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?