12 Best Reads of 2012

Quite a few of my friends have asked me for a “best of” list of books that I read in 2012 and I am happy to oblige!  This year I finally met my 2+ year goal of reading 150 books in a year, I actually surpassed it by quite a few even!  I know many read more than that but I’m quite thrilled with finally meeting a goal!  Ha!

Now for the books – my reading preferences are all over the board so I apologize in advance for it.  I won’t review the plots as some see any info as spoilers, if you want to know what the book is about you can read the synopsis from the link!

The Secret Keeper  by Kate Morton
I had read The House at Riverton series (why are they called a series anyway?) and while I liked them, they weren’t ones that I would rush out to tell the world about.  However, I didn’t dislike them so I picked up the latest novel by Kate Morton and became enraptured.  Some was predictable, some was not and all of it was enjoyable.  This book took me a little over a day to read and I didn’t want to put it down!  I look forward to more from this author.

On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
This book was recommended to me by a few different people and I had plopped it on my “want to read” list.  When looking for a new book to read I decided I liked the cover and the premise and went with it (because I’m sometimes shallow like that).  I really wasn’t expecting to like it much to be honest, but I hoped to be entertained.  This ended up being one of the biggest surprise hits for me this year!   If you like survival-esque stories, I highly recommend this book!

Four Against the Wilderness by Elmo Wortman
Continuing with the survival theme… When I was a kid, I fell in love with this made-for-tv movie called “Anything to Survive” and in later years, I would often think of the movie.  I decided that I wanted to see it again this year and in my quest to find the movie I found out that it was based on a true story and a book that the father wrote of their tale.  While ordering the movie, I also ordered the book.  I loved reading the true story behind the movie that captured my attention for so many years and it wasn’t remotely a let down at all, in fact, like in most things, the book was better than the movie.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
It seems that everyone has recommended this book to me since its release but I kept putting it off.  It just didn’t “grab” me and say read me.  However, I eventually got to it as the to-read pile waned and I am so glad that I did!  This is a beautifully written novel and I couldn’t put it down.  Lisa has since released two novels but IMHO neither compare to the first.

One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf
I read this book just a a mere few weeks before the tragedy at Newton and it made this book ever more haunting and will be one of the books that stick with me for a long time.   It’s another book that I couldn’t put down.

Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec
Oh god, this book had me laughing almost from the first line.  I was sending out some of the quotes from it to my friends and we were all laughing about it.  This may be one of the funniest books I’ve read for females and I’d equate it to a softer, funnier version of something Tucker Max would write.  Definitely read this if you are in the mood for something light and funny… and you aren’t a prude.

The Long Walk by Stephen King
Yet another old book that had been recommended to me a few times that I finally gave in to.  I’ve not met many King books I didn’t like so in preparation for my upcoming trip to Maine I decided to read this one.  It is haunting, beautiful and awful at the same time.  I see this as a more well written version of The Hunger Games.

The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March
I got this book from Amazon Vine, not expecting it to be much but the cover was pretty (I’ve mentioned I can be shallow right?).  I imagined it to be a great beach/summer read and being set in Maine was a huge bonus.  It was NOT a light and fluffy read, rather it was the opposite but I still loved it just the same.   Be prepared to have some tissues nearby but for smiles as well.  Your emotions will be all over for this one!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This is another tear jerker and I adored it.  I’m not spoiling anything but that it’s a heart-wrenching book that you will hate to love but you’ll recommend it all the same.

The Rest of Forever by M. Elaine Moore
This book was recommended on an Outer Banks Forum that I read (I adore the Outer Banks) and I was hesitant at first given that it does have a bit more religion than I like in my books.  I went ahead and kept with it though since I adore the Outer Banks and am glad I did.  Pick this one up if you love the Outer Banks or just modern romances.

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
This may go down as my favorite beachy read of the year, along with the rest of the books in the series.  The setting is magical and I love how the sea turtles are intertwined with the novel.  If you are looking for a series of beach books to get lost in, these are where you want to go.  SO good.

The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain
I adore Diane Chamberlain and her latest release did not disappoint, in fact it may be one of my favorites of hers to date.  I adored the relationship between the father and daughter in this novel and it brought back memories of me and my Dad growing up.  Make sure you have time reserved for this book, you won’t want to put it down.

What were YOUR favorite reads of 2012?

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