To be honest, this has been kind of a tough reading year for me. I finished my Masters, I’ve been working on feeling better and getting healthier, and I’ve been working my butt off in my classroom (new classes, new units, etc.). I’ve still read a large amount of books, but I’m hoping 2013 will be a smoother, easier reading year.
Putting this list together wasn’t any easier this year than it was last year, but I’m happy with the group of books I’ve decided on. This is a list of the ten books that have stayed with me this year. They aren’t numbered in any particular order.
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood (Goodreads)–I’ve blogged about this debut quite a few times this year and it’s because it’s just that good. I love the time period, the romance, the magic, the characters, etc. The sequel doesn’t release until later in 2013 unfortunately, but it will be worth the wait.
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington (Goodreads)–I still enjoy reading paranormal fantasy, but it’s not as alluring as it used to be. Jessica Shirvington’s Embrace series, however, has held my interest because it’s exciting, mysterious, and oh-so-swoonworthy.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Goodreads)–Maggie Stiefvater is a rock star. I love the magical realism in this story and even though I read this over the summer, I’m still thinking about the characters and the awesome ending.
Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen (Goodreads)–This actually released in 2011, but I didn’t read it until this year. If you haven’t read it yet, and you can handle a gut-wrenching story about bullying, I highly recommend you get a copy. It recently released in paperback which helps a book budget. The characters in this book are sure to stay with you for a long time after you finish reading it.
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (Goodreads)–I just read this a couple days ago, and I knew it had to go on this list. There’s a reason A.S. King is one of my absolute favorite authors and Astrid’s story is now one of my top reasons.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Goodreads)–This is technically a middle grade title, and I did read it with my ears, but Auggie’s story is for everyone of all ages. This is an incredibly touching story that begs to be read by everyone.
Easy by Tammara Webber (Goodreads)–If you’re new to the world of New Adult like I am, I suggest starting with Easy. This book is seriously awesome and one I could not put down. I love the character growth, the steamy romance, the setting, everything.
Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin (Goodreads)–Sometimes I need a lighthearted book that will make me smile and laugh. This debut did all of that and more. I love reading it to my YA Lit classes because it works well as a read aloud and it’s that much fun to read over and over again.
Boy21 by Matthew Quick (Goodreads)–I’ve praised this book over and over again and I won’t stop. It’s a great story about friendship, loyalty, self-discovery, and family. I hope you read it.
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (Goodreads)–As soon as I finished this debut I knew it was going to be a 2012 favorite. But let’s be honest, it’s an all-time favorite. I’m still thinking about Travis and Harper and I read this back in the spring. Trish Doller is an author to watch.