Very Belated 2012 End of Year Book Survey

January 31, 2013 Whitney Meme 4 Comments

best books read in 2012

I admit, I’m a month behind getting  The Perpetual Page-Turner’s End of Year Survey post up.  Despite my love of lists I kept putting it off with good intentions to come back and complete it later.  Well, later is better then never so here I go.
*Note I did not read a whole lot of books last year so I apoligize in advance for any repation.

Best In Books 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012?

11/22/63 by Stephen King & Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol


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


4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
11/22/63 by Stephen King

 5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
I rediscovered Nancy Drew

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
F. Scott Fitzgerald

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
The Death of Ivan Illych by Leo Tolstoy

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
11/22/63 by Stephen King and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien


10. Most memorable character in 2012? 

Vinnie Warren from The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

11. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
The Death of Ivan Illych by Leo Tolstoy

12. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? 
Devil’s Knot by Mara Leveritt and Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

13. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

 14.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 
Shortest: The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern
Longest: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

15. 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!

All of Gone Girl and 11/22/63


16. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

17. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
The Likeness by Tana French

18. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

My mom recommended anything by Mark Twain and I chose The Diary of Adam and Eve

Looking Ahead…


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
There are so many, but I started Great Expectations by Charles Dickens last year and would like to finish it.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin & Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley (both have been released)

3. What You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
  1. Read what I want when I want — In 2012 I decided to only read classics and as is typical when one boxes themselves in the plan can go sour.
  2. Do not go crazy with reading challenges — I don’t think I completed a single one last year, and I find them to be stressing to finish on time.  That is not the point of blogging!
  3. This leads into my third resolution, remember that blogging is a hobby and should be fun.
  4. Comment on at least 5 blogs a day
  5. Continue with the blogging schedule I started at the end of 2012 
  6. Schedule posts 


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4 responses to “Very Belated 2012 End of Year Book Survey

  1. Ohhh, Great Expectations was probably my favorite book of last year. It was fabulous. I look forward to reading your thoughts when you get back to it.
    Ah, Stephen King. I've been saying I'll read one of his books next month, every month, and then I'll never do. Any particular title you'd recommend for a first encounter with King? 🙂
    Great list!

    • I haven't read a lot of Stephen King but I think 11/22/63 or The Shinning would be a good intro. Critics have written that if you have not read a King book since The Shinning, 11/22/63 is the one to read. I've enjoyed both, so I think that would be a good starting point.

      I'm lookimg forward to finishing Great Expectations. (especially with Celebrating Dickens coming up) I have shamlessly already watched a mini-series of it on PBS but have read that the book has a different ending, so I think I will still be surprised

  2. Loved this! I really should rediscover Nancy Drew. I have such fond (and enduring) reading memories of this series. It was one of my favourites as a young girl.

    I also started Great Expectations last year and failed to finish it. I don't know what it is about this novel, but it seems to be my Dickensian Achilles' Heel. I *will* conquer it this year!

  3. I can still remember the first time I read Nancy Drew, she just has a certain quality about her.

    I watched an adaptation of Great Expectations a few weeks ago and liked it, but my mom told me the novel has a different ending so I'm going in with trepidation.

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