Monday, January 07, 2013

Best Reads of 2012

Best Historical Fiction:
A book that is told in pictures. It was different from the normal books out there. I sadly didn't review it, but I did enjoy it!

I read the entire Bess Crawford Mystery series in 2012. It was for a fun read-along and was one of my success stories of 2012. Overall I enjoyed the series as a whole and look forward to future releases! I even reviewed them all:

I adored this book! I was a bit worried in the beginning because it starts off slowly, but it was all worth it in the end. Definitely worth reading if you are slow getting to it! My thoughts.

This book blew me away with its awesomeness. What a wonderful experience even if wasn't entirely a pleasant subject matter. I strongly recommend it! My thoughts.

Best Non-Fiction
This books was really really interesting. It made me think a lot and makes me want to read more on the subject. I just need to find time for more projects! I did not write a post about it, but I do recommend it!

I read a bunch of Titanic-related books in 2012 and really enjoyed this one. I learned a lot and recommend it if you want an overview of events this is the one you should check out.

I had seen a few posts about this book and was curious. I thought it was an interesting look at women and how their world has changed. And, it is all centred around the bicycle. 

I was actually surprised I liked this book... I generally don't read books that deal with cancer, but I took a chance on this one because it also talked about dogs. I go through dog-withdrawal sometimes, so I am tempted by dog-related reads. I feel bad I did not write a post about it because of my deplorable end to the year, but I am glad that I read it.

Series I Continue to Love:
Of course! As well as Cinderella and the new series Fairest.

Again, of course!

I am still kind of surprised I enjoy this series... I was getting a bit tired of young adult, but there is just something about this series... I really must read the newest one!

This series is growing on me. I enjoyed this book more than the other two and am excited to see what happens next!

Charles de Lint is one of the best. I continue to enjoy reading Newford and look forward to more books in the series!

FINALLY! Now write more!!

Favourite Fantasy/Science-Fiction Reads:
I was worried about his following up Hugo, but he knocked it out of the park with this one!

FINALLY reading this series... Now to find time to read more of it...

I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this book... Like I said above I am getting a bit tired of young adult, but this was good!

So happy I finally read this one!!

Promising start to a new series. I am looking forward to book 2. 

This series was just fun... 

This book is definitely one of my top reads of the year. Really great fantasy novel. Cannot wait until there is more!

Another great start to a series. I look forward to more from the author!

Favourite Graphic Novels:

Some of been mentioned, but I also loved:
 This was an awesome story! I am a big fan of the writer and the artist now!

An awesome start to a new series! I cannot wait for the next one to be released!
hm, there seems to be a theme here... Anyway, another series I am really enjoying. I am looking forward to reading more!

Series I was Sad to See End:
While not as good as her other series, I still enjoyed this quartet and was sad to see it end.

The biggest thing, though, was that The Women of the Otherworld series ended in 2012. It was one of my favourite series and I am sad to see it end!

Books that Stand-up to a Reread:
This was just as good this time as when I read it in 2009!

Best Young Adult Fiction:
I really liked this book! I was a bit surprised by that, actually. 

Steve Kluger is an awesome writer! Read two books by him now and loved both of them!

The more I read from this author... The more impressed I am by what he writes!

I also enjoyed this book. It kind of got lost in the other things I read this year... I must get back to the series!

Best Short Story Collection:
Great collection of stories!

Best Essay Collection:
Always enjoy essay collections from Nick Hornby!


  1. More books to enter into my TBR list!

  2. I haven't read any of your favourites :-( but I'm sure I'll love Moonwalking with Einstein, Ready Player One and Our Fault in the Stars. I'll try to get to a few in 2013. Have a wonderful year!

  3. I love how you've added a short personalised summary to for each book. You've reminded me I need to read Hex Hall :) Happy new year!

  4. eeek I feel like it's a bit my fault you didn't review the scrapbook of Frankie Pratt!

  5. I haven't read any of those, but many are on my TBR list! Hopefully I'll get to them THIS year.

  6. Excellent list! I hope you get to read more LMB this year :)

  7. That is an EXCELLENT list. One of my all-time favorites is My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger. I'm going to give Last Days of Summer a try.

  8. So many here that I loved and so many I still need to get to! I meant to tell you that the only reason Fables isn't on my January list is because they're at my mom's house and weren't on my bookshelves here :p But I'm thinking of reading all graphic novels in February with Debi so should get caught up SOME at least then!

  9. I still want to read Code Name Verity but will just wait for it to come out in paper (since I didn't manage it when I had it out from the library)! I am reading An Impartial Witness right now and am very much enjoying it--I think I'll follow it up with the next two books--why wait? And get caught up in the series now! Must check out your other books--some new to me titles in the list!

  10. I officially need to read Code Name Verity. That book is everywhere!

  11. Anonymous11:09 PM

    I'm laughing at the "Finally! Now write more" comment. I say that to a lot of authors.

  12. Cinder and Last Days of Summer are both books that I loved. I've got several more of those on my wish list. You had a lot of favorites!

  13. Very interesting list! There's a few on there that I still want to read, so I'm looking forward to them now knowing you enjoyed them!

    I loved the Last Days of Summer when I read it. Made me cry!

  14. What an amazing list of books! I'm definitely planning on reading Seraphina in 2013 because I have seen it on a bunch of best of lists! And there are quite a few others here that I'm hoping to read as well :)

  15. I wonder if it was really necessary to copy this list to my tbr list, lol. Except for a few books that either already own or are on my radar anyway. Like The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, which I got for my birthday in December, and Ready Player One, which I got for Christmas the year before. Yes, the year before, sad but true.

  16. I really want to read Code Name Verity but it will probably be a while. Yay Ready Player One!

  17. I've always been curious about Cinder

    I read the Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series but haven't checked out her other stuff yet. I know they are highly recommended.


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