Top Ten Books I Read In 2012


December 17, 2012 by Alice in Readerland


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books I Read in 2012:

Audrey Wait

 1. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

 This book is a reason to love the YA genre, and Robin is such an awesome author. If you haven’t read Audrey, Wait!, don’t wait, go read it now! I also got to read an ARC of her next novel Also Known As, and I’m so excited to review it!

Dragon Slippers

2. Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

I loved Dragon Slippers (the first in the Dragon Slippers trilogy). Dragons, wittiness, and adventure, oh my! Just look at that tagline on the cover: She wanted dragon gold. She got a pair of shoes.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

This was such a cute story and I absolutely adored Jennifer’s writing style! Review coming soon. I’m so excited for Jennifer’s next book This is What Happy Looks Like!

Regarding the Fountain

4. Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, In Letters, of Liars and Leaks by Kate Kilse

I love, love, love Kate’s Regarding the series (I’m also a fan of her book Trial by Journal). Told in letters, this is one series full of hilarity, mystery, and a whole lot of fun!


5. Flush by Carl Hiaasen

I had to add one of Carl Hiaasen’s Middle Grade books; I love all of them and can’t recommend Hoot, Flush, Chomp, and Scat enough!

the Beekeepers Apprentice

6. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

“I was fifteen when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with my nose in a book as I walked the Sussex Downs, and nearly stepped on him. In my defense I must say it was an engrossing book…”  and so begins the first chapter of one of my favorite books!

just One Wish by Janette Rallison

7. Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

Janette Rallison is one of my favorite authors ever; her books are so hilarious and unique! Just One Wish is my favorite book of hers (although I adore all her books), I highly recommend it!

Don't Expect Magic Cover

8. Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough

I loved, loved, loved Don’t Expect Magic! This book is so much fun and Kathy created a hilarious and sarcastic voice for her main character; I can’t wait for the next book in the series, Who Needs Magic!

My Final 2 Choices, Where I Bend the Rules a Bit by Listing 2 ARCs I Read This Year:

How My Summer Went Up in Flames

9. How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

How My Summer Went Up in Flames keeps finding it’s way onto all my recent TTT lists! When this book comes out next year, you will most definitely want to snap it up! I’m so excited for Jennifer’s next book, Famous Last Words!

Going Vintage

10. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage isn’t out yet, but I received an ARC of it and I loved it! This book is lots of fun and absolutely fabulous, just like its cover! Definitely a winner for me, I can’t wait to review it!

 What are your favorite books you read this year?

153 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Read In 2012

  1. Michelle says:

    LOVE YOUR LIST!! Audrey Wait was awesome, I loved how she wore socks on her arms! I want to read Also Known As really bad, but Netgalley won’t let me :(
    Anyhow Statistical Prob. was cute and 7-10 I’m dying to read!!!
    Here’s My TTT :)

  2. I still really need to read all of these. I can’t believe I haven’t read these yet. Great picks.

    Here’s my top 10

    ~Danica Page
    Taking it One Page at a Time

  3. Monica says:

    Still want to read Love at first sight. So jealous you got to read Going Vintage. Great list &thanks for stopping by my blog.

  4. Suzanne says:

    I just powered through 2 of Jessica Day George’s books this weekend (the first 2 in the princess series, which I loved!), and I guess I have to add the Dragon Slippers series, too!

    And yet again, my TBR list gets bigger and bigger, LOL

  5. I have seen The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight on several top 10’s…guess that’s a sign that I need to read it, and SOON! :)

    Here’s my Top 10: Coffee Bean Bookshelf

  6. Luoqi says:

    Hey! Thanks for stopping by my TTT! I’m definitely going to check these books out:)

  7. marissa says:

    okay okay Aubrey Wait and The statical probability keep on popping up for me I guess that means I have to get to them asap! Thanks for stopping by my TTT this week

  8. Lisa says:

    Nice list! My son and I just read Chomp this year, and I’ve been wanting to read the rest of Carl Hiassen’s middle grade books. Which of the other three do you recommend the most?

    My TTT

    • I’d recommend Hoot, it’s my favorite of his middle grade books. I also enjoyed comparing Hoot to the movie based on it; I loved being able to see the owls in the movie but I thought the book was a lot better. :) Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

  9. Stephanie says:

    I read Audrey, Wait! last year and really liked it! And I absolutely loved Janette Rallison’s Fairy Godmother books, I need to read more of her books.

  10. Oooh!~ Great list! I’m looking forward to Robin Benway’s new one! And I’ve added the last two books on your list to my To Read. They look good!
    Here’s my list:
    1. See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles (MG)
    2. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (adult)
    3. Heist Society (series) by Ally Carter (YA)
    4. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (YA)
    5. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (YA)
    6. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (YA)
    7. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (adult)
    8. Intentions by Deborah Heiligman (YA)
    9. Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (MG)
    10. One For The Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (MG)

    Happy Holidays!

    • These look so good, I enjoyed Heist Society and I’ve been wanting to read See You At Harry’s and Amy & Rodgers Epic Detour! I’ll have to look up some of the others on your list! :) Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

  11. Judith says:

    I want to read Audrey, Wait so badly! It seems like such a fun book and I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. Awesome list :)

  12. Dreams says:

    A couple of those are on my to read list. But there rest I haven’t heard of. It looks like I’ll have to add some more to my want list.

    My list

  13. Great list! I haven’t read any of these books but I do want to check out The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight…maybe next year I’ll get around to it? :)

    Here’s my top 10 (actually, 20) books of 2012 xP

  14. Audrey Wait! and Robin Benway are my favorites!!! We did an author feature on her in the fall and she made us a playlist and it was super fun. You should check it out as a fellow fan!

  15. Lucy says:

    Audrey, Wait & Statistical are both fantastic and I’m glad to see they made the cut. Can’t wait to check out Going Vintage, Flames and Also Known As. Awesome list!

  16. Love your list! I won Audrey, Wait! earlier this year, I’m going to read it soon! I got a preview of The Statistical Probability and I loved the first chapter! I’m definitely reading it next year!
    Thanks for stopping by.

  17. Tara says:

    I’ve been eyeing Going Vintage for a few weeks now. I knew it could either be super cool or really terrible. Based on its inclusion on your list, I’ll go ahead and request that ARC! Thanks!

  18. emziixgx says:

    This looks like a cool list, I’ve not read any of the books but all the covers are really nice

  19. I really liked …Love at First Sight. It was really cute. I am also looking forward to Jennifer’s next novel. I am also really looking forward to Going Vintage. I love the cover.

    Great list and thanks for stopping by my TTT.

  20. I have been meaning to read Robin Benway FOREVER, or since Audrey, Wait! came out. One of those two is correct.

    Also, I am SO jealous that you got an ARC of How My Summer Went Up in Flames. It sounds SO good. And apparently it is, so hurrah for that!

    A ton of these are on my must-read list, but I have read none of them. Oops!

  21. meganm922 says:

    I haven’t read any of those. The Statistical Probability is on my TBR list, but I was unable to find a copy last time I was at the bookstore. =( All of your choices sound pretty interesting. I haven’t heard of most of them. Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  22. Your blog is so cute! I love the Alice in Wonderland theme!

    You are a more prolific reader of contemporary YA than I am, but I did enjoy Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. A very charming story!

    I really loved Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, so I bought Dragon Slippers but haven’t read it yet. I’m happy to see you loved it so much!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment!

    Lauren @ Hughes Reviews

  23. Great list! I Loved Audrey, Wait – so looking forward to Also Known As….

  24. vmcarswell says:

    Great list! A lot of these books sound like so much fun. I am ashamed to admit I haven’t read Statistical Probability yet, but I do have a copy on my TBR shelf. Thanks for stopping by!

    Vyki @ On The Shelf
    Check out my Giveaway!

  25. I just love the cover to Going Vintage. Is that enough to merit putting it in the TBR pile? Hmm…that and your endorsement I suppose ;)

    And so odd that two of my most recommended books (Audery Wait, and Flush) made your list and my guilty secret is that…I’ve never read them! Ha. Yet I throw their titles out all the time when people are looking for good books in those age groups.

  26. Sara Allain says:

    I’ve never heard of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice but now I REALLY want to read it! More Sherlock, more Sherlock!

  27. Stormy says:

    I haven’t read any of these books, but I have to say I really like the cover for Audrey, Wait!

  28. Fun list! I’m excited to read Going Vintage – it looks so fun. Lots of new to me books, so thanks for sharing.

  29. Nice list, I see a lot of those I have on my TBR pile :D

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  30. Katelyn says:

    Great top ten and I’ve had my eye on Going Vintage and can’t wait to check it out now that I’ve heard your reaction!

  31. sarahswondrousreadings says:

    Great list, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is what I’m going to be reading next. Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  32. Megan says:

    All your books look so awesome! I have The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight in my TBR pile :D Thanks for stopping by my TTT Post!

  33. This is a fun list! I’ve put a few of these on hold at my library. I’m looking forward to reading them. Thanks for the list!

  34. “Going Vintage” sounds awesome!! And a lot like one of my favorite books: The Thing About Jane Spring by Sharon Krum. It has that same vintagey, old movie feel to it. :)

  35. Alex says:

    Awesome List! I haven’t read many of these so I’m sure to check them out now, especially the Dragons Slipper.

    Alex @ Possession of Books

  36. Fantastic list! I’ve been wanting to read Audrey Wait! for the longest time. And then the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was really good! And I can’t wait to read Going Vintage and How My Summer Went Up IN Flames next year!

  37. megan says:

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT. Totally jealous that you’ve read Going Vintage. Also a little dismayed that I have not heard of How My Summer Went Up in Flames. This is why I love book bloggers! They help me stay in the loop. I really need to read Don’t Expect Magic!

  38. Thanks for stopping by my TTT. I actually haven’t read any of the ones on your list! Some of them are on my TBR list though! Great job!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  39. Great list! I can’t wait to read The statistical Probability of Love at First Sight =]

    Mirsada @ The Little Red Reader

  40. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is on my tbr list, but t I probably won’t get to it until next year….And This is What Happy Looks Like sounds good too. I love me some movie stars :)

  41. How My Summer Went Up in Flames and Going Vintage both sound amazing! I really want to read them soon :) Great list!

  42. daphne says:

    ooh, I have how my summer went up in flames. can’t wait to get to it. kiki really liked don’t expect magic. I also really liked Statistical and Audrey wait

  43. I LOVED The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. I can’t wait to get my hands on other installments in that series. So glad to hear you enjoyed Vintage Affair too, really looking forward to that one in 2013. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  44. Ems says:

    I loved Dragon Slippers & The Statistical… Both amazing books.

    Great list! I’m going to have to add the rest of these to my TBR list.

  45. Christina T says:

    Sadly I haven’t read any of these yet though several are on my TBR list. I especially want to read The Bee Keeper’s Apprentice.

  46. Definitely check out The Runaway Princess! It’s like The Princess Diaries for grown ups. So great.

  47. Brittany says:

    Loved Statistical :)
    I’ve heard so many good things about Audrey! I really need to read that one soon!

  48. Ooh, I actually haven’t heard of many of these but Audrey, Wait and Don’t Expect Magic look really interesting! I loved Statistical Probability as well.. super cute read :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Michele | TTT

  49. I’ve heard really good things about several of these books. I guess I’m going to have to check them out!

  50. Jennifer says:

    Ohhh, I can’t wait to read the last two you have listed! I barely missed getting an ARC of Going Vintage in November :(
    I really need to get to The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love. I have it on my list to-read!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Definitely read Legend and Shatter Me ASAP! Both of the book 2s come out in 2013.

  51. kathy says:

    I totally just added Audrey, Wait and Going Vintage to my TBR. :) This is a great list (with some awesome covers) :)

  52. I really wanted to read The Statistical Probability of You and Me when it first came out, so I definitely need to give that one a try.

  53. I love Carl Hiaasen and his MG books. Maybe it’s because I live in Florida but those books are so much fun.

  54. Cute list! I haven’t seen a lot of these :) I love Carl Hiaasen though I’ve only read Hoot. I need to check out that Jessica Day George one.. it looks awesome.

  55. wow what great book, i love those covers, i need to check some of those out for sure! thanks for stopping by and checking out my list! – Katie @ Inkk

  56. Oh my! I haven’t read any of the books on your list! I do have The Probabilaty of Love at Fist Sight which I keep meaning to read and I really want to read Don’t Expect Magic! Have added some of the others to my TBR list as well!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  57. I really liked The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, too. I’ve got Don’t Expect Magic and How My Summer Went Up In Flames on my TBR list, looking forward to reading both.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  58. I haven’t read most of these books! Going Vintage and The Statistical Probability will be on my list for next year!

    My TTT:

  59. What a great list (and pretty blog). I have never heard of the “Regarding the” series, but I could use a funny romp of a read. (I just read To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis and it was smart and cheeky and hilarious). I am going to go find one of your suggestions right away. Thanks!

  60. I loved Audrey, Wait! and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight when I read them! And I can’t wait to read How My Summer Went Up In Flames and Going Vintage. Great list!

  61. Aww I remember reading Regarding the Fountain a while back… :)
    I really want to read Don’t Expect Magic so I’m glad to hear you liked it so much!

  62. Brandy says:

    So many of these are on my TBR list but I haven’t read a single one of them! lol I will have to move some up to my short list for next year. :)

  63. tiffnanny says:

    Oh, I love your choices. Most of these authors I haven’t heard of, so I an really excited to check them out, especially those ARCs you mentioned :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  64. I haven’t heard of most of these but they look great. Great list! :D

  65. Thanks for stopping by mine! I absolutely loved Lindsey Leavitt’s last book and Going Vintage looks and sounds like it will be even better. Lots of people have recommended Audrey, Wait! but I’ve still yet to pick it up. I shall go put it on hold at the library soon! Looking forward to This Is What Happy Looks Like. Awesome TTT!

  66. I love Beekeeper’s Apprentice, excellent choice :D And Dragon Slippers looks so adorable, haha! Thanks for stopping by my blog this week :D

  67. Great list! I keep hearing great things about Statistical!

  68. Alison says:

    You’re right! Dragon Slippers was pretty great!

  69. Lisa says:

    I LOVED Audrey, Wait! Seriously, how fun?!

  70. I’ve only read TSPOLAFS and loved it, but the rest of these all look great!

  71. Chelsea Maya says:

    Great list, I loved Regarding the Fountain!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog on Tuesday!
    Chelsea Maya @ Books Turn Brains

  72. I’ve heard so many good things about Audrey Wait! I should probably check it out during the New Year :). I’m glad you enjoyed The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight, unfortunately it wasn’t for me. Ohhh and I definitely want to read How My Summer Went Up in Flames! GReat list Alice :) Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog!

  73. I loved Statistical! It was such a cute contemporary. And after reading that tiny excerpt from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, I am definitely getting my hands on a copy of that book as soon as I possibly can! Great list!

  74. Great list!
    Thought I’d leave you a wee comment to let you know I followed you by linky and email :)
    Thanks for stopping by and following me! :D
    Samantha @ The Secret Life of a Bookworm

  75. Myra White says:

    Wow, interesting list! Most of these I hadn’t heard of so it’s great to find new titles!

    Thanks for stopping by. :)

    Myra @ Pieces of Whimsy

  76. Kelly says:

    I’ve gotten a couple reccomendations for the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (what a title too). It’s a bit out of my normal comfort zone, but people really seem to love it, so maybe I’ll give it a go.

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