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1.01.2012

2011 End of the Year Book Survey


Jaime over at The Perpetual Pageturner has brought back her awesome End of the Year Survey that she started last year.  I wasn't able to be a part of it last year, but I am excited to participate this year!  Of course I had a hard time remembering exactly what I read, so I'm only answering some of the questions.  But I suggest you all head over to her blog and check out the survey for yourself.  There's also a linky with a bunch of other blogs' posts, so go check it out and maybe get some ideas to read for next year!


1. Best Book You Read In 2011? 

This is probably one of the hardest questions, as I've loved so many this year.  But my Top 5 would have to be:
         Across the Universe by Beth Revis
         Divergent by Veronica Roth
         Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
         Wither by Lauren DeStefano
         The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Each of these books were fantastic, and really sucked me in like no other books!

2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?

This one would have to be:
          Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
I wanted to love it so bad!  Everyone else seems to, but I just could not get into the story at all.  Which sucks because the new covers are so gorgeous, and I'd love for them to be on my shelf!

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?

This goes to:
         Evernight by Claudia Gray
I was hesitant to read another "romantic" vampire story because it seems many of them are copies of Twilight (which I hate), but Evernight was so good, and was more about finding out who you are then sappy love.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?

This is definitely:
          Across the Universe by Beth Revis
I absolutely loved this book!  I couldn't put it down the minute I started reading.  I stalked Beth at DragonCon (I literally went to each of her panels) and clapped rather enthusiastically for her each time she was introduced.  At NCTE I stalked the Penguin booth trying to see if they had an ARC I could grab (alas not so much).  I've had the book pre-ordered for months.  I'm literally vibrating with excitement.  So yeah, I've chatted about it a bit.

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?

This one is all about the:
          River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren
I was lucky enough to be a part of the book tour for Waterfall, the first book in the series.  I fell in love immediately.  I was really pleasantly surprised to enjoy this series so much because it is historical fiction and "christian" fiction, but there was time-travel, 16th century Italy, cute boys, and kick ass girls!  What more could you possibly want?  Definitely check this series out in 2012 if you haven't already!

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?

This will have to be a 5 part list as well:
         Lauren DeStefano - Author of Wither and Fever
         Beth Revis - Author of Across the Universe and A Million Suns
         M. J. Putney - Author of Dark Mirror and Dark Passage
         Lauren Oliver - Author of Before I Fall, Delirium, and Pandemonium
         Jonathan Maberry - Author of Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay
Not all of these authors are new to the writing scene, but they were all new to me this year.  I loved each and every one of the books I've read of their's, and I encourage you all to go check them out too!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Hmmmm, this is hard because I usually read across genres, but I'd say any of the historical fiction I read, in particular Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper.  This book sounded interesting, but not really something I'm use to reading.  It was fantastic though, and I was so glad I got my hands on this book!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?

This one has has has to go to:
         Enclave by Ann Aguirre
I couldn't put this book down!  It was so awesome and fast paced.  Even when it was quiet, it contained a sense of urgency.  It was really very good, and just the kind of book I love.

9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?

It would have to be:
          Across the Universe by Beth Revis
I was so excited for this book!  As soon as it went on pre-order, I bought my own copy right away.  Of course, I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC.  IT WAS SO GREAT I DIDN'T PUT IT DOWN!  I literally had to pee so bad when I was done, but I refused to take a break while reading

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?
       
The cover of Across the Universe is one of the most beautiful I've seen!  And look!  Look!  It has TWO covers!  It's REVERSIBLE!!!!!!  So so so cool!


Looking into the Future:

1. One Book You Didn't Get To In 2011 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2012?

This one goes to two fabulous books:
         City of Fallen Angels & Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
I know, I know, how could I neglect such awesome?  In my defense there were a TON of amazing books in 2011!!!  But I'm definitely going to be cracking these open right away!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2012?

This is definitely a toss-up between John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Beth Revis's A Million Suns.  Both are by two of my favorite authors and I can't wait!  I have both on pre-order and cannot wait to get them for my early birthday present!!

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2012?

I really hope to gather the courage to contact publishers and authors I admire.  I'd like to be able to be a part of book tours and do author interviews!  I just love books so much, and want to share them with everyone!!

So that's it for 2011.  I know I'm a little late, but better late then never!  Obviously I really loved Across the Universe, but who wouldn't?  You guys have time to read it before A Million Suns comes out on January 10!  I hope you all have an amazing new year, read some great books, and don't forget to be awesome!!

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