Thursday, January 3, 2013

My Top Reads of 2012!

2012 was a pretty crazy year for me. But through it all I've still fed my voracious appetite for reading. I read just over 200 books last year. I use the 1-5 star rating on Goodreads as opposed to my 0-4 star rating here. But this is what I found most intriguing when I looked over my Goodreads statistics: I only had seven 5 star ratings for the whole year. And not one of those was a Young Adult novel! Weird, huh? All of my 5 star ratings were picture books except for one juvenile book. But since I had several YA books that came close to making a 5 star rating, I figured I'd include them in the list as well.

And without further ado, my top rated books from 2012.

Children's Books
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Such a sweet story. Made me cry a little at the end. Also loved the illustrations.

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
This story cracked me up. I loved the interaction between the reader and the story - especially the quips from the narrator. Absolutely hilarious.

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Sweet, sweet, story. Fans of libraries and books in general will find solace in this book. Also, made me teary-eyed at the ending.

Wave by Suzy Lee
Beautiful story told without words. I loved it, especially the blue hues throughout.

Press Here by Herve Tullet
Imaginative and interactive. Loved the playful attitude and banter from page to page. 

Happy Pig Day by Mo Willems
I'm such a big fan of the Elephant and Piggie books. This book was hilarious, as usual.

Juvenile Books!
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
HILARIOUS. I laughed out loud more times reading this book than all the other books I read this year combined. I'm going to reread with a highlighter so I can mark quotes. Highly anticipating the sequel.

And here's some 4 star books that almost made the cut (Goodreads 1-5 star rating still.)

Bink and Gollie, Two for One by Kate DiCamillo
Cute. Loved the interaction between these two friends and their zany adventures.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Heartbreakingly sweet and poignant. Fell in love with the cover and cried while reading.

Winterling by Sarah Prineas
I thought this was a great high stakes fantasy (without being too dark) aimed at a young audience. 

Young Adult Books
Like I said before, I didn't have any 5 star Young Adult books, but here's some 4 star books that almost made the cut.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
 I was thoroughly entertained by this book. I liked the characters (though I wanted to jump in and give them advice sometimes). I'm intrigued to see where the story will go next.

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Major cover love going on here. And the story was pretty cool - reminded me of Ender's Game crossed with Matched. Dystopian.

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
This book intrigued me. I liked the steampunk elements and I thought the characters were interesting.

Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick
The first book I've read by Sonnenblick that's come close to my love for his Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. Made me cry too. Can't help but love the characters.

Partials by Dan Wells
Another dystopian. I loved the setting and the story pulled me right in from the beginning. And even though the book ended with a lot more questions than answers, I wasn't annoyed. Just impatiently waiting the sequel.

Insignia by S. J. Kincaid
Another book that took me by surprise. I didn't think I was going to like this sci/fi flick, but when I started I couldn't stop. It was fast-paced and thrilling. I wanted so desperately to know how things would turn out. Definitely looking forward to the next book.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
A little slow in the beginning, but there was something compelling about the characters and setting. It was a very strange sort of book, but at the end I still liked it.

And there you have it, my top reads of 2012. What were some of your favorite reads from 2012?

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