Monday, 14 January 2013

Top 5 Books Read in 2012

Anyone else loves lists? They're so listy, and nice. Don't you think? So here we go, we made two nice listy lists just for you.They contain the top 5 books Inx and I have read in 2012. I'll go first because my name starts with a superior letter, which means I get to do everything first. True story.

Aotee's Best of 2012 List

5) The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
 Why do I intentionally read books that I know are going to make me cry? And also, if I know that a book is going to make me cry, why do I decide to read it in a park? I did the same with HP5, I read the last few chapters in the middle of a water park. Luckily then I could say that my face is all wet because I’d just got out of the pool. But I digress. The Book Thief is a wonderful book; it follows the life of a German girl during the Second World War and the narrator is, appropriately enough, Death. It’s a wonderful book and despite all the horror and pain in it, it’s one of hope.

4) The Fault in our Stars by John Green
I fell in love with this book as soon as I heard John Green read the first chapter on the vlogbrothers channel. I pre-ordered it right away (signed copy!) and I must say that I'm really glad it was published in January. That made it slightly more impossible for me to go out and embarrass myself with another session of public crying. And oh boy, it’s a crier.
The Fault in our Stars is a story about a young girl called Hazel who meets a handsome and charming boy with the most awesome name ever: Augustus Waters. And he asks her out. And she says yes. Sounds like your average teenage romance story? I kinda wish it was. They both have cancer.

3) Kiss Kiss, a collection of short stories by Roald Dahl
I started reading this book during the exam period, because I didn't want to start reading a novel. My plan was very cunning: I was to read short stories, because I assumed that that would not be as absorbing as a novel. So I planned to read one story and then put the book down and go back to studying. Yeah. That didn't happen. I pretty much read them all in one sitting.
Dahl’s short stories are twisted, unpredictable and often gruesome. They make the reader question morality and show what lies hiding in the strangest corners of the human mind. Even Dahl’s children stories can be disturbing (Matilda anyone?), but Kiss Kiss takes disturbing on a whole new level. And I absolutely love it.

2) A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
 A Dance with Dragons is the fifth book in The Song of Ice and Fire series and with series there’s always a possibility that every next book will be disappointing. George Martin, however, doesn't have that word in his dictionary. If anything, this one is his best so far. There are so many characters, so many points of view brilliantly woven together and so many story-lines to follow. Martin is a genius when it comes to creating suspense, he knows what to reveal and what to keep hidden. He tells enough to keep the reader satisfied and the story going, but at the same time there are so many things he doesn't reveal, which keeps the readers on their toes. And the toe-standing will continue while we wait The Winds of Winter. Write George, write, my toes hurt!

1) The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
I finished A Dance with Dragons somewhere during the summer and I had pretty much accepted the fact that that would be the best book I would read in 2012. But then, suddenly: Sanderson.
I didn't expect The Way of Kings to pull me in as much as it did and it’s difficult for me to say why I liked it as much as I did. It has all the magic and fighting and strange traditions you’d expect from a fantasy book, but at the same time it’s just so much than your regular fantasy. Sanderson is so good at describing this brand new world of his, presenting the people and the way things are and always have been. He makes you feel secure in this world, makes you feel a part of it. And then demolishes everything in the last few chapters. I stayed up until 4 am just to finish it. Enough said.

Inx's Best of 2012 List

The best for last, huh? Here are my top 5 books I've read in the past year. I must confess 2012 was not the best reading year for me as I was busy with my BA thesis and other boring adult stuff. But these are the books that caught my attention:

5) On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
 On the Island tackles a controversial topic - a relationship between a woman and a boy, a teacher and her student. In this case Mrs. Robinson is Anna, a 30-year-old English teacher, who is accompanying a 16 year-old T.J. to a tropical island where she'll tutor him because he has to catch up on all the school stuff he missed because of cancer. Come the plot twist: their plane crashes somewhere in the middle of nowhere; well, there is a tiny island they're stranded on and the sea is full of yucky sharks and no one knows they've survived. And they slowly fall in love. 
The author beautifully described the transition from friendship to love, so the "ick" factor was absent. There was also the fact that their relationship remained platonic until T.J. was 19 years old, and he was the initiator. All in all, a nice summer story that reminded me I have to re-read Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island soon!

4) Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
This is one of those books that really speak to me. As if it was written solely for me. It makes me feel good, makes me laugh out loud, and the dialogue between the two main characters was the best part of the whole thing. I really don't have much more to say about this book, except "You had me at hello, sweetie."

3) Hunting Lila (Lila #1) by Sarah Alderson
This book has one of the most important ingredients for me to like a book - a kickass heroine with an actual spine! They are so rare in the land of YA! Seriously, they are.
Lila also has a secret, and it's something I've always dreamed of having - she can move things with her mind (just like Roald Dahl's Matilda)! Hunting Lila is action-packed supernatural story filled with suspense and with a few romance elements thrown in. A perfect package. 

2) Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
 I had reservations about reading a book that everyone raved about and fell in love with, not to mention the fact that I hate books with aliens and/or angels in them. But, oh boy, was I in for a treat! Let's just say that certain someone (let's call him Damien) is one of the most refreshingly annoying pieces of hot alien meat I've read about in YA genre. There's also some action and paranormal activity, but I can't offer you more details. Damien was just too darn distracting. *wipes drool off chin*

1) On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Melina Marchetta is one of those authors who write with so much heart and soul, and she creates a very real and raw affect that draws people to reading her masterpieces over and over again. Reading this book felt like a thrilling roller coaster ride of epic proportions.
The beginning is somewhat confusing, but once you dive into the book, you see how nicely all the pieces are tied together, there is even a big red bow at the end. I don't want to give anything away so I will not discuss the plot, but please take my advice and read the book! It will change your view on life and you'll carry the book with you for the rest of your life (figuratively speaking, but if you're like me, you'll keep a copy somewhere nearby).
During the read my allergies kicked up - I kept sniffling and my eyes were all red and this liquid thingy was running down my cheeks. One might think that I was crying, but that's not was that was, those were allergies. I don't cry!


  1. Wow! You've managed to find 10 books that I've never read a single one! That's pretty hard these days! I'll check them out!

    1. I call that a success :) We recommend all 10 of them :) -Aotee

  2. Just found you through Book Blogs. The Fault in our Stars is sad, but one of my fav's as well. New follower :)

    1. Welcome :) Yup, tFioS is sad, but damn worth the tears :)

  3. I have fought reading a lot of books on your list, but I did just buy Obsidian and found tFioS at the Library -- so I guess I will have to now!

    1. I never intended to read the Lux series because I don't like aliens in my YA, but then I said "what the heck", and I gave it a shot. And I'm glad I did, it turned out way better than I thought.

      Report back when you read Obsidian and tFioS, we're curious to know what you thought! :)


  4. Hi Inx,
    Thanks for stopping by earlier...
    Si t'as besoin d'un coup de main avec ton Français ou si tu veux des titres de livres à lire, je serais ravie de t'aider.
    Any way, after reading your list, I will try "The Fault in our Stars" by John Green even if I already guess that I will need a montain of tissues while reading it...

    1. Merci, I just might take you up on that offer! Je suis en train de lire L'ile mystérieuse de Jules Verne, il est tres intéressant. J'aime beaucoup Jules Verne, il est pleins d'imagination. :)
      I also have to borrow tHioS from Aotee and read it some time soon! Even though I don't like tearjerkers - I'd much rather laugh out loud while reading, but I hear he's a really good writer. :)


  5. Hi Inx, just dropping by to say hi :) I haven't read The Fault In Our Stars yet, but I really want to. Great list!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. Hello back! On the Jellicoe Road is similar to tFiOS and really well written, so I'd also recommend that one, if not all of the books above... :)


  6. I loved The Fault in Our Stars, too! I'm thinking about using it for a paper in one of my Lit classes. Thanks for sharing, I haven't read a lot of these!

    The Page-turner Junkie

    1. You should totally do that, share the love of John Green and all ^^