Favorite Books of 2012

As part of my 101 in 1,001 list, I’ve challenged myself to reading 100 books over the 1,001 days. I’m way ahead of schedule and ending up setting a new personal goal to read 52 books in the first year – which I managed to do, but just barely. So, needless to say, I’ve read a lot of books over the last year or so!

I read very few books last year that I didn’t like, and I’d even go as far as to say I loved most of the books I read. But, as I was looking back over the list of books I read in 2012, there were a few that clearly stuck out to me as the best of the best. So, today I’m rounding up the five best books that I read last year. Enjoy!

– Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire: This one is totally cheesy, not particularly well-written, and completely and hopelessly addicting and wonderful. This was one of those books I thought about all day long and couldn’t wait to get back to once I put it down. There’s a sequel coming out later this year, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t way more excited than an adult woman should be about a book clearly meant for someone much younger than me.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: If you haven’t heard of this book yet, you’ve probably been living under a rock all year. It was very dark, twisted, and completely insane, and I loved every second of it. This book was not at all what I expected it to be, and it was definitely another one that stayed on my brain for quite some time after I finished reading it.

Room by Emma Donoghue: I’d been wanting to read this book for a while, and I’m oh so glad I did. This is the kind of story that should be beyond depressing and, at times, it is, but the author manages to make the story so engaging and interesting that you don’t spend the whole book bawling (though, I most certainly cried a time or two). I love, love, loved this book and it’s one that I can see myself reading over and over.

Divergent by Veronica Roth: This is another way-too-young-for-me book, but this series is SO GOOD and I’m SO ADDICTED. I recently read the second book in the trilogy, Insurgent, and I’m eagerly waiting for the third one to be released. This story is so fascinating and unique (if you can consider a dystopian novel in a sea of dystopian novels unique) and I’m crossing my fingers that they end up releasing a movie because I’m obsessed with this whole story!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: This book was so different, and strange, and wonderful. The writing was incredible and this was one of those books that drew me in so much that I could vividly picture every detail in my mind as I read it. Absolutely wonderful.

And those were my top five books of 2012! I read a ton of books last year and thoroughly enjoyed most of them, so saying these are the best is a pretty big deal. I’ve already read some pretty amazing ones so far this year (Life of Pi, anyone?) and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me!

What were your favorite books of 2012?

(All images via Barnes & Noble)

9 comments

  1. Lyndsey says:

    Wow! I am so impressed that you read 52 books last year! After years of not reading hardly at all for pleasure (law school basically burned any desire I had to ever read again ever) I finally started again, slowly, about two years ago. Last year I think I read close to 20 books, which I was somewhat proud of until you start flaunting your 52 ;)

    I read Gone Girl and it was definitely compelling but in the end I think I didn’t actually LIKE it. And I have Divergent and Insurgent in my book shelf right now waiting to be read, but I’m trying to hold off until summer so that once I finish insurgent it won’t be SO long a wait for the third one.

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  2. Allie says:

    I also enjoyed The Night Circus, and Gone Girl is my book club’s pick for next month, so I’m excited about that! So far, my favorite book in 2013 is By Blood by Ellen Ullman.

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  3. Eve says:

    Thanks for posting these! I am in a book rut, and was actually online last night looking for book recs. I’ll see if I can find these to download from our library or for cheap online. Thanks again!

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    Amanda Reply:

    Glad I could help! I downloaded most of them from our local library, so hopefully you’ll be able to find ‘em too!

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  4. Kerri says:

    I’ve definitely been in a reading rut – ie basically no reading at all lately – and it sucks! Thanks for these recommendations… I just grabbed Divergent from Amazon – something to keep me company on this snowy day in STL.

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  5. Shoshanah says:

    Gone Girl and Divergent were both on my top 10 list of books read in 2012 as well. As for the other 3, I’d love to read them all. But I at least own a copy of The Night Circus, so I’ll probably be reading that one the soonest.

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