End of Year Book Survey

I read a lot of books this year.  Fifty-eight to be exact. So when I found Jamie’s book survey at The Perpetual Page Turner, I thought it would be a good time for me to reflect on the year and share with you some of my favorites. See the entire list of books I read this year on my Goodreads page.

1. Best Book You Read In 2012?

Hands down – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  I read this early in the year, and couldn’t help but think about it all year long.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.  I’ve read books by both of them and I’m still a fan, but I guess my expectations were so high that it was too easy for me to be disappointed if it wasn’t perfect.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder.  I read it because I was taking a writing course by the author.  Didn’t know what to expect, but I loved it!  Not only is she a great writer, but a beautiful person as well.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  I wanted everyone to be able to experience that book!

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

Can’t pick just one!  Divergent series by Veronica Roth, the Summer series by Jenny Han, That Boy series by Jillian Dodd,  Slammed series by Colleen Hoover, Unwind series by Neal Shusterman.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

There were a lot of authors that I had never read before.  Some of my favorites: Tammara Webber, Gayle Foreman, Colleen Hoover, Jennifer Echols, Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Wendy Wunder, and Veronica Roth.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Unwind and UnWholly by Neal Shusterman.  Definitely not what I would normally pick up, but Unwind came highly recommended by my nephew and he’s never steered me wrong.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Divergent by Veronica Roth.  Couldn’t get through that book fast enough!

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  I’m going to want to read it again before the movie comes out in November.

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










11. Most memorable character in 2012? 

Conrad (Summer series by Jenny Han) and Phillip (That Boy series by Jillian Dodd)  I guess I have a thing for guys who will wait for the girl they love!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers.  This book made me so angry, but at the same time, I couldn’t put it down.  I just could not believe how vicious some of the characters were.  This one stayed with me for a long time.

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

Unwind by Neal Shusterman.  What was I fighting???

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

“Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.” –John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 

Shortest: The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake 176 pages

Longest: Insurgent by Veronica Roth  525 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!

The end of The Fault in Our Stars just KILLED me!  I remember my boyfriend at the time looking at me like I was a crazy person because I literally could not stop crying.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Wow, these questions are impossible!  How to you choose just one?  Hazel and Augustus (The Fault in Our Stars), Anna and Etienne (Anna and the French Kiss), Meg and John (Going Too Far), and Jaqueline and Lucas (Easy)

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  I know, I know, I’m getting annoying with this book, but that’s how much I loved it!

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Unwind by Neal Shusterman.  My nephew had been telling me about this book for ages and wasn’t sure I would like it, but I trust his opinion, and he was right.  I loved it!

What did you read this year?  Leave a comment to share which books were your favorites, or to answer any of the above questions yourself.



  • Pebbles says:

    Hi Cathy! I haven’t read The Last Lecture, but I’ve heard about how wonderful it is. I will put it on my “to read” list.

    I know what you’re saying about Wally Lamb. I read She’s Come Undone by him and that was amazing!

    No need to feel like you have to read a crazy number of books, just try to do more than you did the last year! If you’re not on it already, go to Goodreads.com. They have a reading challenge every year and you can pick a goal for yourself. You can also get great recommendations!

    Thanks for visiting!


  • Cathy says:

    One of my favorites of all time – “The Last Lecture” Randy Pasuch. I’ve read this book I have no idea how many times and read it within hours. It makes me thankful for life, my family, my friends and just how we all need to just enjoy life! I cry EVERYTIME I read it and even though I know the ending, it just makes me feel good.

    Another one of my many favorites is “I Know This Much is True” by Wally Lamb. It’s an oldie but goodie from the Oprah book club. Wally Lamb writes like a female – just so detailed in his thoughts and getting into the characters head. Just love!

    I have strayed a bit from reading in 2012, but I made a resolution to read more in 2013. A random conversation with my therapist today that made me think of you (nothing crazy :)) – she said her 2011 resolution was to read 62 books and she only read 58! She is making the same resolution this year as she wanted to meet her goal for 2013 :)

    I don’t suspect I’ll read as many as either of you – but I wished her well and I do the same to you!! LOL

    Anyhow – thanks for reading my comments!

    Blessings in the new year.


    It’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you. Randy Pausch

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