2011 Book Survey

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on December 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Oooohhhh I love surveys :)
.:Books read in 2011:.
1. Best book(s) read in 2011?
Here’s my top ten (in order):
1. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (review)
     The entire series would be on this list, but book one was the only one I re-read this year (sad face).
2. The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa (review)
3. Intertwined by Gena Showalter by Gena Showalter
4. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (review)
5. Unraveled by Gena Showalter
6. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (review)
7. Twisted by Gena Showalter
8. Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
9. Seizure by Kathy Reichs (review)
10. Bloodlust by Michelle Rowen (review)
Honorable mention:
Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (review)

2. Most disappointing book/Book you wish you loved more than you did?
I actually have 3 choices for this one.
1. Need by Carrie Jones.
     I didn’t care for it at all, and after all the hype about it I was extremely let down.
2. As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott.
     This cover looked sooo beautiful and I was so excited to get my hands on this…then I could barely make it through the darn thing.
3. The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
     Another one with a lot of hype and some really awesome reviews. I was bored for the majority and very disappointed by the lack of magic.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?
Bloodlust. There were so many twists and turns in this one that I was shocked at every corner!

4. Book you recommended to people the most in 2011?
Definitely the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I take every opportunity I can to recommend things, because every one should experience the absolute epicness of them!

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?
Hands down, the Intertwined series by Gena Showalter. INCREDIBLE.

6. Favorite new author(s) discovered in 2011?
Gena Showalter, Michelle Rowen, Laini Taylor, Lauren Oliver

7. Best book that was outside of your comfort zone or a new genre for you?
Between Seasons by Aida Brasston and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. I’ve never been a big fan of ghosts or zombies and never thought I’d want to read about them, but I enjoyed both of these.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?
Intertwined, for sure. I read it in less than 24 hours (would have been like 4 or 5 if I didn’t have to work and sleep) and when I wasn’t reading it, I was constantly thinking about it and wishing I was reading it.

9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?
Iron Knight! I loooove the Iron Fey series and was thrilled when I heard Julie was writing on in Ash’s POV and waiting for it killed me. I almost peed myself when I found it at Meijer 4 days before the official release date!

10. Favorite book cover(s) of 2011?

1. The Iron Knight. 1) Ash is gorgeous. 2) The awesometastic swirly designs! 3) the colors. Ice blue, navy, and a bit of purple. Amazing!
2. Forgive My Fins. I love the bright colors, it reminds me of cotton candy!! The font is really pretty too, I like the way it loops.
11. Most memorable character in 2011?
This one is a tie!
1. Ash from Iron Knight (true name Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn)
     He goes through so much in the name of love, how could he not be memorable?
2. Aden Stone from Intertwined
     I loved Aden and loved reading his POV. And he has voices in his head. Not made up though, real souls trapped in his mind. Not something you read about every day!
Karou from Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Aside from being kick-ass, she collects languages and has blue hair. Who could forget blue hair?
12. Most beautifully written book of 2011?
Hmm. Probably Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. The metaphors got a little annoying but for the most part her writing was beautiful. It was more like reading emotion than reading words.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?
Most definitely Before I Fall. It was so brilliant and spectacular and made me see things in a different light. I think everyone should read this book.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to read?
Basically all of the Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning. I read the Fever series for the first time a couple years ago as well as The Immortal Highlander (I mucho heart Adam Black), and even knowing how stupendous they were I STILL did not read any of her other books until this year. Ima slacker, I  know.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book read in 2011?
I have a few of those!

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s a thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around in it, let it slide like coins through your fingers. So much time you can waste it. But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”
-Lauren Oliver, from Before I Fall

‎”She craved a presence beside her, solid. Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark. Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain, and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming. Who would dance with her on her balcony, keep his promises and know her secrets, and make a tiny world wherever he was, with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trust.”

-Laini Taylor, from Daughter of Smoke & Bone

‎”I have always been fascinated by the ocean, to dip a limb beneath its surface and know that I’m touching eternity, that it goes on forever until it begins here again.”

-Lauren DeStefano, from Wither

“If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging at your back and running its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do – the only thing – is to run.”
-Lauren Oliver, from Delirium

16. Book you read in 2011 that you will be most likely to re-read in 2012?
Probably The Iron Knight. :)

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!
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. Oh. My. God. This has by far the most irritating ending EVER (with 8 months to wait at the time for the next book). If you’ve read it, you know exactly what I mean.
The ending of Twisted was pretty bad too. Everything all went to shit and finally came to a conclusion that was so right, yet so awful at the same time.

I’m going to skip the blogging questions since I just started this 2 months ago. Maybe next year!

.:Looking Ahead:.

1. One book you didn’t get to read in 2011 but is a priority in 2012?
Wildefire by Karsten Knight. I’ve had this book for a year… >.>

2. Book you are most anticipating in 2012?
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. After the cliff-hanger in book 4, I neeeeeeed to know what happens!!!
P.S. Anyone else disappointed that there’s no cover yet?

3. One thing you hope to do or accomplish in your reading/blogging in 2012?
Reading: I want to make it to 100 books!
Blogging: I have more than one. Such as…I really want to have my first giveaway. I would love to have an author interview. And 100 must be the magic number cuz I would love to break triple digits on followers :)

Jessi (Geo)

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