2012 Book List

**I know this is a little late, but I love reading other book list posts, so I decided to still share mine.

If I'm remembering correctly I wanted to read 30 books this year (yes, I'm too lazy to look back at my post to make sure).  I fell short on that goal, mainly due to the fact that I got stuck on one book for about 5 months once the school year started (The Next Best Thing, in case you were wondering).

Overall, it was a year of pretty bleh reading for me (lots of James Patterson, and a Lisa Scottoline kick I started the year with).  Although there was nothing too spectacular, I did manage to find a few gems that I recommended in 2012.

(not pictured: Rosato and Associates books 1-6)

I have given each of the books below a starred rating 1 through 5:

1. Everywhere That Mary Went (Rosato and Associates Series) by Lisa Scottoline *****
2. Final Appeal (Rosato and Associates Series) by Lisa Scottoline ****
3. Running From the Law (Rosato and Associates Series) by Lisa Scottoline ***
4. Legal Tender (Rosato and Associates Series) by Lisa Scottoline ***
5. Rough Justice (Rosato and Associates Series) by Lisa Scottoline *
6. Mistaken Identity (Rosato and Associates Series) by Lisa Scottoline **
7. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks ****
8. One Day by Dave Nicholls ****
9. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James ***
10. Fifty Shades Darker by EL James ***
11. Fifty Shades Freed by EL James ***
12. Insurgent by Veronica Roth ***
13. Bloom by Kelle Hampton *****
14. The Next Always by Nora Roberts ****
15. Private Games by James Patterson ****
16. Guilty Wives by James Patterson ****
17. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson **
18. 11th Hour by James Patterson ***
19. The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts ****
20. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn *****
21. Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker ****
22. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin *****
23. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella *****
24. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson **
25. The Innocents by Francesca Segal **
26. The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan *****
27. The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner **
28. I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley ***

Overall, the most memorable books for me this year were Gone Girl and Bloom.  I loved them both for very different reasons, and highly recommend them to anyone and everyone.  I was also really pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Sophie Kinsella's newest book, I've Got Your Number.  I found it easy to read and really quite enjoyable.  I was also happy that the most recent Emily Giffin book, Where We Belong didn't disappoint (as her 2 previous books had).

The 50 Shades books had to be read given all of the hype, and were complete crap.  That being said, the story draws you in, and I'm glad I read them.... if only to participate in conversations about how bad they truly are.

I really wanted Insurgent to be better, and thought it was pretty dull.  The Innocents and The Next Best Thing were other books I had high hopes for, that I really struggled to get through.

Did we read any of the same books in 2012?  What did you think?

Anything I need to add to my MUST READ list for 2013?

Book lists from years past:

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Rachael said...

Great post on your reads! I am just starting Gone Girl and having a hard time getting into it but need to keep it up as I am not very far. This list will be a good review for me as I work on my reading list this year. Thanks!

Deirdre said...

I've been stuck on the same book for 5 months so I've got nothing great to offer, but I want to read JK Rawlings, "The Casual Vacancy"... has anybody read it? And of course I can't recommend Karin Slaughter enough for psychological thrillers.

Annie said...

I actually really liked Insurgent! Of all the YA trilogies I've read this year, I felt that one did the best job of maintaining the action of the trilogy while asserting the integrity of its own story.

I loved Gone Girl. It was fantastic! One of the year's best reads, for sure.

Claire Kiefer said...

Gone Girl was SO GOOD! I could not put it down. One of my good friends just finished it today and she and I were talking about how nuts it was!

I read the first 50 Shades and hated it so much that I couldn't bring myself to read the second two.

I heard One Day was so good--it's on my list!

One of my favorites last year was Junot Diaz's new book, This is How You Lose Her. He has a quirky style but I LOVE it. I also read Tina Fey's book, Bossypants, and it's hilarious.

Natalie {Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers} said...

Glad you are back girl! Always love your book recs. I just started The Paris Wife but so far it is so slow- have you read it? Everyone has reccommended it.

Mrs. W said...

Great suggestions! I'm a sucker for any of James Patterson's.

Classy Fab Sarah said...

Love this post!! I'm SO glad you liked The Middle Place - it's one of my favorite books of all time!

Cece said...

That's still a lot of reading! I have to agree that 50 shades was pretty bad. I skimmed a lot and definitely will not be reading the other two. Ill have to try that Kinsella one. I've liked everything I've read by her.

Day Old News said...

I love this list! I've been on the waiting list at the library for Gone Girl for about a year and I think there are 5 people ahead of me now, woo hoo! I love audio books. Definitely putting these down for my future books list.

natasha {schue love} said...

I loved Gone Girl too! Thanks for the great list...can't wait to check out some of these reads!

According to Ashley said...

Thanks for the suggestions!! I'm adding a few of these to my list. I read LOTS of good ones last year. Here are my blog posts about them if you're interested -- http://according2ashley.blogspot.com/2012/06/books-ive-read-in-2012-part-i.html and http://according2ashley.blogspot.com/2012/12/books-ive-read-in-2012-part-2.html.

Val said...

This is such a great post! Thank you.