Friday, June 29, 2012

My Favorites of 2012 So Far....

2012 is shaping up to be one of the best years for reading ever. I have read so many amazing books  and fallen in love with so many wonderful characters. And it's only half done. Doing the end of the year Top 10 is going to be SO HARD. Fortunately, for the mid-year round up I don't confine myself to just 10 books.

Titles linked to my reviews and listed in the order in which I read them:
Winterling by Sarah Prineas
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Swift by R.J. Anderson
Peaceweaver by Rebecca Barnhouse*
Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats
Wonder by R.J. Palachio
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
Crow by Barbara Wright
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein*
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (releases 7/10; my review will post 7/3)
Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
The Drowned Vault by N.D. Wilson* (releases 9/11; my review will post 9/5)
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead* (releases 8/7; my review will post 8/2)

*I know for certain these will make the Top 10. No matter what.

Some books still to be released this year I'm still highly anticipating:
House of Shadows by/ Rachel Neumeier (releases 7/10) 
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (releases 8/7)
What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt (releases 9/4)
The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech (releases 9/4)
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (releases 9/18)
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin (releases 10/2)
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (releases 12/11)

What are some favorites you have read this year? Any books you are still really looking forward to?


  1. I was going to read Code Name Verity soon but our library doesn't have it.

    1. April: There is a copy on its way to you now.

      Everyone else: This is a service only my awesome sister gets. :)

    2. Sweet sister! Brandy, do you think this would be a good audio book?

    3. Yes, I do and I have heard great things about the audio version. You may want to listen to it where/when the kids aren't around though.

  2. Looking forward to Seraphina and also Rachel Neumeier's new one (I have both of these pre-ordered).


    1. I REALLY liked Seraphina. I'm looking forward to rereading it when I get my official copy.

    2. I added Seraphina to my list.

  3. Looking forward to many of the same! (And I have my favorites list in draft form--you beat me to it :-) Let's just say there are some similarities... if we both read the book, then it's on my list, too!)

    1. I look forward to seeing your post. We can discuss further on Monday. :)

  4. Fantastic list! Some of these are included in my own favorites of the year thus far (Code Name Verity, The False Prince), and so many others I SO want to read like Peaceweaver and Seraphina!

    1. I hope you get to read both Peaceweaver and Seraphina soon. They are wonderful books with strong heroines.

  5. Two titles that I've read from your list, "Wonder" and "The Fault in our Stars", would also be on my best of the year so far. We read different types of books, but here are some of my favorites read but not published in 2012 so far...
    Okay for Now - Schmidt, Gary D.
    Rebecca - Maurier, Daphne du
    We Need to Talk About Kevin - Shriver, Lionel
    The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate -
    Kelly, Jacqueline
    The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - Sendker, Jan-Philipp

    1. Okay for Now was one of my favorites from last year. I love Gary Schmidt's books.