2012: A Year in Books

View my list for 2011

2012 in Review:

How many books read in 2012?

-104

Fiction/Non-Fiction?

– 93 Fiction / 11 Non-Fiction

Male/Female authors?

–  44 Male / 32 Female

Oldest book read?

-Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (1865)

Newest book read?

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney (November 6th, 2012)

Longest book read?

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (1128 pages)

Shortest book read?

On Dreams by Sigmund Freud (80 pages)

Any in translation?

-Too many to list here truthfully.

Best book read in 2012?

Tie!

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Most disappointing book in 2012?

-Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (1865)

I really expected this book to be more fun and whimsical than it was. It was just plain weird and I still prefer the various movies, though they are equally weird. At least they pulled some sort of plot out of this jumble.

Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

So many this year!

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

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

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

-It wasn’t what I expected at all, but I still enjoyed it immensely. After everything I’d been hearing, I was prepared for the worst, but I really did like it.

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

The Twelve by Justin Cronin (for obvious reasons)

Book that had the greatest impact on me in 2012?

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

This is the first book I’ve read that really spoke to me at the age I’m at. It also inspired me to work on my own novel, about young 20-somethings.

Book that had a scene in it that had me reeling?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Oh my god THAT ending.

Book I most anticipated in 2012?

The Twelve

Most memorable character in 2012?

-Tyrion Lannister from A Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin (same as last year)

How many re-reads in 2012?

-None

Book I read in 2012 I’d be most likely to reread in 2013?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Book I recommended to people most in 2012?

-The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Favorite new authors I discovered in 2012?

-John Green

Most books read by one author this year?

Tie

-Sara Shepherd (5)

-Neil Gaiman (5)

Favorite cover of a book I read in 2012?

Favorite passage/quote from a book I read in 2012?

-“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

-“Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.” (The Lover’s Dictionary by John Green)

-“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” (Beloved by Toni Morrison)

Did I complete any reading challenges or goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the year?

-My Goodreads challenge of 100 books!

Book I can’t believe I waited until 2012 to finally read?

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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3 thoughts on “2012: A Year in Books

  1. I was oddly excited to see that you posted this because I want to read and discover new books – and I haven’t read much of what you mentioned but “Plainsong” looks really, really interesting. I see that it’s got at least one sequel, though, so I have to ask if you’ve read the sequel(s) and if they’re as good.

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