Monday, December 31, 2012

A Look at 2012

Hi everyone! Happy new Year's Eve! I have *finally* put together my end-of-the-year post for 2012 - and it is sooo long, so I apologize for that. I have broken down my favorites of 2012 by category, and within each category, the books are in no particular order. There is a lot of overlap. I hope I got the categories right. Not all of the books are 2012 releases. Enjoy!

Overall Favorites:
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
- For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
- The Dark Light by Sara Walsh
- Easy by Tammara Webber
- Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
- Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlett
- Speechless by Hannah Harrington
- Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Slumber by Samantha Young
- Nekhet by David Mayer
- Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
- Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
- Fire Dance by Delle Jacobs
Best Fantasy:
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
- Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
- The Dark Light by Sara Walsh
- Slumber by Samantha Young
- My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris
- Fire Dance by Delle Jacobs
Best Contemporary:
- Easy by Tammara Webber
- Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
- When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle
- Speechless by Hannah Harrington
- Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlett
- If I Lie by Corrine Jackson
- Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
- Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
- The Accidental Movie Star by Emily Evans
Best Paranormal:
- Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
- Until I Die by Amy Plum
- Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
- Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Auracle by Gina Rosati
- Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
- Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
- The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell
- Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper
- Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper
- Taste by Kate Evangelista
- Silence by Michelle Sagara
Best Dystopia:
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
- A Million Suns by Beth Revis
- Article 5 by Kristen Simmons 
- The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
- For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
- Partials by Dan Wells
Best Indie:
- Program 13 by Nicole Sobon
- Nekhet by David Mayer
- Frey by Melissa Wright
- Falling by Jolene Perry
- The Phantom King by Heather Killough-Walden
- The Wild Ones by M. Leighton
- Dark Inheritance: Fallen Empire by K. Reed
Unlikely Allies by Tiffany King
- Lengths by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt
- Piercing the Fold by Venessa Kimball
- What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn
Best Debut:
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
- The Dark Light by Sara Walsh
- Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
- Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
- Auracle by Gina Rosati
- Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
- Speechless by Hannah Harrington
- Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Best Sequel:
- A Million Suns by Beth Revis
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth
- Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Nekhet by David Mayer
- Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
- Until I Die by Amy Plum
- The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell
- Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready
Books I Will Read, but Did Not Have the Time:
- Defiance by C.J. Redwine
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
- Slammed by Colleen Hoover
- Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
- So Close to You by Rachel Carter
- Touched by Corrine Jackson
- Venom by Fiona Paul
- Velveteen by Daniel Marks
- Hereafter by Tara Hudson
- Arise by Tara Hudson
- Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini 
- Beta by Rachel Cohn
- The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen
(there are sooo many more for this category)
Books That I Did Not Particularly Like:
- Everneath by Brodi Ashton
- Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
- Insatiable by Meg Cabot
- Underworld by Meg Cabot
- Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
- Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
- Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
- Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein
- Born Wicked by Jessica Spotwood
- Gilt by Katherine Longshore
- Changeling by Philippa Gregory
Stats and Facts for 2012:
- I have used Webs for six years (the website part)
- I used the blog part of Webs for exactly ten days (Dec. 18th to Dec. 28th)
- I created this blog on December 29, 2012
- I have been around the book blogging community for a little more than a year (early December 2011 was when I first discovered this part of the blogosphere!)
- I currently have 4 GFC followers, 3 email followers, and 9 Linky followers
- The first book that I read in 2012 was Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- The last book I will read in 2012 was Fire Dance by Delle Jacobs
- I have read a total of 117 books for the year of 2012
- My goal was 100 books, which I completed and surpassed (I wanted to reach 120, but I am just going to finish with 117 and call it a year)
- My goal for 2013 is most likely going to be 150 books :)
I know, I know. I am AMAZING at narrowing things down. But that's the beauty of having a hobby that is reading: you do not have to choose just one, or two, or ten.


So, how was your 2012 in reading?

7 comments:

  1. Wow, you read a multitude of books! Congrats on surpassing your goal of 100 books and good luck on your new year's resolution of 150 books in 2013. :)

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  2. Great list!! I'm surprised you didn't like Everneath... I loved it

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    1. Thanks!

      And as for Everneath... I found Nikki to be selfsh and whiny and ungrateful, and this did not change from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. It has nothing to do with Team Cole or Team Jack for me (honestly, if I have to have a "team", I would be Team Nikki Should Be Alone). I am going to read Everbound, but I have low expectations. Perhaps my overall opinion of the series will change.

      Thanks, Ren! :)

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  3. Awww, thanks so much for including my books on your list. I'm honored. Happy New Year!

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    1. Karen/fellow Bmore native, I loved both of your books so much! I am look forward to both sequels!!! And Happy New Year to you as well :)

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