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Top Ten Book List of 2012

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OK, Everyone, it's time once again - tell us your top 10 favorite reads from 2012.  These don't necessarily have to be published this year - just your favorite reads. .... So tell us, tell us, tell us all ...
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Defending Jacob is my number one.. And then the Lincoln Lawyer series.
I took my list of books read this year and here is the list of my top 10 as I see them today. I did a lot of comfort reading his year of my favorite books and series and in the end, I decided not to include any of them since then it would look more like a Greatest Hits of the Past 30 years. Instead, I went only with books I read for the first time this year .... So, In no particular order:

Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) by Hugh Howey
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One by Kevin Hearne
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
How to Succeed in Evil by Patrick E. McLean
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The Henchmen's Book Club by Danny King
Where the Allegheny Meets the Monongahela by Felicia Watson
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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I had to go look at my goodreads list to remember what I read this year!  :D

My favorites from 2012 are:

Faefever - Karen Marie Moning
Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning
Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
The Darkest Seduction - Gena Showalter
Marked by Odin - Coral Moore
Keys to the Coven - Vicky Loebel
Haunting Desire - Erin Quinn

I'm a bit of an eclectic reader. My husband tells me that I my reading is totally schizo!
Here is my list somewhat categorized:

Epic wonders of the Kindle! These will likely be lifetime favorites!


Fire King

Raven's Heart

Suspense techno horror

WhiteSpace: Season One (Episodes 1-6 of the sci-fi horror serial

Drekky Y/A Paranormal (love it for a quick read)

Hollowland (The Hollows, #1)

Hollowmen (The Hollows #2)

Beautiful Demons The entire series is awesome!

Ethereal (Celestra Series Book 1)
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Here are mine. I can't really put them in order. It is to close to call  ;) :
Never Let Me Go
The Sense of an Ending
The Song of Achilles
McBeth, the Novel
Sacred Bleu
Unholy Night
The Giver
Winter of the Worlds
Mists of Avalon
Just Behind You - Ramsey Campbell
Welcome To The Underworld - I.F. Rowan
Worse Than Myself - Adam Golaski
They're Waiting - Tony Rabig
Theatre Of Curious Acts - Cate Gardner
The Faceless - Simon Bestwick
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
The Hoard - Alan Ryker
The Weird (anthology)
A Book Of Horrors (anthology)
Not in order of favorites...

1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
2. Killing Floor (Jack Reacher #1) by Lee Child
3. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones
4. Mrs. Petegrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
6. Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins
7. Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #4) by Kevin Hearne
8. Cold Days (Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher
9. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
10. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls #1) by Deborah Harkness

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The Roswell Incident by Boyd Morrison. On a 1-5 scale it's 6 stars.
1.  Perdido Street Station  China Mieville
2.  The Scar                    China Mieville
3.  The Twelve                Justin Cronin
4.  The Hunger Games, Trilogy    Suzanne Collins
5.  Threat Vector              Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney
6.  Nocturnal                    Scott Sigler
7.  Inside Scientology        Janet Reitman
8.  Illuminations in the Flatwoods, A season Living among Wild Turkeys  Joe Hutto
9.  Price of Politics              Bob Woodward
10.  The Enchantress          Michael Scott
1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, (Novel), 5.00 Stars, reread
2. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, (Novel), 5.00 Stars, reread
3. Broken Harbour by Tana French, (Crime), 4.99 Stars
4. Hitch-22 by Christoper Hitchens, (Memoir), 4.99 Stars
5. The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer, (Biography), 4.99 Stars, reread
6. The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus, (Novel), 4.99 Stars
7. In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien, (Novel), 4.99 Stars
8. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, (Science Fiction), 4.99 Stars
9. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, (Novel), 4.99 Stars
10. The Caine Mutiny by Herman Woulk, (Novel), 4.99 Stars
In no particular order:

Sarah's Key
The Glass Castle
The Name of the Wind
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Year of Wonders
Swan Song
Wool 1
Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons
In no particular order AFTER 1-3
1. 11/22/63-Stephen King
2. Defending Jacob-William Landay
3. Gone Girl-Gillian Flynn
4. Lonesome Dove- Larry McMurtry
5. The Language of Flowers-Vanessa Diffenbaugh
6. The witness-Nora Roberts
7. Low Pressure-Sandra Brown
8. A Dog's Purpose-W. Bruce Cameron
9. A Dog's Journey- W. Bruce Cameron
10. The Art of Fielding-Chad Harbach
I just posted my top ten on my blog: :D
They are:
1. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
2. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
3. Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry
4. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
5. Deadline by Mira Grant
6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
7. Pretties by Scott Westerfield
8. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
9. Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry
10. Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
Fun fun! Some great reads and interesting recommendations here. I'm also going to choose my top 10 from all of the 47 or 48 read this year, but in no particular order. They were all so fantastic!
and a great re-read:
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I don't have ten, but I do have three. In no particular order...

Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbevilles, by Kim Newman

Stolen Away, by Max Allan Collins

The Last Gunfight, by Jeff Guinn

I wrote up more than you probably want to read about these in my eighty books thread.

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Here are my choices, in order (roughly)

1. A classic that has stood the test of time.

2. Harrowing and relevant to what we are going through in the US right now. Highly recommended but not an easy read.

3. I listened to this and read it (Whispersync for voice) which might be the best way to get through this book. Not sure if I would've finished it if it had been a straight read.

4. Summer beach read and worth every minute!

5. Oddly fascinating. Another listen/read combo book.

6. Lots of parallels between my daughter and the author's son. Definitely worth reading if you have a teenager.

7. Great memoir and an interesting look at the way Maine was--and isn't, anymore.

8. Great spy story and it's all true!

9. Another classic.

10. Recommended by a KB member; very relevant to right now and the national discussion about mental health.

Honorable mention: I listened to both of these and learned a lot. Worth the time.

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In no particular order.
Books I have read (that were published this year) and loved:
Archipelago by Monique Roffey. One of the best UK authors who should be more widely known.
The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan. A startling and risk taking new author. One of Waterstones Top 11 choices.
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore. The only shortlisted book for the Man Booker that I've enjoyed so far.

Others I have read that weren't published this year to complete my top 10:
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
Hotel World by Ali Smith
The Information by Martin Amis
Affinity by Sarah Waters
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In no particular order:

The Still, Small Voice of Trumpets ~ Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
Dodger ~ Terry Pratchett
Pandora's Star ~ Peter F. Hamilton
The Apocalypse Codex ~ Charles Stross
Hounded ~ Kevin Hearne
The Day of the Triffids ~ John Wyndham
Code Complete ~ Steve McConnell
The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master ~ Andrew Hunt
Mother Night ~ Kurt Vonnegut
I, Robot ~ Isaac Asimov
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