Thursday, January 3, 2013

Favorite Books of 2012

It’s that time of the year again; time to recollect on all the junk you've eaten in the past month, come up with goals for 2013 and reflect on all the amazing books you have read last year.  I’ll begin by focusing on my favorite books released in 2012 and then share my top books that were not released in 2012.

My absolute favorite Book released in 2012:

The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
“The Fault in Our Stars” is a must read! It is now my favorite book by acclaimed author John Green.  Hazel and Augustus are characters with depth and personality.  You will be laughing and crying while reading “Fault in Our Stars”, so be sure to have a box of kleenex on hand.  I didn't think the book could get any better and then I listened to the audio book;  the narrator captures Augustus perfectly.

Favorite Realistic Fantasy/ Sci-fi Book (and close second place):
Every Day
David Levithan

"Every Day" is hard to describe, but I think realistic fantasy sums it up. While it has fantastical elements, the main character waking up in a new body every morning, the story still deals with real issues.   The characters are regular people in our world dealing with both normal and paranormal issues. 

"Every Day" has a unique plot and great characters that will keep readers of all ages up all night frantically reading to find out what will happen next!

Favorite Historical Fiction/ Paranormal (and third overall):
The Diviners
Libba Bray

I have a new favorite Libba Bray book and it is "The Diviners"!  Speakeasies, flappers, prohibition, anti-immigration, the KKK, eugenics, spunky female characters, and the Occult!!! What is there not to love about this book?  Some of you may say the length, but as a slow reader and someone who can't stand books that make me feel like I'm watching paint dry, "The Diviners" kept my attention from start to finish.   Tip to commuters: this if a wonderful audio book!

Shadow and Bone
Leigh Barduco

Whether you are looking for a great fantasy book or just an amazing book,
 "Shadow and Bone" will satisfy both cravings.  
 The characters, plot, setting, pace, and writing are all awesome!   There is a great play between good and evil; and beauty and ugly that continues throughout the book.

Other Great Books Released in 2012:

     Best Books Read in 2012 that Were NOT released in 2012:

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