Every year, I track my most read authors (according to GoodReads) to see if there are any changes in my reading habits.
Last Years Most Read Authors: (read the full post)
- Meg Cabot – 29
- Julia Quinn – 15
- Charlaine Harris – 11
- Philip Reeve – 9
- J.K. Rowling – 8
- Richelle Mead & Diana Gabaldon – 7
- Anna Godbersen, David Levithan, Megan McCafferty & Rick Riordan – 6
Most Read Authors of 2013
- Meg Cabot – 30
- Julia Quinn – 17
- Charlaine Harris – 11
- Philip Reeve – 9
- David Levithan, Megan McCafferty, Diana Gabaldon, & J.K. Rowling – 8
- Richelle Mead, Maggie Stiefvater, & Eloisa James – 7
My list hasn’t changed much since the last year. The only new authors on the list are Maggie Stiefvater and Eloisa James.
I have a long way to go before I beat out Meg Cabot as my most read author. I basically just read her books throughout my adolescent years. So it doesn’t surprise me that she continues to be my most read author.
Maggie Stiefvater is continuing to be one of my must-buy authors whose books I automatically read. The addition of Eloisa James on my list reflects my growing love of historical romance.
I honestly didn’t think that I would find the time to do a yearly wrap-up post with all the crazy that is happening in my life, but I did it. I found the time. This has been one of the most exhausting months of my life and I’m glad it’s finally over.
Unfortunately, I did not get to read more books this year than I did last year. Internship #4 basically guaranteed that. On top of five classes, it is quite impossible to find spare time to read. And don’t get me started on Superstorm Sandy and how that affected reading habits / personal life / school life / you get what I mean. 2012 isn’t over yet, and I’m still trying to get to 100 books, but I doubt that is even going to happen.
Looking back at all the books I read this year, I read quite the diverse list. There are definitely some good ones on the list, but unfortunately, a few bad ones also took up my reading time. Without further ado, here is my list of the Best and Worst Books of 2012:
Most Tear-Jerking Read: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I tried swearing to myself that I will not let this book make me cry. A book about cancer. How hard could that be right? This one involved too many tissues to count. As much as I resisted, John Green pulled at my heartstrings and I sobbed like a baby.
Biggest Disappointment: Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick. After loving the first book, Ashes, so much, I was just flabbergasted on how much I disliked the sequel. It just didn’t live up to the page-turning quality of Ashes. This one just signaled a series break-up for me.
Most Laugh Out Loud Read: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. I read this one on audiobook. I don’t think I ever could have laughed out loud from listening to an audiobook before but then it happened. Libba Bray is a fantastic narrator on audio. I don’t think I would have enjoyed reading the book in print as much.
Sexiest Read: The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst. I accepted to review this romance novel for kicks and giggles. Adult contemporary romance is not usually my thing but I gave it a shot… and I ended up loving it. Seriously, I could not wait for more. I am still itching to read the second book (even if I have already read the third…)
Most “Makes My Heart All Melty” Read: Every Day by David Levithan. This book will always have a special place in my heart. David Levithan just captures so well what it is like to be in love.
Author Break-up: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I can’t even explain how disappointed I was in this book. The writing was just not up to par with my standards. The writing was no where compared to the writing in Half-Blood. This book was such a turn-off for me that I’ve been scared away from reading her other books.
Frenemies Read: The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han. I had a love/hate relationship with Belly. As much as I disliked her, I couldn’t stay away from the books. As much as I hate to admit it, they are the perfect books to read over the summer.
Best Reread: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan. It was just as good the second time around. I added so much more post-its to my copy.
I’m quite happy with what I was able to accomplish reading wise in 2012. I read such a different variety of books from middle grade to adult. I stepped out of my comfort zone a few times and I was rewarded handsomely for some reads and reminded why I did not pick up certain genres other times. I am proud of myself for finding the time to reread some favorites.
As for next year’s challenge, I am sticking to a goal of reading 100 books. I don’t know how busy I’ll be in 2013 as a whole, but January will be quite the month for me. I probably won’t be around blogging much. I’ll be spending the rest of my winter break in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Until next year, fellow readers!
EVERY DAY by David Levithan Book Review
Publication Date: August 28th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |
Book Summary: Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.
Every Day by David Levithan Book Review Overview:
- The genderless main character makes you redefine what love means
- Sweet romance with an undeniable connection between two characters
- Beautiful writing; you will want to mark up passages
Imagine if you woke up in a different body every day, but was in love with the same girl? How far would you go to make this love work? In David Levithan’s most unique novel yet, he explores this concept as A wakes up every day in a different body of a wide variety of teens.
What makes EVERY DAY by David Levithan so ground-breaking is the fact that the protagonist is not confined to a single gender. A is genderless; neither a boy nor a girl. A does not feel more comfortable or at home depending on the gender of the person. Admittedly, it is a tough habit to break not to refer to a character using pronouns but A stresses so many times in the novel that A does not categorize as one or the other. I think that this is important because of the message that David Levithan is trying to point out in regards to love: gender does not matter. Love should be between two people. That’s it.
At first, I worried that I would not be a fan of the romance in EVERY DAY. The protagonist meets Rhiannon from the very first chapter of EVERY DAY by David Levithan. There’s an instant spark; they have chemistry. My biggest fear was that this would turn out to be a meaningless insta-love match. I was wrong. David Levithan is a talented author and he evokes so much feeling through A. You are instantly able to feel the connection between A and Rhiannon and it feels like they’ve known each other for a lot longer.
I fell in love with the writing in EVERY DAY immediately. David Levithan has written a book that will make you want to mark a passage to read over and over in the future. The writing alone was a reminder as to why David Levithan book is one of my favorite authors ever.
EVERY DAY is easily one of my favorite David Levithan books right next to Boy Meets Boy and The Lover’s Dictionary. EVERY DAY by David Levithan is a book that I can see myself reading over and over again.
About the Author
David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children’s book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.
Find the Author