Best Books of 2012 #bestbooks #newyear #newadult

Happy New Year everyone!

But first… let’s step back in time to 2012 so I can recount the best books I read:

1. On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves. amazon



Plane crash. Teacher and student survive. Live on an island for nearly four years. Eventually fall in love. I loved this book because it was such a great story, but I have to give a huge shout out to the author, Tracey. I emailed her when I finished it to tell her how much I enjoyed it and she responded immediately. Over time we’ve developed a really nice, hilarious e-friendship, and she’s just awesome. She’s also given me advice and direction as far as my own book. Thank you, T2G!

2. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay goodreads

(credit: goodreads)

(credit: goodreads)

This book was so engrossing! Here’s how I can describe it: A young woman goes to live with her aunt after something traumatic happened to her. After enrolling in school for the first time in years, she meets the enigmatic Josh Bennett, his best friend Drew, Drew’s frienemy Tierney, as well as a host of other characters. In between there’s running, self-defense, woodworking, death, high school drama, baking, ice cream, drawing and sex. Another shout-out to the author, Katja Millay, who wrote the entire book by hand and edited it herself.

3. Captive in the Dark and Seduced in the Dark by CJ Roberts amazon


Yes, it’s a book about a girl taken to become a sex slave, and yes, it’s difficult to read for those who aren’t into erotica — but it’s also about a strong, fearless badass young woman who isn’t the scared little flower she seems. And it’s got history, war and a little romance too.

4. Easy by Tammara Webber amazon



This book was so easy to love. The author juggled a LOT of plot points and handled everything with a careful touch. I really enjoyed it. A college student is attacked by a fraternity brother just after she breaks up with her boyfriend. She’s saved by another student she’s never seen before, but she soon realizes he’s around more than she thinks. She just never noticed him. It’s long and REALLY well-written, and I can’t wait to read more by this author.

5. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons amazon



Tatiana meets Alexander on the day that the Soviets go to war with Germany in World War 2. Really bad timing — but also really bad because Alexander is a soldier in the army with whom her older sister thinks she’s in love. Tatiana’s loyalty is with her family, so she tries to deny her connection with Alexander, going so far as to date his friend Dimitri. But fate intervenes in many ways. It’s an epic story, kind of like the Russian version of The Thorn Birds.


The Edge of Never by JA Redmerski; While It Lasts by Abbi Glines; anything by Colleen Hoover because if there’s a nicer, more personable, more interactive with her fans author than Colleen, she would probably have some issues with boundaries.

On my reading list for 2013: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, What Alice Forgot and some nonfiction. (I’m taking a break from New Adult for a while).

I hope MY book earns a place on your list for 2013!


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