After several attempts to write up my own year-end post, I have just given up. Fortunately, Jamie of Perpetual Page-turner, a lovely person who has a lovely blog, thought about the rest of us and made this year-end survey.
1. Best Book You Read In 2011?
It’s always tough to whittle this down to ONE book. This year, though, I didn’t love a lot of what I read. I can easily trim it down to a top 3, though:
Essex County by Jeff Lemire
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?
The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides. I really, really, didn’t like it. I loved Middlesex, so I wish I had loved it.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?
A Good Hard Look by Anne Napolitano. I usually dislike fictional books about real people, but this novelization of a brief period in Flannery O’Connor’s life totally charmed me.
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan, The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, Essex County by Jeff Lemire, Owly by Andy Runton.
5. Best series you discovered in 2011?
The Monstrumology Series by Rick Yancey!
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?
J. Courtney Sullivan! I read Maine and fell in love, so I went back and read Commencement. I didn’t like Commencement nearly as much, but I’m very excited for her next book.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I don’t have a comfort zone! But I guess most of the novels I read are late 20th and early 21st century. I read Good Evening Mrs Craven by Mollie Panter-Downes. It was published during WW2 and it was fabulous. I also read The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I’d like to read more turn of the century and early-mid 20th century novels in 2012.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?
Oh, gosh. Probably The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, my reread of The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, and the YA favorites Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, and Divergent by Veronica Roth.
9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?
The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides, unfortunately!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?
Meh book, awesome cover!
11. Most memorable character in 2011?
Bunny from The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?
The Watery Part of the World by Michael Parker and The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?
Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook and Autobiography of an Execution by David R. Dow.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?
I was hoping the answer to this question would be The Mists of Avalon, but I slogged through that beast. I’ll go with both The Year of the Flood and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?
I really wish I had done a better job keeping quotes this year. Next year!
16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012?
I desperately want to read The Secret History by Donna Tartt again, already! I’ll also probably reread The Knife of Never Letting Go and Harry Potter again, of course.
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 end of The Marriage Plot left me reeling with anger! Also, that one part in The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2011 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2012?
Reading a hefty classic, like Moby Dick!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2012?
Probably The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Good thing I don’t have to wait too long!
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2012?
One thing for both: to be, all around, more consistent.