book itself I didn’t care for of the series itself but I give up.  I couldn’t even finish the book.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.  It took me about 5 or 6 chapters to want to continue and I’m glad I did.  It was a great book and I’m glad I pushed through the beginning which was a bit of a slow start.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and Divergent by Veronica Roth  🙂

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?

hmm. . .an entire series?  Probably the Magic in Manhattan series by Sarah Mlynowski.  Really cute, kinda like a witchy Princess Diaries.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?

Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Myra McEntire, Elizabeth Eulberg, Polly Shulman, Jandy Nelson, sorry. . .I could go on for days !!!

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

Across the Universe by Beth Revis.  OH!  She should be on # 6 too !!!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?

Divergent and Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (EEP another one for # 6!)

9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, great book but they better get to working on fixing the “situation” in Clockwork Princess!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?

Ohh . . . I’d have to say it’s between

 

and

11. Most memorable character in 2011? 

Jay from the Body Finder Series. . . and Michael Moscovitz from Princess Diaries.  Definitely both extremely swoon worthy.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011? 

Ditto to # 12

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read? 

Harry Potter.  I know, but I waited for them to all be out as well as the final movie to be released.  AWESOME OVERLOAD.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011? 

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini:
The last cobwebs cleaning from her eyes, she decided that if Lucas was gay then she was going to have to get a sex change operation.  He would be so worth it.

16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012? 

Anna & The French Kiss (I’m sure Lola would be listed here too if I had read it yet. . .but soon I promise!!) and The Sky is Everywhere.

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!

Pandemonium (Tee (YACRUSH) where are you!?!!  We need to talk ASAP!!!

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2011? 

I’d say YACRUSH since my blogging buddy Dixie let me know about them and then we decided to start our own blog and Tee helped us out. 🙂

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2011

Hourglass or Starcrossed.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog? 

Maybe my crazy new found love of Michael Moscovitz??

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

hmmm…

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

hmmm…

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2011?

hmmm…

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

IDK

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

all of it!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Netgalley!  Since we are new to the book blogging front this was a great thing.  I also bought a nook this year!! (Though I still prefer to hold an actual book)

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Sadly I did not, but there will be goals this year!

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2011 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2012?

Lola and the Boy Next Door!  I cannot wait for the happiness to consume me!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2012?

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.  You better fix it!!!

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2012?

I set myself a goal on goodreads to read at least 100 books.  I’d like to complete that and hopefully surpass it as well.  I’d also love to go to BEA but I’m not 100% familiar with it.  Anyone going or has gone and want to give me details? I could use a buddy if I can get out there!

 

End of Year Survey ~Dixie

Sponsored by:  The Perpetual Pageturner

1. Best Book You Read In 2011? 

Kind of hard to decide, so here’s a list of books that I LOVED:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis

The Body Finder by  Kimberly Derting

2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?

Sadly, the book I was most disappointed in was by one of my favorite authors, Overbite by Meg Cabot, the sequel to Insatiable.  It felt rushed and just wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.  I just picked it up from the library without hearing anything about it & really enjoyed it.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting.  LOVED IT!

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?

The Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Fools Gold by Susan Mallery

Heist Society by Ally Carter

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?

Oh, Geez!  Where to begin?  Gayle Forman, Stephanie Perkins, John Green, Susan Mallery, Maureen Johnson, Veronica Roth, Kimberly Derting, Jill Shalvis, Shannon Stacey, Melina Marchetta

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

I’m not a big fan of horror or scary books (even though I used to be), so The Body Finder sat on my kitchen table for a while before I picked it up & devoured it.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?

Once again, The Body Finder, as well as Clockwork Prince.

9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?

Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen, which DID NOT disappoint!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?

11. Most memorable character in 2011? 

Jay from The Body Finder.  Sigh.  As well as Tris from Divergent and Sawyer from Head Over Heels.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?

I loved The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Where She Went by Gayle Forman.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011? 

Probably Divergent by Veronica Roth.  I just kept putting this book off, but when I finally decided to read it, it was pure gold.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read? 

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler and If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011? 

“All I can think about is how fucked up it would be for your life to end here, now. I mean I know that your life if fucked up no matter what now, forever. And I’m not dumb enough to think that I can undo that, that anyone can. But I can’t wrap my mind around the notion of you not getting old, having kids, going to Juilliard, getting to play that cello in front of a huge audience, so that they can get the chills the way I do every time I see you pick up your bow, every time I see you smile at me.”

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

“But I’d do it again. I know that now. I’d make that promise a thousand times over and lose her a thousand times over to have heard her play last night or to see her in the morning sunlight. Or even without that. Just to know that she’s somewhere out there. Alive.”

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012? 

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis,  Divergent by Veronica Roth

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!

Um, definitely MOST OF Clockwork Prince.  Yeah.  And also, the part in If I Stay where Adam and Mia “play” each other.  So beautiful.

 Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2011 (optional)

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2011? 

Oh, definitely YACrush.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010? 

Probably Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen because I loved the book so much.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog? 

We’re not known for being terribly deep, or anything, and we’re still in the early stages of our blog, so we don’t get a lot of in depth posts or comments…yet.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

I’m not sure

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Honestly, I love doing all the memes Top 10 Tuesday (sponsored by The Broke and The Bookish) and TGIF (by G Reads).

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2011?

Just last week, I found a link from one of my favorite author’s website to a review I did of her book.  That was awesome. (Only Yours by Susan Mallery)

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Tuesday, Nov 1 – Top 10 Books I had Strong Emotions Over

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I wish someone would have commented on the kick-ass picture I posted of Cinna in the Hunger Games movie.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I am very glad that I finally started to utilize Goodreads in a way that helps me to keep track of what I’ve read and want to read.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

My Goodreads goal for 2011 was 125 books, which I totally surpassed, but I didn’t keep track of the books in the correct way, which is to add them to “currently reading” not “read”—My new goal is 150 books. I already have two down and it’s January 3rd!

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2011 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2012?

I intend to read more Jane Austen.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2012?

Clockwork Princess and The Last Echo…for now

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2012?

Reading:  This year I want to read more popular books (it seems like every blog  is devoted to YA, and all the books look SOOO GOOD, but I don’t know if that’s really the case, or just that YA book bloggers are generally more excitable…hmmm…the chicken or the egg?).

Blogging:  I would like to have my reviews ready first thing in the morning, rather than noon or later. 🙂

~Dixie