Dec 20, 2012

the.book.chat. {The Best of 2012}

I'll keep it short today.  We are currently in the midst of traveling for the holidays.

I would like to point out, for my own gratification, that I gave myself a goal of 20 books this year, which would double the number I read last year.  Well, I went 12 books over my goal, and the year isn't over yet.  I'm not saying that to brag, I'm really not.  I'm just so pleased by that number and proud of myself for finding a love for reading that has remained dormant for years and years.

So here it is...my favorite reads of the year.


10.  Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward
This author treats us to a new novel in this series once a year, and I never pass up the chance to return to this fictional world I have grown to love so much.
 



9. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
This book was just so enjoyable.  Plain & simple.


8. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
One of the most action packed page-turners I have ever read.



7. Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
I tried to hate this book, but I couldn't.
Mind=blown.


6. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Such beautiful storytelling at it's very best.  Just spectacular.


5. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Some books you just know you're going to love from the very first page



4. Fire by Kristin Cashore
I could just eat up this series like a sweet, rich dessert of fantasy and folklore.



3. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
As much as I love this series, it was the sequel that sealed the deal for me.  I sat at the car dealership 30 minutes after my car was ready just so I could finish this novel.



2. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Don't you hate when people over-hype a book, and it doesn't stand a chance to living up to your expectations?  Not. the. case. here.



1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I'm totally okay with the fact that I loved this book more than most people I know.  It rarely happens this way, and I'm glad I can keep this treasure a little closer to my heart.  


The other books I read in 2012:
Delirium by Lauren Oliver {my review}
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James {my review}
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Envy by J.R. Ward
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboskey
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
Matched by Ally Condie
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Ever by Jessa Russo {my review}
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green/David Levithan
What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor {my review}
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Open Season by Linda Howard

So, let's hear it.  What were your favorite reads of the year?  If you choose to do a blog post, please link up below!  And please link back my blog.  You can use this button if you would like.


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As for next week: It'll be an easy week.  Did you give or get any new books for Christmas?




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11 comments:

sarah e said...

7 & 6 are some I enjoyed recently as well. Tom Robbins is so underrated!

Ashley @ ThisUnscriptedLife said...

Great job!
I'm saving this page to my favorites so I can go back later and add these books to my reading list. I always enjoy your reading recommendations!

Fran said...

I can't wait to get my hands on the fault of our stars over break :)

jennie p. said...

i am reading the night circus now. and one of my BFFs is rachel cohn (co-author of Dash & Lily's Book of Dares)'s sister :)

threetimesf said...

I'm reading Dash & Lily at the moment (and loving it - especially as it's Christmas themed!) and have The Maze Runner waiting for afterwards. Roll on the holidays! Enjoy your travels :)

melissa said...

Love your list, great choices! A few of these will be making my list too :)

Jen said...

Safe travels!!! :)

Stephany said...

I'm doing this next week on my blog! I just love going back and reliving these books that meant so much to me over the past year. :) Great list!

Megan C. Stroup said...

Congrats on (majorly) exceeding your goal! And thanks for reminding me I need to move The Maze Runner up on my list. You've said such good things about it this year!

Stacey said...

I was reading Pandemonium in the bath, and ended up wrinkly because I wouldn't get out until I finished, and omg the ending.

Saving this post for reading ideas!

elle at wishingoodluck said...

I know I'm a little late to the party here, but I just discovered your blog and absolutely ADORE this idea. I had such a great time going through the books I've read in the last year!

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