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Repeating from last year, because books are always relevant!

1. What's the best book you read this year?
It's a two way tie between The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Code Name, Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Both are amazing, heartbreaking books about love... but one takes place in contemporary Indianapolis and the other in Vichy France. READ THEM. (The author's are not paying me to pressure you, I swear.)

2. Any other reading highlights?
This year I read ALL the comics. 61 trades/graphic novels, mostly Marvel, but also a few other things like Fun Home and Morning Glories.

3. What's the most challenging book you read this year?
I almost didn't read The Mockingbirds when I read that the plot centered on date rape, but I'm so glad I did. The main character struggles with her experiences, but with the unwavering support of her friends stands up against her rapist. It is the anti-slut-shaming, anti-victim-blaming message that so many people—teen girls and otherwise—need to hear.

4. What's the worst book you read this year?
Tuesdays with Morrie was pretty dreadful. I read a review that compared it to a 200 page greeting card, which pretty much summed it up for me. I was also really uncomfortable with the way the author talks about disability in the book.

5. Which authors featured most prominently for you in 2012?
Brian Bendis, because this was the year that I started comics, which included A LOT of Avengers and New Avengers. I still haven't read Disassembled, but I've read most of his run.

6. Were you part of a reading challenge? Did you meet it?
Nothing formal, but I challenged myself to finish 100 books this year (twice my goal from the year before) and I actually exceeded it!

7. Are you signed up for any in 2013?
Again, nothing formal. But I'll probably aim for 100+ again.

8. What books are you hoping to get for Christmas (or buy next, if you don’t do the holiday gifting season thing)?
Christmas has already passed, of course, and I got several new books including the first trade of Saga, The Cooks Illustrated Cookbook, and The World of Downton Abbey. All wonderful for very different reasons!

9. Which books are you most looking forward to reading in 2013?
Um, what is being published next year anyway? [personal profile] lunamystic is way better at keeping track of these things than I am. Seanan McGuire's got two new ones coming out next year: Midnight Blue Light Special and Chimes at Midnight, and I always enjoy her stuff.

I know what comics are coming, though! There I'm most looking forward to three new books: Young Avengers, Fearless Defenders, and Pretty Deadly.

10. Any final book thoughts?
I did much better at not reading books that bored me this year! It is, in fact, to give up on them. Unless they were for book club, in which case I suffered on.

Also, this is not a book, but The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is the most fun novel adaptation happening right now!
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