Elated: Best Reads of 2012

It’s the last day of the year, so I want to the remember those books that made my heart flutter, beat faster, and break harder than I would’ve have anticipated. =P

Here it goes!


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The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium #2) by Stieg Larsson: Mystery/Suspense. definitely the rawest, most brutal among the series. I seriously admire Lisbeth Salander. *clap clap* This book was my first 5-star book this year.

The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell: Post-apocalyptic. Zombies. Temple tops my Most Kick-*ss Heroines list. She’s so, so cool. =)

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King: Contemporary. I am 50/50 when it comes to contemp books, but Vera and Charlie owned me. OWNED me.

Deadline (Newsflesh #2) by Mira Grant: Post-apocalyptic. Zombies. Becks, you rocked my zombie-infested world! and Shaun, oh Shaun… 😦 made me teary-eyed almost after every freakin’ chapter.

Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3) by Patrick Ness: Science Fiction. What a triumphant ending. Chaos Walking trilogy is one of my fave series now.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Contemporary. Charlie’s the man! My 2nd 5-star contemp book and I absolutely loved every page of it.

Geek Girl by Cindy Bennett: Contemporary. This is quite a surprise for me. I was turned mush from start to finish.. by Trevor. Hee! I adored the story: predictable yet sweet. Can’t help but smile about it. 🙂

5-star faves

5-star faves

Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Science Fiction. I am such a Daemon fan. ’nuff said.

Archangel’s Storm (Guild Hunter #5) by Nalini Singh: Adult Paranormal Romance. been a fan of this series for so long, but I have yet to find a favorite.. until now. Jason’s story got a 5-star-rating because of its solidity.

Stormdancer (Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff: Fantasy. This is what you call an investment. No matter how long it was, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Go, Buruu!

No Strings Attached by Mina V. Esguerra: Contemporary. My ultimate fave among MVE books. Like I said in my review, it fitted me like a glove.

Heartsick (Gretchen Lowell #1) by Chelsea Cain: Mystery/Suspense. My penchant for serial killers just got sharpened! I am in love with Chelsea Cain. Oh you evil, evil woman! 😉

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Fantasy. Beautiful Prose. Heartachingly numbing. My goodness, I didn’t realized Tiger Lily and Peter Pan will make me cry. But they did.

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Showalter: Fantasy. Superbly Entertaining! and Cole Holland.. wow. *ahem*

My honorable mentions are as follows. 😉

easy1984a little wanting songthe roadunder the never skylife of pipaper townsremains of the day

the monstrumologist

the virgin suicides






These are the books that I didn’t expect much, but I was taken aback by how much I really liked them.

Whoa! What an unbelievable reading year I have. 😀

I’m assuming you had an awesome time, too? *winks*

Happy New Year, everyone!


8 thoughts on “Elated: Best Reads of 2012

  1. Oh my, I’ve only read Tiger Lily off your list. But there’s many there I’m trying to get to like the Chaos Walking series; and the Lux series is one that intrigues me, although I’m afraid it’ll be very likely the very things I dislike in YA…hmm…

  2. Ooo, great list, Maria! I LOVE so many of the books on your list, including Reapers, Stormdancer, Deadline (obviously!), Heartsick…and I liked Tiger Lily, Alice, and Easy, too. 🙂 It’s so fun to compare notes at the end of the year, isn’t it? Meet you again in 12 months! (Well, we’ll see each other before then…but you know what I mean!)

  3. Ay, I’ve forgotten about Under the Never Sky. I should have included it in my honorable mentions. I too, did not expect much from it but was pleasantly surprised when I kind of liked it. 🙂

    You’ve reminded me to go and read Millenium 2 already and also wrap up Chaos with Monsters of Men. Sana din I’ll have the guts to read a zombie novel this year. Hee.

    I am intrigued by Geek Girl and Tiger Lily. 🙂

    • Under the Never Sky is quite nice, right? 🙂 Perry! Tiger Lily is absolutely beautiful, while Geek Girl is super sweet. Be ready to cry buckets of tears in Monsters of Men. and please continue with the Millennium trilogy!

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