End of Year Book Survey

I knew, oh, probably about July or so, that my end of year round up was going to be hard. And it just continued to get harder as the year progressed. I had such a great reading year. I’ve read 106 books. Thank God for The Perpetual Page Turner and her end of year questionnaire!


1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

Adult fiction: The Stand by Stephen King
Historical YA: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Contemporary YA: The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater, Every Day by David Levithan
I-Don’t-Know-What-To-Call-It YA: The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
Dystopian YA: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Sci-fi/supernatural/paranormal-ish: The Stand by Stephen King
Fantasy: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

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

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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

 The Stand by Stephen King

 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein or Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I did a lot of recommending of both.

 5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

The Ender series by Orson Scott Card

 6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Eowyn Ivey, Rachel Joyce, Audrey Couloumbis, Kendare Blake, David Levithan

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

The Stand by Stephen King

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Anna Dressed in Blood/Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

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

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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

13101889 and 11250053

11. Most memorable character in 2012? 

Ender Wiggin from Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

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

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – I discovered I CAN read Margaret Atwood! And enjoy the experience! And also The Stand, because I discovered I do have the discipline to read such an extremely long novel!

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

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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

No human being, when you understand his desires, is worthless. No one’s life is nothing. Even the most evil of men and women, if you understand their hearts, had some generous act that redeems them, at least a little, from their sins. – Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

But when it comes to human beings, the only type of cause that matters is final cause, the purpose. What a person had in mind. Once you understand what people really want, you can’t hate them anymore. You can fear them, but you can’t hate them, because you can always find the same desires in your own heart. – Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

I’ve seen most of what there is to be afraid of in this world, and to tell you the truth, the worst of them are the ones that make you afraid in the light. The things that your eyes see plainly and can’t forget are worse than huddled black figures left to the imagination. Imagination has a poor memory; it slinks away and goes blurry. Eyes remember for much longer. – Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

During the time I lived in the sea, nothing happened in the sense that humans know happening. Seals do not sit about and tell, the way people do, and their lives are not eventful in the way that people’s are, lines of story combed out again and again, in the hope that they will yield more sense with every stroke. Seal life already makes perfect sense, and needs no explanation. At the approach of my man-mind, my seal life slips apart into glimpses and half memories: sunlight shafts into the green; the mirror roof crinkles above; the mams race ahead through the halls and cathedrals and along the high roads of the sea; boat bellies rock against the light, and men mumble and splash at their business above; the seal-men spin their big bodies by their delicate tails as lightly as land-lads spin wooden tops, shooting forward, upward, outward. Movement in the sea is very much like flying, through a green air flocking with tiny lives, and massier ones more slowly coasting by. – The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

People have wanted to narrate since first we banged rocks together & wondered about fire. There’ll be tellings as long as there are any of us here, until the stars disappear one by one like turned-out lights. – Railsea by China Miéville

Oh, I could go on and on, but those are the ones that jumped out at me when I flipped through.

 16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 

Shortest: 63. The Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers Grimm by Laura Amy Schlitz (40 pages)

Longest: 55. The Stand by Stephen King (1,163 pages)

 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!

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (Andi knows what I’m talking about, cause I emailed her immediately!)

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

The boys in The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

Rhiannon and A in Every Day by David Levithan

Verity and Maddie – Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Geez, just typing that made me tear up. Damn.)

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

The Stand by Stephen King

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

The Stand by Stephen King

Looking Ahead…

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

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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

Keep up better! This was my year to let things slide a bit. 2013 will, hopefully, bring more focus.

My Top Twelve Reads

1. The Stand by Stephen King
2. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
4. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
6. The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
7. Every Day by David Levithan
8. The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
9. Railsea by China Miéville
10. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
11. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
12. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss


106 books total
76 books read – 19,265 pages
30 audiobooks listened to – 343 hours, 36 minutes

24 Rereads

57 Books by Females
49 Books by Males

Goals met:

I read a Margaret Atwood!
I read Madame Bovary!
I freaking read The Stand!
I read more classics!

And HERE’S what I read (and this shows just how embarrassingly little I reviewed this year) (*sigh*) (I see some short reviews in my future…):

106. Bridge to Teribithia by Katherine Paterson
105. Pantomime by Laura Lam
104. The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey, et. al.
103. Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas
102. Visions in White (Bride Quartet #1) by Nora Roberts
101. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
100. Dodger by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
99. Matchless: A Christmas Story by Gregory Maguire
98. Fairest: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham
97. Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin, read by Ilyana Kadushin
96. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, adapted by Nancy Butler
95. Around the World by Matt Phelan
94. Owly: Volume 5 – Tiny Tales by Andy Runton
93. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
92. Enclave by Ann Aguirre, read by Emily Bauer
91. Outlander: The Exile by Diana Gabaldon, illustrated by Hoang Nguyen
90. The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay
89. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, read by Steven Crossley
88. Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham
87. Click-Clack the Rattlebag written and read by Neil Gaiman
86. Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis
85. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
84. Diary of a Submissive by Sophie Morgan
83: Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy, read by the author
82. The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
81. The Good Neighbors #3: Kind by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh
80. The Good Neighbors #2: Kith by Holly Black & Ted Naifeh
79. The Good Neighbors #1: Kin by Holly Black & Ted Naifeh
78. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
77. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, read by Stefan Rudinicki (leads off site)
76. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
75. Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale by Zach Whedon
74. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, read by Joanna David
73. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
72. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
71. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, read by Simon Vance
70. The Wrath of Mulgarath (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #5) by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
69. The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #4) by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
68. Lucinda’s Secret (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #3) by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
67. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
66. The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #2) by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
65. The Field Guile (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
64. The Bookseller by Roald Dahl, read by David Ian Davies
63. The Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers Grimm by Laura Amy Schlitz
62. The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman
61. Every Day by David Levithan
60. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, read by Juliet Stevenson
59. The Sandman, Vol 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
58. The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
57. Ida B…and her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan
56. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by Cassandra Clare
55. The Stand by Stephen King
54. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty, read by Elizabeth McGovern
53. The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty
52. Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2) by Deborah Harkness, read by Jennifer Ikeda
51. The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
50. A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
49. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness, read by Jennifer Ikeda
48. Burning for Revenge (Tomorrow, #5) by John Madden, read by Suzi Doughtery
47. Owly, Vol 4: A Time to be Brave by Andy Runton
46. Dust Girl (The American Fairy Trilgoy, #1) by Sarah Zettel
45. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, read by Tamara Lovatt-Smith
44. Owly, Vol 3: Flying Lessons b y Andy Runton
43. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
42. Railsea by China Mieville
41. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green
40. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
39. Peter & Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham, read by Wil Wheaton
38. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
37. Where She Went (If I Stay, #2) by Gayle Forman
36. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Larson, read by the author
35. Fables Vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham
34. If I Stay by Gayle Forman, read by Kirsten Potter
33. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, read by Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, and MacLeod Andrews
32. The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1) by Michael Buckley
31. Fables Vol 3: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham
30. Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
29. Fables Vol 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham
28. Fables Vol 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
27. Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) by Kristin Cashore
26. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness, read by Nick Podehl and Angela Dawe
25. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
24. Mercury by Hope Larson
23. Lost and Found: One Woman’s Story of Loosing Her Money and Finding Her Life by Geneen Roth
22. The Knife of Never Letting Go (The Chaos Walking Trilogy, #1) by Patrick Ness, read by Nick Podehl
21. Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
20. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins, read by Catherine McCormick
19. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
18. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins, read by Catherine McCormick
17. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
16. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins, read by Catherine McCormick
15. The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicles, #2) by Patrick Rothfuss
14. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton
13. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
12. Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
10. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, read by the author
9. Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card
8. Darkness Be My Friend (Tomorrow, #4) by John Marsden, read by Suzi Doughtery
7. Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Steifvater
6. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
5. Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
4. The Frost (Tomorrow, #3) by John Marsden, read by Suzi Doughtery
3. The Doctor’s Wife by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
2. RASL: The Drift by Jeff Smith
1. Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan, read by the author

So long 2012. Reading wise, you were a fantastic year! Here’s hoping 2013 is the same.


2010 – Year in Review

Ah, 2010.  What a year you were.  You almost kicked my readerly butt, you did, but 2011 is here and ready to refresh and renew me and, hopefully, this pitiful little blog.  I managed to read (or listen) to 107 books last year.  There were some highs (finally reading Dracula!) and some lows (uh, Beatrice and Virgil anyone?).  My goal of challenging myself more was, pretty much, a success.  I did challenge myself some, but not as much as I hoped.  I hope to do that even more in 2011, where the new motto is quality of quantity!  If I make it to 100 books, GREAT, but if I make it to 100 AWESOME books, even BETTER!    So, without further ado, here are some of the highlights of 2010 for me.   In no particular order, of course.

  • Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue – I couldn’t put it down.
  • Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons – I will forever love this book.  I’m still in love with Jack and Sadie and their lovely, lovely story.
  • Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk – I read this book in like, one day, I think, or maybe two.  It was for the new year readathon and it is still with me a year later.  I’m so glad my Secret Book Blogger Santa person (who are you??? I want to thank you!!!) sent me my very own gorgeous copy.  My love for this book remains strong.
  • The House of Tomorrow: A Novel by Peter Bognanni – I can’t even remember how I got my advanced copy of this, if it was unsolicited or if I asked for it on a whim.  It was definitely on a whim that I picked it up and I was blown away.  Sebastian still melts my heart and Jared makes me want to rock out with my, um, hair down?
  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork – my not-so-secret blogger Santa Chris for last year, sent me this for Christmas last year and it was with giddy relief that I finally picked it up.  I had wanted it for ages and It. Delivered.
  • Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness – HOW did I NOT review this book???  Monsters of Men was the conclusion to what has become my hands-down, heart-a-thumpin, favorite series of all time.  Except for maybe Harry Potter.  Maybe.
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters – Ah, Little Stranger.  How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.  Oh yeah, I already did.  I will be rereading you this coming RIP VI.
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker – Oh Dracula, you cold-hearted little mucker.  What took me so long? I promise, it won’t be that long again.  I personally hold you responsible for mucking up the fourth quarter of reading for me.
  • The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson – another I haven’t reviewed yet.  I wasn’t technically supposed to read it until this year for my challenge from Nymeth, but when I read the description I couldn’t wait.  For good reason.  Elegantly written, this book is a little jewel.  I’ll review it soon.

Top Audio:

  • The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister, read by Cassandra Campbell – great story, but for me the reader was kill here.  Campbell is definitely one of those readers I would listen to read anything.
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, read by Peter Altschuler – Delightful story, delightful reader, in every way delightful.  I adored this book.
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, written and read by Anthony Bourdain – Another I should have reviewed.  I adore Bourdain, he delivered Bourdain and then read it to me.  Bourdain FTW!
  • White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black, read by Jesse Eisenburg – Haven’t reviewed (drat! another one?!) but I really enjoyed it.  Jesse Eisenburg better be back for the next one!
  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, read by Lee Horsley – An all time favorite book made even more epic by a great reader.  Good Lord above but I love Gus.
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, read by Bernadette Dunne – Dunne gives this creepy tale a whole ‘nother level of creepy.  She oozes the creepy.  It’s fantastic.
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker – Not only am I so very happy I finally read this book, I’m even happier I let the author read it to me.  I’m absolutely certain that took it to a whole new level of awesome.
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett – I haven’t gotten around to reviewing this one yet, but I adored it.  I adore Terry Pratchett and he was without a doubt my best discovery (authorwise) of 2010.  I will be reading many, many, many more Pratchett books in the coming year.

So there she is.  Here’s to 2011, a year of no reading slumps, no blogging slumps, just lots of fun.  Hey, a girl can hope, right?

What were your favorite books of 2010?

Year in Review

Part stolen from Imani, by way of Dark Orpheus.  Another part stolen from Danielle.

Books bought/received from January 1st, 2007 to December 31th, 2007
Good Lord! I have absolutely NO idea! A bunch!  I know I got four for Christmas.

Books bought/received from aforementioned that were read
Again, I have no idea! I do know that all of the books I read this year were owned by me.

Books completed in 2007

Authors whom I read multiple titles
CS Lewis (3), LJ Smith (4), Nora Roberts (3), Jennifer Donnelly (2), Anthony Bourdain (2), Bill Willingham (3), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (4), Rick Riordan (3), Colleen Gleason (2), OR Melling (3); Total 29.

Authors I read for the first time

Favourite “discoveries” (excluding Western canon authors)
Sigrid Undset.  Anthony Bourdain.  Colleen Gleason.  Rick Riordan.

Books re-read
8; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis, Daring to Dream, Finding the Dream, and Holding the Dream by Nora Roberts, The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, and The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Non-fiction titles read
7. Must read more next year.

Authors outside of the US & UK
Ireland (1)
France (1)
Norway (1)
Canada (1)
That is just sad. Will do better next year. I hope.

Notable reads of 2007
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
OR Melling
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
A Cook’s Tour and Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
eat, pray, love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys and the Battle for America’s Soul by Karen Abbott
Queen of Camelot by Nancy McKenzie
The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Honourable Mentions
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist
Kristin Lavransdatter: The Bride by Sigrid Undset
The four books I read by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The four LJ SMith books. Love me some vampire romance!

  • Books completed: 56
  • Fiction: 49
  • Nonfiction: 7
  • Classics: 11; better than I thought!
  • Books from the Modern Library List: 0.  Bad, bad, bad.
  • Mysteries: 5; Agatha and Conan Doyle.
  • Young Adult novels: 10
  • Books written by women: 34
  • Books written by men: 22
  • Books written by multiple authors: 0
  • Books in translation: 1. Cringe.
  • Short Story Collections: 3.
  • Individual short stories: 0.
  • Plays: 0.
  • Books read that were checked out from the library: 0!!  I can’t believe it either!
  • Rereads: 8
  • All in all a great year.  I hope 2008 is just as good!

    End of Reading Year Countdown: #1 for 2007

    cvr_book7.jpgDrumroll please….

    Big surprise, huh? 

    JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

    A perfect ending to a perfect series.  I laughed.  I cried.  Okay, yeah, I pretty much sobbed.  Oh, how I wish I could read these all again for the first time.  I plan on reading them all again this year and I *think* I actually have the hubby convinced to read them as well.  I actually got him to read 2 books last year, which was huge, I’m telling you, so maybe this will be the year he discovers Harry Potter.  I have on more year in review post then I’ll be ready to move on to 2008.

    End of Reading Year Countdown: #2 for 2007

    lost-things.jpgThe Book of Lost Things by John Connelly

    Here is my original review of this one. 

    I read this for RIP II and, while I didn’t complete the challenge this year, I was so glad I tried because this book came to me from it. 

    Such a wonderful, amazing book.  It is definitely a keeper and one I plan to reread again and again.

    End of Reading Year Countdown: #3 for 2007

    14403594.jpgMy number three is the novels of O.R. Melling that have had the good fortune (or good sense?) to be published in America.

    See, I told you I was going to cheat again.  But I couldn’t pick just one of the three books I read by Melling this year.  In fact, it sort of feels like one book, because I read them all one after the other.  The Hunter’s Moon, The Summer King, and The Lightbearer’s Daughter are all fairy tales set in modern day Ireland.  The author really knows her stuff too, her characters often give insight into the real folk tales from Ireland’s rich history.  So, while you enjoy a great story, you’re also learning about Ireland and all her fairy tales.  All three of these books are really great reads if you enjoy fantasty, fairy tale-ish works, young adult novels and Ireland.  

    I’ll be glad when the rest of her work is published here!

    End of Reading Year Countdown: #4 of 2007

    By Stephenie Meyer

    Twilight it was not, but I found Eclipse to still be quite thrilling. I just can’t get enough of the love triangle of Bella, Edward and Jacob.  Edward is so sexy with his smoldering, yet cold, aristocratic-ness.  And on MY, how hot is Jacob?  I think what I love most about these books is how it takes me back to all the turmoil of the teenage years…how you’ll just DIE without so-and-so, how you just won’t be able to LIVE without him/her…and remind me of just how GLAD I am that those years are long gone for me!  Of course, the whole dying-to-be-with-him is taken to a whole other level here with Bella and Edward.  And I have to admit though, I now find myself torn between Edward and Jacob more than ever.  Thank goodness I’m not Bella!  I’m looking forward to more of this series.