Each year, Jamie over at the Perpetual Page Turner does a great end-of-year book survey. While I read about half the number of books I read last year, I still think 63 books is something to be proud of. Here are my picks for 2012!
1. Best book you read?
Love Does by Bob Goff (review). It shook me up and inspired me in all the right ways. If you haven’t read it, please get your hands on a copy right now. What are you waiting for? Just go get it. Seriously, the rest of this list isn’t anywhere close to as good as Love Does. Come back to it later. I won’t be offended.
2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
Bossypants by Tina Fey (review). Not that it was bad, it just didn’t live up to the hype.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book?
11/22/63 by Stephen King (review). Stephen King has always scared me a little. His JFK novel floored me—it was downright phenomenal.
4. Book you recommended to people most?
Love Does by Bob Goff (review). See #1.
5. Best series you discovered?
6. Favorite new authors you discovered?
Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, and Cheryl Strayed
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee (review). A tome about cancer? Not my usual fare. yet I devoured it—so very interesting!
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book?
Of all things, it was Wild by Cheryl Strayed (review). Her memoir had me staying up far later than I should. I couldn’t put it down.
9. Book you read this year that you’re most likely to re-read next year.
I don’t re-read a lot. I know, however, I’ll re-read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (review) in 2013. I originally read it in 2011. I’ll read it for my month of cultivating gratitude (in March).
10. Favorite book cover?
I quite liked the cover of Old Filth by Jane Gardam (review). Book was pretty darn good, too.
11. Most memorable character?
Auggie in Wonder by RJ Palacio (review). Born with a facial deformity and the heart of an underdog, he will absolutely win you over before you can blink. Such a good book that everyone (adult and kid alike) should read.
12. Most beautifully written book?
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you?
Seven by Jen Hatmaker (review to come). While I found Bob Goff super inspiring, I think Jen Hatmaker wins me over for author who moved me to the most action. Her book, about her personal mutiny against the excess in her life, had me really questioning my possessions, finances, volunteering, giving, diet, wardrobe, and Sabbath. Lots of changes around here thanks to Mrs. Hatmaker.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2012 to finally read?
The Stand by Stephen King (review). Once I got through 11/22/63, friends convinced me The Stand wouldn’t freak me out too badly. It didn’t! Such a gripping book – can’t believe it took me this long to get to it.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
I didn’t keep track of favorite quotes this year. I usually highlight and then go back and look, but because so many of my books were audio, I didn’t really take notes like I usually do. I’m sure there are highlights somewhere in my physical books, but I don’t have the time to look!
16. Shortest and longest books you read?
17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to someone about?
There were several scenes in The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien (review to come) that had me and Ryan talking. I didn’t realize that the movie strayed from the book (as good as the movie is!).
18. Favorite relationship?
I just could not choose one! So I picked several: Maddie and Julie in Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (review to come), Corrie and Betsy in The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom (review), and Auggie and his friends and family in Wonder by RJ Palacio (review).
19. Favorite book you read from an author you read previously?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (review). This is YA at its absolute best.
20. Best book you read based solely on a recommendation from someone else?
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (review to come). Read this based on the recommendation of my friend Esther, and I’m glad I did – it was spare, beautiful, and utterly heart-wrenching.
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By the Numbers:
In addition to Jamie’s list, here are the numbers for my reading life in 2012:
Total books read: 63
Total pages read: 25,085
Fiction / non-fiction: 38 / 25
Female / male authors: 22 / 41
New authors / previously read authors: 43 / 20
Audio books: 36
Books by Year Published: 1800s: 1 / 1900 – 1950: 4 / 1951– 2000: 8 / 2001: 1 / 2003: 1 / 2004: 3 / 2005: 2 / 2006: 1 / 2007: 3 / 2008: 4 / 2009: 9 / 2010: 5 / 2011: 15 / 2012: 12
Most books by the same author: 4, Stephen King
Most books in one month: 8, February
Fewest books in one month: 2, November
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I didn’t complete all my challenges, but I came pretty close!
Back to the Classics Challenge: Read 9 books from specific categories: 7 books read (78% complete)
Audio Book Challenge: Listen to 25 audio books: 36 audio books read (144% complete. Dang.)
What’s in a Name 5: Read 6 books with certain words in the title: 6 books read (100% complete)
TBR Pile Challenge: Read 31 books off my TBR shelf: 28 TBR books read (90% complete)
Leave a link to your end-of-year wrap-ups in the comments. I love going and looking at what people have enjoyed throughout the year!