Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Fave Books I read in 2012

I am right in the middle of moving house (same suburb, further up the mountain) and as of tomorrow will have no internet for four (!) weeks. This blog has been having a lazy holiday but I really wanted to share with you guys my fave reads this year, before the year is over.

I've gone with all YA (okay, except for Nicola Moriarty's Free-Falling).
Five of these are Australian, the other five are contemporary YA.

All of these were fantastic reading experiences: being completely immersed in the characters and the story, wanting to read in one glorious go (and when forced to lay it down, desperate to find time to get back into them)

In no significant order (apart from my number one fave at the end)

Confession: I have read Shadows twice, in the space of three months. I didn't know what to expect from the Aussie YA angel-themed book. I could not have predicted just how brilliant, sexy and addictive it is. Some serious twists and gorgeous gorgeous writing. Be ever so thankful it has been picked up for both a US and UK release.

Oh, this is such a me book. I LOVED Good Oil, so. Holier Than Thou makes Laura Buzo officially one of my all time fave YA writers. My gosh, this book. I was mesmerised and achey and just completely absorbed. Due for a reread very soon.

Nicole Moriarty's debut. YOU GUYS <3 Completely funny and quirky and heart-felt, with that delicious Moriarty-vibe.
What a gorgeous and unique book I'll Be There is. It has an almost fairytale -like vibe going on. I love the narration (so different), the sibling love story (heart-smashing) the romance (swoon) and the criss-crossing of paths and coincidences that lends a gorgeous mix of suspension of disbelief and a whole heap of hope and victory (does that even make sense? haha...). Try this one, I think you might like it.
Oh, Elizabeth Scott? I love her, so. She always gets me, heart thumping, tears flowing. Her books are my kind of perfect.
I love contemp YA so much, and Bittersweet is the perfect kind of book to curl up with. Cupcakes, boys, ice-skating, little brothers. Sarah Ockler's a must-buy for me. Prose I love and characters I care about (okay, and boys to make you swoon).
I love C K Kelly Martin. I'm still thinking about this (very sexy) grief book. I was so absorbed in this story, holding my breath right until the very end.

Slayed me.

AND for my favouritist book of ALL.
Jaclyn Moriarty.


  1. I've been looking forward to your list :) I'm sad I haven't read nearly as many of them as I hope to (I've been having quite the lazy reading year) but there are so many that are on my to-read list here.
    Good luck moving houses, and happy christmas Nomes! x

  2. I knew I'd see something different on your list, Nomes. These lists tend to be all the same, but yours has a few surprises.
    I've had a copy of I'll be There for ages and haven't read it (shame on me), and the same goes for Shadows and Friday Brown.

  3. That's a great list!!
    I'm still trying to get my hot little paws all over some of those titles! :D
    Hope you have a great reading year in 2013

  4. Oh these are some awesome picks Nomes! Shadows and Bittersweet made it to my list too! I also have copies of Come See About Me and I'll Be There which I really need to get to soon! I hope your move goes well! :)

  5. OK, so I so need to read Shadows! It's releasing over here soon. I need to get me a copy! :)

  6. YES to Shadows, Holier Than Thou, and Bittersweet! I loved those this year and I desperately need to get my hands on Friday Brown and A Corner of White for sure. Amazing list, Nomes! :)

  7. Great list Nomes! So many of these were my faves as well :) Been a great year xx

  8. I haven't read ANY of these, but I love your recs so much, I'll just cut and paste the whole list. :0)

  9. Come See About Me is definitely one of my favourites for the year as well. And Bittersweet was a great contemp!

  10. A Corner of White + Holier Than Thou = some of my faves of this year, too!

    Good luck with the move :)

  11. Awesome list! I want to read pretty much all of these books and shamefully haven't read any. I'll have to get on it in 2013! Hope your move isn't too stressful.

  12. Cool. I love the look of Shadows. Haven't read any of these, but that one looks awesome. And if you read it twice then I'm definitely going for it!

  13. Such a wonderful list! I definitely must try and read more of these in 2013 - I ADORED Friday Brown, I barely ever cry over characters in books, but Ms Wakefield had me SOBBING!

    Good luck with the move! :)

  14. I haven't read any of these - yet! But Shadows and A Corner of White (and Six Impossible Things) were my Christmas presents to myself, as no one buys me books :)

    Hope the house move goes well.

  15. Fab list. Sadly, I have not read any of these, but I know what to add now! Have a great time at your new place, and I hope you had a wonderful holiday. :)

  16. You've recommended some good books Nomes. I just came by to wish you a happy new bookish year!

  17. I need to read a bunch of these! I'm really looking forward to A Corner of White, I think just about everything I've seen about it has been positive (which is hardly a surprise, considering it's Jaclyn Moriarty!). I'm interested in trying out her sister's book Free-Falling too. I read What Alice Forgot this year (thanks in large part to your awesome review!) and really loved it definitely seems like the writing genes run in the family :D

    Hope the move goes well, Nomes!

  18. I've read 5 on your list. I've never read CK Kelly Martin or Elizabeth Scott before so I'll try the ones you listed. I can't wait to read Nicola Moriarty. Great list, Nomes.



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