Here it is dear reader, the ultimate Top Ten Tuesday list. This week The Broke and The Bookish asked for our ten (yeah, right) favorite books of 2012! I swear I have been composing this list since January and it was still difficult to choose. In fact, it was nearly impossible (the original list had 25 favorites) and forced me to get creative. After much debate, I am ready to present my favorite YA books of 2012. My favorite non-YA reads are a in a different list!
Before I present my proper and official list, I am going to cheat a little. Some of my most enjoyable reads of the year were books in series. In fact, I got to say farewell to some beloved characters. Let’s do a little retrospective…
A Fond Farewell to:
I loved the final chapters of Katla and Jack’s story in Flock (Stork) by Wendy Delsol.
Carter and Sadie’s story came to end in The Serpent’s Shadow (The Kane Chronicles) by Rick Riordan.
I was really sad to say goodbye to Evie and Lend in Endlessly (Paranormalcy) by Kiersten White. I ♥ them.
I thought I was okay with the way things ended for Cassel and Lila in Black Heart (Curse Workers) by Holly Black. Then I heard a rumor that there will actually be a fourth book and now it is all I can think about. Please be true. Please be true. Please be true.
Sophie Mercer’s story may have sort of ended with Spell Bound (Hex Hall) by Rachel Hawkins, but I am sure she’ll have a cameo appearance in the upcoming spin-off series starring Izzy Brannik
Ok, now that we’ve paid our final respects to some beloved characters we can get back to the task at hand. A Top
Ten Twelve List. Surprisingly, with the exception of The Diviners and Cinder, the rest of this list is made up of titles that I did not expect to love. What a surprising year it has been!
1. Mothership by Martin Leicht and Ilsa Neal. I’ve said it before and I will say it again-quirky, light, campy hilarity. Read it.
2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I did not expect to love this sweet romance. I loved it so much I read it in one sitting.
3. I Hunt Killersby Barry Lyga. I love Dexter and I loved this book about the son of a serial killer.
4. Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt. I did not read The Wednesday Wars and I never really intended to read this companion novel, but when the book-loving community was up in arms about it not winning the Newbery Award, I figured I should see what all the fuss was about. There is a lot going on in this quiet, charming book. I can’t wait to discuss it with my book club next month.
5. Revolutionby Jennifer Donnelly. This was definitely a surprise hit for me. While listening to this one I began to realize that I actually do enjoy historical fiction and I really enjoyed learning about the French Revolution, something I really knew nothing about.
6. Ashes by Ilsa Bick. For me this one did not get lost in the tidal wave of new sci-fi/dystopian books that have been flooding the shelves since The Hunger Games. I am dying to read the sequel, but I am saving it for a time when I can really linger over it and enjoy. Things are too frantic now. Soon, Shadows, soon.
7. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. So different from his beloved The Book Thief, but just as amazing.
8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Cybor Cinderella? Hell yes! I fully expected to love this one and I was not disappointed. Come on February…I NEED Scarlet!
9. Diviners by Libba Bray. I bow down before the greatness that is Libba Bray. I rarely reread, but this one is at the top of my To Be Reread list.
10. Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride. This one lingered on my TBR list for two years until I pulled it out for the October readathon. This was the perfect book to devour in one sitting. Thankfully the sequel was ready and waiting. And then the news that caused conflicting emotions: More Lish McBride books soon, but the Necromancer series is on pause. Yay/Boo…so confused!
11. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This was THE surprise of the year. After the disappointment I felt about the Wolves of Mercy Falls series I decided to finally brave another book by Ms. Stiefvater. Don’t get me started. Anyway. This one was raved about, I figured everyone deserves a second chance, so I popped in the audio and was immediately mesmerized. Loved it.
12. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Another surprise. The audio was last-ditch effort to give this book a second chance. Oh, thank goodness for books on CD! I have the sequel in the car now just waiting for me to finish Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick.
And of course my list would not be complete without some additional runners-up:
Thanks for reading to the end of this ridiculously long and cheater-y list!