My Top 5 Books of 2012!

December 15, 2012 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books

As we are nearing the end of the year (or the world, mwahaha) I thought it appropriate to highlight the top 5 books that I enjoyed this year! It’s the first year I actually set a goal for myself using the Goodreads 2012 challenge which resulted in always having a book on the go. I really got into the whole community of Goodreads with buddy reads, Bookshelf Bingo (where you pick a book on an allocated shelf) and book challenges and it all got really addictive!

I’ve read 83 books so far this year and although I didn’t meet my challenge of 100 books, I’m still pretty proud of myself. It’s the most books I’ve ever read in a year, and boy it’s been a great experience. Always having my head in a book really makes your mind expand to the possibilities of the written paper (or eBooks in other cases). With so much technology and instant gratification in receiving the information you want, books are one of the few things that you can still sit down and enjoy slowly without skipping to the parts you want.

Without further ado, here’s my top 5 books of 2012! (those that I read this year, not those that were released this year)

5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A unique retelling of Cinderella with a robotic twist – Cinder is a mechanic and a cyborg in New Beijing who falls in love with handsome Prince Kai. She’s accompanied by Iko, a cute, outdated robot who thinks she’s human and there’s some great characters in here like the evil Lunar Queen and the evil stepsister Pearl. This story is so charming and imaginative and just reminded me so much of my favourite childhood cartoon, Sailor Moon. Even though you can see it’s predictability and the flaws, I still immensely enjoyed it due to the humour and the charm. Find out more on my Goodreads Review 

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth

As the 2011 Goodreads Favourite Book and Best YA Fantasy and Science Fiction title, you know Divergent has a lot going for it. Along with everyone else, I absolutely loved this and read it in about a day. Set in a dystopian society (surprise surprise), Divergent is about four people segregated into factions – Candor (honest), Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (brave), Amity (peaceful), and Erudite (intelligent). Each faction has their flaws and different ways of living. Although you are born into the same faction as your parents, when you are of age, you undergo an initiation where you can choose which faction you want to join. At the initiation, Beatrice decides to join the Dauntless faction and learns about their way of life and the political unrest that is brewing in the underground. Check out my Goodreads review. 

3. Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane

I read the entire Downside Ghost series during a month to month buddy read this year and boy, do I miss it. The emotional torture, the pain of a drug abuser, Chess, who is also a powerful Churchwitch that banishes ghosts from murderous crimes. Sacrificial Magic was probably the best in the series, it has such a big impact on my emotions that it just felt like my gut was being wrenched out while reading it. From the son of a powerful gang boss, to the right hand man of a crime lord, Chess sure does keep some interesting company. This book explores these emotions and she really does hit rock bottom in this one. Check out my book review here.

2. Feed by Mira Grant

Now I absolutely love zombie reads, and Feed is one of the best I’ve ever read. With an interchangeable focus on zombies, politics, and the blogosphere, Feed is some really good brain candy. It’s inspired setting after the zombie apocalypse explains something most zombie titles fail to touch upon – how the breakout happened and how it was contained. Not to mention a heart-wrenching ending and the actions of three bloggers as they embark on a political campaign to uncover the truth. Check out my review here.

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1. Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey

Seeing this indie title pop up as highly recommend from on my news feed, I thought it was time to check out this intriguing sci-fi series. It’s a story of a man trapped in a silo, who breaks free and realises that there is more to his world than it seems. There are sinister forces at work trying to contain the damage of the truth, and told from multiple perspectives, we learn how constricted the citizens of the silo really are. With multi-dimensional characters, the bleak sense of abandonment, and mind-boggling mystery, Wool really keeps you at the edge of your seat. I’d recommend this to anyone who loves a good read, no matter what genre you prefer. I read this as the five separate volumes, but it’s now available in an omnibus edition. I reviewed the 3rd title here (which is more of an overarching review of the series).

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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4 responses to “My Top 5 Books of 2012!

  1. Jean S.

    That's a good list. I'm really looking forward to Scarlett (sequel to Cinder), and it will be a long wait for the final Divergent book (Convergent? Detergent?). I obviously need to check out Wool, Feed, and the Downside Ghosts series.

    This year I really enjoyed Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (love her writing style – just beautiful), Angelfall by Susan Ee (a different take on angels), First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (I just love Charley – she is so spunky and funny), Summoning of the Night by Jenn Bennett (the characters make this series and I love that there is no false relationship drama between Cady and Lon), and Fate Succumbs by Tammy Blackwell (I had a roller coaster of emotions with this one: sadness one minute and then laughter the next. Plus, Ms. Blackwell really knows how to surprise her readers). Listing only 5 books is hard. : ( I need to include at least Divergent, so that would be 6 books on my list. And Unearthly by Cynthia Hand was really good. Can't decide…

    P.S. This is Jean from Goodreads (with the avatar of Jennifer Garner from Alias in the red wig).

    • Hey Jean! I've come a long way since we first talked about Cinder hey? I've heard that Charley is a lot like Jo from Weather warden, and she also gets the same treatment, so I'll have to check that out. I've been meaning to get to Angelfall forever too! I bought my copy of Days of Blood and Starlight and can't wait to get into it. I'll have to check out those other books that you've listed! So many books to read, so little time…

      • Jean S.

        Exactly! There just isn't enough time to read all the books in my TBR pile. Charley does get the short end of the stick a lot, but it's not quite as bad as Jo. I feel like Jo just never gets a break.

        I just read Wool (part 1) because I realized I had grabbed it as a freebie earlier in the year. It was awesome! I'm usually not a huge fan of short stories because it's hard to fit everything into a few pages, but I really felt like I had read a complete story and it was only 58 pages! So good! I can't stop thinking about it either! Thanks for the recommendation. Now I have to get the omnibus edition. And my TBR pile keeps growing…

        • Oh yes you've got the Wool bug! I'm surprised you haven't ran out and got the omnibus straight away, because that's what I did. I just HAD to know what happens next and I think I read it all within a week.

          Later parts of Weather warden have been less of the short end of the stick for Jo (I mean she FINALLY Gets to have some precious David time in book 7) but I think a lot of it is in the Wardens and how they treat her as a commodity plus that Eamon. It kind of brings out her wit and strength though, being able to withstand annoying politics like that! lol