Thursday, December 27, 2012

Top 12 Books I Read In 2012

With only a few days left of 2012, I'd say it's finally safe to make this list.  Here are my top 12 favorite books of 2012.  Normally I only make this list 10 books long, but since I read over 100 books this year and found 12 that were deserving, I decided to go with 12 instead.  I don't count rereads, because if I love a book enough to re read it, chances are it gets a lot of mention on my blog.  Also keep in mind that some of these were released before 2012--I just happened to read them this year.  These titles are listed in approximately the order I read them.

Without further ado, here is the official list!

1.) Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
At first, Jellicoe Road is convoluted and nearly impossible to understand.  By the end, however, it transforms into a masterfully crafted novel filled with real emotion.

2.) The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars is a tough read.  There's no way around it.  However, it's so beautifully written that it's completely worthwhile.  If you don't believe me, here's a photo of all of the post-it notes I used to tab the pages of the book as I read it.

3.) The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness had me turning pages late into the night and crying my eyes out.  By now I simply expect that from all of his books.

4.) For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
I adore Peterfruend's prose. She's a truly gifted writer and I could sense Kai's And Elliot's longing throughout the entire book.  When you factor in the world-building, this book was sure to end up on my favorites list.

5.) The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Why oh why was I dubious about this one before reading it?  I was swept away by the gorgeous world in this story and could not stop turning the pages. Of all of Stiefvater's books I've read, this is my favorite thus far.

6.) Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
I just reviewed this one, so I'm sure my fanaticism is still fresh in your minds.  The setting, the characters--everything about this book is just so real.  I'm pumped for whatever Doller publishes next.

7.) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Buying a signed copy of Second Chance Summer at ALA may have been the best bookish decision I made all year. As soon as I started Matson's sophomore novel, I could not put it down.  Yet another book that is tough but very much worth your while.

8.) Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
I wasn't sure about Drink, Slay, Love because I didn't really enjoy Ice, but I'm so glad I picked this one up.  Y'all, this book is oh so satirical and hilarious.  The stunning cover helps as well.

9.) The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente
As sequels go, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led The Revels There is utter perfection.  Forget my favorites of 2012, this one is decidedly one of my all time favorites.

10.) The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
It's really hard to live up to a book like The Name of the Wind, and The Wise Man's Fear may not quite do it. I can't decide. Regardless, I love how we see Kvothe's character and the world Rothfuss has built grow in this story.  I need The Doors of Stone ASAP, please.

11.) The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Not only is Schwab's writing gorgeous, The Near Witch turned out to be a complete page-turner.  If you're looking for a creepy, fairy tale-esque story, look no further.

12.) The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
I just finished this book about about a week ago and am already fighting the urge to reread.  Josh and Nastya are two of the most well written characters I've ever read and the plot is simply stunning.  While The Sea of Tranquility won't be available in hard copy until halfway through 2013, you can request it on NetGalley our purchase of your Kindle.

So there you have it: the very best books I read in 2012.  What are your picks?


  1. Jellicoe, TFiOS, Chaos Walking trilogy, The Scorpio Races and The Sea of Tranquility are all on my all-time favorites list!! I haven't read the others but seeing that we have similar taste in books I'm gonna check them out. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I haven't read Jellicoe Road. I started to, but it was confusing, so I set it down. Everyone says it's amazing, though. Maybe I should look into the audiobook.

  3. wow, I've read and loved 9 of these - so obviously you have great taste ;)

    I REALLY want to read the Valente middle grade series - and I'm not sure what is stopping me, because I own the first one.

  4. Just read this amazing new YA fiction on Ganesha - Part 1 of the Temple Wars series - I think everyone should check it out! Temple Wars



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