Monday, December 31, 2012

Best Reads of 2012



EEK!  I usually only include 4.5/5 (excellent) and above in my yearly Best Reads list, but this year there is a meager ONE!  :(  Therefore, I must look back a little farther in my ratings and include those books that just missed the mark by earning a 4.25/5 (very good +).  I'm happy with that.


The ONE AND ONLY book that received a 4.5/5 this year is:


1.  Gone Girl (Flynn) ~ Thriller






Other really, really good books (listed in the order that I read them) I thoroughly enjoyed in 2012 include:





7.  The Prophet (Koryta) ~ Thriller





10.  Wild (Strayed) ~ Memoir


21 comments:

  1. Joy, the only one on your list that I have already read is DEFENDING JACOB. However, I have almost all the others in my TBR. Exciting to know they worked well for you as we seem to be on the same page with mystery/thriller type books. LOL

    Hope you and yours have a very happy new year!

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    1. Oh Kay, I miss you! I hope all is well with you and your family.

      I STILL have Vicki Delany's book (In the Shadow of the Glacier) on my HOPEFULS: 2013 list (explained a little more in my December Reads post). She has been on it for 3 years now. However, this year I hope to achieve a higher success rate than only 50%, so she has a better chance at getting read this year. AND, I think of you every time I see her books. That's a good incentive right?! :)

      I hope you pick up some of my Best Reads of 2012 and enjoy them as much as I did.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love hearing from you. Take care, Kay!

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  2. Excited to see The Inquisitor and The Prophet on this list which are both standing by on my tbr shelf!

    Great to see my friends Adler-Olsen, Gardner & Flynn (though that is not her best book :-) on your list too!

    I'm reading Rule's latest book right now and loving it!

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    1. Nicola ~ Yay for the standbys! :)

      I cannot wait to read more Flynn, especially if Gone Girl isn't even her best! (You are not the only one that has said that!) I have both books on my TBR shelves (and on my HOPEFULS: 2013 list), so this will be the year! That's the plan anyway.

      Oh! I'm excited to hear about Rule's latest. Note to Self: Add Rule to my TBR list!

      I'm looking forward to Kwei Quartey's latest. I loved the first two. Hurry! Hurry! :)

      Thanks, Nicola! Happy New Year!

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  3. I haven't read any of those books. My book club will be reading Gone Girl next year so I'll be reading it soon. Happy New Year!

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    1. Bermudaonion ~ I hope you are able to enjoy it despite all the hype. Happy New Year to you, too!

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  4. What a great list! I added a few I missed adding to my wish list when you first reviewed them. :-) My list seemed to have a lot of crime fiction novels this year--probably because that's what most of my reading comprised of this year.

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year, Joy!

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    1. Literary Feline ~ It certainly is my preferred genre! As much as I try to love others, the mystery/suspense/thriller books always rise to the top!

      I hope 2013 brings you much happiness, especially with that little one you have at home!

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  5. I am loving reading all these Best lists. I haven't read any of these but Gone Girl is going to be my first book of 2013!

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    1. Stacybuckeye ~ Me, too! Like I said to Bermudaonion, I hope you enjoy it despite all its hype. It's a weird book that kept me glued! I started my first read of 2013: The Bat (Nesbo). It's the first one in the series.

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  6. Loved Gone Girl, Wild , and Cold, Quiet Country. Now that it seems we like the same stuff, will have to check out the others on your list Thanks!

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    1. Another Good Thing ~ I hope you find them to be as good as I did! :)

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  7. Glad to see Wild up there on your list! And I've been hearing so much about Defending Jacob--have thought about listening to it. Currently am listening to 11/22/63 (as well as reading) and loving it.

    Happy new year Joy! Hope 2013 is a wonderful year for you--reading and otherwise.

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    1. Trish ~ Yay for Wild! :) Defending Jacob is definitely worth reading or listening, and while I didn't love 11/22/63! I did enjoy it.

      Happy New Year to you, too! I will get back to you on your email (if you even remember you sent one - HA!), but I'm out-of-state at the moment and running around.

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  8. I didn't read anywhere near as much in 2012 as the previous years... Gone Girl is one of only 2 favorites (like you, I have a few "I quite like" but only two really stood out.)

    Now I just need to review them...

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    1. Christa ~ Did you review them yet?! I'm very curious as to what book was your other favorite. :)

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    2. Not yet... haven't done a best of 2012 post... don't remember the last time I posted! I should... I am like a year behind in blogging since I didn't even get to review some of my fav of 2011! I need to start from scratch, but should at least do the review of my 2 fav (and honorable mention) for 2012...

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  9. There are a bunch of authors that I've been wanting to try for some time now! Looks like I need to get to reading in 2013 :) I hope that you have an amazing year of reading in 2013! And I will definitely be reading Gone Girl this year thanks to this list :)

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    1. Samantha ~ I have so many authors I need to read, too! Here's hoping we both get to many of them! :) And, I hope you love Gone Girl.

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  10. This looks like a great list! (sorry, just *now* finally able to catch up on "best of" posts! :--) I'm so pleased to see the Adler-Olsens on there, because I have been trying to decide whether to start those or not!!!

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    1. Rhapsodyinbooks ~ I'm excited about that series and really look forward to the next one! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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