Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Top Reads

This year my top 10 reads were gathered from different categories of books released in 2012 and graded A at Impressions of a Reader or given 5 stars at Goodreads. My top ten favorite books of 2012 are numbered, but due to the fact that I read many different categories this year (and love them all) they are listed in no particular order. Please note that I've included books already listed in my *2012 LGBT Favorite Books & Authors post (read a separate list here). You will also find a list of 2012 Honorable Mention reads that I thoroughly enjoyed this year, and three Grade A 2012 favorite reprint/re-releases.

2012 TOP 10 FAVORITE READS: (Click on titles to read reviews) 

1.   The Witness by Nora Roberts: Contemporary Romance Suspense
2.   Green Thumb by Tom Cardamone: Speculative Fiction*
3.   Slow Lightning by Eduardo C. Corral: Poetry*
4.   Range of Ghosts (Eternal Sky #1) by Elizabeth Bear: Fantasy
5.   Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War by Jeff Mann: Erotic Historical Romance*
6.   The Last Renegade by Jo Goodman: Western Historical Romance
7.   A Horse Named Sorrow: A Novel by Trebor Healey: Fiction**
8.   The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey: Historical Fantasy Fiction
9.   Captain Harding and His Men, #2 by Elliott Mackle: Historical Fiction/Mystery*
10. Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane #4) by Elizabeth Hoyt: Historical Romance

**Book read, reviewed after this post. Read in late December and unfortunately not included with my LGBT list of favorites! 

1.   Torn by Lee Thomas: Horror*
2.   Caliban's War (The Expanse #2) by James S.A. Corey: Science Fiction
3.   Riveted (Iron Seas #3) by Meljean Brook: Science Fiction Romance/Steampunk
4.   Her Best Worst Mistake by Sarah Mayberry: Contemporary Romance
5.   Immobility by Brian Evenson: Post Apocalyptic Science Fiction/Fantasy
6.   The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters: Science Fiction/Mystery
7.   The Heart's History by Lewis DeSimone: Fiction*
8.   This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz: Literary Fiction
9.   Hearts of Darkness (Deadglass #1) by Kira Brady: Paranormal Romance
10. The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir by Domingo Martinez: Non-Fiction

1.  The Temporary Wife by Mary Balogh (2012 Dell): Historical Romance
2.  It Takes Two, #1 by Elliott Mackle (2012 Lethe Press): Historical Fiction/Mystery*
3.  The Rake by Mary Jo Putney (2012 Kensington Publishing): Historical Romance


  1. Great list Hils! I was about to say I hadn't read any of the extended list, but then I saw The Rake. I *heart* that book!

    All the best for your reading in 2013!

    1. Orannia, I know! If The Rake hadn't been a re-release, it would have been up there in my top 10! I loved it.

      All the best to you!

  2. Nice list!!
    You got a little bit of everything, you even tempt me with the Hoyt book though I keep telling myself not to pick it up because I haven't enjoyed this series so far :(


    May 2013 be full of good books.

    1. Alex, my list includes the best I read from those categories included up there! My reading was all over the place. LOL. RE: The Hoyt. It is one of my favorite historical romance series, but I know it's not working for you? but... you can always try it. ;P

      Wishing you the same, lots and lots of great reads in 2013!

  3. Oh wow, Hils! It seems we have not read the same books this year! LOL. The only one I've read in your top 10 was Witness by Nora Roberts. Although I gotta say, you were right about your reading being eclectic in 2012. That is so awesome!!

    Woohooo for Her Best Worst Mistake being an honorable mention :)

    1. Nath, we read many of the same books! It's just that I chose to list my favorite books by category and yes, I read through a lot of different categories in 2012. Some great books too as you can see!

      I can't wait to see your list!


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