Usually, I do a top 5 list of books I’ve read in the past year. This year, however, I couldn’t resist joining in with this survey that Hanna seems addicted to, especially considering I’ve actually read enough books to adequately answer the questions for the first time in my life! So here’s my year in reading.

Best In Books 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas hands down. It’s a high fantasy with a strong female protagonist who can look pretty and kick some arse at the same time with somewhat of a love triangle which doesn’t interfere with the story whatsoever. To top it off, I was even quoted in the book! Though I can’t find my quote in my copy, I have seen a picture and that was awesome, especially in my favourite book of the year.

I would like to give an honourable mention to The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson which is taking me forever to read because I keep stopping and starting but it’s wowed me completely, I just haven’t finished it yet.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke, I mean come on! It’s a novel about dragon shapeshifters!! It just kind of fell flat for me.. It was predictable and didn’t excite me the way I expected it would. It was okay, just a bit.. meh.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?

I think White Wedding by Milly Johnson. Looking at the covers and blurbs, I’ve always expected average local stories of troubled romance and lifestyle troubles, and while I wasn’t far off, White Wedding proved to be far from average. It was a completely delightful read which I was sad to see end. Definitely took me by surprise and cemented me as a firm Milly Johnson fan.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

Oh yeesh. Err.. Well I always recommend Morganville which comes across as yet another average, or even bad, teen vampire romance but turned out to be far from it. I seem to have made it my blogger’s mission to convert as many people as possible into Morganville fans.

After that, Throne of Glass. It probably won’t appeal to adult epic fantasy readers, but I think every fantasy reader should give this one a try. It might surprise you.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

Alex Craft! I adored Grave Witch and Grave Dance. The mixture of Witches, Faeries, ghosts, reapers and the way it all mingles and separates.. I loved it! And every supernatural type has so many variations and Alex is such an anomaly, she’s amazing. I was worried she’d be another “independent woman” type but she so wasn’t. She has her moments but she knows when she needs help from her friends.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
  • Rachel Vincent. I finally read the Soul Screamers series this year and I’m very much excited to get started on her other two series.
  • Catherynne M. Valente. Author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making I fell in love with her imagination and must read everything by her.
  • Milly Johnson. I’ve already discussed why I love her, her Christmas novel A Winter Flame proved to me that White Wedding wasn’t just a fluke. I’ve already started gathering her other novels and I won’t stop. Her books leave me feeling so happy.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

I’m gonna go with chick lit. I read my first chick lit in years last December and was surprised to find, as a big fantasy reader, that I adored every moment. I carried on in January as those first two were Christmassy reads and still found I loved every moment even with a regular chick lit. Seems I like the humour, the predictable and safe romances, and the warm, happy feeling I get when I read them. While I have to read chick lit in small doses, it’s definitely a new genre for me.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

If I Die by Rachel Vincent, fifth of the Soul Screamers. Oh my god. I still haven’t reviewed this one but I could not stop reading. And why is a spoiler!!

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:

Throne of Glass… Perhaps not in 2013, we’ll see. But I need to read it again!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?


11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Myrnin. C’mon – he’s Myrnin!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Shop of Her Own Making is a modern fairytale which lovingly caresses that which it is emulating. It’s odd and charming throughout. Beautiful.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

Meet Me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan and When I Fall in Love by Miranda Dickinson both made me stop and think about my life and how I am living it and what could I do differently. Cupcake Café made me think more about doing what you love rather than ‘making do’, whereas When I Fall in Love made me think more about life. How to really live.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?

Unf.. I’ll have to say The Way of Kings here. Sure I only bought it at the very tail end of 2011 but it’s truly amazing and I can’t believe I waited this long to pick it up. I’ve overall focused way too much on review books this year which makes this a very difficult question to answer.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?

Oh I have the worst memory ever, I don’t tend to remember passages/quotes I’ve enjoyed offhand.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?

The shortest was Never to Sleep by Rachel Vincent, one of the Soul Screamers novellas which I couldn’t resist squeezing in for some extra Soul Screamer goodness. This clocked in at about 62 pages and took me barely any time to read.

The longest is Way of Kings at 1001 pages (I’m currently on page 648 as I write this) but as I say, I still haven’t finished so perhaps the latest Morganville which is about 530 pages, or Watermelon by Marian Keyes which I can’t remember the length just the size of it.

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

If I Die by Rachel Vincent!! I started rambling about it to Dan I was that desperate to speak to somebody. He didn’t care in the slightest but I had to talk!!

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
  • Claire and Myrnin’s friendship always makes me happy.
  • Another one I’d mention is a spoiler so I’ll not go there.
  • I think Elsie’s relationship with her dad in When I Fall in Love takes the biscuit. It’s so heartwarming, in fact, reminding me of my relationship with my dad in some ways. The way she gets on so easily with him and the way he loves his daughter.
  • An honourable mention to Lucien the Fallen Angel and Lalael the Angel in In The End by Alexandra Rowland.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously

Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine, the most recent Morganville. I seriously can’t get enough of this series and sod it, it’s really about time I started on the Weather Warden series. I haven’t disliked a Rachel Caine series yet.. I say series rather than book because I have disliked a couple of the Morganvilles.

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Erm.. there actually haven’t been any. Every book I’ve read this past year I’ve read because it appealed to me, or because many, many people recommended it as being amazing. None I have read based solely on somebody else’s recommendation BUT there are a few on my shelves and my Kindle so perhaps next year.

My Top 5

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  2. If I Die (Soul Screamers #5) by Rachel Vincent
  3. Bitter Blood (Morganville #13) by Rachel Caine
  4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  5. White Wedding by Milly Johnson

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

All of them. :3 No.. err.. Kingdom by Anderson O’Donnell. He’s a great guy and an amazing author and every time I’ve gone to pick his book up I’ve been adoring it and then kaput goes my mood for Science Fiction. I’m not sure when, but I will read it in 2013. Sidenote: Congratulations for getting into Kirkus’ Top 25 Indie Books of 2012!!!!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

With All my Soul by Rachel Vincent. The end of Before I Wake? I NEEED to know what happens!! But also looking forward to reading some of my own books, particularly some of the epic fantasy.

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

Back down on review books and read more of what I want to read. Read some classics, some epic fantasy, some gifts and spur of the moment charity shop purchases. In blogging, I’d like to bring in an active co-blogger to help me out when I get into a slump. This is my New Year’s Resolution and I’m really crossing my fingers that I’ll keep to it.

Happy new year!