24 December 2012

Top Ten of 2012 - Top Books

Hosted by Fiktshun, A Life Bound by Books, Confessions of a Bookaholic, Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads the next five days are all about celebrating 2012 and looking forward to 2013.  I had a blast doing this event last year and I'm so excited it's back again!

I've read more than 175 books in 2012 which makes choosing just ten really hard.  But these are the books that I enjoyed reading the most, broke my heart, gave me some awesome characters and introduced a whole bunch of new authors to me.

In no particular order, these are my Top Ten Books of 2012.

Every Day by David Levithan

Although I haven't published my review yet (I'm still trying to write one that does the book justice!), the writing swept me up, gave me a big hug and then smashed my heart into a million pieces.  The plot, the characters, the excess of beautiful quotes - I could go on and on.  Read this book!

Dark Inside (Dark Inside #1) by Jeyn Roberts

Want a dark, intense, action-packed, nail-biting read?  Then look no further than Dark Inside.  I devoured this book in just a few short hours because I just couldn't put it down.

If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman

This was so close to being the second book that made me cry this year - likable but flawed characters and a plot that would move the hardest of hearts to melting, I became an instant Gayle Forman fan - and as soon as I was finished reading I purchased the next book, Where She Went, because I just couldn't step away from the story that she created.

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa

I hate vampire stories.  I always have, so why I even picked up this book is still a mystery to me.  But combined with intense world-building, no sparkles and a main character that wasn't all sweetness and light, I loved this book, and I can't wait for the next one in the series to be released so I can jump back in.  With vampires!

Partials (Partials #1) by Dan Wells

Yeah, the apocalypse, baby!  Amazing world-building, a distinct lack of insta-love or love triangles, a dystopian regime and some creeptastic scenes, Dan Wells blew me away.  Not long until Fragments comes out so I can immerse myself in his world again.

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

You may not have guessed it, but I love zombie books ;).  So when I heard about This is Not a Test, I was desperate to read it, and even did something I rarely do and requested a review copy from the publisher.  The same day they sent me an e-ARC, I sat down and read it from beginning to end on my laptop.  It's still the only book that has enthralled me so much that I've read it completely on my laptop, in one day.  It was completely different than I expected, but I loved every single word.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden features on almost every Top Ten list I've made this year, for two main reasons:
- The subject matter is one of the greatest taboos, but Ms. Suzuma's writing and characters are so sympathetic, it was impossible for me not to get completely caught up in their story and forget about why the plot itself is so controversial.
- It was the first book ever to reduce me to sobbing tears.

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake

A Young Adult horror story with some of the best characterisation I've come across in a very long time, coupled with a spooktastic plot, an unlikely heroine and dripping sarcasm, this book was my perfect match in 2012.

Jenny Pox (The Paranormals #1) by J.L. Bryan

There's many reasons why I loved Jenny Pox - a heroine that has had a tough lot in life, a boy that is her perfect match and an evil heroine, written by an author with some amazingly unique ideas all combined to make Jenny Pox my favourite paranormal read of 2012.

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

Ah this book was so addictive!  I loved The Hunger Games, but Battle Royale was a whole other level of intense and despite the 20+ characters with very similar Japanese names, I was absolutely enthralled by this book.

That's my Top Ten of 2012 - what were your favourites this year?


  1. I've only read Forbidden from your list. Now I want to read Every Day.

  2. Wow, amazing list! I've read only Anna Dressed in Blood & Dark Inside so far & I loved them both! The rest are on my tbr :)

    My Top 10 of 2012.

    Happy Holidays!

  3. YES! YESSSS! I love so many of these with a fierce passion!

    1. Really? ;-) Well you know Dark Inside only made my TBR because of you!

  4. Great list! I loved Anna Dressed in Blood so much I reread it this year when Girl of Nightmares came out. Dark Inside and Partials both just got moved up my TBR.

    My Top 10 of 2012 is here if you'd like a look :)

    1. I wish I had re-read Anna before I read Girl of Nightmares, because I loved it so much!

  5. i loved dark inside but read it last year and i have had not the chance to read rage within yet
    great review

    my top 10

  6. Anna Dressed in Blood has been on my TBR list forever; I guess it's time I get a move on! LOL Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. Aaaah This Is Not A Test is on my list tooo! Such an awesome book! I've also read Anna Dressed in Blood and If I Stay, but I didn't really love them. I really need to read The Immortal Rules (it's been on a lot of these lists) and Partials and Every Day. Awesome feature!

    My Top 10

  8. LOVED Every Day and The Immortal Rules! If I Stay and Where She Went were big favorites of mine too. I'm dying to read This Is Not A Test and I've been wanting to read Jenny Pox forever! Glad to see it had such an impact on you!
    My Top 10

    1. Methinks we like the same things ;). You should definitely get onto Jenny Pox, I loved it!

  9. Hi, from a new GFC follower.

    A great selection: I haven’t read all of these, but quite a few are on my TBR list! :)

    My Top 10 Reads: http://coffeecookiesandchilipeppers.blogspot.com/2012/12/top-10-of-2012-best-books-read-in-2012.html

  10. Yay! All the ones I've read are great, and some are at the top of my want to read list. Which doesn't mean I'll get to them soon, but I REALLY WANT TO. *cough* Forbidden & Every Day *cough*



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