Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Best of the Books survey

Last year I did some Best of 2011 that was really quick and easy and kind of random. But I loooove this idea from the lovely Perpetual Page-Turner. So here I am, linkin' it up! Enjoy!
1. Best Book You Read In 2012?
Best book I read... Oh my gosh don't do that to me. First question and I'm already blundering! Ok. So. There are a few. Delirium (a re-read) and Pandemonium. Divergent and Insurgent. And The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. There's also Crossed and Reached.  There's also The Drowned Vault. And A Sudden, Fearful Death. For middle grade its's definitely Mark of Athena. But then I can't leave out Everneath. Inheritance. Article 5.  The Hunger Games (trilogy) and The Legend of Holly Claus.

Are you sensing a pattern? I can't choose. So. There you go. ;)
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Hmmm.... The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore. Yah...I was so pissed when I finally put it down. The first 2 are some of my favorite books - and this was just BLECH. I'm still sad. Mourning a loss, you could say. Book 4 better make up for it!!!!
 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke... OH MY GOSH SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!! There are no words. I feel STUPID for not just knowing, based on the recommendations I got for it and the amazing premise, that it would be brilliant. But really, it was. It blew me OUT OF THE WATER. Also The Brides of Rollrock Island. That book shocked me with it's great beauty and literature prowess and terrifying story. Gah!! Much love!!
 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Oh man. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and also Code Name Verity.
 5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
By far the Everneath trilogy! So much love for that book - and already for the next 2 books! Can't even wait!! :)))
(After writing this I discovered that I read Divergent in 2012 as well, which means that it qualifies for this as well.  So.  It's a tie.)
 6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Jennifer E. Smith, Brodi Ashton, and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway. And Julie Cross and Elizabeth Norris and Sarah J. Maas and Veronica Roth and Kristen Simmons. Dang. These ladies rock my world with their fantastic awesomeness.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I feel like there were a few. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - I would have never picked that up, but it ended up being an absolute favorite! Also Code Name Verity. Those two tie for best books out of my comfort zone.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Oh gaw. Terrible question because there were quite a few of those this year! It has to be Ten, Such Wicked Intent, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Wow - crazy good reads!! :)
 9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. And Delirium/Pandemonium. And The Legend of Holly Claus (my yearly Christmas read). Also, The Hunger Games trilogy because the next movie comes out next winter!! :))))
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

11. Most memorable character in 2012? 
Oh gosh. Probably Verity from Code Name Verity. And there's also Kelsey Hayes from Tiger's Destiny! Oh I looooove her!!! And male characters I think go to Four from Divergent/Insurgent and Chaol from Throne of Glass.  And for villains: definitely Phoenix from The Drowned Vault. Oh he scares me to pieces!!!!!
 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
It's between The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Crossed/Reached and The Brides of Rollrock Island.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? 
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Code Name Verity and Reached - all three equally and for three very different reasons!
 14. Book(s) you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 
Hahahaha love this one! There's always that one book, right? Well, it'd probably be The Hunger Games/Catching Fire/Mockingjay. Most assuredly. Wow those books. I can't even begin!

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

"It's like being in love, discovering your best friend."
- Code Name Verity

"I love you.  Remember.  They cannot take it."
"Love: It will kill you and save you, both."
"He who leaps for the sky may fall, it's true.  But he may also fly."
- Delirium

"Because the truth is that now that he's here, she can't imagine it any other way.  Now that he's here, she worries that crossing an entire ocean with someone between them might be something like torture."
"Even when she was old enough to read herself, they still tackled the classics together, moving from Anna Karenina to Pride and Prejudice to The Grapes of Wrath as if traveling across the globe itself, leaving holes in the bookshelves like missing teeth."
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

"For some reason I imagine the scene taking place in a City Hall, under the dome, only instead of wearing bright dresses we are bearing bright pictures, holding colorful words, humming snatches of new melodies under our breaths, unafraid of being caught out, ready to be asked, What song is this you sing?"
"A little surge of bitterness goes through me like someone's shot it right into my veins with a syringe.  But I know how to get over the feeling: remember that it doesn't do any good.  I've been bitter before about losing her and it never gets me anywhere.  More importantly, that's not the kind of person I've spent my life trying to become."
- Reached

"The next morning I wrap my toes in cloth, stuff my feet into my shoes, and run again.  If you can...just a little bit farther...just a little bit'll see, you'll see, you'll see.  Alex is alive.
I'm not crazy.  I know he isn't, not really.  As soon as my runs are done and I'm hobbling back to the church basement, it hits me like a wall: the stupidity of it all, the pointlessness.  Alex is gone, and no amount of running or pushing or bleeding with bring him back.
I know it.  But here's the thing:  When I'm running, there's always this split second when the pain is ripping through me and I can hardly breathe and all I see is color and blur - and in that split second, right as the pain crests, and becomes too much, and there's a whiteness going through me, I see something to my left, a flicker of color (auburn hair, burning, a crown of leaves) - and I know then, too, that if I only turn my head he'll be there, laughing, watching me, holding out his arms.
I don't ever turn my head to look, of course.  But one day I will.  One day I will, and he'll be back, and everything will be okay.
And until then:  I run."
- Pandemonium

(Let it be known that I'm choking back tears writing all these quotes.  These books make me cry so much!!  They're so dear to my heart and are a testament to the power of literature!)

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini - at 860 pages it's definitely the longest!!  I can't believe I read it in one week!  It's because of the threat of library fines, that's the only way I managed.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman - at 162 pages it's the shortest!  It was crazy good, totally surprising, and took me like, an hour.  I loved it!
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?
GASP!  I think it was the scene in Throne of Glass, toward the end, when Chaol and Celaena had that INSANE lovely moment together where he was all, "Get up!"  And I was like, "AAKLIHGWE99HY4389GNSADKFNOI2Y3RH8H!"  And then I died of happiness, but I couldn't talk to anyone about it.  And then my sister read it, and she DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE what part I was talking about.  So then I chatted with the author about it.  It calmed me down. ;)
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012?
So many good ones this year!  Jackson and Holly (Tempest), for how down to earth they were.  Hadley and Oliver (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight) for how they changed my perspective on love and loss and finding each other in the madness of life.  Cassia and Ky (Crossed/Reached) for all the sacrifice.  Ananna and Naji (The Assassin's Curse) for all the torture they put me through with their romantically suspenseful story.

But my absolute favorite this year, shockingly, has nothing to do with romance.  It's the friendship between Kittyhawk and Verity in Code Name Verity.  Hands down, it was brilliant and brutal and so lovely.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously?
Crossed and Reached
Delirium and Pandemonium
Oh yes.  Those books, they all made me cry.  Which is usually code for:  BEST BOOK EVER.  (Hahaha!)
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke, because Small Review wrote this review.  And because I wasn't really interested and didn't think I'd like it much, and then BAM!  It ended up being a favorite. :)

And there you go, friends!  I hope my 2012 Best Of answers didn't bore you to pieces...if you're still reading this, you deserve a gold medal! ;)  I'm thinking, based on my answers, that The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight deserves a gold medal as well.  I mean, for having the longest title of all the books I read this year, and for being the one I recommend the most in this post, it's a trooper. ;)



  1. Tanya Patrice @ Girlxoxo.comDecember 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I have Throne of Glass sitting unread on my shelves - so now you've got me curious! And I loved The Hunger Games trilogy too.

    Tanya Patrice

  2. I really enjoyed your list, Sierra! Wasn't the Assain's Curse amazing!!! And I have to point out that I read everything and wasn't bored. I think it's a great list. But what were you talking about in Throne of Glass?

  3. Oh, I loved this!! & yet, I have to read Reached.

    Awesome books this year, really. While reading your answers I was all like "Hmm, THIS is the book I'd choose in here." :D

  4. Great answers, Sierra! I'm happy to see Divergent and Insurgent a couple of times, as they are my favorite books EVER. Delirium and Pandemonium are up there, too. And jeez, I really should read The Assassin's Curse! I've had it on my shelf for too long.