Monday, 24 December 2012

Top Ten Books of 2012

It's that time of year again! For the next five days, I'll be participating once again in the Top Ten Week event hosted by A Life Bound By Books, Confessions of a Bookaholic, Fiktshun, Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and Two Chicks on Books.


Narrowing these lists down to ten is always tough and this time was no exception. But after long periods of pain and denial (mostly kidding), I present to you, in no particular order:

The Top Ten Books I've Read in 2012

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
My Review

So this list is in no particular order... minus this book. I can officially say that Unspoken was my absolute favourite novel of the year. The characters and the setting and the dialogue and the humour and MY EMOTIONS CANNOT WAIT FOR MORE AWESOME. Sarah Rees Brennan is an evil mastermind and I will gladly wait as long as necessary for the next installment <3

Spark (Elemental, #2) 
Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
My Review 
This series is pretty much the best ever. The characters and relationships are so complex and realistic... I LOVE IT. I've fallen head over heels for the Merrick boys.
The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Richelle Mead strikes again in her 2012 YA novel. I'm sensing a pattern here but... these characters! I love Sydney and Adrian to death <3 I love how much they've grown as individuals and can't wait to see how much more they will. Sidenote: my sister's hooked on the VA series too, YIPPEE! I can't wait for her to start on Bloodlines, she's almost there! :')
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Epic fantasy with fantastic character development and mind-blowing world-building? Yes, please. If you're interested, this is the book for you. Besides, there's a Veronica Roth blurb! I mean, my taste is questionable perhaps but the woman who put together Tris and Four? Can't beat that ;)
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Aaaaand speaking of Tris and Four... they're back in the sequel to Divergent with even better roles! I loved this book even more than the first which is saying quite a bit. The books are so action-packed and made even better with characters that are strong and still vulnerable.
Code Name Verity
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
If you read no other book on this list, please please please read this one. If your reaction is anything like mine, you'll feel like you've been knocked over the head with a hammer when you're finished but it's a million times worth it. Brutal and beautiful.
The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
No review yet... but soon!
Ohhh, this book. My emotions were on high the entire time I was reading this and I fell in love with the characters so quickly. The novel is so raw and the characters so endearing. I was living Hazel's life as I read this.
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
How could you not love this unique and exciting twist on Cinderella? I mean, Cinderella is a MECHANIC CYBORG. I also read Scarlet a few days ago and it's amazing!! These books are just SO captivating, I cannot stop thinking about them.
The Scorpio Races
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This is the most captivating, lovely book... ahh, I loved it! The language is beautiful and the novel itself is such a quiet, atmospheric read. I'm so glad that I read it!
Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
My favourite Cassandra Clare novel to date... JEM! <3 (+ everything else)
Honourable Mentions
Black Heart by Holly Black
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood


  1. Throughout your entire list I was either going 'loved it!' or 'Dang, I need to read that one!' I keep hearing amazing things about the Bloodlines series so I should definitely pick up book one some time soon. Awesome Top Ten! Happy Holidays! :)

    1. Oooh yes! Bloodlines is such an amazing series, especially if you loved some of the others on the list :D Happy Holidays to you too!

  2. Great picks! Clockwork Prince and Shadow and Bone are definitely two of my favourite reads from this year! And The Golden Lily of course. :)

    1. Erin, my fellow Team Jem girl! <3 Such exquisite taste you have.

  3. i loved shadow and bone and really need 2 read scorpio races
    gr8 list

  4. I love your list! TFiOS and The Scorpio Races also made it to mine. I need to read Code Name Verity. It's very popular on others' list. Clockwork Prince was one of my top ten last year!
    Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

    Teen Readers' Diary

    1. Code Name Verity is just such a phenomenal book... I can't give it high enough praise. Merry Christmas, Dea! :)

  5. Um, love pretty much every single one of these. Scorpio Races became pretty much my absolute all-time favourite book *looks around guiltily to make sure none of her other books heard* and Brigid Kemmerer writes amazing characters and Unspoken was phenomenal. Kami! JARED!
    Sonia, have I ever told you that you have very good taste? Because you do. :-)

    1. Alex, have I ever told you that you're my favourite person ever? Because you are <3 <3 <3

  6. LOVED Clockwork Prince!! Freaking amazing book! And Insurgent!! And I've heard Unspoken is really good and I need to check it out!! :) :) Great list ;) And merry Christmas!! ;) :)

  7. Hi, from a new GFC follower.

    A great selection: I haven’t read all of these, but quite a few are on my TBR list! :)

    My Top 10 Reads:

  8. Clockwork Prince has to be my favorite Cassandra Clare novel too! At least so far, since I have high hopes for Clockwork Princess.

  9. Oh Sonia, your list makes me so happy. I LOVED The Scorpio Races and Clockwork Prince SO MUCH. Both on my best books of 2011 list. Unspoken was so freaking amazing, so so happy to see it top your list. and the golden lily! ahhhh that ENDING I need The Indigo Spell NOW

    Cait x