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54 books for 2012

Halfway through the year I decided to keep a list of all the books I was reading for 2012 and I’m excited to share them with you now! I did attempt to rate the books, but as I discovered throughout the year, rating with a simple 5 star system is quite unfair so I’ve decided not to include those in the post. I already have a more in depth rating system created for next year including my thoughts on the book from both a reader and a writer’s perspective. I have gone ahead and highlighted the books that I enjoyed the most. Please feel free to ask any questions/email me on any of these books, I would be more than happy to share my thoughts 🙂

Cheers to a wonderful 2013 coming up full of many new wonderful reads!

1. Exit Strategy (Nadia Stafford 1) – Kelley Armstrong
2. Nadia Stafford 2 – Kelley Armstrong
3. Bzrk- Michael Grant (Audiobook)
4. 13 days to Midnight- Patrick Carman (Audiobook)
5. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows 1)- Kim Harrison (Audiobook)
6. The Hollows 2- Kim Harrison (Audiobook)
7. The Hollows 3- Kim Harrison (Audiobook)
8. The Hollows 4- Kim Harrison (Audiobook)
9. Chrestomanci 1 – Diana Wynne Jones
10. The Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern (Audiobook & Reading) Best book I’ve read in many years
11. The Rope- Nevada Barr
12. Dark Eden- Patrick Carman
13. Before I Fall- Lauren Oliver
14. The Only Alien on the Planet- Kristin Randle
15. The Sky is Everywhere- Jandy Nelson
16. Touch of Power- Maria V. Snyder
17. Ship Breaker- Paolo Bacigalupi (Audiobook)
18. Fat Vampire- Adam Rex
19. The Summoning- Kelley Armstrong
20. If I stay- Gayle Forman (Audiobook)
21. Feed- M. T. Anderson
22. Seraphina- Rachel Hartman
23. The Awakening- Kelley Armstrong
24. Drowned Cities- Paolo Bacigaloupi
25. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy)- N.K. Jemisin
26. Hex Hall- Rachel Hawkins
27. Clockwork Angel- Cassandra Clare
28. Clockwork Prince- Cassandra Clare (Audiobook)
29. Everneath- Brodi Ashton
30. Hourglass- Myra McEntire
31. The Broken Kingdoms- N.K. Jemisin
32. Hate List- Jennifer Brown
33. The Red Necklace- Sally Gardner
34. Daughter of Smoke and Bone- Laini Taylor
35. Incarnate (Newsoul)- Jodi Meadows
36. Blood Magic (The Blood Journals)- Tessa Gratton
37. Hellhound on his Trail- Hampton Sides
38. Cornerstone- Misty Provencher
39. The Age of Miracles: A Novel- Karen Thompson Walker
40. Legend- Marie Lu
41. Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
42. First Frost (Mythos Academy)
43. My Soul to take (Soul Screamers)
44. Grave Mercy- Robin LaFevers
45. Red Glove- Holly Black
46. Hale Maree- Misty Provencher
47. Going Bovine- Libba Bray
48. Don’t Breathe a Word- Jennifer McMahon
49. Along for the Ride- Sarah Dessen
50. Heist Society- Ally Carter
51. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking) Patrick Ness
52. Gone Girl- Gyllian Flynn
53. Shadow and Bone- Leigh Bardugo
54. Darkness Becomes Her- Kelly Keaton

Currently reading: Paranormalcy- Kiersten White

(I should also add that a few of the above were DNF’s, but I still decided to include them on the list 😉 )

What were your favorite reads this year? Did I miss reading a book in 2012 that I need to pick up in 2013?

No, It’s Not Just Our Imagination

If you haven’t signed up for the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest yet, go check it out here! It’s going to be awesome.

I read a short article the other day in a magazine (that I can’t remember) that was based off of a study published in Psychological Science. I couldn’t find the study (though I must admit, I didn’t actually look that hard) but I was quite struck by what the article said and thought I’d share it with you all.

A study was conducted that basically said that we don’t just read because it engages our creative mind, but that “readers get the same psychological benefits of belonging when immersed in plot as when part of a real-world group.”

How cool is that??

We’re happy when we read not just because our imaginations take us away to other worlds to meet new and exciting people, but that our brains react as if the books were real, that the people we read about are real.

I think that’s pretty darn neat.

Irresistibly Sweet

The wonderful Sophia Chang has given me my first blog award!  I am honored 🙂

Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

The rules:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
  2. Share four guilty pleasures that you have.
  3. Pass the award on to six other blogs.

Four guilty pleasures:

  1. Running at the trails with Cale and my dogs.  I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend a day than this.
  2. Reading in the bath.  At least three nights out of the week I can be found relaxing in a hot bath with a good book.
  3. Scouring J.Crew’s for good sale items.
  4. Scrapbooking while talking with my family on the phone 🙂

I’m assuming I can’t send this back to you, Sophia, so here are 6 other fabulous bloggers:

  1. Letitia Englund
  2. Angela Perry
  3. Gabriela Lessa
  4. Pia Bernardino
  5. K.M. Weiland
  6. Chuck Wendig

For those of you who like interviews AND winning things, here’s an interview with Chris Grabenstein and a chance to win one of his books, “The Crossing”: http://www.mybookishways.com/2011/03/interview-and-giveaway-with-chris.html.