Oh my gosh, you guys. Where did this year go?! I felt both long and fast! Overall, I had a fabulous year. We bought a house! We got a puppy! I’ve been loving both. :) But anyway, here are my final bookish thoughts on this year….
1. Best Book You Read In 2012?
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I was REALLY excited about this one and I finally decide to read it aaaaand…it wasn’t amazing. :/ I do hear it gets better, so I’m still looking forward to continuing the series.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
I was so apprehensive of this book, mostly because of the age gap between the protagonists…but WOW! Tracey really made it work.
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Review Not Possible
I could not shut up about my love for this book. Really. READ IT! Don’t wait a moment longer!!
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Beautiful books… *pets them*
(click each cover for its review)
The Kowalski family found its way to my heart and it has set up shop. They’re here to stay.
(click each cover for its review)
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
I have a list for you guys!!
Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2012
ALSO add Patricia Briggs, Morgan Matson, Trish Doller, Sharla Lovelace, aaaaand MARIE LU!!
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Well, I actually didn’t step out of comfort zone this year. I’m thinking 2013 might be the year!! Bring on the adult high fantasy books!!
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
That’s right. TWO books! Same series, both thrilling and unputdownable!
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
The answer is ALL OF THESE! FOR SURE!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
from The Fault in Our Stars
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
I tried to answer differently, guys, I really did. But there’s just no denying it.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
I can’t believe I finally read this!! LOVED!
(Review coming soon!)
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
From The Fault in Our Stars…
(image from http://kyrandis.tumblr.com)
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
I read tons of novellas that were plenty short, and short ebooks, but I decided to go with books in print that were full novels…
Shortest: 214 pages
Longest: 593 pages
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?
Please, let me direct you to the following screen cap of my review of PANDEMONIUM:
(click the image to see full, non-spoilery review)
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012
From unknowns, to friendship, to love. I love those type of stories and this book has it. Also, I loved that they respected each other in all situations.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
(click each cover for reviews)
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Ginger of GReads! wrote THIS REVIEW early in 2011, and I put it off alllll year, but finally made it my first read of 2012. AND I LOVED IT SO MUCH!! I actually couldn’t even write a review for it.
Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?
I learned about these fab ladies in January, at ALAMW, when I met Magan. I love both Estelle and Magan, and am so happy to have gotten to know them better throughout the year. Also, their posts are always insightful and fun. :D
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?
I thought this one was pretty good :)
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
Sadly, I have yet to post a discussion post on the blog. Maybe in 2013!
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Honestly, I loved all discussion posts by Amanda of On a Book Bender. They are always so well thought out and easy to understand and relate to. Check them out HERE!
5. Best event that you participated in?
I did attend several signings, festivals, and such…
But my favorite was ALA Midwinter in Dallas! I met so many awesome bloggers, you guys! LOVED IT!
Here’s a pic of my partners in crime :)
Ginger, Sarah, Me, Lena, and Yani.
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
I met SO MANY authors this year!! Some highlights…
Maggie Steifvater and Holly Black (I’d actually already met her before)!!
And also, sadly not pictured…
John Green and Kristin Cashore!
But my most exciting was FINALLY meeting Richelle Mead. YESSSS!
Not only did I meet her, she loved my shirt, which I wore in honor of Seth from her Georgina Kincaid series. She even blogged about it (go here, and scroll all the way to the bottom)!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (by views)?
THIS year’s most popular’s post was:
Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Quotes From Books
People love book quotes!
ALTHOUGH! My overall most popular post was actually from 2011:
The Boys of Dessen: Wes
But more people love Wes. SA-WOON!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I don’t have a specific one. I’ll take what I can get. :)
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
This is probably more blogging related than bookish, per say…
It lets me schedule future tweets and facebook posts. Not only that, it also gives me stats for each link! Pretty dang useful.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Only the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge, which I updated by lowering then upping a few times this year. In other words, I cheated a lot. hahaha
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
I have so many series that ended in 2012 that I have yet to read…I WILL DO THIS!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
YOU KNOW WHY!!!
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
The main thing I want to accomplish in 2013 is read more of the books I already own. I’m going to try reeeeeally hard to stick to this, you guys!
The Farm by Emily McKay
Series: The Farm #1
Published by Berkley Trade, Penguin on December 4th 2012
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult
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Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…
And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.
Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…
Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...
No lie, just the title alone and that cover image both intrigued me and scared me a little bit. I HAD to read this book!
As you can read from the synopsis, the world of The Farm is one terrifying place. The constant danger and imprisonment would completely break me down. I wouldn’t be able to survive, I can guarantee you this. The stakes and the tension in this book just keep rising and rising with each page. It really was hard to put down once it hits its stride. The first couple of chapters were a little slow, so don’t get discouraged because you’re going to be in for one hell of a ride.
While the story itself is very exciting, what really won me over were the characters. Both Lily and Mel had admirable characteristics. Both so different, yet the same, as only twins can be. I loved how they came first to each other, above everything else. While Lily was the tough one, Mel was the strong one, and I loved that. And Carter…oh, Carter. He was also one tough cookie, with his hidden agenda and all. I wanted to shake him a lot of the times. I did appreciate the fact that Emily McKay made him such a believable guy, because only real guys would think and say the things he did at times, lol. I am also SO completely intrigued by Sebastian’s character. I have a feeling that he is going to surprise me in the next book…
Lily and Mel are both very important to Carter and Sebastian’s agenda, but I’m still not sure how it’s all going to work. Especially after that ending! It’s going to be really interesting to see if the most affected character in the end will change in the next book. Fans of dark, post-apocalyptic worlds will devour this book. I, for one, am dying to continue this series!
Q&A with Emily McKay
How were you able to make Lily such a relatable character to teen girls, when she is living in such different circumstances?
I think Lily is every girl. She does what she does because she has to. I think that is a uniquely female perspective and one that girls and women around the world face every day.
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The Scourge by A.G. Henley
Series: Brilliant Darkness #1
Published by Author on January 31st 2012
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult, Zombies
Source: Blog Tour
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Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She's never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings' tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be.
And she's always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone.
The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn's.
Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn’t hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him.
As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people’s survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she’s forced to decide who and what to protect—her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest.
For me, The Scourge is a blend between The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan and the movie The Village. I love both of those, so that made this book super enjoyable for me. A.G. Henley gave us a post-apocalyptic story where we immediately care and feel protective of our strong-willed main character. What I appreciated most about Fenn was just how honest and selfless she was. This may sound weird, but I was really excited that she was blind because I knew it would make her journey incredibly interesting.
The love story was really well done. It had depth and meaning, and it was also mature, which I was glad of. It fit the setting. Since Fenn is blind, she doesn’t choose her love by his looks, she chooses him by the person he actually is, which was a nice change from the normal “love at first sight.” We do get to meet two incredibly good guys in this book, but it wasn’t hard to see where Fenn’s heart would end up.
I thought perhaps this story had some magical elements to it, maybe having to do with Fenn’s protection against the Scourge or with other things later in the story, but the actual truth turned out to be a really feasible explanation to everything. There were a few twists to the story that I may have predicted early on, but it did not take away from the story one bit.
Overall this book was really well rounded. From story, to characters, to world-building, I enjoyed it very thoroughly. More people who are fans of the genre should totally pick it up. Especially at its very low price of $0.99 (or free for Amazon Prime members)!!
Then You Were Gone by Lauren Strasnick
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Publication Date: January 8th 2013 by Simon Pulse
In the tradition of 13 Reasons Why, a suspenseful and heart-wrenching novel from the author of Nothing Like You and Her and Me and You.
Two years ago, Adrienne’s best friend walked out of her life. One week ago, she left Adrienne a desperate, muffled voicemail. Adrienne never called back.
Now Dakota is missing. She left behind a string of broken hearts, a flurry of rumors, and a suicide note.
Adrienne can’t stop obsessing over what might have happened if she’d answered Dakota’s call. And she’s increasingly convinced that Dakota must still be alive.
Maybe finding and saving Dakota is the only way Adrienne can save herself.
Or maybe it’s too late for them both.
DUN DUN DUNNN! What if it is too late?! What if it’s not?! I MUST KNOW!
What are you waiting on this Wednesday? :)
Although the year is not over, I wanted to participate anyway, because lets face it: it is AWESOME talking about our favorite books! And narrowing it down to a list of ten is always so hard and so amazing. I do plan to read a few more books before the end of the year, but honestly, it’s going to be tough to top what I’ve already read so far. Amazingness. Nothing short of amazingness is what this list is full of. Also, these are in no particular order, that would be IMPOSSIBLE! Except for the first one… :)
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Numero uno for damn sure.
2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone/Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – LOOOOOOVE. I can’t even…
3. Thirteen (Women of the Otherworld #13) by Kelley Armstrong – One of my favorite series came to an end and it was SO GREAT!
4. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols – Oh, my gosh. This book!! It was hotness.
5. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller – Heart = Stolen. Yup.
6. Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready – Another great conclusion to a favorite series. I actually miss the characters from this series already. Def due for a reread next year.
7. Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver – OHMYGAHTHEENDING!!
8. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – This was the first book I read in 2012 and including it in this list was the easiest decision I’ve made so far.
9. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith – I hope more people pick up this book and fall in love with it as I did. Love at first read. :)
10. Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins – This book made me so happy, y’all. My heart smiles just reminiscing about it. READ IT!
Bonus! 2013 Books Read in 2012 I LOVED!
I should have the reviews for these posted closer to their Pub Date, but I want to say I LOVE THEM SO!!
Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi – You guys are in for a treat!!
Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu – Oh, the ending! :(
And that’s it, friends! What are your Top Ten of 2012?