Monday, 24 December 2012

Top 10 of 2012: Monday


Top 10 of 2012 is a great event which is co-hosted by some awesome bloggers (Rachel from FiktshunLisa from A Life Bound By Books, Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic, Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads). It's a week-long event where you can look back at the best books of 2012 and forward to the awesome books coming out in 2013 :)

I'm thrilled to be back blogging and this seems like a great way to celebrate the best books of 2012! Today's topic is Best Books I've Read in 2012, although this is more of a "so far" kind of list as I'll be reading some more before the end of the year.


1. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
I saw Enclave around the web a lot and always hesitated over it as I really don't like when a book is sold as "for fans of..." but when I saw the trailer I was sucked in and picked up a copy, despite the fact I'm not a fan of zombies. As soon as I started reading I wanted to know more about Deuce and I'm now eagerly anticipating Horde. (My review)

2. Possess by Gretchen McNeil
Possess caught me from the first page as it heaps on the mystery and tension before cutting across to one of the most atmospheric mist-filled scenes I've ever read. I really enjoyed the unique take on demons, loved Bridget and Matt and was thoroughly creeped out by the doll shop scene.

3. White Cat by Holly Black
White Cat blew me away. Holly Black has created a really unique world and filled it with fascinating characters and so many plot twists my jaw ached from dropping open so much. A great example of young adult urban fantasy, I fell in love with the world.

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4. Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
Usually cozy mysteries get overlooked by me when I'm doing lists like this because they are gentler reads. This one really stands out for me. I adored the Savannah setting, thought Katie was great, loved her family and swooned over hunky fireman Declan. The magic and the food descriptions made this a stand out read for me, as did the scrummy peanut butter brownies recipe!

5. Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh
The Guild Hunter series was new-to-me this year and so far the stand out book has been Archangel's Consort. The storyline built up from the first two books and made this installment brilliant. I loved how Elena has changed so much and how she and Raphael find a new balance in their lives, and the supporting characters are incredible.

6. 13 by Kelley Armstrong
13 is probably the most bittersweet book I've read all year. It was epic but it was also the end of the Otherworld series. I loved Savannah and Adam and it was incredible how Kelley Armstrong tied everything together. There were plot lines tied back to hints from books near the start of the series and all the previous narrators were given at least a chapter or two from their perspective. (My review)

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7. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Across the Universe blew me away. I picked up a copy after hearing loads of great reviews and then put off reading it because I don't like sci-fi in my books. I picked it up on a dull Friday afternoon and didn't move again until I'd finished the entire book. It was an amazing read :) (My review)

8. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Usually I see a book set in London, put it back on the shelf and back away. As a Londoner, nothing bugs me more than people not researching and screwing up the city. This only got picked up for the Jack the Ripper connection but blew me away on how accurate the city portrayal is. Besides that, this is really great read. (My review)

9. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
This was a gift from my step-mother and I was expecting a standard urban fantasy style story. My favourite part of this book is the humour (I spent ages giggling while reading) mixed in with the action and mystery, and this quickly became a favourite book of mine. I can't wait to read further in the series.

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10. The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
I got the Demon's Lexicon as part of a set of books and promptly forgot about it until Sarah Rees Brennan appeared at a Cassandra Clare signing. After chatting with her I knew I had to read the book so I tracked down my copy and as soon as I started I fell in love with her world and her characters. Nick blew me away and the world-building is really unique. (My review)


Honourable mentions: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (review), Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells (review) and Curses! by J.A. Kazimer (review).

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75 comments:

  1. So many titles I haven't read yet! White Cat looks and sounds REALLY good! I'll have to check it out on Goodreads.

    Happy holidays! :) xxx

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    1. White Cat is awesome! Let me know if you give it a shot.

      Happy holidays :) xxx

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  2. i really loved white cat and across the universe . i loved few books a tad more . lol
    gr8 list


    my top 10

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    1. They were awesome reads but it's great to see how different everyone's lists are :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Amazing list! I've read only White Cat so far, and I loved it, but the rest are on my must-read list :)

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    1. White Cat was epic! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. I really really enjoyed The Name of the Star and I want to read Possess so badly! Awesome list, I shall check out the other books too! Thanks for stopping by on my blog! :)

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    1. Thanks Jana :) The Name of the Star was an awesome read and Possess is brilliant!

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  5. I'm a big Kelley Armstrong fan, but I've been delaying reading 13. I just don't want it to end. Makes me sad.

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    1. I didn't want it to end either, but Kelley managed to tie everything up really well and provide a really good conclusion. Plus she's said she's hoping to do some short stories set in the Otherworld in the future!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. Possess was one of those books that totally caught me off guard when I read it last year. An awesome read, for sure! Across the Universe and The Name of the Star have both been on my TBR for so long! Can't wait to read them. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my post and Happy Holidays!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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    1. Possess caught me off guard too! I wasn't expecting to love it so much. I hope you enjoy Across the Universe and The Name of the Star when you get to them!

      Thanks for stopping by Sara :)

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  7. Amazing list I have read a few of them and the others are on my want list. They all sound great!

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  8. I haven't written my review of Thirteen yet. I think I'm going to re-read it before I do. I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped the first time around so here's hoping I have better luck this time! Thanks for sharing your list; so many lovely titles it's hard to choose just 10!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it more the second time round Carmel. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  9. I loved Enclave and Across the Universe! I can't wait to get my hands on their sequels. Both have been on my wishlist since forever. I've read the first two books in The Guild Hunters series (one of the few adult paranormal reads I love) but have yet to pick up the third one. One word: Illium!!<3

    Anyway, great list and thanks for stopping by my list :)

    Dea
    Teen Readers' Diary

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    1. Illium is my favourite character in the Guild Hunter series. He has a lot of scenes in Archangel's Consort :)

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  10. Awesome list! I've Across the Universe and The Gathering, and The Gathering was awesome. I really have to read these other books too though cuz they look awesome!

    Thanks for stopping by My Top 10

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    1. I loved The Gathering and I can't wait for The Rising next year! Thanks for stopping by Emily :)

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  11. I read Brownies and Broomsticks this year too - I really enjoyed it! SO many books and only 10 slots, lol!
    Great list, most I added to my TBR, thanks!
    Happy holidays :)

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    1. Brownies and Broomsticks was awesome. Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays :)

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  12. Good list! I need to read many of those. :-)

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  13. Great list! I love a lot of those, especially Across the Universe and Black Cat. I just got Thirteen from the library, and I hope it lives up to your review! :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Across the Universe was awesome. I hope you enjoy 13 :)

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  14. Ooohhhh, I'm in love with your list. That may be due to the fact that you put The Demon's Lexicon on it. I adore, really, really adore that book and the whole trilogy was absolutely great. And deeply underrated, sigh.
    And you have White Cat, too! I totally agree with you on that, it was really good. I'm still trying to make up my mind about Across the Universe, though.
    Great choices!

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    1. I love the whole Lexicon trilogy too. It never seems to get the credit it deserves :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. I haven't read most of these books and that makes me sad cause they all sound great. Glad you enjoyed them!


    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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  16. First off...I have to say that I love your header!!! I've only read ATU on your list but I'm for sure going to check out those others.

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  17. I haven't read any, but I have been eyeing Across the Universe for awhile! I shall have to check some of these out since you agreed with so many of the books on my list! We must have similar tastes!

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    1. Across the Universe is brilliant :) I never expected to like it anywhere as much as I did. Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. I haven't read any of this, but Across the Universe is very high on my TBR :) Great list you have here!!!

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    1. I hope you enjoy Across the Universe when you get to it! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  19. GREAT list! Thanks for stopping by the blog. New follower. <3

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  20. I haven't read any of the books. Sarah Rees Brennan is awesome, right? The Name of the Star sounds great. I will add all the books in my TBR. Great list. Happy Holidays! :)

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    1. Yep she's an incredible author! Happy holidays :)

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  21. Fab picks!! I loved Possess, Name of The Star and White Cat, but I read all of those last year. I have been enjoying seeing everyone's picks!!

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  22. Nalini Singh is on my author auto buy list, I love EVERYTHING she has written! Great list!

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  23. I loved Across The Universe! Charley Davidson series is great too. I just won The Name of the Star so I'll be reading that!
    My Top 10

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  24. Across The Universe is really good! But the sequel is even more amazing. The third book comes out next month. I can't wait!

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    1. I wasn't sure which to put when I put the list together but I decided to go with the first lol :) I'm really looking forward to Shades of Earth too but it isn't released until May in the UK :(

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  25. I've read Enclave and have White Cat on my TBR pile. :) Great choices.

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  26. Loved White Cat way back when I read it!

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    1. It's a great book right? I can't believe it took me so long to finally get to it.

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  27. I haven't read any of these! I have Enclaved and Across the universe on my TBR list though.

    Thanks for stopping by my Top 10 post

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    1. I hope you enjoy them when you get to them! Thanks for stopping by Sabina :)

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  28. I definitely agree with you on Across the Universe, that book is AMAZING! I still have to read the sequels though...

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

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    1. It's such an awesome book! A Million Suns is great too :)

      Thanks for stopping by Kim!

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  29. Enclave is intense! I had some issues with it myself but it was such a ride! I must read Across the Universe!

    Great list :) Happy Holidays!

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    1. What issues did you have with Enclave? I totally agree it was intense!

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays ;)

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  30. I LOVED The Name of the Star. So creepy but amazing. Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Definitely the good kind of creepy! I adored the whole thing :)

      Thanks for stopping by Annie!

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  31. Wow. Awesome list! I have The Name of the Star and I am super excited to read it :) :) I lived in London last year for 3 months, but I really love all books based in London. They reminds me of home <3 <3 Marry Christmas! ;)

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    1. If you love books set in London I'm sure you'll love The Name of the Star! You may even recognise some places from your stay :)

      Thanks for stopping by Nea and Happy Christmas!

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  32. I've only read Across the Universe from your list. I have a few of these, but I haven't read them yet. Great list!

    I'm a new follower, thanks for stopping by!

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    1. I'm that way with books myself. My TBR is massive!

      Thanks for stopping by and following Liza :)

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  33. Hi, from a new GFC follower.

    A great selection: I haven’t read all of these, but quite a few are on my TBR list! :)

    My Top 10 Reads: http://coffeecookiesandchilipeppers.blogspot.com/2012/12/top-10-of-2012-best-books-read-in-2012.html

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    1. I hope you enjoy them when you get to them! Thanks for stopping by and following Sue :)

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  34. I really love the covers for Across the Universe and A Million Suns, so I'm beyond disappointed with the new covers :(

    Thanks for stopping by my post! :D

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

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    1. I was disappointed by the UK cover for A Million Suns as it's nothing like the US. It's all ship like :( After that the cover for Shades of Earth isn't too bad.

      Thanks for stopping by Kazhy!

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  35. Loved Enclave and Across the Universe!!!! Great picks :)

    Jaime @ Two Chicks On Books

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  36. I have only read The Name of the star! Have I been living under a rock?

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    1. Oh I have read First Grave on the right too.

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    2. Lol! I've been like that with a lot of lists this week. My TBR is now massive!

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  37. I enjoyed Across the Universe and I feel like I've been hearing so much about White Cat. Great list!

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