Sunday, December 30, 2012

Best Reads of 2012

Ooo something new - how exciting! With 2012 coming to a close, I thought I would share with you what my top 10 reads were for this year. No, they aren't all books that were published this year. No, they are not in order. Yes, they are all amazing, and you should read them. 

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I can't believe it took me as long as it did to read this novel. I don't think I really need to describe how amazing this book was. 

"In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed."

2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Again, I don't really think I need to describe how amazing this book is. Just like I said in my review, this book took everything that was great about The Hunger Games and then just took it to the next level. 

"Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge."

3. One Day by David Nicholls 
The impact that this book had on me was profound. This novel helped me to work out issues I was going through at the time I read it, and taught me valuable life lessons. On top of that, I have never read a book written in this style before. This is a must read. 

"It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself."

4. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 
Another must read. What got me with this book was that the storyline had amazing highs and deep lows - there were amazingly joyous moments, which could be followed with saddening, heart-wrenching ones. I don't think the movie does the novel justice, so if you've seen the movie and like it, then you need to get your hands on this!

"A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant."

5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I read this all the way back in January and I still think about it - it was that good! I love anything and everything to do with modern retellings of fairytales, so I had no doubt when I picked this up that I would like it, but I honestly had no idea what I was in store for. I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the sequel early next year!

"Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future."

6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Oh my god. Oh. my. god. Just read it. 

"Mara Dyer doesn't believe life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through she can fall in love. She's wrong"

7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 
This is another one of those books where I read it and then kicked myself for not reading it sooner. Some parts of the storyline bothered me, but besides these minor gripes, I loved this book wholeheartedly. 

"You can't touch me," I whisper.
I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.
He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.
But things happen when people touch me.
Strange things.
Bad things.
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans of her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever."  

8. Tempest by Julie Cross
I really, really loved this book. Even though I didn't think the plot was that original, I still loved it, and I loved the characters, the setting, the romance - I just loved it!

"The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world."

9. Abandon by Meg Cabot 
Just like with fairytales, I pretty much love anything and everything to do with Greek mythology with a modern twist. And this book definitely did not disappoint.

"Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld."

10. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
I enjoyed this book so much that I made sure to read as many books in this series as possible (I ended up reading 5) - that's got to mean something, right?

"He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.

The records show that he died in 1418.

But his tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Sometimes legends are true.

And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time."

So what about you? What were the best books you read this year?

1 comment:

  1. One Day and Cinder were brilliant books - as were The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. They're the only books on your list I've read!

    Curious about the others though.
    Thanks for sharing with us :D



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