2012 Year End Survey

by Bellezza

1. Ten favorite books read in 2012?

  • The Woman In The Dunes by Kobo Abe
  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
  • Room by Emma Donaghue
  • I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
  • Shadows on The Rock by Willa Cather
  • The Thief by Fuminor Nakamura
  • Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

2. Most disappointing book?

  • The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky (because I don’t believe he succeeded in portraying a truly good soul as he intended)

3. Most surprising book of 2012?

  • Room by Emma Donoghue

4. Book(s) you recommended to people most in 2012?

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

5. Series which took you by surprise in 2012?

  • still can’t believe the success of Fifty Shades of Grey and the like

6. Favorite authors you discovered in 2012?

7. Most thrilling book in 2012?

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

8. Book you most anticipated in 2012?

  • In One Person by John Irving

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

10. Most memorable character in 2012?

  • the collective voice of the immigrant women from Buddha in The Attic

11. Most beautifully written books read in 2012?

  • Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

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

  • Christmas Stories from Everyman’s Library

13. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2012 to finally read?

  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

14. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2012?

  • “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ~Haruki Murkami (Norwegian Wood)

15. Authors which you would like to read more of in 2013?

  • Raymond Carver
  • Ali Smith

16. Books that had a shocking ending?

  • Defending Jacob by William Landay
  • Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane

17. Best new online source to discover books or list those you love?

18. Best classic read in 2012?

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

19. Best children’s book read in 2012?

  • Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

20. Best translated work you read in 2012?

  • The Woman In The Dunes by Kobo Abe

21. Favorite book review of the year which you wrote?

  • Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis (coming December 20, 2012)

22. Any titles you abandoned in 2012 but might read in 2013?

  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

23. Any challenges you completed in 2012?

24. Any read-alongs you completed in 2012?

  • The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
25. Blogging plans for 2013?
  • To keep from turning my joy into a job by feeling compelled to do more than I love.
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