December 24, 2012

Top 10 of 2012: Best Books

Top 10 of 2012 is a week long event celebrating the best of books from the past year. It is co-hosted by Rachel from Fiktshun, Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic, Jaime from Two Chicks on Books, & Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

Best Reads of 2012

In no particular order...

1. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
This one was easily my favourite book of the year, and I'm pretty sure it's made my best books EVER list. If you are at all into contemporaries (or even not??) this is a must-read.

2. Come See About Me by C.K. Kelly Martin
An amazing "new adult" story, it's both tragic and romantic. I loved the character journeys in this one.

3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This one is slow paced, but completely magical. I loved the quest aspect, and the friendship between all the characters.

4. Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready
The best ending to a trilogy that I've read in a long time, or possibly ever. Mythology, heartache, & swoons.

5. Storm & Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
Had to include both these books, belonging to the fabulous new Elementals series. I fell in love with these brothers and their stories.

6. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Gah, so many tears! Loved the family aspect, the character growth, and the romance.

7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Absolutely kick-butt main character, a mystery, a competition to become the king's assassin, and some swoons as well. Epic!

8. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
AMAZING. I loved the whole concept of the colours & abilities, and I was completely enthralled with the characters and their journey.

9. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
So fabulous!! My review for this one is still to come, but it is a must-read. So many emotions, I swear.

10. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I really tried to keep this list all 2012 releases, but this one was too good to not include. It's even better than Cinder, which is saying a lot.

While I wanted to keep my list down to 10, I feel it would be remiss not to mention some of my favourite 2012 releases which I read in 2011. I may have read these titles a little early, but they make up some of my favourite books published this year:

- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
- Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
- Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
- Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Phew, that was difficult! Now I'm so curious to see which books made the cut for everybody else.


  1. I really need to read The Sea of Tranquility. I don't think I have heard one bad thing. Definitely plan on it in January/February. I need to read Storm and Spark too! The Raven Boys made my list as well. Happy Holidays! :)

    My Top 10

    1. Yes, I hope you check it out soon & love it!! So, so good.

  2. Great list! And excited to hear that Scarlet is even better than Cinder, as Cinder was awesome! Happy Christmas!

    1. You're in for a treat -- it's FAB!

      Happy Christmas to you as well. =)

  3. Oh yay! A couple of our faves are on your list. Which means we should probably check out the others...

    And gah, SCARLET. Can't wait to get our grubby little hands on that!

  4. The Raven Boys was on my list as well! It beat out Unspoken for Best New Series :) Great list!

    My top ten list

  5. Great list! Unspoken is my #1 read of 2012, I love Sarah Rees Brennans writing. I also enjoyed Throne of Glass. The Darkest Minds is high up on my TBR list, glad to hear that it was good!

    Emily @ Falling For YA

  6. Great list, Ashley. I haven't read most of those, but some are on my TBR. And I can't wait to read Scarlet.

  7. AHHHHHHH! I forgot to include Brigid's books in my Honorable Mentions! But yay! I am glad to see that we have so many in common! And I am totes reading THRONE OF GLASS right now, hopefully I like it just as much!

  8. GAH I CAN'T WAIT FOR SCARLET TO COME OUT!!!! Cinder was amazingly good.

    1. I know, right?? I'm excited for it, and I've already read it, haha. That just shows how great it is.

  9. Oh yes, Second Chance Summer!!! That one was sooo good! I haven't read any of the other ones, but I'll have to check them out. Great list, Ashley!

  10. just added a bunch of titles to my 'to-read' list! thanks!


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