Chick Loves Lit: Best Books of 2012

It’s that time of year for wrap-up and best of posts, and I read so many great books this year I wanted to make sure I shared what I thought before the year was out. I am currently in the process of reading two books, but since I will be without Internet starting Friday I don’t believe I will get them finished with everything else I have to do… so they will go on my 2013 list so they don’t get left out next year :)

I have 5 categories, 5 books in each. Some books fit in multiple categories, but for maximum exposure each category is unique, meaning no book appears on the list twice. No category is more important than another, so the list a book appears on does not show favorites over another.

Books link to either the review I posted here or Goodreads, if a review was not written!

Best Contemporary by Authors I Love

I loved loved loved this year for contemporary. The beginning of the year especially. Nearly all of my favorite authors had books come out, and they were all great!

In Honor by Jessi KirbySuch a Rush by Jennifer EcholsStealing Parker by Miranda KenneallyUnbreakMyHeart_revisedMy Beautiful Failure by Janet Ruth Young






1. In Honor by Jessi Kirby
2. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
3. Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
4. Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
5. My Beautiful Failure by Janet Ruth Young

Best 2012 Debuts

I read over 30 debuts this year! Debuts are some of my favorites to read because I often find new authors to love – and that was certainly the case this year.

11595276My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickButter by Erin Jane LangeWhat Happens Next by Colleen ClaytonSomething Like Normal by Trish Doller






1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
3. Butter by Erin Jade Lange
4. What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
5. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Best Sophomore Releases

Along with debuts, I love reading sophomore releases from authors (which is why I started the Sophomore Reading Challenge)!

Second Chance Summer by Morgan MatsonWanderlove by Kirsten HubbardLive Through This by Mindi ScottOne Moment by Kristina McBrideThe Disenchantments by Nina LaCour






1. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
2. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
3. Live Through This by Mindi Scott
4. One Moment by Kristina McBride
5. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

Best Non-Contemporary Books

It’s no secret I don’t read many books that are contemps. I was actually taken aback at the small amount of paranormal/dystopian/etc I read in 2012!

12043771Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa MeyerShine by Jeri Smith-Ready9504212-1The Selection by Kiera Cass






1. This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
3. Shade/Shift/Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready
4. The Marked by Inara Scott
5. The Selection by Kiera Cass

Best New-to-Me Authors

I needed a category to show the books I read this year from authors I hadn’t read before, because these were all so great.

Everybody Sees the Ants by AS KingAsk the Passengers by AS King12974770-never-enoughBoy21 by Matthew QuickThe Thing About the Truth by Lauren Barnholdt






1. Everybody Sees the Ants by AS King
2. Ask the Passengers by AS King
3. Never Enough by Denise Jaden
4. Boy21 by Matthew Quick
5. The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Barnholdt

Best Books Steve Read

I asked Steve for his top 5 list and he could only remember one book he read (though I assure you he read many many more).

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


Chick Loves Lit: Best Books of 2012 — 10 Comments

  1. I loved Butter! That was one wild ride of a book. There’s nothing out there like it I don’t think.

    Also, I’m so happy to see AS King on here. I haven’t read Everybody Sees the Ants, but I have read Dust of 100 Dogs and Ask the Passengers, and both were phenomenal. I just love King, and I’m sure I’ll like any book she writes.

  2. This post reminds me of how dramatically different we are. I really didn’t care much for In Honor, My Life Next Door, or Live Through This. I thought they were all fine, but I just wanted so much more from them.

    I did, however, love Second Chance Summer. I was drawn to it despite hearing how sad it was and utterly devoured it. Buying a signed, personalized copy at ALA may have been the best choice ever.

  3. Pretty sure Jennifer Echols is my second favorite contemporary author (after John Green) because of Such a Rush. It was the first book of hers that i read and SO FREAKIN AMAZING I CANT EVEN. AIRPLANES. YES.


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