Being the new girl at The Book Pushers, I don’t have a very long list of top reads for 2012 – and most of the books on my list are ones I’ve recently reviewed.
Every time I pick up a new book, I’m drawn first to the writing style and author’s voice and second to the characters and story. If the writing isn’t there, I’m probably too bored to care enough about the characters and story. And when that happens in a book I’m supposed to review, I’m probably stomping my feet that I have to slog through boring narrative. Every book on my 2012 list represents an author who grabbed me on page one with their unique voice and writing style and didn’t let go until the ride came to a full-stop.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn While not a Romance, it is oh so good! I highly recommend this book if you’re in a reading rut and want to branch out into another genre to shake things up. It’s a gripping story and exceptionally well-written.
- Easy by Tammara Webber (review) Loved loved loved this story. So much love for this story. Intricate, layered, multi-dimensional characters, empowerment, healing, romance. This book should not be missed.
- White Horse by Alex Adams (review) Another powerful read, fabulous writing. Hope in a hopeless post-apocalyptic world. A bit of a Romance thread, but more so a Thriller. Take your time with this one.
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson Technically, this released in 2011 but I didn’t read it until 2012. This book made me willing to look at the YA genre again that I had previously felt had gone stale, formulaic and waaay too angst-ridden. Of course, The Girl of Fire and Thorns is none of those things! And really, I think it transcends the YA label. I keep trying to get to her second book, The Crown of Embers which did release in 2012, but my review schedule has been keeping me busy. So it sits in my Kindle library, just waiting. I really need to get a better balance between my personal TBR pile and my review pile!
- The Abby Sinclair Series by Allison Pang (review) This was the year of Allison Pang when I discovered her Abby Sinclair series. While A Brush of Darkness came out in 2011, the final two books in this Urban Fantasy trilogy were released in 2012: A Sliver of Shadow and A Trace of Moonlight. I may have been slightly disappointed in the love triangle that developed in the third book, but not enough to impact just how much I thoroughly enjoyed this series as a whole. Nor can I deny Pang’s ability to craft a truly well told and well written story. I don’t know how this author went under my radar until after the series came to an end, but I am really looking forward to anything Pang writes in future.
- Before and Ever Since by Sharla Lovelace (review) Another hard to categorize book: Romance with a touch of the supernatural and a healthy dash of humor. Lovelace grabs you on the first page and takes you cheerfully and sometimes tearfully on a journey about a woman, a house and love lost and found.