Favourite Books Of 2012

Hey book nerds! :3 Happy New Years EVE! It's the last day of the year and I just wanted to say thank-you to all of the people who have started following me and have supported me since I started book blogging in September! ^.^ I love you guys. :3 I had a massive reading break before starting reading again in September, so I haven't read hundreds of books this year however I've read a wide variety of different ones. My journey of reading this year has been a great experience and I've tried to branch out in the genres I read. ^.^

There have been some books I've hated..alot! And wanted to smack...

Others, that I've really liked! :)

And of course, the ones that are incredible! So much so, that I'd actually do a little dance... :P

Today's post, of course, is going to be my favourite books of 2012. Not necessarily ones that were published this year, but ones I had the honour of reading this year! :D The books are in no particular order, they're all my favourites of the year and it doesn't mean I like one more than the other. ^.^ Have a great New Year and try not to party too hard! ;)

Favourites Of 2012

Title: The DUFF: Designated, Ugly, Fat, Friend.
Author: Kody Keplinger.
Opinion: I thought this was an incredible book, It was a light and fluffy comtemporary read that I couldn't put down! I loved Bianca's character, she was so fresh and fun to read - she had an edge to her that was incredibly well written. The romance and chemistry between Bianca and Wesley's characters made me swoon.

"Something tells me this isn't about The Scarlet Letter," he said, and even in the dark I knew he was grinning.
"Be quiet."
This time he met me halfway. His hands tangled in my hair and mine clawed at his forearms. We kissed violently, and my back slammed again the wall. I heard a mop - or maybe a broom - topple over, but my brain barely registered the sound as one of Wesley's hands moved to my hip, holding me closer to him.

Title: The Summoning.
Author: Kelley Armstrong.
Opinion: This is another incredible book I read earlier in the year. I loved Chloe's character, with her shy, awkwardness, but I also loved Derek's character. Derek is dark and brooding, apparently something I find very attractive in characters! I wanted them to get together from the begining. The other two books in this trilogy are just as incredible.

God only knew what she thought we'd been doing. I was pretty sure her imagination had taken her way past the sweet first-kiss stage. To think I'd go from "never been on a date" to "rolling around in the dirt with a stranger"? That was insulting. No, more than insulting. It made me furious.
Did Aunt Lauren know the first thing about me? And if she didn't, who did?

If I was crazy, would I know it? That's what being crazy was, wasn't it? You thought you were fine. Everyone else knew better. Maybe I was crazy.

Title: Flawed.
Author: Kate Avelynn.
Opinion: HOLY CRUMPETS! There was a constant pain in my chest, and as tears streamed from my eyes, it felt like my gut was being wrenched out. The force and emotion behind the writing in this novel made it impossible to hate. The end completely crushed and destroyed me. On multiple occasions throughout this book, I cried - a lot. I also wanted to tear my hair out and run screaming down the road from my frustration at being an emotional wreck.

I have no idea what he sees in me. Strength, he says. Beauty. A big heart. I see none of these things. I see fear, flaws, and a heart so full of blackness I can’t give up my own selfish wants to set him or my brother free. He’s given me a glimpse of what happiness should feel like, so maybe I should be grateful and move on.

I'll always love you and make you happy,
If you will only say the same.
But if you leave me to love another,
You'll regret it all some day.

Title: Delirium.
Author: Lauren Oliver.
Opinion: Such an incredible book. I fell in love with it not far into the book. The entire plot and world building/structure is incredible and Lena's character was amazing. I thought her relationship with Alex was beautiful and had that 'spark' that people look for in real-life relationships. I found it incredibly hard to put this book down when I was reading it - I had to try and pace myself!

Love, the deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't. But that isn't it, exactly. The condemner and the condemned. The executioner; the blade; the last-minute reprieve; the gasping breath and the rolling sky above you and the thank you, thank you, thank you, God. Love: It will kill you and save you, both.

Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you—sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever.

Title: Dark Inside.
Author: Jeyn Roberts.
Opinion: HOLY FISH IN BUCKETS! This had to be one of the BEST Post-Apocalyptic books I've ever read! (not that I've read hundreds, mind you..) I loved everything about this book; the gore, the characters, the plot, the cliffhanger! I'm finding it hard to express how much I loved this book..

The nothingness. No fire trucks, ambulances, police cars. No people, cars, steroes, televisions, computers. All the things we use to replace the silence of loneliness. All the distractions we buy that fill up the empty voids inside our souls. It's all gone.

It'd been raining for a week and there was still no sign of it giving up. The clouds were fat and gray, the land pregnant with swollen tears.

Title: My Soul To Take.
Author: Rachel Vincent.
Opinion: Wow. That's all I can say about this book. It's a completly amazing book with such an original storyline, It kept me in suspence throughout most of the book. I was constantly questioning aspects of the book and I loved all the characters. They were all so well developed and it was a great read that I found really hard to put down. I like me some Todd. ;)

Nash shrugged and frowned, like he didn’t understand what I was getting at. Or like he wanted to change the subject. “We have stuff in common. He knows how to have a good time. And he goes after what he wants.” He could easily have been describing my father’s German shepherd. As could I, when I replied, “Yeah, but once he gets it, he’ll just want something else.”

Uncle Brendon’s face went from tomato-red to nuclear countdown in less than a second.

“Hello?” I croaked, sounding as alert as a bear in January. And almost as friendly.

What are your favourite books of 2012? Leave me a comment or a link to your favourite books of 2012! ^.^ Happy reading! (:

We all have those books. We buy them, win them, they’re gifted to us. Then we put them up on a bookshelf and there they stay, collecting dust, waiting for the time when we’ll finally decide to pick them up. Evie from Bookish is hosting a challenge to read these books that are published in 2012 or before. Click here for more details.

Hey book nerds! :3 I hope you're all doing well. (: I decided that I wanted to partake in this challenge, seeing as this is my first year of blogging, I'm excited to start a yearly challenge and see how well I do! I thought I'd start off with the level 'A Friendly Hug' which is about 11-20 books. However, If I find I'm progessing further with the challenge as the year goes on, I'll try to go up a level. ^.^

2013 TBR Books

  • 1. Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan.
  • 2. The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride) by James Patterson.
  • 3. Insatiable by Meg Cabot.
  • 4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.
  • 5. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini.
  • 6. Awakened by P.C & Kristin Cast.
  • 7. Black Dawn by Rachel Caine.
  • 8. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl.
  • 9. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.
  • 10. Gone by Michael Grant.
  • 11. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz.
  • 12. Fallen by Lauren Kate.
  • 13. Dark Heart Forever by Lee Monroe.
  • 14. The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith.
  • 15. The Declaration by Gemma Malley.
  • 16. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen.
  • 17. Hourglass by Claudia Gray
  • 18. Secret Lives, Darke Academy by Gabriella Poole.
  • 19. Kissed By An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler.

During the year, I may decide to chop and change a few of the books on my list or continue to add to it. ^.^ It really just depends on my mood. I'm really excited for this challenge, because I know there are quite a few books that I just skip over or accidentally leave out when I'm going through my TBR list of books to read. This way I'll be able to make sure I read them! :3 Once I've read a book off this list, I shall strike it out. (: I hope lots of you will also join in on this great challenge. ^.^

Are you participating in the challenge? Leave me a comment or a link to your 2013 TBR pile challenger post! ^.^ Happy reading! (:

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Join the craze meme at Tyngas Reviews & have fun. :3

Hey book nerds! :D How are you all doing? Day by day we're getting closer to 2013, I find it a really strange feeling. :P Christmas came and went so fast and I'm curious to find out what the New Year will bring. ^.^ Hopefully my tattoo. :P Also, hopefully soon (before the New Year), I'm going to be posting my 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge post, so keep an eye out for that. (: I'm sorry for the length of this post, I got a lot of books for Christmas! :D


Photos And Book Information
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks. (From Carl)
Breathe (Breathe, #1) by Sarah Crossan. (From Sarah)
Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth. (From Sarah)

Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally Condie.
Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) by Lauren DeStefano.
Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura, #1) by Jonathan Maberry.

Clarity (Clarity, #1) by Kim Harrington.
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman.
Night School (Night School, #1) by C.J. Daugherty.

Dead Rules by R.S. Russell.
Uglies (Uglies, #1) by Scott Westerfeld.
The Hollow (The Hollow, #1) by Jessica Verday.

Slide (Slide, #1) by Jill Hathaway.
Fracture (Fracture, #1) by Megan Miranda.
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater.

I'm so excited about EVERY SINGLE ONE of the books I got for Christmas! :D All of the books, apart from the first three, are from my parents for Christmas. ^.^ Please note, my parents didn't pay full price for the books, I'm a huge bargain hunter and found them for no more than £3 each! :) A lot of them were £2.80 or less. (: I really can't decide which book I'm looking most forward to reading first..^^;

What books did you get this week? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out! ^.^ Happy reading! (:

Friday Finds #13

Friday finds is a meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading which showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list. Whether you found them online, in a bookstore, or in the library - wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

Hey book nerds! :3 How are you all doing today? ^.^ I've been busy fiddling with my new tripod I got for Christmas today. I didn't realise how complicated and weird they are. xD I've been trying to get the right angle for filming videos and such, but it's not going too well. :P I'll be uploading a Stacking The Shelves: Christmas Edition either tomorrow or on Sunday, so keep an eye out for that. ^.^

Friday Finds

Variant (Variant, #1) by Robison Wells.
Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life. He was wrong. Now he's trapped in a school that's surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive. Where breaking the rules equals death. But when Benson stumbles upon the school's real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape--his only real hope for survival--may be impossible.

Ashfall (Ashfall, #1) by Mike Mullin.
Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption. For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen.
“Don’t even think of leaving… I will find you,” he whispered. “Guaranteed.”
Sara and her mom have a plan to finally escape Sara’s abusive father. But when her mom doesn’t show up as expected, Sara’s terrified. Her father says that she’s on a business trip, but Sara knows he’s lying. Her mom is missing—and her dad had something to do with it. With each day that passes, Sara’s more on edge. Her friends know that something’s wrong, but she won’t endanger anyone else with her secret. And with her dad growing increasingly violent, Sara must figure out what happened to her mom before it’s too late…for them both.

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee.
Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother. After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists.

With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of? Annaliese? Or herself?

Summaries from Good Reads. I'm so excited about all of these, I really want to get my hands on them. However they're all full price at the moment so I'll have to wait til they come down to a more reasonable price til I can purchase them. (I'm a cheap skate.) :P They all look incredible reads! I also love all their covers, they're kinda creepy and sinister, yet have an awesome edge to them. :3 My favourite cover has to be either; The Unquiet or Variant. :)

What are your Friday Finds for this week? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out! ^.^ Happy reading! (:

Hey Book Nerds! :D Happy Boxing Day! :3 (to those of you who know what it is) How are you all doing? I hope you all had an amazing Christmas, I sure did! My Grandparents always come over on Boxing Day (the 26th December) each year to celebrate their Wedding Anniversary with us and we all have a meal. ^.^ I also finished As You Wish by Jackson Pearce last night, I thought it was so cute. :3 Well, that's it for today! :)

Title: Thousand Words.
Author: Jennifer Brown.
Publisher: Little Brown Books.
Expected Publication: May 21st, 2013.
Format: Hardback, 288 pages.

Ashleigh's boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college, and Ashleigh is worried that he'll forget about her while he's away. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh's friends suggest she text him a picture of herself -- sans swimsuit -- to take with him. Before she can talk herself out of it, Ashleigh strides off to the bathroom, snaps a photo in the full-length mirror, and hits "send."

But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb takes revenge by forwarding the text to his baseball team. Soon the photo has gone viral, attracting the attention of the school board, the local police, and the media. As her friends and family try to distance themselves from the scandal, Ashleigh feels completely alone -- until she meets Mack while serving her court-ordered community service. Not only does Mack offer a fresh chance at friendship, but he's the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh's photo -- and didn't look.

This novel looks like an amazing Contemporary read and I really can't wait til it's released! :3 I looks like the type of book I won't be able to put down til I've finished the entire thing. ^.^ There are so many amazing books that aren't out yet, as I say every week, I wish I could have them all! :P As for the cover, I think it's gorgeous. I love the fact that the typography dominates most of the cover, and the boy in the background is blurred compared to the girl. It's really cleverly done. (:

What are you "Waiting On" this Wednesday? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out! :D Happy Reading. (:

Teaser Tuesday #13

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by MizB of; Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along by doing the following. Grab your current read open to a random page and share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - remember, no spoilers! Don't forget to share the title and the author.

Hey Book Nerds! :3 Merry Christmas! :D How are you all doing? I hope you're all having an amazing Christmas so far. ^.^ My days been great, me and my family opened presents and had a Christmas Lunch and watched some DVDs. :) I got so many books for Christmas! I'm definitely going to have to do a Christmas Stacking The Shelves post, I may film it tomorrow and have it posted for Saturday - what do you guys think? ^.^ I'm also sorry for the delay in this post - I've just been distracted with things..^^;


"I look beautiful. I look beautiful? I feel...I feel beautiful. And carefree, and reckless, and confident, and all the other things I felt before Lawrence, only more so."

- Page 93, "As You Wish"
by Jackson Pearce.

I really LOVE this book so far, it's so cute and adorable yet awesome at the same time. ^.^ I'm about half way through it and I really don't want it to end. I know a lot of people had mixed feelings about this book, but I know it's definitely going to be at least 4/5 Stars! As for the cover; it's gorgeous! It's really simple and I love the background. I also think the typography is beautiful and really well done, although I'm not hugely sure of the picture of the girl at the bottom - but oh well! (:

What are your teasers for this Tuesday? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out! :D Happy Reading. (: