2012: A Year in Reading

As seen in Tansy Rayner Roberts’ blog.

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

Please see these two posts:

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
What We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard – three young adults are allergic to sunlight so instead they rule the night. To feel like they’re still alive they take up parkour. Sadly it was poorly written and executed.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 
Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis – It’s 1939. The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons, and one perfectly normal man gets caught in between. It’s fantastic to have a well-rounded book, one that has a well developed plot, believable characters, beautiful description and above all else – a well written novel.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Milkweed Triptych by Ian Tregillis

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
John Green, John Scalzi, Guy Adams, Mary Robinette Kowal and Sarah Rees Brennan

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
The Luther book (The Calling by Neil Cross) was very wrong in parts, and I struggle reading about animals being hurt (even when children and humans in general are, that’s apparently fine to my mind, but animals? No.) The book was utterly fantastic, though.

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth was a struggle because it was set in a time I have no knowledge of, and I’m not usually a fan of the type of book it is (which means I miss out on so many books most people love) but it was worth continuing with.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
I can’t really answer this, as when I love a book far too much, I DO put it down because I need it to last and I can’t stand the thought of it being over.

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Any book that has another in the same series coming out – I usually need to re-read so I remember what’s going on!

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

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11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Lucie Miller from Doctor Who (8th Doctor) Big Finish.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

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

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

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

The Hobbit. Yes, I know. Also Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal which I’ve seen around, but the cover totally lead me to believe it was really not what it turned out to be at all.

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

“So,” he called to her back, “Just out of curiosity, you know, purely conversation and all, at what age will you be entertaining offers of marriage?”
“You think it’ll be so easy?” she called back over her shoulder. “No way. There will be tasks. Like in a fairy tale.”
“Sounds dangerous.”
“Very, so think twice.”
“No need,” he said. “You’re worth it.” 
― Laini TaylorDays of Blood & Starlight

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 
To Spin a Darker Stair (edited) by Tehani Wessely is the shortest at 64 pages, and Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson is easily the longest at 1122 – it had to be printed in two print volumes. The longest print book I read was The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson at 748 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! 
Oh god, the end of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, end of Newsflesh by Mira Grant, certain shorts in the collection The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, and understandably, parts of Jenny Lawson’s memoir, and the David Thorne books.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Karou and Akiva in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series for romance.

Wax and Wayne in Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson for friendship.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
Anything by Brandon Sanderson and Mira Grant.

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty was recommended to me, but by one of the publisher media girls who then sent it to me to review. It’s easily one of my favourite books of the year ❤

Looking Ahead…

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

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed and The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

  • Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Fuse (Pure #2) by Julianna Baggott
  • The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson
  • Untold (The Lynburn Legacy #2) by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
  • The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch
  • Steelheart (Unknown Trilogy #1) by Brandon Sanderson
  • Necessary Evil (Milkweed Triptych #3) by Ian Tregillis
  • Untitled (Adaptation #2) by Malinda Lo
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid #2) by Seanan McGuire
  • The Burning: A Luther Novel by Neil Cross
  • Without a Summer (Glamourist Histories #3) by Mary Robinette Kowal

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

Get through some of my 236 books that I really want to read asap (that doesn’t include the above mentioned).

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About thiefofcamorr

Katharine likes to think she’s a Sky Pirate and that takes up most of her time. When she isn’t treasure hunting, she’s writing or playing video games and wishing Doctor Who and Farscape were real. She started writing at age 12 and has written almost every day on paper and most certainly in her mind otherwise – or at least, she used to, and is hoping to get back into that mindset asap. She tends to like the idea of fantasy, but her ideas themselves always seem to gravitate towards science fiction. Katharine is a judge in the Aurealis Awards, and would really like a pet chocobo.

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