As a result, I have become far more discerning, and I have found that my love of the good stories and dislike of the ones that aren't for me is even deeper now. Because of this, my top 12 of 2012 list only includes books I read since becoming a blogger. I came across many, many incredible novels in January through April, and it pains me to leave them off, but I simply do not think it would be fair to judge them by the same standards.
So, without further ado, I present to you my top 12 for the last eight months of 2012 (ordered by the date I read them, because it was hard enough just to narrow it down to these).
1. Hold Still by Nina LaCourI have raved about this book multiple times, so I don't want to be redundant and repeat myself again. You can see my brief thoughts here.
2. Bumped by Megan McCafferty (Also: the sequel, Thumped, which I am going to cheat and add here)
The satire and plot in both of these books are practically perfect!
3. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
I love this novel for the same reason I adore Bumped and Thumped. The author took our society's perceptions of beauty and played on them in a hilarious as well as thought-provoking way.
4. Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg
Of all the books I read this year, this one features the absolute best characters; they have vast personalities that are developed in depth.
5. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Oh my goodness. I cannot even. This story. It clearly renders me incapable of forming complete sentences. Short but unbelievably powerful, it changed me more than any other book I read in 2012.
6. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
It takes talent to tell a story using exclusively images, but somehow this team managed to pull it off, creating a book that is mentally stimulating and extremely memorable.
7. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. DanforthThis book is political, emotional and all-around wonderful. I love it so, so much.
8. But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
There are not many books written in reverse chronological order, and I loved that this one was. Because everything happens backwards in this book about an abusive boyfriend, Amanda Grace was able to avoid that moment in which readers decide they would have left the relationship, which creates an entirely new experience.
9. Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omolulu
The setting in this book, a hoarder's house, is so vivid and the events are so engrossing that I could not put it down.
10. A Farewell to Charms by Lindsey Leavitt
This is a great ending to a lovely series that really took me by surprise.
11. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Rich and atmospheric are the best two words that could be used to describe this novel. The alternate New England and the events in the plot are fascinating.
12. After by Amy Efaw
Efaw truly does the impossible as she turns an attempted murderer into an empathetic, relatable character.
My list features just a few of the many amazing books that I read in 2012, and I hope the same is true for yours. Have a great time partying with friends and family tomorrow night, and I'll see you in 2013!