2012 End of the Year Survey

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on December 29, 2012 | 0 Comments


1. Best book you read in 2011? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

I made an in-depth post over at Book Haven Extraordinaire all about this, giving my top 10, top 5 in genre breakdown, and best creature books. It’s pretty awesome, you should check it out HERE! You can also see my Top Ten of 2012 post to see my updated top 10 (and honorable mentions).
If I had to pick ONE favorite of 2012, it’d be ICED by Karen Marie Moning (my all time favorite author).
Dystopian: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Contemporary: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Fantasy: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Urban Fantasy (YA): Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
Sci-Fi: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

There were a few of those, but the biggest ones were Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins and Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck. The covers are gorgeous but I hated them! :(


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

The biggest one was Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. I went in thinking it’d top off at maybe 3 stars, and I ended up loving it!
Also, Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. There were such mixed reviews that I wasn’t sure going in if I’d fall in the love category or the hate category. I was hoping I’d really enjoy it, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did!


4. Book you recommended to people the most in 2012?

This answer hasn’t changed from last year: The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning! I take every opportunity I can to recommend these books, because every one should experience the absolute epicness of them!


5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

Hex Hall! The trilogy was amazing, particularly the final installment, Spell Bound.


6. Favorite new author(s) you discovered in 2012?

Jay Kristoff, Karsten Knight, A.G. Howard.


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

I started to say Perfect Chemistry, because I don’t read contemporaries very often, but even that one was still up my alley because I adore love/hate relationships. So I’m gonna have to say Spoiled because I don’t usually go for the Mean Girls kind of stories….but I loved it!


8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris. The whole book was a countdown, and you didn’t know what was going to happen when the time ran out!


9. Book you read in 2012 that you are most likely to re-read next year?



10. Favorite cover of a book you read?

1. Stormdancer. 1) My favorite color is red. 2) Buruu looks AMAZING. 3) Yukiko’s outfit and tattoos are beautiful! 4) Love the font, too!
2. Tiger’s Curse. I absolutely adore tigers. This cover is simply gorgeous…too bad I hated the book =/
You can see my Top Ten of 2012 post to see my top 10 covers of the year (2012 releases only).

11. Most memorable character?

Male: Buruu from Stormdancer. If you’ve read my review, you’ve seen my fangirling first-hand. It’s been a long time since I’ve loved a character so much!
Runner up: Morpheus from Splintered by A.G. Howard. Let’s just say moths are my new favorite bug ;)
Female: Hmm. I think this is a tie between Puck Connolly (The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater) and Dani O’Malley (ICED by KMM). Both are fiery, head-strong ladies who refuse to back down, and I love that in a MC.

12. Most beautifully written book?

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you?

If I Stay by Gayle Forman, The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna. Both are novels that will really make you think!

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

Wildefire by Karsten Knight. I ordered it and it sat on my shelf for a whole freaking YEAR before I finally picked it up. Some negative reviews made me nervous to read it, but I loved it anyway! Why I always check things out for myself before judging. :)


15. Favorite passage/quote from a book read in 2012?

Maybe that’s what the dead do. They stay. They linger. Benign and sweet and painful. They don’t need us. They echo all by themselves.

-from The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

16. Shortest and longest books read?

Longest: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (543 pages)
Shortest: Zom-B by Darren Shan (174 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!

1. Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins. There was a certain scene where one of the characters makes a major sacrifice – GAH! I cried SO FRIGGIN HARD.
2. Everneath by Brodi Ashton. Same concept, almost as much crying!


18. Favorite relationship from a book read in 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc.)?

That’s easy. Buruu and Yukiko from Stormdancer. Haven’t read it? Get on it!


19. Favorite book you read from an author you’ve read previously?

Iced, again. Favorite author, duhh. :)


20. Best book you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?

Honestly, I’ve never read a book just because someone recommended it to me. I don’t get many recommendations that I didn’t already have on my TBR list. And if someone did recommend something to me, I’d probably only read it if it sounded interesting…


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?

Probably Cuddlebuggery. I positively love Kat and Steph’s witty sarcasm, and I know I can always count on them for a laugh! Love their review wars!


2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?

Rant review: probably Falling Under. But since rants are my fave, I kinda love any of my 1 starfish or 1.5 starfish reviews. That’s where my sarcasm usually comes out in full force.
Gush review: Stormdancer!


3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

Uh…honestly, I don’t really do any discussion posts. Which is something I want to change next year!


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

Oh, goodness…I don’t know! Parajunkee and Bewitched Bookworms always have great discussions.


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

Hmm…the Valkyrie Rising blog tour. Ingrid is awesome and she was so great to work with!


6. Best moment of blogging?

There are a couple. One was reaching my 1 year mark (ahh, accomplishment!). The second was when I got the email from Little, Brown offering an eARC of Days of Blood and Starlight for review. :)


7. Most popular post on your blog this year (whether it be by comments or views)?

My 1,000 Follower Giveaway post had a whopping 3,353 views and 168 comments. Wow!

Reviews: Origin by Jessica Khoury (DNF) with 188 views and 15 comments
Runner up in views: Perfect Chemistry with 185 views (I have NO idea why it got so many)
Runner up in comments: Sweet Evil with 10 comments
(I usually don’t get more than 3 or 4 comments on my reviews)

Other posts: 2013 Paranormal Reading Challenge Sign Ups with 784 views and 44 comments


8. Post you wished got a little more love?

The 2013 Sequel Challenge Sign Ups. Hint, hint…. ;)


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



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

I did!
As for blogging, I wanted to break 100 followers and have my first giveaway. I accomplished both with flying colors!
As for reading, my goal was 100 books and I’ve read 138 and counting. I completed all of my reading challenges but the mythology challenge, you can see the overview post HERE.

1. One book you didn’t get to read in 2012 but will be #1 priority in 2013?

Taken. I got the eARC recently and have been dying to read it, but I had to finish my 2012 challenges (plus it counts for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge)!


2. Book you are most anticipating for 2013?

I’m going to have to cheat on this one and go with my top 5:

  1. Taken by Erin Bowman
  2. Afterglow by Karsten Knight
  3. School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
  4. Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris
  5. The Ward by Jordana Frankel
You can see my full top 10 in my Top Ten of 2012 post.

3. One thing you hope to do or accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2013?

Reading: I’m hoping I can exceed myself and make it to 150 books. Hopefully…
Blogging: I want to have more discussion posts and keep to a regular schedule. And do more networking and commenting!

Jessi (Geo)

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