Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite Books of 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by those lovely gals over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week we’re chatting it up about our favs reads this year.

Holy cow this was hard! Do I say that every week?  I feel like I do.
This was a tough reading year for me.  I’m not sure if I’m just getting grumpy in my old age or if the pickings were slim, but I struggled to find ten books. And yes, I know I’ll read other lists and go “OMG I can’t believe I forgot that!” because it’s just what happens every time, but still. There were many books I really liked this year, but there were fewer that I loved. Not as many that I wanted to kiss or hide under my pillow. But that’s OK because the ones I loved  I really adored.

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor– Absolutely gorgeous

2. When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle– Fabulous. Inspired me to write an e-mail at twelve thirty at night professing my love (for the book) to Rebecca Serle. My husband talked me out of that, so I did it at six thirty the next morning. Better, I think.

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green– You hear a book is amazing and yet when you read it, it still completely engulfs you and blows you away. That was this book. This one was my favorite. I loved it.

4. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness– I love this series as dearly as though I’d written it myself. This was such an emotional, sad, beautiful conclusion. It hurt a little to let Todd and Viola go in the end.

5. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo– A fabulous group of characters in this incredible, mythical world. I want to go there again. And I want to see the Darkling because, you know, he’s a sexypants.

6. The Selection by Kiera Cass– I just couldn’t put this book down. It was glued to my hands.

7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi– Le sigh with the steamy kisses, the fabulous protagonist whom I adored, and the semi-superhero vibe. I love and hate myself for my fascination with Warner and I want to delve deeper and deeper into this story.

8. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver– A completely different Lena than in Delirium and a completely different book, for that matter, but still totally engrossing and beautiful. Oliver ripped out my heart (and revived it a bit) in the end, and I’m waiting with sweet anticipation for the final book in the series.

9. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta– Well it’s from The Marchetta. Did we ever have any doubts it would be fabulous?  Here her amazing writing sets up a fantasy world with this lush, rich history and a passionate love story.  I could dive into this book again and again.

10. Insurgent by Veronica Roth– I waited and waited because, well, I was too cheap lazy to go out and buy the book when it first came out (too many other books to read at the time). This was as good as expected (so it was freaking awesomesauce) and I think I loved Four/Tobias about fifty times more than I did the first time around. Tris, as ever, is at the center, an incredible heroine of fierce proportions.

So, tell me your favorites this year!

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6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite Books of 2012

  1. I have the feeling The Fault In Our Stars, Smoke and Bone, and Shadow and Bone are going to be very popular choices today. I can’t believe I forgot about Shatter Me and Pandemonium! Great choices!

  2. Ooh, LOVE Shatter Me. It is so, so beautiful, and basically one walking quoteable quote. My copy is covered with silver underlinings (I swear I don’t usually write in my books, but… so many gorgeous lovely words I couldn’t help myself) and I’ve now gotten my Mum hooked. Which is awesome because I love being able to talk to her about it, but also annoying because she keeps forgetting Unravel me is not out yet and asking me why I haven’t bought it yet. The whole main cast was awesome, but I have a massive soft spot for Adam’s little brother James, mostly because he is EXACTLY the same as my little brother – name, age, description, attitude and all. So I really hope nothing terrible happens to him in the next book, because I will be devastated.
    My aboslute favourites this year were Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys – I wasn’t expecting to adore them as much as I did because I was rather underwhelmed by her Wolves of Mercy Falls books, but read them after seeing a couple of rave reviews and AUGH, SO GOOD.

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