Favorite Books of 2012

I’m slow getting this out–but, hey, I’m still not done with my Christmas cards. Don’t judge.

Here are my favorite books out of the 120 (or thereabouts) that I read this year:

My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions by Becca Wilhite

Venetia by Georgette Heyer

Divine Signatures by Gerald N. Lund (I think this is the first time a non-fiction title has made my “Favorite Books of the Year” list. Maybe I’m a grown-up, after all.)

Time Riders by Sierra St. James

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

Hope was Here by Joan Bauer

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson (with props to Amy Hackworth, as well. Fantastic.)

Big in Japan by Jennifer Griffith

Erasing Time by CJ Hill

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright

Endlessly by Kiersten White

Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale


Happy reading!


Favorite Books of 2011

I wish I had time to write a review about each one of these books, but since I’m trying to finish writing one of my own I’m going to keep it to a list. I read over one hundred books in 2011. These are my favorites (in random order) (okay, it isn’t exactly┬árandom order–it’s the order I read them–but is random as far as I didn’t rank them beyond, “Oo, this is one of the best books I’ve read this year!”):

  • The Limit by Kristen Landon (Early YA)
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Middle Grade)
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (YA Dystopian)
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Middle Grade)
  • Matched by Ally Condie (YA Dystopian)
  • Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt (YA Contemporary)
  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (YA Paranormal)
  • Cross My Heart by Julie Wright (Adult Romance)
  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (books 1, 2, and 3) (Middle Grade)
  • Slayers by CJ Hill (YA Fantasy)
  • Cotillion by Georgette Heyer (Adult Historical-Regency)
  • The List by Melanie Jacobson (Adult Romance)
  • Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann (Adult Suspense)
  • The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal (YA Fantasy)
  • Dining With Joy by Rachel Hauck (Adult Contemporary)
  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (Middle Grade Fantasy)
  • Freshman for President by Ally Condie (YA Contemporary)

Happy reading.