Top 10 Books of 2012

Today is the last day of 2012! It’s been a great reading year for me–I read 45 books and nearly 16,000 pages, and I started a blog to review all of those! My goal on Goodreads was a measly 12 books, and I far surpassed it! I’ll definitely set a more ambitions goal this year.

I read so many great books this year, but I’d have to say that my favorite was Seraphina. I love Rachel Hartman’s style, and it was such a refreshing book!

Top 10 Books

Other than Seraphina, what were my favorite books I read this year? The list was rather easy to compile but much more difficult to order. They were all so good! I’ve only reviewed about half of the books on my list, partially because I read some of them before I started the blog and partially because I simply didn’t have time or it was difficult to review (e.g., The Hobbit and Persuasion).

# 10: Airman by Eoin Colfer

Airman by Eoin ColferAirman was one of my first forays into steampunk, plus it was written by one of my favorite childhood authors. I absolutely loved the overall plot of the injustice done to Conor and his drive to escape prison, regardless that it’s never been done before, especially by a flying aircraft. The science aspect of Airman was also delightful. This is one of those books that was really good on its own, and although I want more story, I really hope Colfer doesn’t turn it into a series.

# 9: Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

0-545-05474-5The best word for Marcelo in the Real world is “touching.” Marcelo is a high functioning autistic boy who is on the cusp of adulthood. He’s spent his entire life attending special schools and sheltered from the real world, but as he’s becoming an adult, his father insists that he work in the mail room at his law firm, and if that goes well, that Marcelo attend high school for his senior year.

Marcelo wholeheartedly resists because he doesn’t think he’s prepared for the real world. As he works in the mail room and makes friends, he slowly discovers that this might not be the case. Marcelo is a truly unique character that I would love to know in the “real world.” I enjoyed every word I read about him.

#8 Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian by Eoin ColferA bittersweet goodbye, Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian was the final installment in the series. The penultimate novel was a bit disappointing, but I was delighted to find that the final novel was both enjoyable and a great ending to a great series that I grew up with. We see a familiar villain and Artemis yet again rescues the world from a great danger, but it was still fresh and an appropriate conclusion to the series. Plus the ending was really good. (No spoilers!)

#7: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

A Million Suns by Beth RevisThe Across the Universe is, simply put, a space opera for teens. What first attracted me to the series is the cover (which they’ve since redesigned), but I stayed for the intrigue surrounding the wonderful world created by Beth Revis.

A Million Suns is the middle book in the series, with the final installment being released January 15, 2013. (So close!)

#6: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner by James DashnerI can’t remember why I picked up The Maze Runner. It was either a book of the month in a book club or simply because of the hype surrounding it. Either way, I’m glad I picked it up. The novels in the series are a bit disjointed, since the first novel is entirely in the maze and the subsequent novels only mention it in passing, but as a standalone novel, the Maze Runner is great. It reminded me a bit of The Lord of the Flies.

#5: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane AustenPersuasion is the odd one out in this list, since it’s the only novel that is not for children or teens. It was one of my absolute favorite reads, though, so I had to include it. Shortly before I started Novel Tease, I went on a huge Jane Austen binge and read every book she published, and this short novel quickly made it to my all-time favorite list. It’s a more mature romance tinged with passion and sorrow. I already know that I will end up rereading Persuasion over and over in my lifetime.

#4: Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Princess Academy by Shannon HaleI really, really, really wish I had read Shannon Hale when I was growing up. Princess Academy at first seemed like a commoner-becomes-a-princess story, but proved to be quite different. Hale doesn’t follow cliches, but instead takes her characters on a realistic life-journey that children are likely to experience themselves (minus, you know, the magic and the mining).

#3: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

I read The Hobbit for the first time in middle school or high school, and I didn’t remember it all too well. Of course, since the movie came out this year, I reread it and wondered why I hadn’t done so sooner. I was a huge Tolkien nerd in high school, and when Peter Jackson said that he reread the Lord of the Rings every year, it was my goal to do the same. It definitely didn’t happen. I’m glad to have finally reread some of Tolkien’s works and enjoy the new movie (which was fantastic, by the way).

#2: The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams ChimaThe Seven Realms series is one of the best epic fantasies I’ve read in a very long time—possibly the best in my generation. The Crimson Crown is the final installment of the series. At least I think it’s the final installment. When I met Cinda Chima this summer, my friend asked her if this would be the last book in the Seven Realms series, and she didn’t outright say “yes.” Her response was one of those tricky author responses that I’m not sure if I’m reading too much into it or if she actually meant it to be elusive.

#1: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina by Rachel HartmanSeraphina was easy to choose as my #1 favorite book I’ve read this year simply because it’s the one I wave above my head like a maniac, demanding that every one I know reads it. It was a book of the month in one of the reading groups I occasionally participate in on Goodreads, and I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I was pleasantly surprised by what a truly fantastic novel it is, and it’s Hartman’s debut! (I’m a bit jealous.) Seraphina dealt with issues that aren’t new, but I didn’t feel like I’d read anyone like her before. Every character was a unique person, and the world was fun to read about. This one is at the top of my reread list!

Goals for 2013:

  1. Read 52 books
  2. Review read book before starting a new one
  3. Debut challenge (read 12 debuts in 2013)
  4. Have 4 giveaways
  5. Interview 4 authors

What do you think? My goal in 2011 was to read 52 books, and I came nowhere close, which is why I drastically decreased my goal in 2012. Maybe I’ll be able to meet it this time, thought, since I was fairly close this year, and the total was greatly skewed toward the latter part of the year when I started blogging. Being active in the book reviewing community is very encouraging to keep up with reading a lot.

What are your goals for 2013? What are some of your favorite books you read in 2012?

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