Best of 2012

According to Goodreads I am 6 books behind my pace for meeting my goal.  I think much of that is a result of picking up the adjunct position which kept me from blogging most of the Spring.  Let’s hope that this summer helps me catch up.  Driving to Florida in a few weeks will definitely help since I can read in the car.  And that is a lot of in the car.
So far I have not read things which have blown me away that way that last year’s answer to this question did.  There is no The Magicans on my list this year.  That said there are a good number of 5 star reads just none that made me wish there were 10 stars.
Graceling
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
There were so many things that I loved about this book.  But mostly I loved its main character, Katsa and her relationship with Prince Po.  This book I hounded my daughter to read since the bad/good guy romance triangle is in so many of her books these days.  I want more of them and their strong adult relationship.
Zombies vs. Unicorns
Zombies Vs. Unicorns
Good stories and great commentary.  I rarely give anthologies 5 stars but this one got it on the commentary from the editors alone.
Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One
Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
Oh do I have a weakness for snark and Atticus is full of it.  There are echos of Dresden here which make it very good in my opinion.  Also it is a paranormal without the romance.  Now while I certainly like a good romance, it is nice to see people write something else every once in awhile.
Death Masks: A Novel of the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, Book 5)  Blood Rites: A Novel of the Dresden Files  Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, Book 8)
Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5); Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6); Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8)
I listened to all of these on my 2+ hours a day in the car on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays last semester.  While I hated the commute, James Marsters reading Harry Dresden certainly made it easier.
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
Tithe (The Modern Faerie Tales, #1)
This one was a reread for my book club but it had to be included because Holly Black is a goddess. Between this series, the Curse Workers series, Spiderwick, Bordertown, and so many more she is quickly earning a place ay my dream writer’s dinner.

26 thoughts on “Best of 2012

  1. I have been ordering the Hearne books for my library, but haven’t picked one up yet to read. Your Dresden comparison is changing my mind about that…

  2. Great list! I had started rereading Graceling in order to move on to Bitterblue, but I still haven’t managed either. I really liked Graceling the first time I read it… I agree about Zombies vs. Unicorns. The short stories were good, but the commentary made the book overall.

    I really need to read The Magicians.

    1. Yes you need to stop everything, after ABEA, and read The Magicians. Now I also know it is a very divisive book. People either love it or hate with very little in between.

  3. I’ve only read Graceling from your list, and I loved it. I’ve only read 2 books so far that I would say are gonna make my end of year list (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, and Mistress of Rome) – but a lot of other really good ones too like you said.

  4. I have the first book of the Dresden Files, but I haven’t read it yet. I think I’d love it, though, what with it being about a wizard in Chicago! I also enjoyed Graceling, but I liked Fire more and am looking forward to Bitterblue.

  5. I know. Some days I wish all the writers would stop and give us time to get caught up.

    1. Like I mentioned earlier Authors should all take a vacation and let me catch up. ABEA is a huge amount of fun, hope you enjoy too.

    1. Really it depends on your taste. I loved Graceling because it was a different heroine. I love Dresden Files and Iron Druid because they have snarky funny main characters. Zombies v. Unicorns has some of the best YA writers out there putting a new spin on old topics. And Tithe is perfect.

    1. Harry is one of my favorite characters ever. And since I listen on audio James Marsters is perfect for the role.

  6. James Marsters can make just about anything easier. 🙂 I’ve heard such great things about the Harry Dresden audiobooks, but so far I’ve only read them in print.

  7. I love the Harry Dresden series! I haven’t listened to any of them but I bet James Marsters is awesome for those books.

    I’ll have to check out Hounded.

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