Hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner, this survey is a fun idea for a retrospective on the past year’s worth of bookish goodness!
Read on to see what my answers are…..
1. Best Book You Read In 2011?
That’s a toughie… I’m going to use Jamie’s breakdown of categories to let me pick more than just one fave 😉
YA contemporary: dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman
YA paranormal/supernatural: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Adult Fiction: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler and Remembrance by Michelle Madow. I liked both of ’em, cute premise but was expecting more I guess.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?
Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber. I didn’t know a lot about it, had a feeling I’d like it but didn’t realize just how much I’d love it!
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – for sure. Bought it for several people as gifts, recommended it to many more.
5. Best series you discovered in 2011?
Well, since so many books now are parts of a series, I think I’ll have to say Delirium by Lauren Oliver.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?
Oh so many! I really branched out of my comfort zone this year in terms of books I’d read. I’d say Lauren Oliver and Tahereh Mafi are two of my faves that I’ve discovered.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I don’t really have a “new genre” since I read a wide variety of them. I might have to say Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother only because I don’t often read memoirs, and this one caused so much controversy when it came out. Plus, having grown up in that culture, I was curious to see what Amy Chua had to say.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?
I’d have to say Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me.
9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?
I never really fully paid attention to upcoming books (unless it was Harry Potter) until this year, with the formation of my book blog. Normally I would just read whatever strikes my fancy. I guess, once I found out about the book, I’d have to say I was looking forward to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern the most.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?
11. Most memorable character in 2011?
I’d say Minny Jackson in The Help!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?
Probably between Delirium by Lauren Oliver and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?
Hmm I thought there’d be quite a few.. but none that really fit with this category. I was going to say Delirium since it seems EVERYONE had read it already before I did, but it was published in early 2011.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?
Well, I don’t remember every passage & quote that I like from books that I read.. I made a point of noting this one though, so I’ll use it for this question!
– Proverb 42, The Book of Shhh
16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012?
Probably Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
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!
Hahaha SO MANY… One Day by David Nicholls (GAH!!), Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (SHOWER!), Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (hotness!), The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Sharing a LOLWTF moment!)
Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2011 (optional)
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2011?
Pretty much all of them, really! It was 2011 that I fully got into book blogging, and have discovered so many fantastic ones!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2011?
Good question! Hmmm my favourite review I wrote in 2011 would probably be….. the one I did for Twilight: Breaking Dawn.. It’s on the movie (but based on the book, obviously, so I’m counting it!). I liked my sarcastically clever review on this silly silly movie… 😛
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
Hmm I don’t often have discussions that come up from my blog… It’s not book-related, but my “Oprah Schmoprah” post drew up a bit of “controversy”… lol
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Definitely the discussion on Fiktshun’s Bloggers Corner about Book Blogging: Community or Competition?. Brilliantly written, bringing up great points and expresses sentiments that I also feel. Felt, and still feel, strongly about it! (enough to have left a 2-parter comment on the post!)
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2011?
Besides the meet-up, I’d have to say getting the opportunity to discover so many more books that I might not have known about. I’ve expanded my library and been able to share my thoughts about books I read.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Hmm I can’t remember which posts I wish got a bit more love… There’s been a smattering of reviews or discussion ones..
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 this year?
TOTALLY did – and extremely excited about it. (Hence my accompanying party & giveaway!)
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2011 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2012?
Only one!? I honestly have so many to read that I didn’t get to… Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Anna Dressed in Blood, Divergent, Wither, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and the list goes on…
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2012?
Shatter Me #2!
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2012?
Reading: I hope to surpass my goal of 50 books for 2012. I want to actually get around to reading more of the books I buy rather than just having the intention of reading them at some point.
Blogging: Even though I completed the Post a Day challenge in 2011, I won’t be participating in WordPress’s Post a Day challenge this year. However, I want to maintain a consistency with posting, trying for every day – even without a mandated challenge. I want to grow my blog and hopefully double its stats by the end of 2012.