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“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 know the year isn’t over yet but, as I said last year, this is the time I start reflecting on what I’ve read and start looking ahead because I NEVER get much reading done during December with the holidays and what not! I’ll be filling mine out within the next day or so but I’ll be revising if I happen to read something absolutely earth shattering that would need to be on here!
So feel to fill this out whenever you feel like it…whether that’s today or in January — I know every body will want to reflect at different points! Feel free to link up with Mr. Linky and share your End of Year Books Survey and visit others on the list!
Note: The survey is for books you read and is not limited to just books that came out in 2012!!
NEW THIS YEAR: Anyone who links up by January 10th will be in the running to win a book of their choice that they saw on mine or somebody else’s list and want to read!!”
Now, for MY list! You’ll notice that I’m not as sweet and awesome as our questionnaire’s creator! Here are
Best In Books 2012
1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Contemporary Fiction: The Best of Me by Sparks, Nicholas
Contemporary YA: The Tragedy Paper by LaBan, Elizabeth
Paranormal Romance: (I was going to put Gravedigger’s Brawl again, but I don’t want to repeat myself!) Immortal Longings: A Vampire Novel byDeKelb-Rittenhouse, Diane (YA-LGBT)
Urban Fantasy: Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (even though I rated it kind of low)
Romantic Suspense: Fantasy in Death (In Death, #30) by J.D. Robb
Fantasy: Released (The Shapeshifters’ Library, #1) by Polo, Amber; A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) by Martin, George R.R.
LGBT: The Gravedigger’s Brawl by Roux, Abigail
BDSM/KINK: Natural Law (Nature of Desire, #2) by Hill, Joey W.; The Vampire Queen’s Servant (Vampire Queen, #1) by Hill, Joey W.
Erotica: Red Hot Holiday Anthology by Carina Press
Horror: Dark Seductions: Tales of Erotic Horror by Scognamiglio, John
Humor: Flirting with Fangs by Pierson, Peg
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison and Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? Released (The Shapeshifters’ Library, #1) by Amber Polo — a truly charming, sweet, wonderful, ADDICTIVE paranormal outside my usual realm of grim and gritty.
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Released (The Shapeshifters’ Library, #1) by Amber Polo
Immortal Longings: A Vampire Novel by DeKelb-Rittenhouse, Diane
The Dalai Lama’s Cat by Michie, David
5. Best series you discovered in 2012? Hm. I’d have to say The Vampire Queen Series by Joey W. Hill.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012? Joey W. Hill (I KNOW, how late am I?), Amber Polo, and Abigail Roux come first to mind.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? I’ve always had eclectic tastes, and I’ll try anything if it sounds like a good story. I’d say hardcore, psychological BDSM (NOT 50 Shades “Romance” style — true stuff that explores the real lifestyle and its psychological and emotional depths.)
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012? That is honestly hard to say, since I’ve been so busy this year that I’ve been reading books three or four at a time. They all inevitably have to be put aside for one that needs to be reviewed. BUT the books that I came back to immediately when I had a moment include:
- Released (The Shapeshifters’ Library, #1) by Amber Polo
- The Dalai Lama’s Cat by Michie, David
- Immortal Longings: A Vampire Novel byDeKelb-Rittenhouse, Diane
- The Gravedigger’s Brawl by Roux, Abigail
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
- Gravedigger’s Brawl by Abigail Roux
- The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie
- Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
- A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison (the latter two I plan to read the entire series again from the beginning.)
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012? How’s this for different? Natural Law by Joey W. Hill, and The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie
11. Most memorable character in 2012? Torin Kane from Flirting with Fangs by Peg Pierson (hilarious!) and HHC (His Holiness’ Cat) from The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie (hilarious AND profound)
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
- The Dalai Lama’s Cat
- The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
- The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan (YA, Release Date January 2013)
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? Natural Law by Joey W. Hill really got me into the kink, and I can’t stop thinking about The Dalai Lama’s Cat, and the lessons within!
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? Anything by Joey W. Hill!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? Honestly? I don’t keep track, and I rarely highlight. I like to get lost in the story, so I can’t really answer this one. I didn’t do my annual reading of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon in 2012, so while I can practically quote it by heart, it’s not really a fair choice.
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? I read quite a few short-shorts of 5-10k words. The longest was roughly the size of a dictionary, yet still awesome and riveting: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin. I feel smarter and yet more confused every time I read another volume — and I don’t DARE go back and start again from the beginning. Can’t someone write a “So Here’s the Story So Far” book that’s about 500 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! There were A LOT of choices, but I’m going to give it to the Red Hot Holiday Anthology from Carina Press — there’s probably an unfair advantage because there’s more than one hot story, but DAMN! I wanted to turn to someone who was reading the exact same scene at the exact same time and go, “OMG DID YOU JUST READ THAT?” or possibly just “GAH!”
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc). Now and always, Eve and Roarke from JD Robb’s In Death series. The Hollows Gang from Kim Harrison. But I also fell in love with so many new ones, the list could go on all day.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously: Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (pretty damn good); Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, and The 50 Shades of Blech Trilogy (there are no words for the regret I feel over the last two.)
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013? Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness! ARGH! I waited forever for that to come out, and I STILL haven’t read it. The Twelve by Justin Cronin is up there as well.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013? It WAS EVER AFTER by Kim Harrison, but I was lucky enough to get my greedy little hands on an ARC that I’m reading RIGHT NOW! So I’ll have to look at my catalogs!
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013? The eternal wish of the reader — catch up on my TBR! Delve into those books and series that I’ve always wanted to read but never got to, and stop adding dozens of NEW ONES to the list every week!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, MY FELLOW VORACIOUS READERS!
MAY YOUR TBR SHRINK NEXT YEAR, BUT NEVER TRULY BE EMPTY!