Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
2. Most Disappointing Book/Books You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?
The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
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?
A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Dr. No audiobook, as read by Simon Vance
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?
The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz
9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (still haven’t read)
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?
11. Most memorable character in 2011?
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (also beautifully illustrated)
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?
Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways To Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done In Less Time by Brian Tracy
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?
The entire Harry Potter series. I read the first one years ago, but then never got back to the rest. WTF?
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?
One morning, they woke to a strange stillness. The rise and fall of the raft had ceased, and it sat virtually motionless. There was no wind. The ocean stretched out in all directions in glossy smoothness, regarding the sky and reflecting its image in crystalline perfection. Like the ancient mariner, Louie and Phil had found the doldrums, the eerie pause of wind and water that lingers around the equator. They were, as Coleridge wrote, “as idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.”
It was an experience of transcendence. Phil watched the sky, whispering that it looked like a pearl. The water looked so solid that it seemed they could walk across it. When a fish broke the surface far away, the sound carried to the men with absolute clarity. They watched as pristine ringlets of water circled outward around the place where the fish had passed, then faded to stillness.
For a while, they spoke, sharing their wonder. Then they fell into reverent silence. Their suffering was suspended. They weren’t hungry or thirsty. They were unaware of the approach of death.
– from Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012?
None, I’m not a re-reader.
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!
Unbroken (yes, again) for passage quoted above
This end of the year survey (part 1) was suggested by Jamie of the Perpetual Page Turner via Trish of Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity who did her own funny version of it on Sunday and then again yesterday with a more serious version. Feel free to use it on your own blog or if you want to just keep it short, tell me your favorite book read this year in the comments. It doesn’t have to be a book published this year.