Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA: Best of 2012

It's day two of Armchair BEA and the recommended topic today is best books of 2012 (and 2012 releases that they're promoting at BEA that you're really looking forward to).

So, uh, I have no idea where to begin. Honestly? Maybe if I picked a favorite for each month of the year... wait, no, that would lead to tons of, "But what about that release?" or "How could I forget that book!?"Because of this, I'm going to try to keep things short--because I have a feeling that it's sort of a very long list.

So in terms of what I've read so far this year that I've loved, there's:
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Why? Self-discovery, travel, and romance.

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Why? Fairy tales, more than one character being special, and the town sounds like the perfect blend of stunning and creepy.

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Why? Blew my mind. It was a book that I was skeptical about going into, but ended up devouring.

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Why? Werewolves and a romance which involves people close to her, not some random strange guy who happened to come to town. Plus the guys are wonderful opposites.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Why? Do I even need to say why!? High fantasy that's easy to follow, a perfect blend of action and romance, and just... did I mention the world has Russian influences?

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Why? Mermaids who hate to be called mermaids, someone getting their face smashed through storm proof glass, and humor.

And as for books that I'm looking forward to? Uh, I better not get into it. Or, okay, I'll list a few titles.
Throne of Glass by S.J. Maas
The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Origin by Jessica Khoury
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch
Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant
Lucid by Ron Bass and Adrienne Stoltz
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

That, of course, is the extremely short version of the list--which I'm calling "The list of books that Kristin would ditch other books to read." We won't get me started on sequels and books in a series, because that's make this post longer than it already is. So, what do you think? Do you agree with me? Is there a book that I absolutely need to add to the list of upcoming releases that I'm dying to read? 


  1. A wonderful list! I have heard so many wonderful things about Shadow & Bone and I am quite keen to get hold of Of Poseidon.

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  2. I enjoyed Wanderlove too... I read it because I needed a book set in Guatemala for a challenge and ended up loving it! I have ordered Unraveled and I cannot wait to read that one! Like you I am excited for Throne of Glass and The Raven Boys

  3. Kill Me Softly and Of Poseidon sound great! Love the list!

  4. I haven't come across the books you've mentioned yet - nbut I'm sure I will! I've seen some great new books coming out - can't wait to get my hands on them!

  5. Wanderlove is on a lot of best of lists. I've read it and enjoyed it, but not a favorite. However, Shadow & Bone and Hemlock! Loved those. ..
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  6. I see several tempting titles! Hope you enjoy the ones you haven't yet read.


  7. I'm so excited Shadow and Bone releases today! We also have a few books in common for BEA. I'm really looking forward to Throne of Glass, Crewel, and Black City too.

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  8. I just started Unraveling today and I am already loving it! I can't wait for throne of Glass and Defiance too!
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  9. Throne of Glass is really, really good so I hope you like it as much as I did! As for the other titles, I can't wait for them!

  10. I'm totally excited to read Wanderlove, after hearing so many awesome reviews! It's the perfect summer read to start on! I'm also looking forward to reading The Treachery of Beautiful Things. Sounds pretty awesome!

    <3 Britta

  11. I'm really looking forward to Shadow & Bone and Unraveling. They both sound great!
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  12. So many great books, so little time to read them all. *le sigh* Shadow and Bone, Defiance, Throne of Glass, Unraveling, I want them all. Life needs a pause button.

    I hope you have a great BEA-filled week!

    ~Christina (and the other Book Hookup Litbrarians)
    The Book Hookup's Best of 2012

  13. What a great list! Hope you continue to enjoy your reading!

  14. I have been wanting to read Hemlock and Unraveling for forever, it seems! I think almost every book on your list of books you are looking forward to are ones I am too. LOL But I have read Ten already and LOVED it! :)

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  15. I haven't heard of any of those!! Will get in all sorts of trouble if I look them up, I'm sure. :)

  16. I really need to read Unraveling soon! everybody has loved it and I think it'll be a book I'll really enjoy. great list, my dear!

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  17. KILL ME SOFTLY is not a title--or cover--I'd look twice at, let alone thing about alongside fairy tales. Because of you, I now want to read it. THANK YOU! Oh, SHADOW AND BONE made my list, too. I just read it this weekend and reviewed it today! I've been sitting on OF POSEIDON for a few months waiting for my mermaid event to get closer, so I can finally read it this month!! I read THRONE OF GLASS recently and enjoyed it, though I was sad most of Cinderella was stripped and I couldn't review it for Fairy Tale Fortnight! DEFIANCE and WHAT'S LEFT OF ME and CREWEL and FALLING KINGDOMS all made my list, too!!! *wants* We agree on a lot! :) I'm glad I found you through BEA!

  18. I'm so upset with myself that I didn't request a review copy of Of Poseidon when I had the chance! Thanks for the reminder. Book Depo here I come! ;)

  19. Great selections. I love that the same books keep should up :)

  20. Wanderlove is on my list too, I think it's definitely in the running to be my very favourite of 2012 - it was just so phenomenal! Shadow and Bone and Unraveling are both SUPER high on my to-read list, just have to finally get Unraveling from the library and Shadow and Bone tomorrow when I meet Leigh. Your list of anticipated reads is pretty much mine too, I have this massive list on my computer that's just growing exponentially! I have a galley of Throne of Glass and I'm seriously tempted to just drop all the books I'm reading now and go for it since I hear such great things.

    Fantastic list!
    My Armchair BEA 2012 List

  21. Wanderlove was so fabulous!! I read it so long ago off Netgalley that I really want to re-read my copy that I bought.

    Also, I can't wait to read Shadow and Bone!

  22. Oh my gosh I completely agree with you on Unraveling! That book was just wow. I haven't gotten to read the others on your fave. so far list, but they sound good & I'm with you on the ones you're looking forward to. There are so many good books on that list!

  23. LOVED Of Poseidon! Did you catch the prequel story, Legacy Lost? It just re-kindled everything I felt for the Syrena! And Shadow & Bone - so so good! I'm not usually a big fan of high fantasy, but Bardugo made it seem effortless!

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