(Taken from here — I thought the idea was cool, so decided to make a list myself)
Best Books in 2012
- Best Book You Read in 2012? So this is a hard one. I’ve read a lot of good books this year, and really, it’s impossible for me to choose a favorite. So instead I’ll give my top five: The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien (not the first time I’ve read it, but still), A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness (I think my banner and avatar show how much I love the book), The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (I think my blog entry speaks for this book), A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin (I’m sure its reputation proceeds it), and Skin, by Ted Dekker. This is not including series I have read in their entirety (Harry Potter; Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller series), and new books in series that I have read before (Vince Flynn).
- Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t? Hmm, another hard one. Partially I guess you could say this fits for A Clash of Kings, by George R. R. Martin, but it’s not entirely true — with these books, you really have to take the time to enjoy them, and as homework was piling up, I was looking for a page-turner. So in a way I enjoyed it less than I thought it would, but I am putting it aside in order to read it when I have time to focus just on the book. So I guess I’d have to say The Black Ice, by Michael Connelly. I love Connelly, but this book was a little slow for me (the only one that has been like that). And to an extent, A Confederacy of Dunces. I wasn’t excited at all for it, but I did think I’d like it more than I did.
- Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? I’d have to say A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. When I had first heard about how it’s a picture book, I was some-what turned off, thinking it’d be a boring kid’s book. Boy was I surprised, haha. Now it is one of my favorite books ever, and extremely highly recommended.
- Book you recommended to people most in 2012? Again I’d have to say A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. After I was completely blown away, I started recommending it to everyone. That, and The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, which is a book I think that everyone should read.
- Best series you discovered in 2012? I have four. 1. A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin. An amazing series that I can’t wait to continue when I have more time to focus on it; 2. the Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling. Nope, I hadn’t read it until this year, and then I read them all in less than two weeks. They definitely would’ve gone on my “best books of 2012 list” (or at least most enjoyable); 3. the Mickey Haller series, by Michael Connelly; and 4. the Harry Bosch series, by Michael Connelly. I love all of these series — I have finished two of them, and am working my way slowly through the other two (Harry Bosch and ASoIaF).
- Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012? I’ve only read a couple of new authors (as in, newly published, not new to me), but I’d have to say Howard Gordon, author of Gideon’s War. It was a pretty enjoyable book, and I look forward to future books he writes.
- Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? Harry Potter, by J. K. Rowling, as I had never really read young adult fiction before (if you don’t count A Monster Calls). Then there’s A Game of Thrones, which technically is out of my comfort zone as I don’t read much fantasy. But for books that I haven’t mentioned yet, I’d say The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins — I hadn’t read young adult fiction before it (I read Harry Potter after), and it wasn’t half bad.
- Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012? Easy. The Last Man, by Vince Flynn. I just read it on Saturday. It had arrived in the mail that day, a few hours later I started reading it and I couldn’t put it down (until I had to, as I had to go somewhere, but when I came back I promptly picked it back up), finishing it at around 1:30 AM. Great, great book.
- Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Probably either The Hobbit or A Monster Calls, or both. I plan to start reading both of the yearly.
- Most memorable character in 2012? I really don’t know. Many. The first one I can think of right now is Mitch Rapp, from The Last Man by Vince Flynn, but I just read that book two days ago, too. Eddard Stark of A Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Conor from A Monster Calls, etc.
- Most beautifully written book read in 2012? A Game of Thrones or The Hobbit takes this one. Tolkien’s and Martin’s writing styles are both extremely beautiful — truly masterpieces.
- Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? The Four Loves, by C. S. Lewis. The first non-fiction book that I have really, really enjoyed reading, and an amazing book. I’m actually not quite finished with it yet, but I love it.
- Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? A lot? A Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, the Book Thief, anything by Michael Connelly, etc.
- Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 1. Many passages from The Four Loves, by C. S. Lewis; 2. “You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.” from A Monster Calls; 3. “I have the answer to your question…I think you’re an imbecile. There could be some underlying psychological issues as well but I’d need to spend more time with you, which isn’t going to happen. Beyond that, I’m pretty sure you’re stupid.” ~ Mitch Rapp, from The Last Man, by Vince Flynn (context makes it better); 4. Pretty much anything from The Hobbit; 5. Many things from A Game of Thrones and the Book Thief, etc.
- Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? Shortest would be A Monster Calls, I think, at only around 200 pages, of which a lot of those pages are only half-pages (and sometimes there are pages of just pictures). Longest…whichever one of the Harry Potter books is longest. Coming close would be Locked On, by Tom Clancy, though.
- Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a huh moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers! A Game of Thrones. People who have read it probably know what I am talking about.
- Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc)? Not too sure about this one. Perhaps Mitch Rapp and Stan Hurley (Vince Flynn).
- Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously? Probably The Last Man, by Vince Flynn.
- Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else? A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness; and Skin, by Ted Dekker. Both we recommended to me by my friend Katie , and unfortunately she had to practically nag me before I read them, but I am extremely glad that I did, as they are now both favorites of mine and are amazing books.
- One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013? Not sure. 2012 isn’t over yet, and I’ll probably read Cold Days, by Jim Butcher, by then, which is the main book that I can’t wait to read (I’m forcing myself not to in lieu of finals and many essays due this week). Or else the rest of A Song of Ice and Fire and Lord of the Rings. But they’re not necessarily my first priority — they’re my first priority of when I’m on a long break and have time to focus on them, though. =P
- Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013? Untitled, by Vince Flynn and Brian Haig. Vince Flynn is one of my favorite authors, and I love Brian Haig as well — definitely looking forward to what they come up with.
- One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging in 2013? Nothing new, really. I just hope to continue my streak for a third year of reading 52 books in 52 weeks. I also plan to blog/rant more, because I haven’t been blogging as much as I’d like, and I haven’t really posted any rants yet.