Wow! It's so hard to believe that it is that time again! Time to list my favorite reads from 2012. It was really hard to pick my favorite books this year and I'm afraid that I had to make it 20 instead of 10! These are listed in the order that I read them. I have also linked the titles to my reviews just in case you are interested in why I loved each title!! So without further ado........here they are!
- The Lost Wife- this book made a huge impact on my soul.
- Backseat Saints- my first, but not my last, introduction to Joshilyn Jackson.
- Reservation Road- this book broke my heart
- Still Life- wonderful character building
- A Cottage By the Sea- Beautiful story, captured my imagination
- The Baker's Daughter- historical fiction at its finest!
- I Thought You Were Dead (audio)- this books was funny and heartbreaking. Fantastic narrator!
- Mariana- Hauntingly beautiful!
- The Snow Child- loved this one so much..would re-read it at some point!
- The Beginner's Goodbye (audio)- one of those quiet stories that squeeze your heart
- Sea Change- wonderful Southern fiction and I believed every word!
- Gone Girl- because sometimes you need a twisted book!!
- Cinder (audio)- highly original, imaginative, and awesomely narrated
- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry- this book delivered and made me cry
- The Weight of Heaven- this author's prose blows me away!'
- Broken Harbor- OMG! Loved this one and can't get enough of Tana French!
- The Light Between Oceans- made me really questioned what I would have done...riveting!
- Mr. Churchill's Secretary- loved this historial fiction/mystery book and the main character
- In The Woods- crazy good!
- All of the Jill Shalvis books- sexy men, smart women, awesome locations = great reading!
I want to take a quick moment to just thank all of you for taking time to stop by my blog, read my posts, and leave me feedback! I consider you all friends and couldn't imagine sharing the love of the written word without you!! I hope everyone has a truly wonderful and blessed 2013!! Here's to a new year filled with love, laughter, happiness, prosperity, and great books!!!
Hey Staci - I know I have been absent for most of 2012, but I did manage to catch this terrific recap of a well-read year :) I have Still Life on my 2013 reading list and I look forward to some great character development :)ReplyDelete
I wish you and your family a wonderful New Year!
We've have a few of the same favorites! A couple I will be reading in 2013! Happy New Year Staci.ReplyDelete
Such great taste Staci, 3 of yours made my list too and quite a few others are waiting patiently for me. I literally can't wait to start, yep excited to get to some of them! I'll be back to make sure I've checked out all the reviews ... wouldn't want to miss something brilliant lolReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you and yours Staci. Wishing you a 2013 filled with love, laughter, health, happiness and many new adventures in reading and in life xx
Looks like you had an awesome year of reading! I liked Mariana too. I own a few of the books on this list and can't wait to read them.ReplyDelete
I'm so excited to see the Tana French books on your list, I really need to get caught up on them. Mr. Churchill's Secretary almost made my list, and if I would have done more than 15, it probably would have. Can't wait to see what makes your list next year.ReplyDelete
So sad, i have not read a single one of those, but I do wannaReplyDelete
I really enjoyed Harold Fry - stayed with me long after I finished it. A few more of your favorites are on my shelf (unread) and I plan to get to them after early February when my blog makes some major changes - stay tuned ;-)ReplyDelete
Happy New Year!
I have loved reading all your reviews this year and can't wait for 2013!! Thanks for getting me hooked on Jill's books ... I am GETTING quite the collection now!!! :) Happy New Year!!!ReplyDelete
Great list, Staci! The Lost Wife was on mine last year and we share Harold Fry for 2012. I WILL read both Thrity Umrigar and Tana French in 2013.ReplyDelete
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year!
I've read 3 of your top reads. Have many more on my TBR pile. Looking forward to them as our tastes are often the same. :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your reading for 2012, Staci! Big hugs and happy new year!
Great list, Staci. We have such similar reading tastes - too bad we don't live around the corner from each other so we could exchange books!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you and yours!
SO many on this list I haven't read! Must remedy that! I completely agree about Tana French, Joshilyn Jackson, and Gone Girl. Many of the rest are on my TBR list. :)Happy New Year to you, Staci!ReplyDelete
Fantastic list :) Congrats on a great year of reading! Here's to 2013 and all of the new books around the corner for all of us!ReplyDelete
I haven't read any but have seen many on others list.ReplyDelete
Good list - I have several of your titles on my to-read list - and a couple on my shelves for 2013! I also adored Broken Harbor and Gone Girl. :)ReplyDelete
I've only read 3 of those titles - a couple were on my best of lists in the year I read them. I'm making note of several of your titles. Happy New Year, Staci!ReplyDelete
What a great list, Staci! The Baker's Daughter was one of my favorites this year as well. And several other titles you list are on my TBR list and wish list. I hope you have a wonderful New Year!ReplyDelete
How neat to find that we share 2 favorites! Even cooler....that you have now given me even more titles to add to my ever-growing TBR list.ReplyDelete
May you enjoy a peace-filled new year and may you find more scrumptious books in the days to come. Happy 2013...
I love the variety in your list. Some of these I've read and enjoyed too.ReplyDelete
I see several on your list that I loved, too; Gone Girl, of course. And also The Beginner's Goodbye, Sea Change, and Reservation Road. The last one I read in a previous year, and Sea Change didn't make my top ten list, even though I loved it.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year!
I need to build this list but it will be filled with non-fiction! :)ReplyDelete
I am one of the lonely people who didn't love Gone Girl, I thought the plot broke down quickly and lost interest. So much of that book couldn't happen and yet it was supposed to by 'misery' like. I don't believe I even reviewed it. HA
Enjoyed your family updates this year. We might be planning a trip in 2013 to Michigan, I will let you know if by some miracle we are close enough to meet. Wouldn't that be amazing.
Honored to call you friend Staci. Have a lovely day!
I;ve read three of those and In the Woods was on my list too. I've never been disappointed with Ciji Ware. Happy 2013 :)ReplyDelete
I've read four of the books on your list. Clearly I need the rest of the year to read the others!ReplyDelete
nice list (though I've only read two of them). I hope you enjoy the year of reading ahead of you.ReplyDelete
SO MANY books here that I want to read! I'm adding a bunch of these to my TBR list. I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed In The Woods as much as I did! And I hope that you have just as good of reading year in 2013!!!ReplyDelete
Great list Staci. You've given me a couple of authors I want to check out. Hope 2013 is another great reading year for you.ReplyDelete
So many great books. And a belated Happy New Year, Doll!ReplyDelete
I used to stop by here all the time and I don't know why I haven't lately. That must change. I'm making sure you are in my reader feed so I'll be sure to stop by.ReplyDelete
Thank you for this great list!
Terrific year of reading, Staci!!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you'll get a chance to add The Graveyard Queen series to your list for 2013??!!ReplyDelete
We seem to have similar tastes, too! I should have included The Beginner's Goodbye in my list of 2012 favorites. I overlooked it, pulling my list together in haste. Just found your blog from a link at Books and Movies, and will follow!ReplyDelete
Great assortment of books! The ones I have read I really enjoyed. Many of them I really want to get to at some point!ReplyDelete
I used to read everything by Anne Tyler but for some reason haven't picked up anything by her in years. Looks like The Beginner's Goodbye is the reason to get back to her.ReplyDelete
So many great books on your list! I loved Mr. Churchill's Secretary, The Lost Wife made my "best of 2011" list, and The Baker's Daughter made my "best of 2012" list. Happy 2013!ReplyDelete
Ooh, I loved Cottage by the Sea and I'm thrilled that you are on board with Louise Penny!!!ReplyDelete
I read 7 of your favorites and have many others on my TBR list. You had a great reading year! Here's to 2013!!! :)ReplyDelete