Sunday Salon 54: End of the Year Survey

Posted 18 December, 2011 by Trish in Reading Nook / 18 Comments


End of the Year Survey (Take 1)

Jamie, the Perpetual Page Turner, provided us with a whole slew of questions about our 2011 bookish endeavors.

1. Best Book You Read In 2011?

So many great books to choose from but I’m going to go with You Are My I Love You by Maryann Cusimano Love. Such a sweet book which shows the bond between parent and child.

2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?

Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman. I’m sorry but it just does nothing for me. Maybe when Elle is a bit bigger.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?

It’s Time to Sleep, My Love by Nancy Tillman and Eric Metaxas. Such a beautiful and tender book.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?

I haven’t done much recommending this year, but I would highly recommend You Are My I Love You by Maryann Cusimano Love to any parent and anyone gifting to small children/new parents.

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?

Can Dr. Seuss count for series? That man ROCKS!

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?

Sandra Boynton. Some of her books are too short for my taste (I always want more!) but I love her.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

One day I will master reading Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss at rapid pace!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?

Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton. Holy cow is that book fun!

9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. I look forward to when Elle and I can find the little mouse on each page.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?

It’s Time to Sleep, My Love by Nancy Tillman. GORGEOUS illustrations.

11. Most memorable character in 2011?

Pat the Bunny. Need I say more?!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?

Toss up between You Are My I Love You by Maryann Cusimano Love and It’s Time to Sleep, My Love by Nancy Tillman.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?

Ok, so not a baby book, but I’m slowly making my way through What Mothers Do Especially When it Looks Like Nothing by Naomi Stadlen. Would love to write about my thoughts on this one in segments but not sure that’ll ever happen.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?

Goodnight Moon. Can you believe I had NEVER read that one before baby?!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?

I am your lullaby; you are my peekaboo. I am your goodnight kiss; you are my I love you. From You Are My I Love You by Maryann Cusimano Love

16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012?

Hrmmmmm…all of the above. ;)

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!

So, not a book, but Samuel L. Jackson’s reading Go the F*ck to Sleep. If you haven’t seen the video—watch. But be warned—very explicit language. Ha!

Ok, so this post is a bit tongue in cheek, but I love reading to Elle and look forward to the day when she’s actually interested in being read to instead of eating the books. :)

You guys have me a lot of great suggestions for Children’s books a few weeks ago–if you have any additions, I’d love to hear them!

On the Blog:

Looking Back to the Past Two Weeks
**I shared my Favorite Christmas Albums
**A Long Overdue Ramble
**I finished my Recipe Scrapbook!!
**I’m hosting a Holiday Recipe Exchange. Please Join!!!
**Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Cheer
**Fun with Charts…or…Facepalm. Ha!
**I shared a recipe for Hildabrotchen/Shortbread cookies.

On Chickpea Banana (Elle’s picture blog) – Babe in a Box

Looking Forward to Next Week
Hopefully pictures of my completed Christmas stockings, a “real” End of the Year Survey, and maybe Bake Day pictures. No posts this coming weekend for Christmas, but the 26th I’ll post Elle’s EIGHT month update. Holy Cow!!!

What’s on your agenda today? Off to do some quick shopping…

18 Responses to “Sunday Salon 54: End of the Year Survey”

  1. Goodnight Moon is one of our favorites too! Oh and I am so glad you’re getting something out of the Naomi Stadlen, it really made an impact on me and I wanted it to help you too! :-)

  2. Tongue in cheek? You? NOOO way. ;)

    I must be rubbing off on you. :)

    I’ll be doing this too, but later in the week, possibly Wednesday for my Midweek Review (yearly review) in this case.

  3. Fun survey answers! I haven’t heard of You Are My I Love You, so I’ll have to look into that one. It’ll be SO much fun and SO cute when Elle can find the mouse on each page! Is she doing the tricks in Pat the Bunny?

  4. If you like Sandra Boynton you’ve got to check out her books that come with music CD’s, they’re so much fun. We’ve got a few, but Dog Train is my favorite.
    It sounds like you’ve read some great books that my kids are too old for now :(
    Merry Christmas!

  5. I too have never read Good Night Moon, until this past week, and then I read it a million times to my little niece, who was so sick that was the only thing she wanted to do. Great list though, I shall have to check out your are my I love you.

  6. Awwww I used to LOVE Pat the Bunny :D I loved this post so much :) I still love picture books with a passion and you’ve added a couple to my list :)

  7. LOL! I’ve read (0ver and over) many of these books – Goodnight Moon for years, as my son, my kids in the daycare I had for a few years, and now my second set of children, have all had their turn reading it. I still love it after all these years.

    Sandra Boynton is so cool! I have some that are dog-eared and falling apart, and I can’t let go of them. Saving them for grandchildren (one day!)

    Go the F*CK to Sleep is a classic. I laughed and laughed when I first got a copy. And there I was tonight, at 10 pm, telling my two children to please go to sleep NOW.

    Lovely post, Trish!

  8. LOL–I totally cracked up at what you said about Are You My Mother!!! I *never* understood the allure of that book either. But Rich loved it. I used to be a pro at reading Fox in Socks really fast…but it’s been a while so I’d probably be all tongue-tied if I tried it now. Oh Trish, I can’t tell you how much you’ve made me want to go pull out the tub where we saved all our favorites from those days and just sit and read them aloud. :D

  9. *Amanda – I’m glad to hear you liked Go Dog Go! I just picked it up for my neice and hope that she really likes it.

    * bermudaonion – Seuss is tough to read!! I have to read as much as I can really quickly before Elle decides she’s done. Think they’re fun books, though.

    *Joanna – I really wish that I could fit in more reading of What Mothers Do, but it’s such a wonderful book—finding a lot to relate to. Have you read anything about Stadlen’s book How Mothers Love? Curious about that one, too.

    *Unfinished Person – I’ll have my “Real” answers up tomorrow. And life’s too short to be serious allllll the time, right?

    *Laura – I still help Elle with the tricks for Pat the Bunny. If I let her have free reign I think she’d rather just pull the book to her mouth. Ha! Especially when it comes to smelling the flowers—I have to be careful. Yes, You Are My I Love You is definitely one to check out!

    *Shelley – I didn’t know that Sandra Boynton had music CDs with her books! Will definitely check that out. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, too.

    *Irene – Goodnight Moon is a fun one—think I have it memorized now. :) Definitely pick up You Are My I Love You. Very sweet book.

    *Chris – there are some really beautiful books these days!! I’ve picked up a few recently that are too old for Elle but I might sneak in some readings just for myself.

    *Trisha – It never fails to amaze me how often I mutter “Go the f*ck to sleep” these days. Ha! ;)

    *Susan – One of my favorite things about this children’s books is the timelessness. I’m reading many of the same books to my daughter that I was read as a child and I’m sure I’ll be reading to grandchildren on day. Love it!

    *Debi – The first time I read Are You My Mother was also the last. Ha! Maybe when Elle is older it’ll be a bit more fun to read. Fox in Socks is so much fun to read! I picked up a few of Seuss’s other books for my niece—think she’s at the age when she’ll get a kick out of the silliness.

    *Bellezza – Hard to beat the classics Goodnight Moon and Pat the Bunny! A more adult Best Of 2011 list will come tomorrow. ;)

  10. I buy Dr. Seuss books for my friends babies. It’s fun! The only thing sad about him is the lack of female characters. It was not something I noticed when I was a child, but I am aware of it now.

  11. *Kailana – I hadn’t really thought about Dr. Suess as well! Though sometimes I think about his characters as being pretty neutral?

    *Melissa – Goodnight Moon is really great. :)

  12. I am so glad that you like You are My I Love You as much as I do. This is a great survey. I have just ordered It’s Time to Sleep, My Love. I have never heard of that one, and I would love to have it to read to my girls at night.

  13. *Michelle – I hope you enjoy It’s Time to Sleep. It’s a short book but the illustrations are so beautiful. And Yes! Love You are My I Love You! ;)