Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 End of Year Book Survey

1. Best Book(s) You Read In 2011?

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

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - DNF

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

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?  

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?

I don't go looking for series but The Warden by Anthony Trollope is the first of six books in the Barsetshire Chronicles - if that is considered a series it wins! 

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?

Anthony Trollope, Jane Harris, Catherine Hall, Jo Nesbo, Connie Willis

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

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.......chicklit is not a genre I read but I brought this home because the author is Australian for a challenge and loved every moment of it.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?

The Leopard by Jo Nesbo

9Book you most anticipated in 2011?

A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

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

The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan - read in the last couple of weeks and another favourite for 2011, Lovely cover perfect for a lovely story! 

11. Most memorable characters in 2011?

Prabaker from Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Fawad from Born Under a Million Shadows by Andrea Busfield
Gwenni from The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan
Harriet Baxter from Gillespie and I by Jane Harris 
Liesl from The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011? 

Corrag by Susan Fletcher 

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

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

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

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

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

"The passion for being forever with one's fellows, and the fear of being left for a few hours alone is to me wholly incomprehensible.".........from Elizabeth and her German Garden (yet to be reviewed)

16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012? 

I seldom reread but I've just finished Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons which was an absolutely hilarious parody of rural works by authors like Thomas Hardy and as I'm about to begin his Far From the Madding Crowd I might find myself dipping into it again.

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!

Gillespie and I by Jane Harris 



  1. I loved the Book Thief which I just read last year.

  2. The Book Thief is an amazing read! Good choice.

  3. I need to go read your review of Proof of Love, don't remember that one.

    Sooooo, you know me pretty well with book style, do you think I will enjoy Book Thief?

  4. I didn't think The Book Thief was my syle, Marce, which is why it took me so long to read it. I can't imagine anyone not loving it regardless of usual preferences - do read it!

    Linda/Marg - it is an amzing book and I loved it - very emotional!

  5. Yay for The Book Thief! It's one of my favorite books of all-time.

  6. I keep hearing good things..and bad bad things about the Harkness book so I am very unsure about that one

  7. Blodeuedd - it seems to be appearing on a lot of Top Ten lists so I think I might in the minority not liking it.

  8. I've been completely avoiding A Discovery of Witches. I just don't think it's a book for me, so I will not be reading it any time soon! Have a great 2012!