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Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!)

Oh man, how did we get to December 20th already? I feel like last December was just a blink away. (Is the accelerated speed of the year a sign of old age? I hope not!) I’m here with my answers to Jamie’s third annual year wrap up. I love this girl but gee, does she […]

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December 30, 2012 - 12:00 am

Magan's Shelve It on Rather Be Reading: December 30, 2012 - […] of Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman ♥ Review of The Glass Collectors by Robert C. Tabs ♥ Estelle’s 2012 End of Year Survey ♥ Review of The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer ♥ Magan’s 2012 End […]

December 29, 2012 - 10:49 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - AGAIN, I could comment on every single thing you’ve mentioned in this blog post. But I’m CHOOSING to mention This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers. It’s funny that you mention YOU reading a zombie book! I would’ve picked it BECAUSE it was a zombie book. 2012 was the year that I began to read the contemporary genre. I challenged myself to read 12 contemps this year and I’ve read about 50 or maybe a few more by now, so YEAH, I think I’ve fallen in love with the contemps. I mention this because of Courtney Summers. Part of my love for contemps is my love for her writing. I started with her zombie book and have been working backward…her writing is just gorgeous. In fact, I think that book reads almost like a contemp + zombie = zombie lite.

Fun blog post, E! Seriously, I could talk about everything, but I won’t. 🙂

December 27, 2012 - 7:28 pm

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Lovely survey!! I have heard so many great things about Tiger Lily I had to pick it up, so excited to read! Great post! 🙂

December 27, 2012 - 10:44 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Oh my, I’ve only read one of your top reads of the year! I guess I have some reading to do!

Uh oh, Tiger Lily! I’ve heard a ton of good things too. I’ll probably wait for the buzz to die down some more before I dive in.

This Is Not a Test surprised me as well, and I really hope you read more graphic novels!

Huh. You don’t like series books? Interesting. I totally get it, but I could not give them up.

From What I Can Remember made you sad? O_o

December 26, 2012 - 4:07 pm

Alexa Y. - Great answers E! I love how you chose an amazing range of books (most of which I haven’t read yet, but I promise I will!). As always, I want to give you the BIGGEST hug ever – you’re such an inspiration to me, and such an amazing friend. My life would be very different had we not met up early on this year, and I do mean that. Love you! xo

December 22, 2012 - 11:17 pm

Lisa the Nerd - Oh man, Graffiti Moon was really good, wasn’t it? I kinda forgot as I read it near the beginning of the year but I was ALL ABOUT IT.

I’m totally with you with the simple challenges for 2013. But honestly allow me to give you a HELL YEAH for the 160 books you read this year! That is BANANAS and so rad.

December 22, 2012 - 6:48 pm

J.H. Trumble - Estelle, thank you for sharing your passion for books and for reading. all you do to promote great books and reading. My sincerest gratitude to you! Have a wonderful holiday season. J

December 21, 2012 - 7:04 am

Lori - I want to read so many of your favorites! Somehow I haven’t bought a book since October (I have no idea how this happened) but What Happens Next is going to be my very first purchase after Christmas. I’ve also had Dreamland Social Club on my shelf since it came out! I’m making it a priority in 2013. I can’t wait to see what you think of Speechless. I loved it so much!

I think I’ve mentioned just a couple of times that I love you two and this is one of my most favorite blogs. So I’m thrilled that I’m on your list. 🙂

December 21, 2012 - 4:53 am

Hemborgwife - You always have been intrigued about books out of my normal reading zone so I think your top books of the year will be on my list for 2013!

Also in regard to classic those are not really my strong point either but I have loved finding books published in the 20’s and 30’s and seeing how much the world has changed!

December 20, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Another great end-of-year survey! Just like Magan’s, I found myself saying “yes, yes, YES!” to so many of the books listed on your list. And those that I haven’t yet read are totally going on my TBR list, since we have such similar reading tastes.

I hear you about reading some more adult literature though… I feel like I read a TON of YA this year, but not that many “big kid” books. Definitely on the horizon for next year, as well as reading some of those books that are just collecting dust on my shelves. I kind of have the opposite problem — I borrow books from the library instead of reading the ones on my shelves =P

December 20, 2012 - 5:11 pm

Rachel - Ahh you mentioned so many great books. But I did notice that out of the 9 you listed for “Best Book You Read In 2012” .. I only read 4 of them! I should fix that and read the rest 🙂 I’m especially curious about Endangered and Between Me & You.

Also, thanks for the shoutout!

December 20, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Cynthia - Soooo many books on your survey that I haven’t read and must to my list. I did read Graffiti Moon though and loved it!!! I must get Second Chance Summer, it’s been highly recommended now by three people. =D

December 20, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Rachel - Great survey! Thanks so much for the shoutout 🙂

December 20, 2012 - 12:56 pm

elena - ikwym about aussie lit. SO GOOD and so poignant, how do they do ittttt. also holla for having the same fav book by an author we’ve read previously. LOVE morgan matson. <3 looooved meeting you, of course, and i really hope we can do it again soon! also, ha to the thing about if you talked to us, you've rec'd one of those books cos it's so true. i love that they're such estelle books and i love that you read books that aren't as popular. i appreciate that you bring them to my attention. x

December 20, 2012 - 10:45 am

Anna - Here’s to a beautiful year! xo

December 20, 2012 - 10:04 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Are you talking about Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway? I really want to see that, but if I go to NYC again anytime soon, I will see Newsies again. I have seen it twice, but seriously, one can’t see it too many times.

Anyway, back to Peter and the Starcatcher – that play is based on a book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson called Peter and the Starcatchers. Have you read? It is a MG book. It’s actually a series. I highly recommend them, especially as audiobooks which are narrated by Jim Dale!

December 20, 2012 - 9:18 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, I have thoroughly enjoyed talking all things books with you over the past year. You have caused me to buy quite a few ebooks on a whim, haha. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts on what you read. As I’ve said before, your words have inspired me to be a better writer 🙂