Saturday, 17 December 2011

End of Year Book Survey

So Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner has this book survey going on right now. As soon as I saw the post, I was like, "YES! SURVEY ME!" For some reason, I love love love answering questions in surveys (like those ones on Facebook and stuff? Yeah.) Anywaaaaays, here we are.

You can find the survey HERE!

1. Best Book You Read in 2011?
I am actually prepared for this question! It's being asked all over the place at this time of year and so I've already gone through the horrible process of picking JUST ONE.

I'm going to have to say...
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton! You have no idea how pumped I was to read this book... it seemed like almost everyone adored it and it really sounded like something I would like :(

3. Most Surprising (in a good way!) Book of 2011?
Probably The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I went back and forth with this book before reading it and I had no idea what really to expect. WOW though... I loved it!

4. Book You Recommended To People Most in 2011?
I was pretty adamant that my reader friends read Divergent by Veronica Roth. I even loaned out my signed copy!

5. Best Series You Discovered in 2011?
I think it was probably The Demon's Lexicon series by Sarah Rees Brennan. I LOVE THOSE BOOKS <3 If you haven't started the series yet, you are missing out!

6. Favourite New Authors You Discovered in 2011?
Oh so many... Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman, Laini Taylor, Lauren Oliver... I worship them.

7. Best Book That Was Out of Your Comfort Zone or Was a New Genre For You?
I think it was probably Bumped by Megan McCafferty! This was such a new thing for me but I'm really, really glad I gave it a shot.

Sidenote: I need to read more books that are out of my comfort zone!

8. Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book in 2011?
I think it was probably Divergent by Veronica Roth... I wanted to take this book into the shower with me.

9. Book You Most Anticipated in 2011?
Clockwork Prince! I just got it but I haven't yet started reading. I'll probably save it for winter break.

10. Favourite Cover of a Book You Read in 2011?

11. Most Memorable Character in 2011?
Ooh, tough question! I think Cassel from the Curse Workers series by Holly Black is incredibly memorable. Also, Sam from Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall.

12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2011?
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor OR Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I can't decide!

13. Book that had the Greatest Impact on you in 2011?
I think it was most likely Gayle Forman's novels - If I Stay and Where She Went. Beautiful and heartbreaking.

14. Book You Can't Believe You Waited UNTIL 2011 to Finally Read?
The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan or The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong. WHY, SONIA?

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder:

"sometimes, love is loud.
 sometimes, love is quiet.

 Always, love is my mom."

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor:

"Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic."

Delirium by Lauren Oliver:

"Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you-sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever.”

+ probably many, many more that I can't find at the moment.

16. Book That You Read in 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Be Reread in 2012?
I would love to re-read Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins!

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.)
Either THAT MOMENT in The Demon's Lexicon or THE END of Delirium.

First one: ... what? o.O x5487598345 Then... OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG.
Second one: NOOOOOOO!

Looking Ahead...

1. One Book You Didn't Get To In 2011 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2012?
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead! Why haven't I read it yet? :(

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2012?
I'm... supposed to pick... one? Just ONE? *rocks back and forth*

Okay. I'm going to go with... Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. I am also, btw, TERRIFIED to read this book but I have faith in Lauren Oliver who has basically blown my mind with every single book so far.

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2012?

I want to read more! It's always tough to find the balance between reading and All That Other Stuff and next year will undoubtedly be even busier, but I'm determined to find some extra time.

I also hope to do some more blog exploring! I feel like I've seen one billionth of the blogosphere and I'd love to meet all the lovely people out there :) With that, I seriously need to up the number of comments I make.


Phew! That's it!

Just a sidenote: Sorry that the posts have been pretty sparse lately. This is probably the busiest time of year for me in terms of school and other stuff. Plus, there was my birthday! My friends made a glitter pinata and I know you have no idea what I mean by that BUT for anyone curious...

Basically a giant paper mache eyeball was made - painted and with all of the proper veins and everything. They filled the eyeball with TONS of glitter and smashed it over my head. So, the glitter all came raining down on me. This happened like 5 days ago and I am still finding stray pieces of glitter all over me, not to mention my things! So yeah :) It's been a crazy (but great) week.


  1. Ooh Divergent, so good!
    I need to read Demon's Lexicon!! I need to get the 1st book because I own books 2 & 3 that I got for really cheap.
    Ahh Clockwork Prince... prepare to freak out and die of emotion. I saw everyone's reactions the first few days it was out and I was like "oh it can't be THAT emotional" ... um no, it IS that emotional. I just finished it last night and I'm kind of freaking out, haha.
    Oh man the Wither cover is awesome, isn't it?? Definitely one of my favourites
    Ooooh Bloodlines. It was pretty darn good!!

    And I think I could keep commenting, but that would make this even longer, haha. My survey is posted here.

  2. I SO NEED TO DO ONE OF THESE!! Will definitely be using this survey some time before the end of this month :D I don't even know where to start commenting on this, it's just so full of win.

    YES to DOSAB. Holy crap I want to reread that so freaking bad. Hellohellohellohello *sigh* Ha, and I think Divergent may have been the one I recommended the most too :D

    I LOVE the passages you quoted <3

    BLOODLINES, SONIA. BLOODLINES. ADRIAN!! He is 150x more awesome in this than ever before and that is saying something since I've always loved him. I need you to read this!!

    LOL!!! Glitter pinata. That. Is. Awesome. You friends rock! Sounds like you had such a fun day <3 And I'm SO sorry for not wishing you a Happy Birthday on the 14th!! *slaps self* HAVE A GREAT YEAR!!

  3. Ooh, what a fun post! Found some new books to add to me tbr shelf, yay! =D

    *nods* Shatter Me is definitely beautifully written! <3

  4. Awesome survey! I think I might do it! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Sonia, I'm so sorry I'd didn't tweet you happy birthday! I've been so busy lately :/. Glad you had a good time - jealous of your pinata :P.

    Book-wise, I AGREE WITH SO MUCH! THAT SCENE in The Demon's Lexicon - this was actually my face: O_O. And then that other scene in The Demon's Covenant (you know which one I rain...I mean mean ;]) left my mind thinking this: "g ghh vhury5 vnbh 9h ...,o fu bbvfn awesome". Divergent is the one I'd most recommend too, and I adore Cassel!

    One thing though - how have you not dived into Clockwork Prince yet?! I finished it the day I got it - SO. AWESOME. Readitreaditreadit :P.

    Thanks for the fun post! :)

  6. I SO AGREE WITH YOU! WHY oh why did I wait so long to read TDL? *such* a good series. One of my new top faves. Divergent is probs one of my most recommended reads as well, I make EVERYONE read it.

    The Cait Files

  7. Ashley: I hope you like TDL! I don't know if it's a book for everyone, but I loved it. Is CP really that bad? O_O I feel like Cassie's books are getting progressively worse with the way they rip my heart out and stomp on it. AHH! Can't wait to check out your answers :)

    Brodie: I hope you are aware that saying things about Adrian is THE WAY to get me excited for Bloodlines :P I knoooow! Soon!

    They're definitely special LOL. Thank you!!

    Renu: YAY! :) I'm so glad!

    Mesa: Thanks! I would love to see your answers too! :)

    Liz: Who wouldn't be jealous of a glitter-filled eyeball? LOL. Don't worry about it!

    YES. THOSE SCENES! I am using all of my self-restraint right now to not go for CP! School is busy though and I know that once I start, it's going to suck all of my time until I'm finished.


  8. There are a lot of great choices on here! And there's soo many that were either the ones I picked or the ones I was going to pick that I'm not even going to try to name them all, buuut....Angelfire. I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. I couldn't even finish it!
    My picks

    We seem to have the same tastes in books. New follower :)

  9. I was majorly waiting for Clockwork Prince too. Have you finished yet? Although I wasn't 100% pleased with how things were going (no spoilers!) I still loved it! Hope you enjoy it too :)

  10. Everyone is loving that cover, it is gorgeous. Daughter of Smoke is getting so much good reviews. I can't wait to read Lisa Schroeders new one.

    My survey if interested

  11. Ha! I totally understand wanting to take Divergent in the shower with you. I just always wanted to be reading it, even though I didn't think it was a perfect book. Happy New Year!