Book Round-Ups

Stand-Out Books of 2012

Well, it’s a new year, which means two things.  First:  A round-up of stand-out books I read last year.

I’ve decided on my top five favorites, plus a few “honorable mentions” that were good but didn’t make Top Favorites.  All links go to my review (or the book’s Amazon page.  Since I started this blog mid-year, I don’t have reviews for every book.  Books marked with an asterisk [*] are ones without reviews.)

Virals book cover
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My top 5 favorite books of the year (in no particular order):

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Virals by Kathy Reichs

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld*

Prophet by R.J. Larson

Gunner’s Run by Rick Barry*

All Things New book cover
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Honorable Mention (books that made an impression):

All Things New by Lynn Austin

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

The Hero’s Guide to Saving your Kingdom by Christopher Healy*

Failstate by John W. Otte*

The second thing a new year means is a list of books I intend to read in the coming year. Since my goal is to read 200 books, I’m not going to list every title – just the ones I’m really excited for.

My top five most-excited-for books to read in 2013 (I will link to reviews as I read them):

Code book cover
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Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

I Hunt Killers by Barry Luga

Code (Virals #3) by Kathy Reichs

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

There’s my ten cents’ worth.  What about you?  What were your favorite books that you read last year?  Which books are you excited to read this year?  How many books do you want to read?

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1 thought on “Stand-Out Books of 2012”

  1. Jalyn, I realize I’m half a year late, but I just now was made aware of your kindness in including my Gunner’s Run novel among your top 5 favorite reads for 2012. With the many, many worthy options being published, I am humbled and grateful to see your thoughts. Blessings to you!

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