I've never done an end-of-the-year survey before, but it sounded like a fantastic idea. Especially since I hardly posted during the first half of 2012, and honestly, I read so many great books which I never reviewed on my blog but really want to feature. Anyway, this End of Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie over at The Perpetual Pageturner, where she has her initial post and a linky to tons of other bloggers' round-ups of the best and worst books they read this year-- BONUS: anyone who adds their post to the linky before January 10th has a chance to win a book of their choice that was featured on somebody's list! Without further ado...
1. Best Book I Read in 2012
Best YA: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Best Adult Fantasy: A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
Best Adult Historical: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
2. Book I Was Excited About & Thought I Was Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Gunslinger (Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King & The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
I liked both of them, actually, but neither were as good as I'd hoped. The Casual Vacancy was doomed never to live up to my expectations, I guess, and The Gunslinger just didn't live up to its hype...I've heard the next books in the series are supposed to be better.
3. Most Surprising (in a good way) Book of 2012
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
This is a book about a Hawaiian island inhabited by people slowly dying of leprosy. It's also one of the most amazing, poignant, and just beautiful books I've ever read-- definitely a new favorite.
4. Book I Recommended Most to People in 2012
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien-- because of the movie coming out (in just a few days!)
5. Best Series I Discovered in 2012
The Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik (first book= His Majesty's Dragon): excellent fantasy series about dragons in the Napoleonic Wars
The Wolf Hall series by Hilary Mantel: I still haven't read Bring Up The Bodies, but I definitely can't wait to!
A Song of Ice and Fire: Technically, I read the first two books in this series early last year, but it was only over this summer that I started to become really and truly obsessed with the series-- the HBO show probably contributed to this, and the release of A Dance with Dragons
6. Favorite New Authors I Discovered in 2012
Terry Pratchett (I decided to try his Discworld books and other books after reading Good Omens, which he co-wrote with Neil Gaiman(!)
Carlos Ruiz Zafon (I read The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game this year-- he has a beautiful writing style)
7. Best Book That Was Out of My Comfort Zone/ From A New Genre
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Read this one for school. It was fairly good, but so different from the books I usually like to read.
8. Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book in 2012
BZRK by Michael Grant
Wouldn't expect less than consistently thrilling from Michael Grant. I'm excited to read the next one in this series next year.
9. Book From 2012 That I'm Most Likely To Re-read Next Year
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
Well, I have re-read it every year since it first came out.
10. Favorite Cover of A Book I Read in 2012
I didn't read many books with pretty covers this year...like hardly any at all. I liked the cover for China Mieville's Railsea.
11. Book That Had The Greatest Impact on Me In 2012
Hmm, tough one...I guess The Fault In Our Stars, again.
12. Book I Can't Believe I Waited Until 2012 To Finally Read
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
13. Shortest & Longest Books I Read in 2012
Longest: A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin (1,128 pages)
Shortest: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (213 pages)
14. Best Book That I Read Based Solely On A Recommendation
Never Let Me Go By Kazuo Ishiguro
17. Book(s) I'm Most Anticipating for 2013
Splintered by AG Howard
Light by Michael Grant
Dualed by Elsie Chapman