Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Classy Bookshelf: 2012 in Review

As you may recall, 2011 was not a good year for books for me, personally.  I hit an all-time low (of the 2 years I've been counting) of 39 books in 2011 and I was determined not to repeat the same mistakes twice.

My goal for 2012 was 65 since I failed so miserably on my goal of 70 for 2011... and I hit 78 books this year!!  I'm impressed because I feel like I fit a LOT into this year - both personally and work-related and wedding related.

So, it was a good year for books.  I feel like I read some great books and, per my normal routine, a LOT of fluff.  I enjoy a good entertaining read and don't beat myself because nonfiction doesn't often cross my eyeballs.

So, without further ado, my 2012 book list.  I will color code like I did last year.

MUST READS (Bold and green!)
Excellent Reads (Blue!)
Hated the Plot Reads (Red)
And the ones in black...meh.  Clearly they didn't make an impact.

1. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
2. The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley
3. A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley

4. Practice Cake by Dayla Moon
5. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
6. Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee
7. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
8. It Looked Different on the Model by Laurie Notaro
9. The Wedding Bargain by Victoria Alexander
10. The First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde
11. Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
12. The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams
13. The Husband List by Victoria Alexander
14. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
15. The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

16. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
17. The Do-Over by Kathy Dunnehoff
18. Fallen by Lauren Kate
19. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
20. Passion by Lauren Kate
21. Torment by Lauren Kate

22. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
23. Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
24. Heist Society by Ally Carter
25. The Marriage Lesson by Victoria Alexander
26. The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
27. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
28. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
29. Between Friends by Debbie Macomber
30. I Am Number Four by Pitticus Lore
31. Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She’s Dead by Christina Miller
32. Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
33. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
34. Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
35. Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah
36. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
37. A Summer Affair by Erin Hilderbrand
38. Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto
39. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
40. Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
41. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
42. Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

43. Most Talkative by Andy Cohen
44. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
45. The Dead Girls Dance by Rachel Caine
46. Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine
47. Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine
48. Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine
49. Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine
50. Fade Out by Rachel Caine
51. Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine

52. Green Heart by Alice Hoffman
53. Heroes for My Daughter by Brad Meltzer
54. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
55. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater
56. See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles
57. Looking for Alaska by John Green
58. Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
59. Perfectly Dateless by Kristen Billerbeck
60. Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent
61. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
62. Rapture by Lauren Kate
63. Perfectly Invisible by Kristen Billerbeck
64. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
65. If I Die by Rachel Vincent
66. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

67. Weekend Warriors by Fern Michaels
68. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
69. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
70. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

71. Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot
72. Big Boned by Meg Cabot

73. If It Was Easy They'd Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon by Jenna McCarthy
74. Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot
75. Vendetta by Fern Michaels
76. Perfectly Ridiculous by Kristen Billerbeck
77. The Jury by Fern Michaels
78. Lethal Justice by Fern Michaels 

Keep in mind, if you're looking to add to your reading list, I'm pretty damn easy to please.  I like a series, a little sexiness or mystery, and I'm not afraid of some young adult literature. 

I'm not sure where to go with books for 2013.  I am loving my Kindle (and believe it's one of the biggest reasons I read as much as I do)... but I'm scared what wedding-planning will do for my reading.

I hope to make it a good year and I've got a goal of 69 for the year.  Do not ask why I didn't make it 70..... that 7 just seemed like too big of a promise to keep.

Cheers to 2013!  Let me know if you're reading anything good, I am always on the hunt for suggestions. 

8 Classy Comments:

Kate said...

Are you on Goodreads? Because if you aren't, I think you'd love it.

Leigh said...

You did some serious reading last year! I am terrible at keeping track of the books that I've read, but just signed myself up for Goodreads, so that helps. Also helps to find new books.

I think I found a couple books through you... Before I Fall for sure

Meg @ write meg! said...

Wow, you had an awesome reading year! I read 71 books in 2012, a record low for me, and I'm hoping to hit 80 again this year... but with all the wedding happenings, I know that's probably not realistic.

Have you found wedding-related books that were hugely beneficial? Would love your suggestions! I have Wedding Planning for Dummies (not bad) and The Wedding Book by Mindy Weiss, which has become my bridal bible... but I'm always looking for help!

Classy said...

How in the world do you find time to read 70 + books in a year?! Thats beyond impressive. I'm lucky if I can manage 10 or so haha It is one of my goals this year though to make time to read more. Here's to hoping!

tara said...

lots of our faves from last year are the same! :)

Deals, Steals and Heels said...

if you loved hex hall you HAVE to read the other 2...so so great =)

i loved all the ally carter books i read too!! i've got the beautiful creatures series on my nook, i'll be hitting that up soon...hope it doesn't disappoint!

Wearing Mascara said...

I wish I could say I read 78 books!!!! That's so awesome.

Amy said...

So amazing! I am lucky if I read 3 books in a year. I'm trying to get better though, now that I'm an author myself; I want to support the community!

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