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Thanks, 2012!

This recap of bookish goodness from 2012 is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner. The image is hers too, but it was too cute to pass up! Thanks for all of the things, Jamie!

best books read in 2012

First, The Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Middle Grade: Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan! I’m so sorry I hadn’t met you before. I’m glad we’re friends now, though!
Contemporary YA: Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.
Fantasy YA: Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Adult: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (O_O) and A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
Le sigh. It was Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. So much potential!

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
Glimmer by Phoebe Kitandis. Honestly that book threw me for a LOOP you guys.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012.
Gone Girl, The Knife of Never Letting Go (this year and all years for the rest of TIME) and Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Middle Grade: Percy Jackson, y’all.
YA: The Iron Fey Seriesssssss by Julie Kagawa! I still get all the feels just thinking about this series. 

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Hmm. Well I did discover Gillian Flynn’s OMGWTFery this year which was pretty rad. But I also discovered and can totes understand why peeps are in lurve with Jennifer E. Smith and her beautiful yet simple and clean writing.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I don’t read a ton of adult literature, so Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson was a genre buster for me. I loved it! And a new trend was born.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
For those released in 2012 or older: Blood Red Road by Moira Young, The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa, and Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
For those coming up in 2013: Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi.

9. Book you read in 2012 that you’re most likely to re-read next year?
Legend by Marie Lu. I like to reread before I move on to the next in a series! Helps me stay fresh and on my game.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Honestly you guys. It’s adorbs.

11. Most memorable character in 2012?
The Monstrumologist from The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. That dude is into some dark stuff.

12. Most beautifully written book in 2012?
Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard. It just SPOKE to me the way that some books just do.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
Allow me to cheese out here for a minute and say all of the pregnancy books! :)

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
The Iron Fey Series! IT IS MY FAVEEEE.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2012?
From Wanderlove: "I'll have won. This time, for always. But it's never going to happen unless I close my eyes and jump." (151)

From A Storm of Swords: "And now my oaf son is doing the same, only he's riding a lion instead of a palfrey. It is easy to mount a lion and not so easy to get off, I warned him, but he only chuckles. Should you ever have a son, Sansa, beat him frequently so he learns to mind you. I only had the one boy and I hardly beat him at all, so now he pays more heed to Butterbumps than he does to me. A lion is not a lap cat, I told him, and he gives me a 'tut-tut-Mother.' There is entirely too much tut-tutting in this realm, if you ask me. All these kings would do a deal better if they would put down their swords and listen to their mothers." (Queen of Thorns)

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2012?
Longest FO SHO was A Dance with Dragons. That thing was a BEAST.
Shortest was Floors by Patrick Carman. Yay Middle Grade!

17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?
WTF moment - GONE GIRL. Forever.
Love triangle - Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and of course Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
The ending - Forever by Maggie Stievfater. I didn’t even review it on the blog. So there you have it.

18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2012?
Amy and Roger from Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I love how they support and help each other grow without being pushy. LOVE IT.

19. Favorite book you read in 2012 from an author you read previously?
Will Grayson, Will Grayson. JOHN GREEN FOR LIFE.

20. Best book you read that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else?
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn based on recommendations from everyone who read it! Ha!

Blogging and Reading

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?
I’m embarrassed to admit it but I am just NOW in love with Sash & Em and Estelle and Magan at Rather Be Reading! They are lovely and their reviews are fantastic and quite frankly they are just the tops.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?
Hmmm. I’d have to say The Iron King by Julie Kagawa because I was just head over heels instantly so I was all jazzed to write the review and be like YES TO EVERYTHING.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I’d say my departure and comeback post from the summer yielded some solid thoughts and discussion. You guys rule.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
This was the first year I really got into Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish so I’d have to say those posts always kept me interested in reading all sorts of new blogs!

5. Best event that you participated in?
You guys. I suck. I didn’t participate in any book event! I mean other than memes and things which I’m choosing not to count here. I live super rural and I had big plans to go to a thing in Chicago that fell through on my end and it was the pits. I am supremely lucky however that those of my blogging friends who DO go to these things always remember me and share the love. YOU ALL ROCK.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
The support I had from the community when I took a sabbatical and the encouragement I received when I came back. Have I mentioned y’all are the best?

7. Most popular post this year on your blog?
My departure post had the most views of the year.
The kickoff to my bloggoversary giveaway had the most comments.
8. Post you wished got a little more love?
My board game reviews! But what can I say? This is primarily a book blog so I don’t hate you for not reading reviews of nerdy board games.

9. Best bookish discovery? 
Sneak reading my kindle at work. Does that count?

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of the year?
Complete? NOT EVEN CLOSE. I did take a break after all, but I’m just not reading at the speed I once was. And I am okay with that! Truly, I am. But I did get a nice variety of books and got at least one from each challenge. That can be enough! IT CAN.

Moving forward.

1. That one book you didn’t get to in 2012 but will be your number 1 priority in 2013?
I’m going to REALLY try to get to it before 2013, but just in case I don’t, Alanna by Tamora Pierce.

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2013?
Um yeah so Patrick Ness is releasing a new YA in 2013 called More Than This and honestly it could be about the lives of socks and I would read it cover to cover in a sitting.

3. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2013?
I’m really hoping I can continue to find a balance, especially after baby is here! I don’t know what a newborn will mean for the blog, but I know that I can always count on the support and encouragement of this community no matter what! You guys really are the best. 

I'll be linking up over at the main post. Let me know if yours is over there and I'll check it out too! Thanks again to Jamie for hosting this! :)

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. You read some really great books this year. O_O < My exact thoughts on Gone Girl. :)

  2. Pssstttt you can totally squeeze Alanna in!! It's so quick and once you pick it up, you won't be able to stop :)

    And I think sneak reading your kindle at work is totally a bookish discovery <33

  3. So I'm thinking I need to read Gone Girl? lol
    I love you Lisa and am so happy you came back to blogging. I fully supported and understood the absence though. 2013 is going to be SO EXCITING in your household!!

    1. You rock my world. SO much love for you! oxo

  4. Lisa, thanks so much for the mention. It means a lot :) You mention so many of my favorite books in this survey: Anna, Will Grayson, Amy and Roger... I think I'm goign to have to reread all of those in 2013. It's been awhile :)

    Also Percy Jackson! I've heard great things and have yet to make friends with him. I must. I must.

    Hope you have a great holiday. It's been so nice to get to know you better, and I'm looking forward to more in 2013.

    1. Totes! I love you two and your lovely blog!

      I'm honest to betsy thinking about doing a reread challenge next year. I love rereading and I am not ashamed!

      Yes, meet Percy. You guys will be besties.

  5. I am so glad you like Percy Jackson! I loved the original series, but haven't gotten to The Heroes of Olympus yet.

    I clearly need to read Legend. I have the book, but, again, haven't gotten to it yet.

    Anna and the French Kiss is TOTES adorable!

    I also really want to read some Tamora Pierce. I haven't read ANYTHING by her. Totally lame.

    1. I haven't finished yet but I do LOVE what I've read so far with Percy!

      I haven't read any Tamora either! Let's fix that, ok?

  6. First off, CONGRATS on the baby news (though I may be a little late on this one)! Secondly, this survey really rocks. I'm always interested to see how far everyone has come in the last year.

    Okay, so I just bought my brother the first book in the Percy Jackson series (with the intent to swipe it back for my own reading pleasure later - MUAHAHAHA!) and I really think he'll like it. I've heard all the good things. And I really think the support of the book blogging community is an amazing thing. It's great to know that people will be there if you ever need a mini-break. Sometimes life just gets in the way and that's okay. No pressure! I'm just really happy I discovered your blog this year! Keep on rocking it out, lady!

    P.S. - I'm linked up to Jamie's survey too!

    1. Thank you! We're excited about bebe too. :) On my way to peep your end of the year survey!

  7. YES. Alanna. Read her soon. Read all of Tamora Pierce. Well, maybe not all, but close to. Definitely my favorite fantasy author in the YA realm anyway. Once you start you just won't be able to put her down. She's addicting. :]

  8. GOSH STOP HAVING SUCH GOOD TASTE IN BOOKS (just kidding, never stop xoxoxoxox)

  9. I love your taste in books, seriously, since we pretty much share a lot of the books you mentioned up there in common. (I guess that means I should read the Iron Fey series, yes?)

    Also, READ TAMORA PIERCE. Pretty please?

    <3 <3 <3

  10. Alanna, Alanna, Alanna, Alanna. Must. Read. ASAP.

    So glad you're back :)

  11. So many great books on your list. Blood Red Road was so good but I can't wait for you to read Rebel Heart. Eck! Hurry so we can chat. :-)

  12. Before I Go To Sleep made my list as well. I haven't gotten to the GRRM series yet, but it's on my TBR.

    Glad to have found your blog!

    1. Oh man, when you start the GRRM series you may never want to stop! Be warned.

  13. I'm a relatively new follower, having stumbled across your blog via some of my other favourites (i.e. The Perpetual Page-Turner and Rather Be Reading -- we have the same good taste!) We also share the same taste in books, as many of your favourites this year are shared by me. And, and, AND -- I'M expecting a baby next year too ... already wondering how reading/blogging/newborns will balance one another out too =) But it'll all work out however it's meant to, I'm sure.

    1. Yay for similar taste!

      And CONGRATULATIONS to you! There seems to be a little cluster of us expecting bebes. :)

    2. Reallllly? Who else? Because then I totally need to follow their blogs too ;)


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