Hi everyone! Today I am taking part in the 2011 End of Year Book Survey, hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner. As you may know, I’ve only been blogging since May 2011, so this survey will reflect that. This post is really a reflection back on 2011 and about looking forward to 2012. (I’m getting completely corny in my last few days of 2011.)
1. Best Book You Read In 2011?
I cannot pick this one, you guys. I’ll have to give a few:
Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz, and Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.
(I tend to like contemporaries that make me cry a bit, you can tell :D)
2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?
The Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles–I was SO hyped up to read them and then pfft. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins lacked the magic of Anna for me. I know I’m not alone in saying this. Divergent, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and Forget You by Jennifer Echols were also hugely disappointing to me.
3. Most Surprising (In A Good Way!) Book Of 2011?
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?
Anna and the French Kiss. Hands down. I swear everyone at my lunch table knew it off by heart before I forced them all to read it. And then I lended out my ARC of Lola… I want them both back! I need to re-read Anna for the holidays. Special treat :)
5. Best series you discovered in 2011?
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?
JOHN GREEN. ’nuff said.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?
I read all 500 pages of Divergent in like two hours. I think that’s a good answer.
9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?
Probably City of Fallen Angels. I was dying to see what Cassie would do with another three books.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?
How the HELL am I supposed to pick this one? I… I can’t. Let’s be real here. Go see my Fave Covers of 2011 post for the covers I ADORED.
11. Most memorable character in 2011?
SO.SO. Many. Too many. I’ll list them here and if you know who I’m talking about, points to you! Anya Balanchine, Taylor & Griggs (yeah, I put them together), Noah Shaw, Etienne freaking St. Clair, Will Herondale, Ridley Duchannes, Adam & Mia, Alaska Young, Charlie, Clara & Tucker, Sophie & Archer, Will & Kate, Ruby, Anna (x2), and Rory Deveaux.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?
Hands down, Jellicoe Road. I cried for hours after I read that book. I’m just lucky no one was awake to hear me. Anyway, I never cry at books. This was pretty damn good.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?
This one is hard, I can’t really think of what I wanted to read in 2010 I only got around to this year–I’m going to go with the Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead, which I saw in 2010 and wrote off as just another vampire book.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?
Can’t think! I can’t pinpoint a specific one, but I’ll just go with the entirety of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. That book is one of the most quotable I’ve ever read, dangit!
16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012?
I’m going to re-read Anna and the French Kiss. I already planned it. See above.
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!
I talked about Anna for days upon days. My lunch table nearly exiled me. I was all (spoilers are crossed)
Anna and St. Clair slept together but not actually just in the same bed and they need to get together and have the sexytimes because I CANNOT anymore I just CANNOT and he got her a Canadian flag haha I’m Canadian and I want a boy who’s American/French/British too so I can be like Anna and if they invented machines that could transform you into fictional characters I would BE Anna and omg he’s drunk and AAAHHH his mum got cancer and omg his dad’s an asshole and I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK.
Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2011 (optional)
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2011?
DOES THE ENTIRE CONCEPT OF BOOK BLOGGING COUNT?
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010?
…I don’t really have discussions on my blog. I have bad habits of not replying to comments when I should and that combined with a small readership does not discussion fodder make!
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Ooh, there are a bunch. I can’t think of any off the top of my head, but
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
It makes me sad to say: practically nothing. Nada. Canada doesn’t really get a lot of love from authors and all that. Of course I’m dying to go to BEA–probably not this year, though Armchair BEA’s an option :'( But I really did enjoy doing In My Mailbox and Waiting on Wednesday this year.
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2011?
Making a book blog. Hands down.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog?
Weirdly, the two most popular posts this year were my cover reveal of Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins and my review of Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel. I don’t even know why they get so many hits! They just do.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I kinda wish my reviews would get a little more love, you guys :)
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
EVERYTHING about blogging. But since I’ve already mentioned that: The Book Depository for low prices and free shipping which is amazing, rediscovering Goodreads to keep track of what I read, when I read it, and going back to one of my favorite used bookstores which always leaves me with awesomeness.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
YES! I read 161 books–so far–out of the 160 I set for myself this year. That number may not be entirely accurate because I only started intensely keeping track in May, but whatever. I’ll be participating in way more challenges this year now that I’m aware of them all :D
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2011 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2012?
Erm… let’s just go with a book I have for review that I need to get to as soon as possible :) Charlie Woodchuck is a Minor Niner by Dalya Moon.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2012?
Currently? The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Hallowed by Cynthia Hand. I’m so excited to get my signed! copy of TFiOS and I can’t wait to have my finished copy of the latter and find out what happens, that will, as Jamie put it,
Give to me Stephanie Perkins. Make my brain explode!
Check out this post for my most anticipated reads of 2012!
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2012?
Reading — Complete all my challenges, and possibly read more classics.
Blogging — Generally increasing stats: subscribers, page views, etc. Working on my Klout too and building relationships with publishers.
Hope you enjoyed my recap of 2011! Can’t wait for another amazing year of blogging. If you’ve been a reader of reutreads for a while, thanks so much. For everything.