As I mentioned in October I was going to bring back the End Of Year Book Survey that I created randomly last year. My silly little survey I created for myself to highlight what I read in 2011 suddenly grew when a bunch of others jumped in which was AWESOME and made my TBR list for 2011 grow exponentially…and really made it all more fun!
I know 2011 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 this 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! Feel free to link up with Mr. Linky and share your End of Year Books Survey and visit others on the list!
1. Best Book You Read In 2011?
Honestly, I hate myself for asking this question. HOW do you pick a favorite!? So I’m cheating and picking more than one!
YA contemporary- Sloppy Firsts (although it’s in the bookstores in the adult section), Lola and the Boy Next Door, Where She Went
YA paranormal/supernatural: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Adult Fiction: The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen, The Lover’s Dictionary
2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?
I was SO excited for the sequel to Vixen by Jillian Larkin. Don’t get me wrong, Ingenue was GOOD, but I was a bit disappointed because I expected to LOVE IT WAY MORE. I’ll still be reading the next one but yeah..just wasn’t as IN LOVE as I thought I’d be.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?
Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager! I really didn’t know what to expect with this one. I wanted to help out a fellow blogger who was setting up a tour and WOW…this was quite the little gem!
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?
I gushed and pushed the following books like nobody’s biz…Sloppy Firsts, Anna/Lola and If I Stay/Where She Went.
5. Best series you discovered in 2011?
The Jessica Darling series obviously (I still need to finish!) but I was really really happy with A Need So Beautiful and Shade as I’m not a HUGE paranormal/supernatural fangirl. I am picky but these really stood out!
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?
Megan McCafferty ( I had heard SO much about her and FINALLY read her with Sloppy Firsts and Bumped…AND MET HER!!), Beth Kephart, Rebecca Rasmussen and Stephanie Perkins. I read Anna in the first week of January 2011 because Steph Su made me buy it despite how much I didn’t want to…and I FELL IN LOVE.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I’ve never really read much fantasy that wasn’t paranormal/supernaturally kind of stuff. I read Silver Phoenix and I LOVED it! I will be trying to read more fantasy in 2012! Any recs??
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?
While Mara and I have a complicated relationship…I COULD NOT PUT THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER DOWN!! Also, Fever by Lauren DeStefano!!
9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?
WHERE SHE WENT!! I was dying for this one after If I Stay and my dear friend Kristi sent me the extra ARC she had and I was SOOO happy!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?
Hands down Jessica Darling. Let’s be honest here.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
Fever by Lauren DeStefano
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?
In terms of emotionally (as this year I didn’t seem to read anything that was extremely provocative for some reason), I think Moonglass by Jessi Kirby or Where She Went by Gayle Forman. Obviously the grief issue resonates deeply.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?
Sloppy Firsts. I’ve had people telling me to read this book since before I started blogging. I even made my sister buy it because so many people recommended it…but I never picked it up. STUPID MOVE, Jamie. Jessica Darling = Teen Jamie
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?
From The Lover’s Dictionary:
these words will ultimately end up being the barest of reflections, devoid of the sensations words cannot convoy. Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.”
16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012?
The Lover’s Dictionary (I feel like there is still more beauty to glean from this one!) or Anna & The French Kiss (it makes me uber happy)
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!
Delirium ( THE END!!), Fever (OMG SO MANY PARTS!), Mara Dyer (THE END!) and Shade (SO MANY PARTS! And I totally blew up Jen from Makeshift Bookmark’s phone!)
Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2011 (optional)
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2011?
Oh goodness…SO many this year…BUT probably Rather Be Reading — Estelle and Magan are pretty recent additions to the blogging world and there blog is seriously one of my faves of all time now — great reviews, great personality, and a beauteous design! Helps that I also have sooo much in common with them!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010?
Lola and the Boy Next Door. There are only a few reviews that are insanely, incoherently nothing but fangirly gushing. This is one of them. It’s my favorite because I had so much fun writing it and letting myself forget about writing a proper review. Sometimes the crazy fangirl just can’t be contained!
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
Oh goodness. I have had so many great discussions on my blog. And honestly…it has nothing to do with my writing/discussional skills and more to do with my amazing READERS!! I’d say either my discussion about commenting on book blogs or my letter to my younger blogging self that I did recently. Really just check out my list of discussions and you’ll find some really great ones in the comments! Lots of healthy debating in some!
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I really need to take note of these just for the purposes of this survey BUT recently April from Good Books and Good Wine had a great post about monetizing your blog and whether or not it is a book blogger taboo. ALSO, I remember way back in the beginning of the year Andye from Reading Teen had a great discussion about Sex in YA.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I again went to a lot of amazing signings and met fave authors (GAYLE FORMAN!!) and amazing bloggers this year! However, BEA was hands down the best thing that happened to me this year. And folks, I’ll be honest…it wasn’t because of all the books. It was all the moments hanging out with some of my best blogging friends. It was the way it seemed like we’ve known each other all for years and could die laughing about the silliest things. BEA might just be the BEST memory of 2011. Honestly.
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2011?
Aside from BEA, I’d say that the best moment in 2011 as far as my blog goes is reaching 1000 followers. Follower count isn’t too important..however..I was really secretly giddy because I don’t do a lot of giveaways or anything like that (not saying these are bad…I just really haven’t participated in much like that). It felt nice that all the heart and soul that I poured into this blog showed in that people actually read this thing?! Honestly…I had a little teary eyed moment (which Will LAUGHED at) but I was honestly so amazed that people comment and read what I write and CARE to some degree. The conversations that happen here are most important to me but still…it was kinda cool to see that number…to be honest. I’m lame. I know. ALSO MY 1 YEAR BLOGOVERSARY!!
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?
I had so much fun writing up my Fictional Wedding and had hoped that it would have gotten more love! Also, my review of Fever!! I was so excited about talking about it and wanted others to be toooo. I know..it was too early but I HAD TO. I had to give those who haven’t read Wither PLENTY OF TIME to get their asses in gear! 😛
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
AUDIOBOOKS!!! And also, related to that, the Overdrive program with my library in which I can BORROW audiobooks! YAY. Win, Jamie, win!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I read WAY less than I planned and failed with my challenges. I blame it on wedding planning. Or that I suck at goals and challenges. Better luck next year!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2011 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2012?
HARRY POTTER! You guys really might disown me if it doesn’t happen in 2012, yes? Also, JANE EYRE! I really wanted to read it this year.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2012?
ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER!! Give to me Stephanie Perkins. Make my brain explode!
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2012?
Reading — This year I read way more YA than I ever have. Which is great…but I’m an eclectic reader by nature and want to read more adult fiction and especially classics in 2012. I need more balance next year.
Blogging — I hope to just continue to read and review honestly and make solid connections with my readers. I also hope to MAYBE get a blurb in a book? Like that would be really cool…although my reviews don’t really translate into blurb-worthy lol
Anywhooo..2011 was EPIC as far as reading and blogging what not. Definitely expanded my reading horizons a lot and had good times all around on the blog, Twitter and ESPECIALLY anytime I went to an event!