Hi guys! So, now that’s it is ACTUALLY New Year’s Eve, I can do my end-of-year post about stuff that I read this year! It’s basically the same format as last year, and if you want to borrow it, feel free! Just come back here and leave me a link so I can check out your post
Some preliminary questions…
How many books did you read in 2012?
87 books, and about 31,039 pages.
Did you accomplish your reading goals?
Not even a little bit. My goal was 130 books or 45,000 pages and I missed both goals pretty hugely.
Did you successfully complete any reading challenges?
I think the only one I kind of completed was Jenn’s Neil Gaiman Challenge, because I read 4 of his books this year. Other than that, no, I ended up dropping out of all of them because I made so little progress. I don’t think I’m going to do any challenges this year.
OK let’s get to the good stuff now!
1. Ten favorite reads of 2012?
- Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku
- In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- The Neanderthal Parallax trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer
- The Nightside series by Simon R. Green
- The Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant
- The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
- The Bungalow by Sarah Jio
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Yeah… lots of series/trilogies this year…
2. Ten worst reads of 2012?
- The Hunger Games Companion by Lois Gresh
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- Why Does E=mc2? by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
- The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
- Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer
- How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
- The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
- The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
I just feel like a made a lot of enemies… if it’s any comfort to you, I actually had to look over my list of books read this year for the “worst” ones. Most of those didn’t come immediately to mind.
3. Favorite authors that you read for the first time this past year?
Simon R Green, I kind of love his Nightside series, and I love Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim books. Deborah Harkness was really good too.
4. Worst authors that you read for the first time this past year?
Huraki Murakami… Norwegian Wood was just too emo and weird for me. Also Lee Smolin, who wrote Three Roads to Quantum Gravity. He was really annoying with his biased-ness.
5. Favorite releases of 2012?
The Diviners by Libba Bray was SO GOOD, and I can’t wait for the next book. Also Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was fantastic.
6. Favorite re-reads of 2012?
The rest of the Outlander books, which I started re-reading in 2011. I love those books <3
7. Funniest book you read this year?
The Pirates! books by Gideon Defoe. They’re so goofy and perfect for a quick laugh.
8. Saddest book you read this year?
I always cry during Outlander books, at some point. Also, Maus was obviously really sad.
9. Book that made you want to throw it across the room?
Only a couple books really irked me this year, but none that bad.
10. Favorite non-fiction read this year?
In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin, hands down.
11. Favorite quotes of passages from books you read this year?
You know, I started a quotes journal this year for just this reason! But I’m too lazy to get up and find it right now.
12. Any new favorite bookish apps / websites / trends?
Ummm the use of GIF’s. I always liked them, and this year I finally learned out to USE them. Also, I discovered some fun bookish Tumblrs, such as Underground New York Public Library, Librarians Classified, and Librarian Problems.
13. Any regrets over “read” or “to-read” lists?
Obviously. I didn’t get to read nearly as many books was I wanted to this year, and I think I spent too much time forcing myself through some slower books, like A Feast For Crows.
14. Favorite challenges or goals in 2012?
The Neil Gaiman challenge. It’s the only one I really kept up with, lol.
15. How do you feel about your 2012 reading year?
Disappointed, and really eager to start 2013 and read a lot more!
Okay, now some bloggy-questions…
16. Favorite blogs you discovered this year?
I am absolutely sure that I’m forgetting some people, and I can’t remember how long I’ve been following some people, but here’s a couple. I don’t think I “discovered” as many blogs this year as I did last year. I need to branch out more.
17. Did you attend any real-life bookish events? (signings, BEA, National Book Fest, etc.)
Nope. I seriously need to save up the money to go to one in 2013! There’s just not much in my area – anything that takes place in New York is usually a lot closer to NYC, which is 8 hours away.
18. Did you participate in any online bookish events? (readathons, readalongs, etc.)
Absolutely! I did Armchair BEA, readathons, and a TON of readalongs – The Grapes of Wrath, The Moonstone, The Graveyard Book, Married With Zombies, and more.
19. Blogging highlights of this year?
I had some fun author interactions on Twitter, but mostly things were relatively quiet.
20. What didn’t work for your blog this year?
Honestly, probably just me being too busy or tired. I had a second job for a while there, and then my grandma passed away. I got sick a few times, and work at my regular job was crazy because we keep losing temps. Just one thing after another. Also, I kind of fell out of the habit of doing my favorite memes… I stopped doing In My Mailbox because of all of the controversy at that blog, and I skip out on Top Ten Tuesday sometimes because if the topic is a repeat I don’t have much new to post about. I’m hoping to be a more active blogger this year, in every way – posting, commenting, participating in more events and memes, etc.
Looking ahead to 2013…
21. Do you have any reading goals in mind for 2013?
Of course. I want to read AT LEAST 100 books. I should be able to read more than that, I read 127 in 2010. I think I have to be more willing to DNF, too. Also, I really need to make an effort to read more of the books that I already own.
22. Are you participating in any 2013 reading challenges?
I think not. Well, with the exception that I think I’m going to join The Classics Club, but that’s a 5-year challenge, so it doesn’t really count for a certain year.
23. What 2013 new releases are you looking forward to?
Lots! But MAINLY I’m looking forward to Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, which will be the 8th Outlander book and hopefully to be released next fall.
24. What are some of your 2013 blogging goals or things you want to focus on?
I want to switch to self-hosting at WordPress.org instead of wordpress.com, and focus on just making my blog a fun, happy, bookish place for people to visit.
25. Are you ready to get 2013 started?
YES. I am SO gonna kick 2013′s ass. Who’s with me?!