Okay, so my goal for reading new books in 2012 was 35 (not including re-reads or bridge books), and I ended up reading 41 books!
I wanted to share some of my favorites with you in order from Number 1 – ‘Get this in your hands now and let your eyes feast upon the words!’ to Number 10 – ‘Awesome!’
1. Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) by Kristin Cashore
Loved this book for the main character, Katsa, she really made it a fun read. Her stubbornness was fun to watch at times and it was great to see her character develop and change.
2. Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) by Kresley Cole
So many things I liked about the book, but mostly how it was written. Starting out from Arthur’s point of view, hearing Evie tell her story, and then the ending was spectacular. Couldn’t put this one down!
3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
LOVED! Seriously, this is an wonderful story. Gaiman does an amazing job of describing a realm with just enough details that he’s able to keep the action going. The characters were all interesting and fun.
4. Uglies (Uglies, #1) by Scott Westerfeld
This was a different take on a distopian future. The whole series was great, each book had a new twist on how people were being controlled. The main character, Tally, was interesting and difficult to like at times.
5. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness
Lots of action in this one, an interesting look at history repeating itself. It takes a couple chapters to get the dialect down, but it’s so worth it. I liked the main character, Todd, right from the beginning.
6. Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth
Okay, I became obsessed with this one after I finished it. I thought it was such a cool idea that society would separate itself into five factions based on how people felt the world tore itself apart.
7. Unearthly (Unearthly, #1) by Cynthia Hand
This is my first ‘Angel’ book that I have read. The main character, Clara, is struggling to fit in as an angel-blood and find her purpose. I love her personality and the events that happen throughout the book.
8. Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Don’t judge this book right away, it has many of the same elements as other YA books, but it has some elements of originality. I felt the main character, Katy, was weak in the beginning, but then pulls it together in the end.
9. Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1) by Jessica Spotswood
AMAZING! As an older sister I really related to the main character, Cate, who looks after her younger sisters. And the ending, oh em gee! I threw it across the room because it left on such a cliff-hanger.
10. The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass
It’s like… The Bachelor + America’s Next Top Model + Miss Congeniality = The Selection. Fun ‘fluff book‘, I really enjoyed it, made me all kinds of happy.
If you couldn’t tell, I really enjoy the Young Adult genre, and more specifically Distopian, Fantasy and a bit of Science Fiction. I like reading these books because they are a great escape at the end of a long day working on the computer and dealing with clients.
To view the other books I read this year take a look at my Goodreads list. Have any book suggestions for me? Send them along!