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Daisy’s 2012 review

What is your favourite read of 2012?
My Favourite read of 2012 would probably be the Templeton Twins by Ellis Weiner and Jeremy Holmes as it was hilarious and well illustrated.

What book are you most looking forward to reading?
I’m looking forward to reading the Geek Girl by Holly Smale sequel as the first book (Due for publication Feb 28th 2013) was so fun to read!

What was your favourite book related event of 2012?
Definitely meeting Lauren Child! She was so friendly and I learnt so much about her books.

What have you enjoyed most about book blogging in 2012?
I’ve enjoyed my First year blogging it’s great to share your love of books with everyone! I’ve also learnt to read a wide variety of books because you should never judge a book by it’s cover!

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Karen’s 2012 review

What is your favourite read of 2012?

There have been so many books that I have enjoyed this year, that whittling down to just one seems like such a disservice to all the rest! I’ll therefore slightly cheat and say that my favourite children’s book was Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls. Young Adult – a tie between the Infernal Devices’ series (Cassandra Clare) and The Enemy (Charlie Higson) series and for adult, I really enjoyed Them or Us the final instalment in the Hater’ series by David Moody.

Which book have you most enjoyed reading with your children in 2012?

I think I have made it very clear on this blog how much my husband and I adored reading, A fearsome Beastie by Giles Paley Phillips to the kidlets. In particular because it was the first book that made my then 1 year old son so enthusiastic to listen to a story all the way through without the help of tactile/noisy features.

What have you enjoyed most about book reviewing/blogging in 2012?

The fact that blogging allows you to pick up and read any book you like the look of without prejudice. In particular, children’s and young adult books. Blogging also insists that no matter how busy my life is, I need to set time aside for reading. This is something which I really appreciate as reading does give me such a chance of escaping the daily pressures of life.

What book are you most looking forward to reading in 2013?

I’m impatiently waiting for Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare to come out as I have adored the series so far.

Other blogging thoughts:

In 2012 I read a number of books that are the inspiration for movies playing in cinemas in 2013.

Whilst it’s been a while since I last read the book, The Hobbit it needs to be mentioned as it will still be watched in the cinemas come January. Having seen the movie adaptation, I’m curious enough to reread the book to work out which bits were added in to fill out the first part of the trilogy. It’ll also give me a chance to sigh ‘Ohh Kili’ every time that sexy little dwarf gets a mention 🙂

I think I’ll save my pennies and wait for Jack Reacher to come out on rental release, just because I can’t get over the fact that Tom Cruise is playing Jack. In the books he is described as being very tall, literally 6ft+ and some. He uses his height to his advantage in fights and to intimidate and in general is very ‘rough and ready’. I worry that whilst it will probably be a good action movie, what made Jack Reacher such a fascinating and iconic character will be lost in the process.

Whilst randomly exploring You Tube I came across the trailer for Warm Bodies which in turn encouraged me to read the book. Previous headlines based around having a zombie boyfriend had put me off the book thinking that this was one step too far, but I found this an interesting twist on the zombie genre. This book is on my to do list to write a review so I will leave it at that for now!

Still on the zombie genre, World War Z as a film really interests me. Looking at the trailer it looks like the focus is on Brad Pitt’s character and his family. The book’s genius and originality is that it’s made up of different survivors’ accounts of how they endured a zombie apocalypse across the world so it will be interesting to see what aspects of the book the movie has tried to recreate.

Then there is of course,The Mortal Instruments with one of my favourite actors, Robert Sheehan playing Simon. Is it bad though that I am already hoping that this means that the Infernal Devices series will be made into a movie?!

Karen’s Favourite books of 2012 (Click on the title below to learn more)

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Jim Kay

The Fearsome Beastie by Giles Payley-Phillips

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Lesley’s 2012 review

What is your favourite read of 2012?

Gosh, looking through my list of reads from 2012 and it’s hard to pick a favourite, but I think I will say Divergent and its sequel Insurgent by Veronica Roth. These are fab, fab books that I thoroughly enjoyed. Discovering YA fiction over the last year or so has opened up a fantastic new genre to explore and there is always so much new stuff coming out that I always have at least one on the go!

Which book have you most enjoyed reading with your children in 2012?

Julia Donaldson is always popular here, so I think that the Gruffalo’s child has probably been our most read book this year. We also enjoyed Zog recently. These stories, with their wonderful illustrations by Alex Scheffler will last my children for a long time.

What have you enjoyed most about book blogging in 2012?

It’s been a very busy year for us, moving from Surrey to Cornwall, so for a while, book reviewing had to take a slight back seat, but I’ve not lost my passion for reading and still have a TBR pile that I can’t wait to get stuck into! I have loved the opportunity to try new books, sent out by publishers, that I might not have picked off the shelf myself and sharing about them.

What book are you most looking forward to reading in 2013?

I’m very much looking forward to reading Enders, the sequel to Lissa Price’s Starters that I read after Helen reviewed it earlier this year. It was yet another YA book I really loved! I love being able to pass my YA collection on to my 12 year old son who is a huge HP and Hunger games fan. He’s starting to get into a wider range of YA fiction which I’m very happy about! Also, as my pre-schooler is taking a great interest in reading I’m looking forward to getting slightly ‘older books’ to be able to read with him.

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Lesley’s Favourite reads of 2012(Click on the titles below to learn more)

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Zog by Julia Donaldson

Starters by Lissa Price

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Keith’s 2012 review

What was your favourite book of 2012?
My favourite book of 2012 is Heartstone by CJ Samson. It’s the fifth of the Matthew Shardlake series and the best of them so far. I love the writing style and how the world is so well realised, making you feel like you’re in the middle of a historical naval war between England and France.

Which book are you most looking forward to reading in 2013?
The book I’m most looking forward to reading soon is Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre, about how the pharmaceutical industry is causing real harm to patients by withholding important clinical trial data from doctors and the public. It’s a follow up to the excellent Bad Science which is one of those important books *everyone* should read.

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Alison’s 2012 review

What has been your favourite read of 2012?

I normally hate being asked what my favourite book is, there are just too many good ones out there to choose from. But for once I can definitely answer this question with just the one book. Throne of Glass’ by Sarah J Maas was a total stand out to me. So much so that I’ve read it three times this year.

Which book have you most enjoyed reading with your children in 2012?

This one I have to answer with two books. I have one girl aged 7 and a boy who will be 5 over Christmas. Long gone are the days where I could read the same book to them both. With my daughter the favourite has to be The Beginning by Lemony Snicket. I’ve adored A Series of Unfortunate Events for years and to see her grow to love them too has been pretty special. With my son I’ll go for George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. He is a typically boisterous boy who is never still for more than a minute. One afternoon we snuggled down and read the whole book, he was utterly transfixed. It was amazing to see him finally find a story he could immerse himself in.

What have you enjoyed most about book reviewing/blogging in 2012?

The chance to rave about the books I love! I’m really lucky that I get to do this a lot of work, but I can only do that so much before staff and students alike start rolling their eyes. On the blog I get to gush as much, or as little as I like. I’ve also enjoyed the opportunity to read books that I might not otherwise of heard of or read.

What was your favourite book related event of 2012?

I’m very lucky to work at a school that can bring in a lot of authors to work with students, though I prefer the events that I don’t have to organise myself. My favourite this year has probably been when Andy Briggs came to visit. He really engaged with students and we had a lot of students come and take books out who really weren’t interested in reading before. He also inspired some students to write. It’s what it’s all about really!

What book are you most looking forward to reading in 2013?

The one that I’m looking forward to the most is probably Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. I’m definitely in the mood for fantasy books and this looks fantastic and has had loads of rave reviews. Some trilogies that I have really enjoyed are coming to an end this year, so although I can’t wait to read those books, the feeling is bittersweet as it means leaving these worlds behind.

Alison’s favourite read of 2012(Click on the title to read more)

Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Helen’s 2012 review

What is your favourite read of 2012?
hmmm, choosing one favourite is always hard so I’m gonna cheat and chose two! These are two books whose themes will stay with me and that really made me think, but were easy to read and great stories too. Firstly, Me Before You by Jojo Moyles and secondly Goodbye For Now by Laurie Frankel. If we want the funniest book I’ve read this year it’s got to be ‘Molly’s Millions’ by Victoria Connelly, a great balance for the other two!

Which book have you most enjoyed sharing with your children?
Well with Sienna now approaching 3 years old, her favourites that I love to read (these two things often don’t match!) have got to be the Donaldson/Scheffler team. Any will do but Zog has been one that we have really enjoyed sharing.

With Tianna (now 5), we have finally begun to read more complex and longer stories, like Noddy!. She is starting to enjoy Roald Dahl and I have loved reading these kinds of stories with her. The BFG has been a great one, all of those great half made up words are so much fun.

What have you enjoyed most about blogging in 2012?
I have still enjoyed writing but have also enjoyed getting more books from publishers and seeing them before most people get a chance. Leading on from that it’s always nice when authors give you nice comments about your reviews and that’s happened a couple of times this year.

What has been your favourite book event of 2012?
I still need to write about this for ‘Love books will travel’ but it has to be seeing Alexander McCall Smith at Foyles talking about his new book ‘Trains and Lovers’. He was so easy to listen to, very charming and witty. He was just as you expect from reading his books. It was fabulous. Plus his spoilers about some of his other books have me itching to read them too!

What are you most looking forward to reading in 2013?
I am looking forward to a few books in 2013, having read Lissa Price’s Starters I am ready for the next installment, Enders. I ‘ll be glad to resolve some of those cliffhangers. In the same way I want to read the next book in Meg Cabot’s Abandon series, I loved the first one, and I think the next one is due out sometime this year!

Apart from that my TBR is as long as ever…

Helen’s Favourite books of 2012 (click on the title below to learn more)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Molly’s Millions by Victoria Connelly

Starters by Lissa Price

Zog by Julia Donaldson

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Caroline’s 2012 review

What is your favorite read of 2012?

Gah! I really don’t know why I set these questions. Well I’m sure that you are all very well aware that there is no way I am going to be able to narrow this down to just one!

I adored Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi . I was going through a real dystopian love affair at the time and I found myself completely pulled in by Rossi’s world building. Not to mention that the pacing of Aria and Perry’s romance was just perfect.
I’m now fully absorbed in a Contemporary romance phase, and totally addicted to the New Adult genre, which has exploded over the last year. Easy, by Tammara Webber is my favorite contemporary read of 2012. Despite having only picked it up for the first time in November I have already re-read it.
A special mention has to go to Patrick Ness’ The Knife Of Never Letting Go. Although this was published in 2008, I only read it for the first time in February of 2012. I was absolutely blown away by Ness’ world building and characterization. Not to mention I blubbed like a total baby (full on puffy face and snot bubbles) after a particular scene. It is the book that I have recommended the most to non-YA reading friends and colleagues.

Which book have you most enjoyed reading with your children in 2012?

My daughter, Ava, turned five and started school in September. Although the books she has been sent home with haven’t been the most entertaining or exciting, I have absolutely loved watching Ava learning to read for herself, and assisting her on this journey.
As a family we have enjoyed sharing Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back. The sequel, This is Not My Hat is currently sat, neatly wrapped, under my Christmas tree.

What have you enjoyed most about book blogging in 2012?

Aside from the actual books, the thing I love most about blogging is the community. Whether it be through comments, Twitter or at events, there is nothing quite like “finding your people” and being able to gush for hours about your favorite books without people’s eyes glazing over.

I have been particularly lucky to have developed genuine friendships with two YA book bloggers, Kerri from Read and Repeat (Click here to check out her blog) and Pruedence,The Library Mouse (check out her blog here). You should definitely check out their shared feature Two-Pound Tuesdays.

This year I have taken part in the first UK YA Book Bloggers Secret Santa. I have lots of fun checking out my recipients’ blog for shopping clues and browsing for book related presents. I can’t wait until Christmas day when I will get to open my own Secret Santa gift and discover the secret identity of the man (or woman) in red.

What was your favorite book related event of 2012?

In June we celebrated our first anniversary. I am really proud of the whole team for managing to sustain the blog for a year (and still enjoy it) despite house moves, illness and increasing family/work/school demands.

I delighted with our new look. The move from to our own website came with its own stresses and a lot of hard work but I am really pleased with how it has turned out. The credit goes to Webmaster Ed Gillett. Despite being paid entirely in cake and babysitting, Ed treated the project with professionalism and perfectionism.

I have also been lucky enough to attend lots of fabulous book event at my local book store, Waterstones in Guildford. My favourite being The Queen Of Teen after party – wow! So much YA talent in one room.

The events organized by Neil at Foyles are always fabulous. I thoroughly enjoyed the series of YA Creative Voices panels they hosted over the summer.

What book are you most looking forward to reading in 2013?

Which book? Seriously, what was I thinking? How about, Which books are you most looking forward to reading in 2013?!

For me 2013 marks the continuation and finale of some fantastic series. I can’t wait for the, as yet untitled, conclusion of The Divergent Trilogy or Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Trilogy) but the final installment I am most anxious to read is Clockwork Princess. The third book Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices Trilogy, and what is fast becoming my favorite book series to date.

I am really looking forward to the continuation of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle, Cassandra Rose Clarke’s The Pirates Wish (The Assassins Curse Trilogy) and C J Redwine’s Deception (Defiance Trilogy).
The debut I am most anticipating is G Howard’s Splintered. The synopsis sounds amazing and the cover is just stunning.

Caroline’s favourite books of 2012.(Click on the title to read more)

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Easy by Tammara Webber

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

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