Featured: 2012 End of Year Book Survey




The lovely Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner is hosting The Third Annual End of Year Book Survey and it looked so much fun, I just had to partcipate!

Best In Books 2012


1. Best Book You Read In 2012

Best Book(s) of 2012
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


Best Debut
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Best Sequel(s)
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Best Historical Fiction
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and Venom by Fiona Paul

Best Dystopian
Defiance by C.J. Redwine and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Best Paranormal
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Best Contemporary
Awkward by Marni Bates

2. Book you were Excited about & Thought you were going to Love more but didn’t?

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang left me feeling vaguely unimpressed. Great concept, boring execution..


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

Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen


4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

Sadly, I haven’t discovered a new series that I was in love with this year..Maybe next year?


6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Melina Marchetta, and Paolo Bacigalupi


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

Christian fiction definitely. Interrupted: Life Beyond Words by Rachel Coker was a surprisingly amazing read and written so beautifully.


8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi *hands down*

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are
Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

Look at that gorgeous illustration..It embodies the entire story. LOVE IT! <3

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff


11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Anastasia Steele from Fifty Shades of Grey.. Only because she wouldn’t stop talking about her “inner goddess” which drove me insane.


12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

I’ll have to say Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and Venom by Fiona Paul


13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness most definitely. It was thought provoking, heart wrenching and emotional.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited
UNTIL 2012 to finally read?

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness again for the reason above.


15. Favorite Passage/Quote From
A Book You Read In 2012?

You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.” A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?

Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi 

Review: 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

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!

In Venom by Fiona Paul, the studio scene. In The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, the beach scene. In Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, the room scene.. Enough said..Steamy, epic, and passionate.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book
You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Mia and Noah from The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.
Juliette and Warner from Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012
From An Author You Read Previously

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based
SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray was a DNF the first time around, but I picked it up again and I’m glad I did. It was hilarious!


Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?

Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner‘s blog is just so fun. I love her posts, and she always something wonderful to say. Her personality is also so energetic and it shows.


2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James ended up being a rant about how much I disliked the characters, the plot, and the writing. It was also the easiest to write..


3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I don’t have discussion posts on my blog..YET..


4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion
you read on somebody else’s blog?

Any discussion post from Parajunkee of course.

5. Best event that you participated in
(author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Meeting Maggie StiefvaterLibba Bray and Tahereh Mafi



2012 Word on the Street Festival


Going to Word on the Street Festival



..and the Ontario Book Blogger Meet-Up

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

When any author tweets me back and links to my reviews/posts.


7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog
(whether it be by comments or views)?

Not including giveaway posts, THE NEWBIE’S GUIDE TO BOOK BLOGGING is my number one section on the blog!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any or all of my reviews that have zero comments 🙁


9. Best bookish discovery (book related
sites, book stores, etc.)?

I also had to share this wonderful Indigo store that I found my friends Anna and Lucy told me about. Their teen section is so bright and colourful.


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

Only one this year! 224/220 books read :O



Looking Ahead…


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012
But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

I haven’t decided yet, but I am hoping to get through Anna and the French Kiss!


2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

Requiem by Lauren Oliver of course 😀


3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish
Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

Re-design the layout and theme it so it’s suited more to my personality! It’ll take a long long time, but I’m sure it will be worth it.


Drop by the rest of the surveys below



  1. Grace Lo

    January 21, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    *sigh* I was so caught up in the new year that I totally forgot to post a survey answer! Anyhow, it was great to see how your year went! c:

  2. Dorothy Reading

    January 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Oooooh, coool! I can’t wait to really go through this list and check out all of these books!

  3. Anne C

    January 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    You have some great books here. I hope I find time to get and read most of these novels. 🙂

  4. Bree

    January 14, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    I also discovered Paolo Bacigalupi in 2012, I’ve read 2 of his books and can’t wait to read more!!

  5. Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads

    December 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    LOVE your survey answers! You read so many great books this year =) I’m super excited for Unravel Me, based on your enthusiasm. And Requiem — cannot WAIT for that one too!!!!!!

  6. Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

    December 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Gah, I really have to get to Shatter Me and Mara Dyer. Shatter Me is sitting on my Kobo dying to be read, but I have too many ARCs to get to right now…

  7. Lily

    December 31, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Lovely lost, you read some really great books this year! The Evolution of Mara Dyer was just…unexplainable an you’ve got me anxious to get my hands on unravel me!

  8. Ashley

    December 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    HAHAHHA!! I cracked up at #11. Omg that’s brilliant. And so true. I definitely look forward to seeing what you have in mind for your redesign! I get the itch to redesign sooo often. I have to hold back.

    • Giselle

      December 31, 2012 at 1:14 AM

      HAHA I’m glad I’m not the only one that found her ANNOYING.

      I always want to re-design it..It’s so much work though

  9. Pamela

    December 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    So jealous of you being able to read Unravel Me! but should it be included in the 2012 list? It hasn’t even been published. xD

    Happy new year, Giselle!

    • Giselle

      December 31, 2012 at 1:12 AM

      Does it have to be published in 2012? lol I did read it during this year so that’s the reason why I included it!

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