It is that time of year already, best of lists and top tens and number ones. So over at The Broke and The Bookish the list this week is “Favourite Reads of 2012.” I had some really good reads this read by nothing to rave about like last year. So here in no particular order are my 2012 top ten reads.
1. Zombies v. Unicorns – Review – It is very rare that an anthology will make my top ten. Generally, there are too many stories for them all to be top notch. But this has a few things going for it. First, the banter between the editors makes it worth the read alone and second almost a year later The Girl and I are still randomly quoting our favorites.
2. Chime – Review – The more I think about this book the better it gets. It was the first book that I liked better as an audio then in paper format. But the language of the story and the setting are magical and beautiful and horrible in ways that make this close to a perfect YA book.
3. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – This book is stunningly good. It is all things I never, well rarely, read.It is comedy, non-fiction-ish and a blogger book. And this book reminded me that maybe I should not judge a book by its categories.
4. Death Mask, Blood Rites, White Knight, Proven Guilty – Review – I grouped these so that something other then Dresden files made it into my top ten. I am completely in love with Harry Dresden. He is the wounded hero who I just adore. He is snarky, willing to die for the right thing, loyal, anti-establishment and a wizard. And voiced by the dreamy James Marsters, which really doesn’t hurt at all.
5. The Fault in Our Stars – My heart is still broken over this book. I am a crier, a weeper, a bawler and this book was written to break me. I started crying early on and by the end my t-shirt was damp and I was surround by tissues and it was so good, so wonderful, I would do it again.
6. The Immortal Rules – Thankfully Julie Kagawa ignored the rules in this book. I am, more and more, looking for books that are outside the box when I read vampire, zombie, paranormal stuff. I have become bored with the same old, same old. This book does not disappoint.
7. Graceling – Review – If you are a teen, read this book. If you have tween daughters, they must read this book. If you have younger daughters who you read to, you should read them this book. This is all about heroines rescuing princes and princes rescuing heroines and both of them saving kingdoms. And realistic endings which are happy enough.
8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone – This one is heads above the rest when it comes to angel stories. Great hook, fabulous setting, characters who are developed enough to make you see them as really dimensional make it well worth the read and hopefully the sequel well worth the wait.
9. Hounded – Dresden without the woundedness. I bit more “brass young man” which is funny for a much older Druid. But still the snark and wise ass and the battles with paranormal and gods and monsters are well done and worth the read.
10. Feed – Remember a few books ago when I mentioned I am looking for new hooks when it comes to the paranormal. This one has one too. Fabulous premise, characters you really care for, but watch out because this one will “Joss Whedon” you. I do want to read the next one. Maybe I should find a “finish the series” challenge for next year.
The two re-reads would have made my top 10 if I didn’t think that was cheating: