Thursday, January 5, 2012

End Of The Year Book Survey

I'm doing Jamie's year end book meme again!

1. Best Book You Read In 2011? 
How about my top ten? The Night Circus, The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb, Graveminder, My Life In France, Lunch In Paris, The Hunger Games, Underdogs, Firelight, Water For Elephants and Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

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

Sweet Valley Confidential. It really left a sour taste in my mouth.

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

I, Robot. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. 

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?

Graveminder, Lunch In Paris, The Night Circus, The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb were the ones I most often suggested to others. 

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?

The Parasol Protectorate series and the Tantalize series have been my favorites this year. 

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?

2011 marks the year I read Neil Gaiman. I look forward to more of his books in the years to come. I'm also enjoying Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate series).

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

A lot of the books for the War Through The Generations challenge were outside of what I would normally choose. But I still enjoyed many of them.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?

The Hunger Games was both thrilling and unputdownable!

9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?

The Night Circus. As soon as I heard about it, it was on my library hold list. 

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

It's a three way tie:

11. Most memorable character in 2011? 

The Wolfe family in Underdogs and Sylvie from Splendor Falls stuck with me long after I put the book down.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?

The Postmistress had some beautiful writing. 

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011? 

No one book had an impact on me.

14. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read? 

Interview With The Vampire. I've always loved vampires and Interview With The Vampire is one of those vampire books every vampire lover should read. I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would though. 

A few stats:

Total for 2011: 123 (That's 45 more than I read last year!)
Total number of pages read: 38, 040 (That's 11, 265 pages than I read last year!)

My beautiful pie charts:

I read twice the amount of YA I read last year. Perhaps joining the challenge was the reason. At the end of 2010, I wanted to double the amount of Graphic Novels I read which I did. (Disclaimer: these are only the most popular categories for me, not every genre I read.)

I read fewer books authored by men than I did last year. It's not intentional but it seems like a trend for me to read books by women. 

Most of the books I read are newer. I read quite a few that were published in 2011 but I'm glad the majority were in the decade before. 


  1. I loved My Life in France and Water for Elephants... and really need to read Neil Gaiman. You had a great year of reading, Linda!

  2. Yay charts :D
    And do not even mention the Sweet V book, I have not read it, and still i got that sour taste in my mouth

  3. You listed so many books that I read and loved too. I do think The Night Circus has a beautiful cover! I have a copy of My Life in France and that is one that I really want to read this year. Here's to another great year in reads for you!

  4. Have you seen, or even read, Stardust? It's another Neil Gaiman story. I've never read the book, but I absolutely loved the movie. As a comparison, it kind of reminds me of The Princess Bride.

  5. Fun stats! I love the pie charts! :)

    I hope to get to The Night Circus at some point.. oy the TBR is so huge.


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