I found this great list from Perpetual Page Turner that should help me keep my thoughts kind of cohesive as I wrap up my reading for the year. It will be quite long I’m afraid, just so you know that going into this. Oh and I’ll update this list with any more books I read in the last two weeks of the year.
Total books read: 70 (dang, a bit short of my goal of 75)
1. Best books you read in 2012 (not counting re-reads)?
There were so many great books this year, but I tried to keep myself to only the books that I talked incessantly about to everybody I knew. If you were one of those people I apologize. But I kept it to five on this list, woohoo!
- Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston
- The Stand by Stephen King
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (this is actually #1, yep)
- Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson
2. Books you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
What a sad question, but of course I already have a few answers: Misfit by Adam Braver, The King Must Die by Mary Renault, and The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) books of 2012?
I was incredibly surprised by The Iliad by Homer. It was my first time reading it and I loved it! I also loved the two dramas I did for a quickie pairing: The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.
This was actually a big year for business, non-fiction type books that I recommended to everybody that needed them. Since we’ve already covered the other books I recommended in the best of list, the best businessy books were:
- Getting Things Done by David Allen (every day…)
- 2013 Writer’s Market by Robert Brewer
- Quiet by Susan Cain
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- Tribes by Seth Godin
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
I don’t do series after the still healing burn of WOT.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
I really loved the two authors of short story collections I found, Megan Bergman’s Birds of A Lesser Paradise and Claire Vaye Watkins’ Battleborn.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I normally don’t read YA (or cancer) books, but all of the love for John Green’s outstanding novel, The Fault in Our Stars.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable books in 2012?
9. Book you read in 2012 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, right now if I could.
10. Favorite covers of books you read in 2012?
11. Most memorable characters you read in 2012?
Well, I did read the Gatsby, so obviously Gatsby himself, and, don’t take me for a crazy Tea Party person or whatever people like to assume a book means about a person these days, but I love love Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged (a re-read). Erm. Yeah. (I honestly don’t care if you’re Tea Party or love Atlas Shrugged or whatever, just don’t be crazy, haha).
12. Most beautifully written books read in 2012?
Oh man this question is one of my favorites. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
The Stand by Stephen King, The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, and Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters by Kathleen Ragan all had a large impact on my personal writing. I also think I learned and figured out a lot of things for myself while reading and then watching the movie Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2012 to finally read?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I loved it, but I also think I got to it maybe 10 years too late.
15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2012?
I still probably think of this passage from The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cat Valente about every other day.
16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2012?
Shortest is probably Seth Godin’s Tribes at 147 pages (not counting dramas or comics). Since I only have Internet to rely on, longest would go to Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand or the uncut version of The Stand by Stephen King at ~1,100 pages each.
17. Favorite relationship from books that you read in 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc)?
18. Best books you read that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else?
They were both slightly different from what I normally read, but I absolutely loved The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman for all the rich imagery of that book, and The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson for showing the manic roots of art and beauty. Both astounding.
19. Biggest new book blogging thing you did this year?
Erm, this blog! Mixing food and wine and books with other books has been just absolutely amazing. I was also very excited and privileged to be a part of Ignite Phoenix this year.
20. Best bookish thing you did or event you attended?
I especially loved Jess Walter’s wonderful talk for Beautiful Ruins. Another highlight was the hilarious talk Sherman Alexie gave in Mesa recently for Blasphemy. Overall, I just talked to more people about reading this year, was able to read many inspiring works by bloggers all over, and always had a stack of books nearby. It turned out for a great year.
21. And a final stat for the funzies… 70 books read, consisting of:
- 44 works of fiction
- 19 works of nonfiction
- 3 plays
- 2 comics
- 2 epic poems
Phew, you made it this far. How was your 2012 reading? Favorite books? Least favorites?