Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme brought to you by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish (the button also belongs to them). This week’s theme is the Top Ten Books I Read in 2012.
1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman– This is probably the best dystopia that I read this year. I really appreciate that he leaves a lot of things in the gray areas and lets the reader make up their own minds about issues.
2. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell– Just a super cute, fun, sweet romantic comedy. It has become an instant favorite and will make my very short list of books I will reread!
3. Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt– While the ending was not my favorite, I loved seeing rough-edged Doug Swieteck grow up a little and find his place in the community.
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn– I have to appreciate an author that can mess with my mind as much as Flynn did. Also, this is probably the best thriller I’ve ever read.
5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie– I really enjoyed this audiobook and Junior’s story about life on the res has stuck with me.
6. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller– I read this one so quickly that I never got a chance to formulate my thoughts or write a review of it, but this was a touching book about a young man coming home from war and transitioning back into civilian society.
7. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay– I read this recently, so I’m not sure about its staying power (which is important to me in calling a book the best), but it was a well-done romance about two characters with tough emotional baggage. Really beautiful, really sweet, and I can’t think of anything I would change about it.
8. Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy– This is probably my favorite adult romance of the year. I loved how McCarthy’s characters actually communicated with one another and talked about their feelings and had insecurities. They felt like real people, not like stock characters.
9. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson– This was actually my second time reading this book and my first listening to it on audio, but it is a seriously well-done gothic horror story. I will probably revisit it again at some point in my life.
10. The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness– Another really good dystopia set on a planet where everyone can hear one another’s thoughts. Highly recommended.
What are your favorite books that you’ve read this year?