2011 Year in Review

I wanted to try Jamie’s End of the Year Book Survey from over at The Perpetual Page-Turner. You should definitely go and check it out. I picked a few (okay, more than a few) questions.

1. Best Book You Read In 2011?

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?

Undead And Undetermined by Mary Janice Davidson
Dead Surround by Celis T. Rono

3.Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?

Divergent by Veronica Roth

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?

The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire
and the The Iron Fae series by Julie Kagawa.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?

Victoria Schwab, Lauren DeStefano, and Veronica Roth

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

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

8. Book you most anticipated in 2011?

River Marked by Patricia Briggs and Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

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

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter and One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire… Yes, go ahead and laugh. I have no idea why two of my favorite covers this year have girls lying on the ground. I have no idea what this says about me, but the second one… doesn’t it remind you of The Little Mermaid when she sings “Part of your World”?

10. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?

“Puck, didn’t you tell me once that the fey were born from the dreams of mortals?”

“Yeah?” Puck said, not getting it.

“Well, what if these things—” I jiggled the metal insect “—are born from different dreams? Dreams of technology, and progress? Dreams of science? What if the pursuit of ideas that once seemed impossible—flight, steam engines, the Worldwide Web—gave birth to a whole different species of faery? Mankind has made huge leaps in technology over the past hundred years. And with each success, we’ve kept reaching—dreaming—for more. These iron fey could be the result.”

-The Iron King By Julie Kagawa.

11. 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 Double Cross by Carolyn Crane and the end of DreamFever by Karen Marie Moning had some crazy scenes in them.The first one made me so mad at some characters I wanted to throw things, and the second made me cry so hard I made myself sick. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I do recall my mother telling me to get a life.

12.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I did, I signed up for both of Carl’s challenges (R.I.P. VI and Once Upon a Time V). The only one I didn’t really follow through on was the Haruki Murakami challenge, although I didn’t really sign-up officially. I just wanted to see if I could read the book my sister bought me. I know it’s my fault guys, because everyone seems to love Haruki Murakami and Kafka on the Shore. I don’t know if it’s because of all the metaphors…and profound stuff. Maybe I’m just shallow? Lol, I have tried and tried to finish….I’m still trying?

13. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2012?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

14. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2012?

I would like to read more books outside of my comfort zone. I also want to thank everyone on my blogroll. All of you have been so very kind to me in my first ten months of blogging, and I’ve learned a lot from all of you. I hope that we can continue to follow each others progress 🙂 Here’s to the New Year 🙂

How was your year in review? Any favorite books?


  1. I love this list, I think the categories are great, I also like your choices.
    I wanted to read the Near Witch for RIP but was running out of time. I need to read it soon.
    The Goddess Test does really have a beautiful cover. See, I’m not laughing.

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