Top Ten Favourite Books of 2012 (So Far)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Top Ten Favourite Books of 2012 (So Far):

1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth – A lot of sophomore series installations simply don’t measure up to their predecessors, but this one totally breaks that mold. Shatters it, actually. This one is non-stop heart-pounding and gut-wrenching adventure.

2. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – I really didn’t expect much from this one at all. Frankly, I thought it was going to be some sort of cliché little romance novel that was going to bore the crap out of me. I sure at my words on that one.

3. Purity by Jackson Pearce – Despite my few qualms with this one in my review, I actually really enjoyed it. The characters were delightfully flawed, and the plot was solid and twisting. It was a fun, different contemporary for me.

4. Fair Coin by E.C. Myers – This one is pretty unheard of. There wasn’t too much hype, and the author is new to the scene, but that doesn’t take away from this novel at all. Holy originality. I just adore this one.

5. 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad – Sci-fi is really hit or miss for me. It’s either exceptionally done, or it becomes a mess of what could have been a fantastic story. This was deliciously sinister and wrong…definitely my type of book.

6. Partials by Dan Wells – I knew this was going to be awesome. I really did. There is something about dystopian that is so perfect for my dark and twisty brain, and this one was utterly original and awesome. Can I say awesome one more time?

7. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons – The characterization in this book is just phenomenal. From the primary characters to the secondary characters, they resonate huge personalities that continuously fuel an ever-changing plot and evolving storyline.

8. When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen – Ok, yes, this one had a few flaws, but overall, it was incredibly solid and engaging. The mysteries and complexities make this one completely original and new…something that’s rare in a crowded genre.

9. Bewitching by Alex Flinn – Yes, I know a lot of people didn’t like this one. Colour me an outsider here, but I thought this one was just awesome. Maybe it’s just that I love Kendra, but for real, I thought this was a great novel full of backstory and whimsy.

10. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver – I loved, loved, loved book one. Truly, I did. This takes me absolute hatred of love triangles and spins me into a magnificent web of love and sweetness, with a heroine I’d give anything to be!


  1. I haven't read any of these.  All of them are on my tbr pile and I haven't gotten to them yet.  I have now moved them all up on the list; I need to be reading these now.  Thank you so much for sharing!  Happy reading!

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  2. I haven't read any, either, though 172 Hours is on my TBR. I know I have to read Insurgent, because everybody will, but the hefty page count is intimidating me. I might try it as an audiobook.

  3. Sadly, the only thing I've read in your list is Partial. But I could definitely say it's one of my favorite dystopian read this year along with Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. All of the others are on my TBR/wishlist, though. I'll try to get to them soon! :)

  4. I still can't wait to read Article 5 and Insurgent. 

  5. I loved Bewitching!! And I loved Partials even though some had some complaints with that one as well. The more I think about Article 5, the more I love it and want to read it again. But I think my favorite from your list is When The Sea Is Rising Red. I just enjoyed that book word for word, cover to cover. Great list, Melissa! 

  6. I soooooooooooooo gotta read Partials. Something about the cover tells me it will rock my socks.

  7. I love how we have the exact same topics but completely different books!! Also HOW HAVE I NOT READ INSURGENT YET?!

  8. I totally didn't even see that! Great minds think alike, eh?! Great books on your list, too :)

  9. Thanks girl! I know a lot of people struggled with When the Sea is Rising Red, but I LOVED it :)))) And I'm SO glad you enjoyed Bewitching!

  10. I sure hope you push them up your list! They're amazing :)

  11. These all look awesome! I've read Sweet Evil and it has become a favorite of mine this year too! And I'm going to get started on Insurgent tomorrow. :)
    Great picks!

  12. I have not read When The Red Sea is Rising but have read great reviews on it. I agree with your picks!

  13. I've only read Insurgent and Pandemonium but they both blew me away!! So completely agree with you on them :P

  14. I seriously need to make time for my copy of Bewitching, it does look awesome.  I have to agree with Pandemonium, Sweet Evil, and When the Sea is Rising Red----all incredibly great reads!

  15. Of the ones you have listed, I've read almost half and would agree with three of those four recommendations! Insurgent was stellar! As was Partials and Pandemonium!

  16. I actually haven't read any of these just yet BUT I will be starting on Insurgent within the week :)


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