2011: Books in Review

January 1, 2012

End of the year survey, taken from Trisha.

1. Best Book You Read In 2011?
I gave the following books five stars on Goodreads:

2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?
Bossypants by Tina Fey, only because so many other people I know and trust enjoyed it so much.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore. I had zero expectations of this book, and I found it to be a lot of fun. In fact, every time I see the cover, I say to myself, “I really liked that book” and I’m always kind of surprised by it.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?  
Probably Tangerine. Peace from Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant.

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?
The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. I’m hooked.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?
I really enjoyed both of Neesha Meminger’s books. Oh, and Suzanne Selfors.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I didn’t read any new genres.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan and Tangerine by Edward Bloor, for different reasons.

9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?
Sara Zarr, Sarah Dessen, E. Lockhart, and Meg Cabot‘s new books.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?

mindy  loveinc  savingmaddie  one crazy summer

11. Most memorable character in 2011?
Ella from Ella Enchanted and Leo from The Lost Hero.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?
Where She Went by Gayle Forman

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011? 
How Al-Anon Works for Families and Friends of Alcoholics and What Did I Do Wrong? for obvious reasons.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?
Deenie, only because…Judy Blume. But, seriously, she was so far off my radar when I was growing up, it’s not surprising.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?
Echoing Trisha here: Answering this question would just take too much time, and honestly there’s no way I could pick just one.

16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012? 
Tangerine by Edward Bloor, but only because I want to see if I have the same response to it in print as I did to it on audiobook.

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 cliffhanger in The Son of Neptune. I mean, SERIOUSLY?


As for my reading challenges, I completed them all this year, but mostly because, as I said previously, I chose gimmes. Next year will be different.

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