Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads Of 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Favorite Books I Read In 2012.

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I don’t know why it took me so long to read The Giver. It completely lives up to the hype.


2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (My review can be found here.)

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

This book is an adventure and I enjoyed every moment.

3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars is all over many best of 2012 lists and anyone who’s read it knows why. So sad and beautiful.

4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I really love everything that Lauren Oliver writes and this book is no different.

5. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson And The Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

This is my favorite new (to me) middle grade book. I love Percy and am so glad I picked up this book at my local used book store.

6. Nickel And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel and Dimed on Not Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich

This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand what it is like for Americans making poverty-level wages. It is an excellent example of undercover reporting.

7. Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

From the cover (might be my favorite of 2012) to the forbidden romance to witches, I love everything about Born Wicked.

8. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak by laurie Halse Anderson

This is a must read book for all teenage readers. (You can read my thoughts about Speak on my running blog here. )

9. A Game Of Thrones (A Song Of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. Martin

Game Of Thrones George R. R. Martin

I am reading each book after each season airs on TV. (Mainly because my husband gets freaked out about spoilers and swears he can tell when I know something is going to happen.) So good!

10. Shiver (The Wolves Of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

shiver by maggie stiefvater

My introduction to the beautiful writing of Maggie Stiefvater has only lead me to add all of her other books to my to be read list.


What were your favorite reads of 2012?

All cover images taken from goodreads.


  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    You read some of my favorite books this year…Speak…The Giver…Percy Jackson…Nickel and Dimed…Game of Thrones. Glad you had such a great reading year!

    Here’s my Best of 2012.

  2. Ooh loving this list because there are so many books on it that I loved too – Delirium, Game of Thrones, The Giver and Neverwhere!
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  3. I agree Speak is an important book for teens. Fault in Stars is on my list also and i’m not even a YA fan, I think that will past the test of time.

  4. I read The Giver recently too. It’s amazing how so many current YA dystopian novels are influenced by it.
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  5. GRRM’s books are among ma favorites 🙂
    I still have to read many of these. I enjoyed TFiOS as well, but not as much as Paper Towns and Will Grayson.

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    • I love the books but they are such an investment to read! So long, so many characters, and so much going on. Luckily, they are good enough to be worth the investment.

  6. I have so many of these on my TBR list! I bought Speak just recently because I’ve not read it yet… and still haven’t! Great list.

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    • Speak is amazing. It is such a powerful book about a subject that is so difficult to talk about. I hope you enjoy it!

  7. I still need to read The Fault in Our Stars, I keep hearing so many good things about it! Here’s my TTT list:

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  8. I sooo need to reread the Giver and then continue with the whole series. I’m pretty sure I read it in an English class in high school. So tempted to go back to it now that I’ve more widely read dystopian. Plus, I hear the final book, Son, is amazing.
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    • I actually read it on a recent vacation and was just blown away. I can see why it is taught in schools because there really is so much to discuss in such a short book. It is interesting to compare it to the more recent crop of dystopian books. The book is so much more stark.

  9. Awesome list! I’m also reading Song of Ice and Fire after the show seasons but mostly because I’m slow xD Here is my TTT
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