Friday, December 28, 2012

Top 10 Books of 2012

In the next few days I'll be recapping December along with the entire year, but felt for me in order to really wrap up the entire year I had to include the books. It was interesting going through this, because some my opinion on some books changed with some time. (My number 1 pick wasn't even a 5/5 rating at the time I reviewed it.) So without further adieu, here are my top 10 books of 2012.

1. Celebrating Interfaith Marriages by Rabbi Devon A. Lerner
While I enjoyed this when I read it, it wasn't till I started thinking about our wedding ceremony that I realized how amazing it was. I realize I haven't blogged our ceremony yet, but when I do, I will be referencing this over and over again.

2. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
I loved this one because it brought me back to my time in Israel. Although think even if you've never been, you will still absolutely love this one.

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Reading this brought me right back to high school (although not always in good way). I have read some negative reviews of this lately, which surprise me a little considering how much I enjoyed it.

4. Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
I loved this book and was so excited when I heard a third book in the series was planned for 2013. I may have been swayed to put this here, by the fact that Stephanie Dray found my blog and commented on my post. But still, this was a fun read on a time period I hadn't really read before.

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth
I feel like I'm a year late reading this, but now can join the club of its fans. I do have Insurgent to read, although feel like the longer I wait to read it, the less time I have to wait for the third book of the trilogy.

6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
This is the book that everyone is talking about this year. If you haven't read this one you need to, if only so you can read it before anyone spoils the twist for you.

7. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
I was so excited when I finally got my hands on this. I wasn't as big of a fan of the sequel, but can't wait to see how Rhine's story ends when the third book comes out later this year.

8. Courting Her Highness by Jean Plaidy
I love all the Jean Plaidy books I've read, but this one has to be one of my favorites. It's interesting going back and reading how I lamented they were no longer republishing her books in that review, especially since they've started to again, just with a different publishing house.

9. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
Emily Giffin is an author, like Jean Plaidy, that I always seem to love. In my review I said this was probably my favorite of hers. As time has passed I'm not so sure on that anymore, but think because I read this so quickly I don't remember it that well. I guess that just means I probably need to go back and reread it!

10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
I didn't think I would like this one nearly as much as I did, but I guess I should have listened to everyone who recommended it sooner. I haven't picked up the next two books yet, but plan on doing so soon.

What books would make up your top 10 reads of 2012? And have you read any of the books on my list?

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!


  1. I cannot wait to hear about your ceremony and how that book helped you.

    Totally agree with you on people hating Perks. It's a book I feel a little protective over!

  2. I am dying to read Gone Girl! of your list I have read Divergent (and also Insurgent) but none of the others!

  3. Gone Girl was on my Top 10 Books List too! xx

  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is on my short list! I'm glad to hear you liked it--makes me want to read it even more. I read Gone Girl this year and couldn't put it down. I just finished Divergent and really enjoyed it, and I'm almost done with Bossypants by Tina Fey, which is hilarious!

  5. I read Gone Girl, but I always love your reviews, because it gives me ideas to add to my To-Read list.

    Story of Beautiful Girl, Before I Go to Sleep, Killing Kennedy, The Eighty Dollar Champion and Dearie would be on my Top 10 List.

  6. That is so cool that the author of that book commented on your blog! That happened to me once and it was so exciting! I have not read most of these books so I will have to add them to my TBR list!

  7. I just started Divergent and I am really liking it so far! Glad you like it as well :)

  8. #5 and #10 are on my list to read next. Have copies of both sitting on my bookshelf. Can't wait to read them. Thanks for stopping by my blog :) happy reading!

    Megan @ Megz Madd Readz

  9. So many good books on your list! Good luck in 2013 with your reading goals :)