Here is my end-of-year post for 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge. My answers for the questions:
1) How many books did you read this year? So far: 109. May read 3 more.
2) Did you meet or beat your own personal goal? My top goal was 52 books, ya, I am more than happy.
3) Favorite book of 2012? (You can list more than one or break it down by genre): Here are my top reads of the year
Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Candide by Voltaire
The Burning court by John Dickson Carr
Escape the Night by Mignon G. Eberhart
Asta's Book by Barbara Vine
4) Least favorite book of 2012 and why?
Fate by Amanda Hocking
It is the second book in a series. There was nowhere in the book the indication that I should have read the first book before reading this. Some books even if they are part of a series, are good standalone. It wasn't in a genre I usually enjoy and the story had no depth, very predictable.
5) One book you thought you'd never read and was pleasantly surprised you like it?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I am not into what is called as YA. I didn't expect to read it. But had a inkling that it would be soon shown on TV. So decided to give it a try and yes I loved it.
6) One book you thought you'd love but didn't?
Death Comes to Pemberely by P. D. James. Add two of my favourite authors in my favourite genre and a recipe for disaster. No humour or intelligence in Elizabeth Darcy, not a satisfying mystery from P D James.
7) One book that touched you - made you laugh, cry, sing or dance.
Small Island by Andrea Levy- Sometimes my blood was boiling and others I was laughing out loud.
8) Any new to you authors discovered and you can't wait to read more of their stories?
I look forward to reading books by these authors that I discovered this year.
9) Name the longest book you read? Shortest?
Longest: Game of Thrones by George. R R Martin (894) currently reading
Shortest: Candide by Voltaire 94
10) Name the most unputdownable book you read?
Read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins in one sitting.
11) Book that had the greatest impact on you this year?
Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling. Can probably never forget Krystal.
12) What book would you recommend everybody read?
Candide by Voltaire
13) Share your most favorite cover(s): I never ever judge a book by its cover, don't even notice it.
14) Do you have a character you fell in love with?
Not really! I liked many. Kurt Wallander, Andy Dalziel, Harry Hole, Sam Spade, Costas Haritos, Dekok to name a few.
15) What was your most favorite part of the challenge? Did you do any of the mini challenges?
Got me reading at least one book a week, many times more.
What are your goals for the new year? To read more non fiction? To dip your toes into a mystery or a urban fantasy? What book are you most looking forward to reading in 2013?
To read at least some books from other genres than mystery. Got a big list of books piled up for 2013. Looking forward to read books by my favourite crime writers Sue Grafton, Barbara Vine, Val McDermid, Harlan Coben and discover some new ones.