Top Ten Books I Read In 2012

So, this week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I Read in 2012” — these top ten on Tuesday lists, sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish, are taking more brainpower than I expected they would. I haven’t started looking at my list of books read in 2012, and I’m starting to break out in a sweat, thinking about how I can possibly narrow it down to just 10. And the year isn’t over yet — how do I know I won’t love something even more in the next few weeks? Vacation is coming, I have a lot of reading time to come!

Ah well, I’ll give this a try, and see what I can come up with. Ask me again next week, and I’ll probably come up with a different list.

In no particular order:

  1. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance (Vorkosigan Saga, #15)  by Lois McMaster Bujold
  2. The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Steifvater
  3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  4. Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3) by Mira Grant
  5. Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
  6. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1) by Catherynne M. Valente
  7. The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (yes, I cheated, that’s two books, but it’s the same series, so sue me).
  8. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  9. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  10. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

I have debated about adding *why* these are my favorites, but I’m feeling wrung out just from the process of choosing favorites, let alone justifying those choices.

Some interesting things about these books that I notice as I read the titles and think about these books in particular:

  1. Two of the books have the word “Wonder” in the title
  2. Two have titles that start with “The Girl”
  3. Two are set in space.
  4. Three are middle grade novels (and one of those is a graphic novel).
  5. Only one is about zombies.
  6. None are about vampires.

Somebody could probably use that information to analyze me. I probably don’t want to know what it all says about me. Hopefully, it means I have good taste.

If I had a desktop computer that worked, I would do something fancy with Photoshop and the covers and what-not, but…I still don’t have one. And won’t until after the first of the year. (It’s on order! Happy Christmas to me!) I love my MacBook Air, but it is seriously cramping my style for some of this kind of stuff. Also, I’m getting lazy, spending too much time curled up on the couch with it.

What were your favorite reads in 2012? Leave me a link and I will come check them out!



  1. David S. says:

    Also interesting are that half of your list are from various series. (And is the plural of series “serieses”? I’m going to treat it as a collective noun.)

      • David S. says:

        My subject verb agreement was terrible though. “Also interesting IS that…” haha! I’m reading Anna Karenina now. It’s moving a lot faster than I had expected.

        • Suzanne says:

          I have that on my Nook, and have been meaning to read it, before I watch the movie, of course! I am a little scared by it, but maybe I’ll put on my big girl pants and give it a try sooner rather than later!

          (As far as the subject/verb agreement, um, hadn’t noticed, but then it’s late, and I managed to tweet “I wonder if school board has ever gotten applause for a vote? The 20+ community members there to hear the 1:1 vote were didn’t hesitate…” earlier. “were didn’t”: where the hell did that were come from???)

  2. Alice in Readerland says:

    I really want to read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, it looks so good! 🙂 I love your blog, I just started following you!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  3. Bree (Coffee Bean Bookshelf) says:

    OK, I laughed that you analyzed your picks…I’ll have to think about what my list says about me! 🙂 I want to start reading the Newsflesh series (I just picked up Feed), so it’s encouraging that it’s final book made it onto your list!

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