Top Ten Books I Read In 2012

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted at my other blog The Broke & the Bookish, prompt is:

Top Ten Books I Read In 2012

Obviously this topic is SOOO incredibly hard. I mean, let’s be honest. Narrow down all the fabulous books I read to JUST TEN??! WHAT! But I tried. You can also check out my top ten favorite new-to-me authors of 2012 or my answers to my 2012 End of Year Book Survey wherein you’ll get a bigger picture of my year in books!

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In no particular order:

1. Just One Day by Gayle Forman: Ok, so I know this is a 2013 release but it honestly was one of the best I read! (my review of Just One Day)

2. Under The Never Sky (& Through The Ever Night) by Veronica Rossi: Ok so I really LIKED Under the Never Sky — it was exciting, intriguing and had great characters. I read that at the beginning of the year and then this Fall I got the chance to read Through The Ever Night and OHIOHWOGPIHW it is so good. SO SO SO GOOD. I can’t even. Get on that when it comes out early 2013! (my review of Under the Never Sky)

3. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: This book was one of the most beautiful books I read this year! I had so many quotes that I grabbed from this one and put in my quote notebook. Such a beautiful & poignant story of grief and moving forward. (my review of The Sky Is Everywhere)

4. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard: This was just such a fun contemporary that just both satiated AND stirred up the travel bug that is oh so present in my life. Loved everything about this book! (review of Wanderlove)

5. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: Holy page turner — I stayed up until 4am to read this one because WHAT IF I DIED IN MY SLEEP AND NEVER KNEW WHAT HAPPENED?? The action was palpable and I just luuuurved this. (my review of Shatter Me)

6. For Darkness Shows  The Stars by Diana  Peterfreund: This book was sooo unique and I just was easily transported to this world! A definite surprise for me because I didn’t expect to love this one so much because I really didn’t know much about it! WIN! (my review of For Darkness Shows The Stars)

7. Every Day by David Levithan: Oh David. Your solo novels I’ve read so far have just blown me away (totes love your collabs as well). This book was easily one of the most memorable and wonderful. It was just so different and moved me in a way I didn’t expect! (my review of Every Day)

8.  Tiger Lily by Jodi Lyn Anderson: One of my most favorite retellings ever! This book SHREDDED MY HEART at the end. It does start off a little slow but I had this slow burn love for this story and by the end I was just wrecked! Would have never ever thought a Peter Pan retelling would make me cry! ALL OF THE FEELS. (my review of Tiger Lily)

9.  Looking For Alaska/Paper Towns by John Green: Let’s just call this The Year I Finally Read John Green’s solo stuff. TOOK LONG ENOUGH?! I just can’t get enough of him and his writing and how I always THINK THINK THINK after I read his books. Always a million quotes from his books. (review of Looking For Alaska and Paper Towns)

10. The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith:  This was one of my most recent reads and well that’s what I get for already making my End of Year Book survey post because this needs to get added!! However, I have not read a book since. Partly because this book is so good and partly because I really slow down during this time. ALL OF THE SWOON in this book! (my review of The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight)

Honorable Mentions: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (hilarious), The Girl of Fire & Thorns (YAY for Jamie getting into fantasy!), The Summer I Turned Pretty (LOVED this story & need to read the rest), Legend by Marie Lu (very page-turning dystopian)


Have you read any of these ones? Were any of these your faves or did you have different feelings? Tell me a few of your faves from this year that you think I would love and should read SOOOON!!

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Awesome list!!! I’ve been wanting to read For Darkness Shows the Stars!! And Girl of Fire and Thorns! Yay amazing! Yay fantasy!

  2. I have only read 3 of these 10 books! I feel like this is definitely a problem I need to fix hahaha! Thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer @ A Librarian’s Library–My Top Ten Christmas Picture Books

  3. The Sky is Everywhere hurt my heart… in a good way though. Tigerlily, Just One Day, and Wanderlove are definitely ones I want to read in early 2013 for sure!! Cool list 🙂
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  4. I’m so happy you loved Looking for Alaska. I adore that book, and even though the ending was totally spoiled for me by some Goodreads reviewer sent from hell, I still cried and cried and cried.

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  5. Under the Never Sky made my list and Wanderlove almost made my list. Great picks.

    Here’s my top 10. Wasn’t it hard to choose only 10?

    Enjoy finding new books to read.

    ~Danica Page
    Taking it One Page at a Time

  6. Amazing books on your list and some of those are high on my List of awesome too! Like Shatter Me, Under The Never Sky and Every Day! Especially Every Day was so touching and emotional!

  7. I’m so excited to read Just One Day and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is on my list too! 🙂
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    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  8. So awesome you loved Sky is Everywhere, definitely one of my faves from last year 🙂
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  9. Awesome list! I really liked The Sky is Everywhere and Shatter Me (can’t wait to read Unravel Me!!)…and a lot of the other books are on my TBR!

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  10. Wanderlove made my list! Last year, Shatter Me and UtNS were on it! I need to read your other picks 🙂

  11. Wow I have to agree this year was especially tough narrowing it down to 10 favourite reads, I may have cheated a little and added a few at the bottom like you too 😉 Shatter Me made it to my list too, it’s not usually the type of book I pick up, but I loved it! Tiger Lily and Every Day are two other books I can’t wait to read! And I will definitely be pre-ordering Just One Day. Great list Jamie! 🙂

  12. I’ve got Just One Day on pre-order because duh, gayle foreman. SO EXCITED. need tpo read tiger lily, like last week.

  13. I adore your list, Jamie! I loved Wonderlove, For Darkness Shows the Stars, and Every Day soooo much.

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  14. I have a few of these, but I’ve only read Every Day, Sky is Everywhere (one of my favorites ever!), and Statistical. I hope some of these become my favorites next year 🙂 Great list!

  15. All the books on your list are either books that I ADORED or books that I desperately want to read. Shatter Me, Under the Never Sky and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight are also on my list today 🙂

  16. I’ve read 3 of these and other books by 2 of these authors. I’ll have to check out the rest. Thanks for the list. Statistical and another John Green book (Fault in Our Stars) was on my best YA list.

  17. Ginger @ GReads! says:

    From your list, The Sky is Everywhere and Wanderlove are my favorites! Both were such amazing stories. I think I need to do a re-read.

  18. I have the audible version of Shatter Me on my Ipod. I guess I should move it up the TBR list!

  19. All of these books were at least 3.5s for me! Well, of the five I’ve read. This gives me some hope back for Shatter Me, which I was told I would probably hate. *crosses fingers*

  20. I really want to try Gayle F. Her new one will be a hype book next year i’m sure, it is on many lists already.

  21. So many of these were on my list too! Wheee book twinsies!

  22. I love your list so much!!! So many good books! The only one we share is Tiger Lily (LOVELOVELOVE), but I’ve read a lot of the other ones and they were AH-MAZING.

  23. Looking For Alaska made my list too! Levithan made my list as well, but included Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and The Lover’s Dictionary. Yay for Wanderlove :). Lovely list Jamie!

  24. I haven’t read *any* of these books yet, but at least 5 of them are on my to-buy list! Lol…

  25. There is SO MUCH GOODNESS on this list. For real. But I have come to the conclusion that (a) I need to read Under the Never Sky and (b) Tiger Lily is a book that I will love 😉

  26. Awesome line up of books! A few of these totally made my top ten (Shatter Me and Stat. Prob). And some of the others have been just waiting on my TBR list. I suddenly feel like I need to spend the next two weeks doing nothing but reading all of these fantastic books!

    Nikki @ Imaginative Adventure

  27. I have yet to read all of these except Looking for Alaska, which was my least favorite by JG.

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  28. Loved Shatter Me, Wanderlove and Every Day. 😀

    I haven’t read any of the others yet but The Sky is Everywhere is on my TBR pile. And I’ll definitely be getting to it next year.

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  29. Loving your picks! You have a few on here that I haven’t read yet and you’re making me want to get to them before the end of the year!! I keep hearing such good things about Tiger Lily!!

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  30. Melissa @Harley Bear Book Blog says:

    I have a few of those on my list too. I really loved Shatter Me and Under the Never Sky!

  31. We have an entire display at work dedicated to John Green. I thought of you yesterday when I was fixing it 😀

  32. I need to read The Statistical Probability! Got a preview with the first chapter and I’m in love with it!
    I loved Shatter Me and Under the Never Sky as well! Most of the books on your list are on my wish list 🙂

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  33. Under the Never Sky seems to be on several peoples list of great 2012 reads. I think I might just have to add it to my early 2013 list of books to read. Thank you for sealing the deal on that one!


  34. I read Tiger Lily, and also cursed the effect it had on my feels! It was such a character- and emotion-driven story! While I thought it had some problems, I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy reading it. 🙂 Glad to see it ended up on your favorites of 2012!

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  35. I haven’t read Looking for Alaska yet, but I hope to in 2013. I read Paper Towns and TFIOS (which made it on my TTT) this year, though, and enjoyed them. I love watching Vlogborthers and CrashCourse, too.

  36. Just One Day and Looking for Alaska were SUCH good books, I seriously loved them. And I’ve heard so many great things about Tiger Lily, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it! Great list.

  37. GAH ZOMG EVERY DAY! I’ve seriously been pushing this book HARD on to anyone and everyone I talk to. Even my dog (sadly enough). I seriously can’t even say how much of an effect this one had on me. And after reading your review of Just One Day, this is at the very top of my list. MUST. READ. IT. NOW. There are so many great books that I need to check out, so I think I’m going to dedicate 2013 as my “catch-up” year.

  38. The Sky is Everywhere made my list too! Gosh, what an amazing book. 🙂
    I still need to read Wanderlove, Shatter Me, and Under the Never Sky! Definitely on my list though. Great top ten!
    My 2012 favorites!

  39. I really need to read For Darkness Shows the Stars, Under the Never Sky, Tiger Lily (and another one of your recs: The Lost Girl). Hopefully I love them as much as everyone else (I’m going to force myself to at least like the paranormal genre like everyone else :p)

  40. I really need to read Under the Never Sky. And I love the fact that Wanderlove takes place in South America, so that will eventually get read as well. Great list!

  41. Tiger Lily WAS awesome! I’m reading Under The Never Sky now and I’m really liking it. All of the books on your list look great. I’m actually adding a few to my TBR list. Thanks!

  42. Somehow, I have only read 3 of the books on your list! I should probably stop failing so hard.

    I LOVED For Darkness Shows the Stars. So good. And I enjoyed The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight as well. Of course I am a fan of Looking for Alaska as well, but I read it in 2011.

    As for the rest, I’ve clearly got some reading to do!

  43. AGREE about Shatter Me!! SO good! I can’t wait for Unravel Me! Tiger Lily is still waiting for me on my shelf! Good to know you liked it that much!

    Top 10 @Libby Blog

  44. Tiger Lily! This book has just emotionally drained me! It was so good! That’s the only book from the entire list that I’ve read.

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  45. Wanderlove is one of my favorite books of all time. So glad to see it made your list this year!

  46. I Love your lists and all your awesome graphics too! 😉


  47. Shatter Me forever and a DAY, YO.

  48. I love the cover to ‘Just One Day’ – I’m a photographer and beautiful pictures catch my attention. I’ll have to check out your review.

  49. I want to read so many of these!

  50. I really need to get on it. I haven’t read a single one of these yet! :/ okay, I think “Wanderlove” is first up!

  51. I’ve read 3 out of the 10 books u have listed and many r on my wishlist!

  52. The only one of these I’ve read was Shatter Me. I took it to work to read on my lunch break, and that was a HUGE mistake. I was totally consumed with the story and was completely distracted while working! I promptly finished it after my shift that night =)

  53. Danielle Nguyen says:

    Every Day was one of my 2012 faves also, and Looking for Alaska may be my favorite book of all time.

  54. I loved For Darkness Shows the Stars and The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I can’t wait to read Just One Day. All the early reviews I’ve seen are really positive.

  55. we share some favorites, and Just One Day is on my must read list.

  56. Penny Yoke says:

    I loved Shatter Me so much! Glad to see that it’s on your list 🙂

  57. I’m currently reading Looking for Alaska, and I’m already in love with it!

  58. I have heard great things about Shatter Me, glad to hear it’s in your top ten!

  59. Have been meaning to read some David Levithan since adoring The Lover’s Dictionary, just have never really gotten around to reading anything except a collaboration, not quite the same.

  60. What a list!
    Alas, I haven’t read even one of the books although Under The Never Sky & Through The Ever Night is already on my TBR list >,<

  61. I LOVED all of these books!!! SO MUCH! Especially Everday, Wanderlove, and For Darkness Shows the Stars. I have to admit that Shatter Me rubbed me the wrong way though…


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