Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Top Ten Tuesdays: Books I Read In 2012

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Top Ten Books I Read In 2012

Guys.  It was really hard to narrow it down to ten.  So I didn't - lol!  And apparently it was all YA, which is ok because that's about 90% of what I read in 2012.  So, here is my list of books in no particular order:

1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Sigh.  I loved everything about this book.  If I had to pick just one book, this would probably be my choice.

 Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

2. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
As a huge fan of The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, I found The False Prince to be a worthy companion.  I saw the plot twist coming but didn't even care.  In fact, I'm pretty sure I only saw it coming because Nielsen wanted me to see it coming.

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)

3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Even though Graceling was published in 2008, I wasn't really aware of it until this year.  Needless to say, I fell in love with it.  It was fast paced and action packed.  And I love Po.  Even when he was being mopey.

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

4. Legend by Marie Lu
I read A LOT of dystopians in 2012 and this one just kind of got under my skin (in a good way).  It requires some suspension on belief that 15 year olds could do some of the things they did, but I didn't care.  

Legend (Legend, #1)

5. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
This is the dark horse in the list.  It didn't excite me like some of the others, but it was beautiful none the less.  

The Age of Miracles

6. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Mmmm...Perry.  That's all I'm going to say.  (Oh and the rest of the book was pretty awesome too!)

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)
7. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Oooh I love me some Four.  But really, I love Tris and Four together. (I guess I should call him Tobias, but I like calling him Four better).  But mostly, I like that Roth always keeps her characters true to themselves.  Even when they are frustrating me, I can't say what they are doing is out of character.  I also like that Tris and Four aren't shiny, happy people, but are constantly trying to find happiness in a world where there is little to be found.

Insurgent (Divergent, #2) 

8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This was actually the first book of Stiefvater's I read since I was trying to avoid her Shiver/Linger/Forever series (although I official recant my feelings after having read said series).  But there is something about this book.  It was so different than anything else I read and so quiet and introspective.  It is just a beautiful, haunting book.  

The Scorpio Races
9. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Ahhh at last, a vampire book I can stand behind.  Well done, Kagawa. 

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)

10. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Really the whole trilogy is amazing, but this first book blew me away and broke my heart. 

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

11. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
I randomly picked this book off the shelf at the library and was so happy I did.  Saba is a force, no doubt, and I loved reading her journey.

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)
12. Grave Mercy by R. L. LaFevers
Assassin nuns!  Court Intrigue!  Where do I sign up?

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

Overall, 2012 was a pretty awesome year for books for me.  And apparently I like kick-ass heroines (there is definitely a theme here, isn't there?).    


  1. I've only read Insurgent and The Immortal Rules, but they were definitely really good books and they almost made it onto my list! Great list.

    My Top Ten

  2. I still need to read Legend! Here’s my TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/top-books/

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland



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