Saturday, December 29, 2012

top 6 reads of 2012

I read some amazing books this year. It's such a great time to be a reader~

Thank you to everyone who recommended, loaned, or listened to me gush about books this year. And a special thanks to all those who share my love for reading. Let's share more book-love in 2013!


Blurb: Bits of synopses, from Goodreads.
+: Something about the book that I particularly enjoyed.
&: A "bonus," something fun from the book.
I'd give this to a friend who: I think of people who probably haven't read the book already. So, for example, I won't recommend an urban fantasy book to someone who already reads urban fantasy. Instead, I try to think about who might be interested in trying something new.

Although I try to keep it spoiler free, one reader's review could be another reader's spoiler. 
Please read at your own risk. 

[images via Goodreads. links will direct to a book/author's website so you can learn more, read samples, & snag a copy for yourself!]

6. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

Blurb: Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. 
+: Wonderfully dark and creepy, with monsters and otherworldly touches. A truly strong and bold heroine
&: You'll want to dye your hair blue and wear a wishbone necklace.
I'd give this to a friend who: Enjoys YA paranormal and wants something a little different

5. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Blurb: At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England—until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight.
+: Historical fantasy at its finest. Lovers of pure historical style will revel in the true to its time storytelling.
&: Footnotes!
I'd give this to a friend who: Loves historical fiction but has yet to try historical fantasy.

4. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin

Blurb: Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
+: Masterful plot weaving and fascinating characters.
&: Choose a House and brace yourself for winter!
I'd give this to a friend who: Enjoys classic fantasy and needs something more recent.

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Blurb: Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy.
+: I thought I wouldn't like it. It's a cancer book. Then I read it and discovered that it's so much more. It's a book about happiness and legacies, and about the people we choose to have in our lives.
&: Okay? Okay.
I'd give this to a friend who: Needs inspiration.

2. The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Blurb: It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors.
+: Battle scenes so intense I held my breath through them. And you won't find better world-building than at the hands of Brandon Sanderson.
&: Read this collection of fake Twitter reviews
I'd give this to a friend who: Wants to sink their teeth into their first true epic fantasy.

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Blurb: It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery....
+: I found a deep appreciation for the freedom to read.
&: I cried. Twice. But not tears of sadness. 
I'd give this to a friend who: Everyone.

Honorable Mentions

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Shades of Milk & Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Extras by Scott Westerfeld

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