2012 Annual End of the Year Book Survey

It’s time! I have a love of surveys, forms, and questionnaires, so combining that with books is nearly the best thing ever.

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? 
Okay, here’s the deal. I originally wrote a list of books, divided by genre. But then I started to think about how I actually do have a straightforward answer to this question.

Tiger Lily, destroyer of emotions, breaker of hearts. I read this book five months ago and I’m still not over it.

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

A couple: Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne, Gilt by Katherine Longshore

These were books I thought were right up my alley–paranormal and boarding schools in one, the Tudors, love, sex and betrayal in the other? But something just didn’t work for me. There are a bunch of others like these, but these are most prominent in my mind.

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

Probably Tiger Lily again. (You’re going to be seeing it a LOT, by the way.) I came in not even knowing really what it was about, I left with a broken heart. Is that a good thing? Probably not in most cases, but I wouldn’t unread it for anything, if that makes sense.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

I have really good powers of recommendation when it comes to my friends. When they ask me about books I can usually tell if they’ll like it or not, which led to one of my friends accusing me of having powers of prophecy. I suppose they’re easy to please, book wise, but there have been a few exceptions. When I read Jellicoe Road last year I started recommending it to everyone, saying it’ll break your heart and you’ll cry. Well, the people I recommended it to were like, yeah, it was really good. 

WHAT? One does not simply read Jellicoe Road and say “it was really good.”

So I mostly stay clear of recommending books I read and loved to people IRL and wait for them to ask me for recommendations. Sometimes I’ll even give them a book I didn’t like if I know they’ll like it. A bit sad, yes, but that’s the way it goes.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

I am so happy I discovered the Croak series by Gina Damico. My favorite new paranormal! Humor, romance, suspense, cliffhangers… love it. Here are my reviews of Croak and Scorch. The conclusion to the trilogy, Rogue, will be coming out fall 2013.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

I didn’t necessarily discover Jennifer Echols this year, but I did finally connect with one of her books. Forget You was completely not my thing (I DNF’d it) but I loved Such a Rush so much I can’t even. There are a lot of contemporary authors (other genres, but contemporary most noticeably) I’ll be keeping an eye on, such as this list I’ve put together. Books I’ve read are regular, their next book is bolded.

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

HAHA aside from the er, adult fiction? Probably (regular) adult fiction and plays. They were all for school, naturally, but I am still very glad I read them.

Adult fiction: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

I was not expecting to love this so much, but I did. It’s a quiet little story about books and first love and self-discovery.

Plays: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw and All My Sons by Arthur Miller

Pygmalion was for Grade 9, All My Sons for Grade 10. They are both brilliant, but I liked All My Sons more, because I saw so much of myself in it, because it tugged on my heartstrings quite a bit and the ideas and dilemmas touched on are incredible and vast. I wish I hadn’t gotten the ending spoiled for myself but still, incredible. I’ll be looking into reading Arthur Miller’s other works because the man is a genius. All of the awards.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. An incredible book with just.. I don’t even know how to describe it. I read it on a road trip and normally I have zero-patience with books in the car, not because I don’t want to read but because I get distracted. But I was completely hooked. Jazz is one of my favorite characters of the year, definitely, and one I identified most with.

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:

Two sections for this one:

Books I’ll be re-reading because they’re part of a series with the conclusion coming out in 2013:
Scorch and Croak by Gina Damico, The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Hallowed by Cynthia Hand.

Books I’ll re-read because I loved them so much:
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, Before I Die by Jenny Downham, Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols, In Honor by Jessi Kirby, Something Like Normal by Trish Doller, My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen.

SO MANY. I LOVE RE-READING.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

I, er, made a whole post about this?

11. Most memorable character in 2012? 

So many, again. I had written a whole list but I’m actually just going to include characters I met in 2012 as opposed to ones I became reacquainted with.

Boys: basically every character from Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa, but especially Ed Elric, Selim Bradley, and Hohenheim. Peter Pan from Tiger Lily. Jazz Dent from I Hunt Killers. Daniel from The Fine Art of Truth or Dare. Day from Legend. Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars. Driggs from Croak.

Girls: Lex from Croak. Sydney Sage from Bloodlines. Evanjalin from Finnikin of the Rock. Tiger Lily.

So I guess it’s pretty obvious that I’m a straight teenage girl, eh?

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

There are a few: Wither and Fever, and Tiger Lily,  for their lyricality and beauty, but The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan and Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta for their simplicity and honesty.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

Tiger Lily.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 

Anything that came out in 2011 that I put off because I didn’t think I would like it, but good reviews convinced me I should take a second look at.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 

You must be kidding me?

I re-read The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart this year but I still thought this was noteworthy because she captures so much with so few and so simple words.

“I still think about him every day.
When I see him, my heart jumps up in my chest.
I long for him to talk to me, and whenever he even says hello, I feel a thousand times worse than I did before.
I wish he was dead.
I wish he still liked me.”


I also tried to stay away from spoilers so I didn’t pick the quote I really wanted to, but this one is from Black Heart by Holly Black.

“Girls like her, my grandfather once warned me, girls like her turn into women with eyes like bullet holes and mouths made of knives. They are always restless. They are always hungry. They are bad news. They will drink you down like a shot of whisky. Falling in love with them is like falling down a flight of stairs. What no one told me, with all those warnings, is that even after you’ve fallen, even after you know how painful it is, you’d still get in line to do it again.”


If it was legal, I would copy and paste the whole of Tiger Lily in here, as well as force you to read it. Heck, if I had unlimited cash flow, I would buy everyone a copy. YOU GET HEARTBREAK! YOU GET FIRST LOVE AND ANGST! But I can’t, and nearly everything I wanted to put was very spoilery so I went with this because I couldn’t just not have a quote from it here!

“Sometimes I can’t see myself when I’m with you. I can only just see you.”


Then there were the humourous quotes. This is from Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake.

“He almost killed my friends. Fuck that guy.”


These are from Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings, respectively, both by Megan McCafferty.

“Then a lightning bolt shot straight through my skivvies. Sha-ZAM!”

and

“What is it about him that makes you, like, totally lose your shit?”


You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith.

“Near his foot was a map of Gettysburg, and he looked down at the ridges and grooves running across the land. It wasn’t just the nation that the war had divided; it was families as well. Everyone had been fighting for what they thought was right, no matter who was on the opposite side of the line, whether it was your father or your brother or your son. It was about issues and causes and ideas, and what more could you ask of a person, Peter thought, than to risk all that they were for all they believed they could be?”


I also had to pick JUST ONE from The Fault in Our Stars, but I think the one I picked sums up the book pretty well. Honorable mentions to this, this, and this.

“Okay.”


This is from Fever by Lauren DeStefano.

“He kissed back, all the pages spread out around us like riddles waiting to be solved. Let them wait. Let my genes unravel, my hinges come loose. If my fate rests in the hands of a madman, let death come and bring its worse. I’ll take the ruined craters of laboratories, the dead trees, this city with ashes in the oxygen, if it means freedom. I’d sooner die here than live a hundred years with wires in my veins.”


And this last one is from Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, last because it applies to my whole entire freaking life.

“Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?”


16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 

Shortest–okay, so there are a few that I wasn’t sure about because they were plays, novellas, etc., so I’ll go with Flyaway by Helen Landalf at 176 pages.

Longest–Beach Blondes by Katherine Applegate at 736 pages, but it’s an omnibus, so the next one would be The Diviners by Libba Bray.

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!

The endings of a lot of books: The Evolution of Mara Dyer because I was left all WHAT? NO. And Scorch, because I was nearly catatonic when I finished. And Tiger Lily, because I cried for, like, ever. Also, that f—ing twist in The Fault in Our Stars. I was going to kill someone.

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

Favorite? Do you mean because it made me happy or because it caused me so much pain?? Every single relationship in Tiger Lily, be it between Tiger Lily and Peter, the Lost Boys and Peter, Tiger Lily and Tik Tok…

I also loved the flirtationship between Theo and Anya in Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin, the angst in Akiva and Karou’s starcrossed-love in Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, and the beautiful relationship between Riddle and Emily’s mother in I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously

Let’s go with I Hunt Killers, because I had read Boy Toy by Barry Lyga and I really liked it, but I Hunt Killers amazed me. I also ended up liking the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead a lot more than Vampire Academy.

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

Yeesh… um, none? This is embarrassing but I guess I have trust issues or something? I take all recommendations with a grain of salt, so I can’t really claim that I’ve read anything solely because someone recommended it. I’m trying to remedy this, though, and I plan to make Going In Blind a thing in 2013.

Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012 (optional)

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012? 

So many! I loved reading Meg’s posts at Coffee and Wizards for her discussion posts and fun gif-filled Top Five Fridays, Pretty Little Liars recaps, Weekly Distractions, and other YA goodness at Forever Young Adult, music recs from Novel Sounds, Harmony, who’s blog (Radiant Reads) is absolutely FULL of her personality, and Stephanie at Poetry to Prose for her well-written and insightful reviews.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012? 

My review of Tiger Lily. Because I loved writing it, I still re-read it and am proud of it, and it inspired other people to read the book.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I don’t really have discussions here. There was a lot of stuff going on in January, as you’ll recall, and I posted about that a bit and got some interesting feedback.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

There was so much! I don’t have specific links but I read some great posts this year, recently about New Adult and sex in YA. Stacked usually is my go-to for this.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Authors don’t really come to Canada a lot, and when they do it’s rare that I can go. It’s a little disappointing because really, probably about 90% of Canada’s population lives within 100km of the border; so wherever you are in the north of the US, you can make it to Canada! But there are complications between publishers and stuff. One day I’ll be rich and I’ll be jetting off to BEA and ALA and SCWBI left and right, just you wait.

But oh, here’s a picture of me and my friend Lila with Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. It was pretty cool, I guess. ;)

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I’m the tannest one in the picture.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

I just loved growing my blog; making new contacts with Canadian publishers, making new friends is always fun, etc. No one real big thing.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

One of the posts from way back when in January in the great S-Storm of Goodreads 2012. I’d rather not bring it back again.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Reviews! All of them!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I’ve been subscribing to Goodreads Quote of the Day which has been really nice. Not really bookish but writing wise, I loved finding these amazing writing tumblrs, like Twelve Odd Months, ao-oa, Connotative Words, Inky Wings, and Tyler Knott.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

PFFFTTT NO. Well, let’s get a bit more specific. I signed up for the Debut Author Challenge, Sophomore Reading Challenge, and Standalone Reading Challenge. And I gave up on them.

Goodreads Reading Challenge, however? I excelled at! I initially put 150 down, I think, and then went to 175, to 200, to 215. Goodreads doesn’t count re-reads, unfortunately, and I did a lot of those, so I’m planning to fill out the last two spots with some digital shorts I’ve read.

Looking ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

Crown of Embers by Rae Carson! I have some review books to get through and then she’s all mine.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

Well, I made a list with 13 of them.

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

Manifesto coming soon! You’ll get the whole shebang!


Well, this post has been fun and took me almost a month to put together! I have loved this past year of blogging and am looking forward to another great one. You’ll see in the next few days a little more self-reflection and all that :)

13 Most Anticipated Sequels and Conclusions of 2013

Pretty straightforward. You can also check out this post where I countdown my most anticipated books that basically aren’t either a sequel or a conclusion. These are in no order whatsoever.


Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Cahill Witch Chronicles, #2

June 18, 2012; Putnam; 384 pages

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess’s quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

I like these new covers, but I like the old ones better. This series is probably a new favorite for me, it’s a perfect blend of paranormal and romance, with political intrigue, drama, and repressed women. 


Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

final companion to Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door

May 7, 2013; Dutton; 352 pages

This romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Simply put, I cannot wait for this book. JOSH! Mothereffing ST. CLAIR. CRICKET. All together? I’m going to cry and there will be keysmashing and stomach clenching abound. 


Light by Michael Grant

the sixth and final book in the Gone series

April 2, 2013; Katherine Tegen; 576 pages

Light, the sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series (which has spanned more than 3,000 pages!) asks as many profound and provocative questions as it answers, while bestselling mastermind and author Michael Grant creates an unforgettable, arresting conclusion that readers won’t able to stop talking about.

I’m going to cry. This series has been a touchstone for me for the past four years at least–my heart will always belong, a little bit, to Caine and Diana and the whole FAYZ crew. I love these books. 


Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

the conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy

March 19, 2013; Margaret K. McElderry; 592 pages

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.

I definitely liked the first two books of this series better than the new Mortal Instruments ones. I just hope this doesn’t get “extended” as well. Listen, we all know Tessa and Will is endgame. 


The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Shades of London, #2

February 26, 2013; Putnam; 304 pages

In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Maureen Johnson’s books are hit-or-miss for me, but the first book in this series was definitely a hit. I kept my nightlight on for a night while reading this book. I’m interested to see if the overall arc of the story will develop, or if the series will take on a more episodic nature. 


Sever by Lauren DeStefano

the conclusion to the Chemical Garden trilogy

February 12, 2012; Simon and Schuster BFYR; 384 pages

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.

I am hopelessly in love with Lauren DeStefano’s writing style; frankly, if she manages to make this series a hat trick, I’ll read anything of hers. I’m on the edge to find out what happens to Rhine, her as-of-yet unseen twin, Linden, Cecily… even Vaughn. 


Boundless by Cynthia Hand

the conclusion to the Unearthly trilogy

January 22, 2013; HarperTeen; 448 pages

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

I re-read Unearthly last year before Hallowed, and I’m going to re-read Hallowed before finishing off the trilogy. Cynthia Hand’s writing is so fresh, so clean. This is also such an ambiguous love triangle. I want to say that I know Tucker and Clara will end up together… but I really don’t. 


Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

the conclusion to the Across the Universe trilogy

January 15, 2012; Razorbill; 369 pages

Fueled by lies. Ruled by chaos. Almost home.

These new covers have begun to grow on me. I’m repeating myself a lot in these asides, but I also can’t imagine how Amy and Elder’s story will be resolved! 


Prodigy by Marie Lu

Legend, #2

January 29, 2013; Putnam; 384 pages

In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.

I have heard a lot of buzz for Prodigy, namely that it improves a lot on Legend, and Legend was good. It’s not that I’m looking forward to see what happens next to June and Day… I just want more of my favorite flirty vagabond. 


Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

His Fair Assassin, #2

April 2, 2013; Houghton Mifflin; 400 pages

This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them on the edge of their seats.

I wish more authors would write companion books, to be honest. Sybella was definitely a highlight of Grave Mercy for me, and I think I picked up on some clues as to what her story will be in the first book. 


Game by Barry Lyga

Jasper Dent, #2

April 23, 2013; Little Brown BFYR; 528 pages

Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.

I LOVED I Hunt Killers with a fiery passion and I was so excited when the sequel was announced. I love YA Horror. 


The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines, #3

February 12, 2013; Razorbill; 432 pages

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

Right now, I can’t see how I’ll ever finish Vampire Academy–Rose Hathaway just makes me too angry. But I love this new-ish spinoff series. Remember the ending of The Golden Lily? And Richelle Mead’s history with soul-crushing third-book cliffhangers? So yeah. ADRIAN. 


Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me, #2

February 5, 2013; HarperTeen; 465 pages

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

I love these new covers, and Tahereh Mafi’s writing style. It’s a lyrical cross between poetry and prose. I’ve heard some great buzz for this and I want to know whether Mafi will make the scope of the books… bigger, so to speak. 


Honorable mentions to: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin–final book in the Mara Dyer trilogy, and Rogue by Gina Damico–final book in the Croak trilogy, both fall 2013. I’m breathlessly awaiting each one but there was no information available so I went with others. 

Are we anticipating anything in common? Let me know in the comments!

13 Most Anticipated Books of 2013

Hey y’all! 2012 is almost over, and that is crazy. I’ll be posting a sequels-and-conclusions companion to this post, a reflection / letter to myself type scenario, a new blogging manifesto, and my end of the year book survey from The Perpetual Pageturner in preperation.

These are in order of publication date, and you’ll notice that most of them come out in the first half of the year. It’s always like that, really, since the buzz is really about those titles right now, as opposed to the fall and winter catalogues.


Just One Day by Gayle Forman

January 8, 2012; Dutton; 368 pages

When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark.

Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be getting my hands on this book for a while, so I will probably re-read If I Stay (but more important, Where She Went) in preparation for this. This new duology does not sound as raw as the If I Stay books, but I trust Gayle Forman. Also: Paris! Novel set over one day! It’s calling me. 


The Archived by Victoria Schwab

January 22, 2013; Disney Hyperion; 336 pages

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

You know you’ve been blogging for a while (and are perhaps a bit too involved) when you’ve been with a book every step of the way. But seriously, I was there following Victoria Schwab’s updates as she attempted to edit The Archived. I remember feeling frustrated… on her behalf. This seemed like a monster of a book to edit, and I’m intrigued. 


The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

January 29, 2013; Balzer + Bray; 432 pages

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life.

This is adapted from an old HG Wells story, I believe? I love the setting, the idea, and Balzer + Bray, so… 


How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller

February 21, 2013; Razorbill; 358 pages

The most exclusive school in New York City has been training young criminals for over a century.

Woohoo for Kirsten Miller returning to her roots with novels about New York City and sketchy youngsters! I’m referring, of course, to the Kiki Strike books, a fabulous middle grade series featuring an albino, excommunicated princess. Yes. 


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

March 5, 2013; St. Martin’s Press; 320 pages

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Rainbow Rowell has been getting absolutely fantastic buzz lately, for this and her adult novel Attachments. I didn’t read as much romance as I’d’ve liked this past year, and I just have a good feeling about this one. 


Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

March 5, 2012; Simon Pulse; 416 pages

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents.

I’m getting over that weary reading stage in which I was immediately skeptical of any paranormal-romance novel that came my way. But I’ve never read anything about sylphs or air elementals before, and Shannon Messenger’s other book, a middle grade, got some really great reviews from bloggers I trust, soo…


Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz

March 19, 2013; Roaring Brook Press; 256 pages

Best friends Stephen and Marco attempt a go-for-broke heist to break into the high school prom and get Marco onstage to confess his love for (and hopefully steal the heart of) Benji, the adorable exchange student and bass player of the prom band.

Hannah Moskowitz! Auto-read author, you guys. I must get my hands on this, and her most recent novel, Gone Gone Gone, which I have yet to have read but I WILL. 


17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma

March 21, 2013; Dutton; 354 pages

Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing.

I took Nova Ren Suma’s YA debut, Imaginary Girls, to camp last summer, and I remember being disappointed. However, I have come, in various ways, to realize that I was an idiot. And so I look forward to this muchly. 


The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

May 7, 2013; Gallery; 304 pages

First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.

I love books about the darker side of high school, and I’m excited to see how this author will tackle the many dark topics that will inevitably show their face in this book. 


Golden by Jessi Kirby

May 14, 2012; Simon and Schuster BFYR; 256 pages

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost may be a distant relative of Robert Frost, but she has never taken the road less traveled.

I read Jessi Kirby’s sophomore novel first, loved it, read her debut, meh… so it’s likely I will love this one. Good girls go bad


Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

May 28, 2013; Katherine Tegen; 400 pages

Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.

You might know Hilary Smith as INTERN, the girl behind a fantastic publishing industry blog. Same as with Victoria Schwab, I was there when this was being revised, when it was titled something similar to that novel, and I want to see it come full-circle. 


Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

June 11, 2013; St. Martin’s Griffin; 224 pages

Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.

It is, admittedly, sometimes very hard for me to keep my original feelings about a book’s synopsis intact when the cover is released. I am not a big fan of this cover but I love the summary and Kirsten Hubbard has given a really fantastic two-line-review on Goodreads. 


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

August 20, 2013; Dial; 368 pages

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along.

Probably my most anticipated read of the year. This comes out six days before my birthday and I know what I’m asking for. The synopsis sounds… magical? Like April Genevieve Tucholke plucked this out of my “most wanted” file stored deep in my brain? 


Are we anticipating anything in common? Let me know in the comments!

Cover Wins of 2012: Books I Haven’t Read

This is the companion post to this, where I showed my favorite covers of 2012 on books I’ve read.

For: clean but thick strokes, and I love the black-white-blue combination.

For: it just works. The purple cursive font, the puzzle-piece cookie.

For: so much negative space, but still colored! I’m in love. Geometric shapes!

For: the typography is so… evocative. It looks angry and I love the light spots.

For: I just love this picture. The pastels of the title, the lowercase font of the author’s name.

For: so pretty! This is such an innovative image.

For: I love this cover with all my heart. The pink and the image behind it, the grittiness but also femininity of the whole thing.

For: I love the way the title seems to glow, and the image inside the girl.

For: I love the pink font, and the butterfly speckled with blood.

For: So simple but so perfect. The words coming out of the nozzle? Brilliant.

For: it makes me think of summer. I love the slant of the font, the sunniness of the picture, and the rose-tinted glasses.

For: the blur, the slight refection, the flowers contrasted with the red type.

For: the blues and purples, the blur, the light spots.

For: I love sans-serif fonts to the ends of the earth. What a pretty, romantic image.

For: there’s a grit effect to the whole picture I just love. The birds, the huge title.

For: the gorgeous symmetry, the arresting red of her lips.

For: a frightening image and the grays and blues.

For: the reds and blacks! The stunning typography and the silvery trees.

For: the red font, those white scratchy lines and their asymmetry.

For: pretty colors and a lovely font.

For: a genius double image.

For: I love everything about the grid-effect.

For: the symbolism of the hummingbird breaking its chain, the whole parchment-y, tattoo feel.

For: the font, the see-through tank top, the whole sunsoaked-ness.

For: too cool. I love how the font is all connected, how the satellite dish is part of the picture, and all the colored and connected lines.

For: the slanty font. the creepy image and the pinks of the author name and the rose.

For: optical illusion! Genius, especially for this book.

For: I like the UK cover a lot more, for its calligraphic font and the red of the flowers.

For: the fierce image, the reds and the contrast of fonts.

For: the cover in person is even prettier, the silver of the title and the gray of Lawrence and Victoria. I love the illustration style and the little details.

For: it vaguely reminds me of a keyhole. I like the contrast of the light and the dark, both through the hedge and above and below the hedge.

For: the box surrounding the title and the long, long lines of the font. The image is so pretty and I love the colors.

For: more sunspots, the person in the background and the overall dappled effect.

For: more gorgeous middle grade illustrated cover. The animals, the curlicues in the font, the swan and all the animals intertwined with the branches.

For: reflections seem to have been a thing in 2012. I like the ombre of the title (and the cover itself, for that matter) and all of the colors work together really nicely.


So much pretty! Hope you liked these posts. See you soon for more 2012 recapping :)

Cover Wins of 2012: Books I’ve Read

Hi everyone! Today, in preparation for the new year, I am listing some of my favorite covers of this past year. I couldn’t decide whether or not to do all books published in 2013, or just books I’ve read, so I decided to do both. 

For: the gorgeous font and the sheer beauty of the image.

For: the kaleidoscopic colours, the swirl around the title, the angle of the photograph.

For: the chill the picture gives me, the blurred title, the way the greens work together.

For: POC’s on the cover! Gorgeous font overlay and pretty pastels.

For: just making me feel happy, and pretty yellows.

For: those reflections, the simple and lower-case font of the title; the same color as her lips.

For: the symmetry and the interesting lights and darks.

For: such a nice font for the title, and all the colors look so nice together.

For: the grand, sweeping font, the beautiful oranges.

For: I’m a sucker for simple and clean images.

For: I would hang this on my wall. The model is gorgeous, the white-blue-grays of the top half, the little rainbow.

For: completely arresting. I love the image and the whites and reds look amazing.

For: accuracy in cover images! The sans-serif font looks so nice, too.

For: This looks like a movie poster. I love the font, the (lopsided) heart, the black-and-white.

For: the image combined with the title tells a story all by itself.

For: Such nice typography, and the negative space in the middle.

For: the vivid colors! The symmetry, as well. 

For: the extremely simple image, the semi-faded title.

For: I love everything about it, the clouds, the black-white-and-


What do you think? What were some of your favorite covers of 2012?