Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My 2012 Top Ten Books of the Year

Its that time of year again. I know there is a bit of 2012 left but I wanted to shared with you what I thought were my favourite books of this year so far. These were so good that I doubt any I read between now and Dec 31st will top them.. though if any do I'll be sure to let you know!

These are in no particular order as I think I'd cry if you tried to make me order them, they were all that damn good! All links in the titles go to Goodreads and my review can be found  after the blurb-y bits! 

Undone - Cat Clarke
I've read two Cat Clarke books this year and let me tell you, it was hard to chose which to put on this list. I decided on Undone purely for the emotions that overcame me whilst reading the book. Its a gut wrenching story which leaves you in shock and makes you want to return to the start and read all over again. (Review)

Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson
Ahh, a cancer story... there may be a few of these on top tens for 2012 but most will feature John Green's Fault in our Stars. Second Chance Summer however is much more than a cancer story and was absolutely fantastic. This had to be on my list just fantastic connection between the main character and her father, it was so similar to my own relationship with my dad that I couldn't help but relate to the story. (Review)

Frostfire - Zoe Marriott
This latest offering from Zoe Marriott is quite possibly my favourite of hers so far. I was in awe the entire way through and I loved how Zoe gets across the complexity of the main character without making the whole book hard to read. (Review)

Pantomime - Laura Lam
This book will blow your mind. I loved it and just couldn't put it down, its a fantastic story which tackles everything from social hierarchies to romance and disguise. It is technically a 2013 book as its not our til Feb but when it comes out, buy it! (Review

The Diviners - Libba Bray
I'd heard amazing things about Libba Bray. I even have Going Bovine on my tbr, but it took until this book came out for me to actually read her work and its made me never doubt anything she does. With such a mix of genres and ideas thrown in The Diviners could easily have flopped had it not been for the amazing writing and wonderful world building. (Review)

Heart Shaped Bruise - Tanya Byrne
I am a sucker for psychological thrillers so I was grabbed by this the minute I started reading. Following the story of an 18 year old girl who was awaiting trail in the mental health ward of a young persons unit this is a must for people who like stories that get into your head. (Review)

Emma Hearts LA - Keris Stainton 
This book holds a special place in my own heart and it is a fantastic and brilliant example of British Contemporary fiction! The way Emma is written makes you feel like you're walking down the streets of LA and experiencing everything just as Emma did. I was jumping all over the place when I got an exceptionally early copy of this and read it all that night in a matter of hours. (Review)


The Peculiar - Stefan Bachman
A fantasy with steampunk elements and the fae... I don't like many fae books, they juts aren't for me. However The Peculiar really jumped out at me and I needed to give it a go. I knew it was for me as soon as I started reading and amazingly it didn't take long to read at all. I think the fae element was aided by the intended audience age of the book to be honest and it really is a great middle grade book. (Review)

Five Flavors of Dumb - Antony John
Oh this book, its amazing! Any music lovers out there, you need to read this, like now! Unfortunately this isn't published over here but someone should pick it up because I think it would be well read, it deserves to be anyway!  (Review)

The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
Do I really need to go into this one? It's taken me until this year to read this series, and I'm still not done with it! I've read the first two and keep meaning to finish it up but other books keep getting in the way and I'm not sure my heart wants to go through it at the minute. The Knife of Never Letting Go gets your emotions raging and is impossible to put down! (Review)

As it was so hard just to keep this to ten so shout out goes to Insurgent by Veronica Roth (you guys knew I had to shout out to the fantastic second in the Divergent series!) and The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis which has to be the best translated book I have ever read, I couldn't believe that it was written in a different language first!!

8 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I STILL haven't read The Knife of Never Letting Go... I really need to get on that!

I totally agree about Heart-Shaped Bruise and Emma :)

Debbie Turner said...

Great list! I still have yet to read Keris Stainton's books, and the Knife of Never Letting Go. Undone is next on my to-read pile, and I'm very excited!
It sucks about 5 flavors of dumb- it needs a UK publisher!
Second chance summer isn't one I've heard of, so thanks for this, I've added it to my to-read list :)

SisterSpooky said...

great selection Raimy!

Bungle said...

Some brill books here!

Cait said...

Omg I haven't read ANY of these!!! I really do need to read a Cat Clarke book, everyone loves them so much. I started tKoNLG, but the writing style kinda put me off. will give it another bash

Cait x

Jesse Owen said...

Um, So I've kind of only read one of those (quite a few of them I want to get though :) - The Divines and Undone I am certainly going to be buying soon :D)

Hollie said...

Second Chance Summer was amazing. It had me sobbing like a baby, but I adored it. I've wanted to read Five Flavors of Dumb for ages, so I'm excited to see it on your list. I'm definitely going to be reading The Knife of Never Letting Go very soon, as I've heard it's an incredible series. And I HAVE to get a copy of The Diviners soon! :D

Clover said...

I love how similar our lists are! We read some great books this year :)

I really want to read Undone! and Five Flavors of Dumb sounds interesting.

I hope you LOVE the rest of the Chaos Walking trilogy!