Book Superlatives 2012 – The Best and the Worst

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:

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenShadows by Ilsa J BickBeauty Queens by Libba Bray

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.

The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer ProbstEvery Day by David LevithanObsidian

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.

The Summer I Turned PrettyThe Lover's Dictionary

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!

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