Dec 18, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (15)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Books I Read In 2012

This one's hard, if only because I have to think of all the books I read this year! At first I thought I wouldn't have ten, then I discovered I had more than of course I cheated a bit. I can't help myself!
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: I feel like any novel by Perkins would make it on one of my "best of" lists. While I didn't like this one as much as Anna and the French Kiss, I still loved it--and Cricket, of course. Plus, Anna and Etienne (gosh I love him) make several appearances.
The Selection by Kiera Cass: Over time, I've grown to like this book more and more. There's something about a girl competing to be a princess that brings out childhood dreams. And there's Prince Maxon. I love him. (My review.)
The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting: This is the third book in The Body Finder series, and Derting is really starting to mess with all the feels. When you read the book, you'll totally understand why.
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks: This book was so good. It was cute and funny and awesome, and there were mermaids! (Well, not exactly, but practically.) (My review.)
Origin by Jessica Khoury: All summer I waited for this book, and when I finally got my hands on it, it didn't disappoint. A story about an immortal girl living in the Amazon, and there's a super hot native boy? So good! (My review.)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: An excellent thriller full of all kinds of action--combat and romantic. To top it off, Mafi's writing flows like poetry, and it's fantastic. (My review.)
Black Dawn and Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine: The two most recent installments in the Morganville Vampires series, one of my favorite series, gave me the usual awesomeness: vampires, romance, action, drama, all of it! Although the last one makes me wonder what's in store for my favorite group of people... (My review.)
Divergent by Veronica Roth: Why did I take so long to read this book? It was so good! I don't think I really need to say more. Except that four is my new favorite number. (My review.)
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion: I hate zombies, but oh my gosh I loved this book. It was so, so good! I loved the story and the characters and the writing. All together it made for a brilliant read that's good for your brain. (My review.)
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: This is probably my favorite book of the year. Over time, my love for it has grown, so much so that I should probably edit my review. Tiger Lily was just...amazing. Anderson isn't just a writer; she's a storyteller. This book simultaneously ripped my heart and stomped it to pieces and kept it beating and pulsing in place. I love this book. So. Much. (My review.)

Honorable Mentions:
Don't Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala: A powerful book about homeless teenagers in Seattle. (My review.)
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder: A sincere story about all kinds of love.
Ten by Gretchen McNeil: A book best read at night--it might scare you! (My review.)

I know I'm forgetting something, but voila! What about you--what are the best books you read this year? Tell me in the comments!


  1. I loved Of Poseidon! It's so not my type of book, but it was a total guilty pleasure this year. I can't wait til Of Triton comes out. Have you seen the cover for it yet? It's GORGEOUS.

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  2. Great picks. All of these are/seem fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's my top 10

    ~Danica Page
    Taking it One Page at a Time

  3. I love so many of these! And I've been curious about warm bodies since the movie stuff is out I'm not the biggest zombie person either but i think i'll have to give it try

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  4. The day before look good. Going to have to check out that one. Thanks!
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  5. Yessss, The Last Echo was AWESOME. It very nearly made my top ten as well. I love that series!

    Books of Amber

  6. I downloaded Body Finder last week. Lisa S is my favourite verse novel author. I really want to read Ten.

  7. You have me completely curious about Warm Bodies now! Great list of books. I wanted to add Last Echo but I already had more than 10 on the list :) Divergent and Shatter Me also rocked!

  8. These are all of my to read list, but I haven't read a single one! I'm way behind over here! Lol!

  9. I'm a fan of the Morganville Vampires series too! I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the next book. :) Lola was a 2012 read for me also and I loved how cute and entertaining the story was.

    Great list!

  10. I LOVE Stephanie Perkins! I agree, I liked Anna a little better than Lola, but both are such great reads! I also really need to read Shatter Me...I've been reading a lot of really positive reviews of it lately.

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  11. Ahhh I've been wanting to read Tiger Lily and Of Poseidon. And I loved Divergent, too (but I think Insurgent was better ;) Great list.

  12. I'm so glad my birthday comes soon after x-mas so I can ask for all these books I forgot to put on the wishlist :D Here is my TTT


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