It’s July O’Clock, do you know where your favorites are?


June 30, 2012 by Heidi

Ack! You guys, today is the LAST day of June, meaning that this year is halfway over.  I can hardly believe it.  You never really believe that whole ‘time passes faster as you get older’ thing until it starts happening to you, but listen up youngsters because it is true!  That also means that half of the 2012 releases have released, and I’ve been able to consume a lively portion of them.

If I had to pick my Top 10 of 2012 today here’s what it would look like (though in no particular order, because I’m not torturing myself that much this early in the year!):  Click each cover for my review, accept for The Mighty Miss Malone, which has not been written posted yet.

book cover of I Hunt Killers by Barry Lygabook cover of Scarlet by A.C. Gaughenbook cover of Railsea by China Mievillebook cover of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Weinbook cover of Cinder by Marissa Meyerbook cover of This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summersbook cover of The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforthbook cover of The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsenbook cover of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healybook cover of The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

Lots of dark covers this year, right?  I mean…there’s two there with blood splatter!  I’m also quite proud of myself for having some contemporary on this list, right alongside some fantastic historical fiction, fantasy, and sci fi.  All in all, it’s shaping up to be a wonderful reading year!  I did have to struggle a little with which book was going to get the last spot (sorry Grave Mercy), so I know I’m up for a tough challenge come year’s end.  Hopefully the second half of the year will be just as strong!  I want to know, what books of 2012 have been your favorites thus far?

Also, for bonus points (your prize is my love and friendship), what non-2012 reads have you read this year that you have loved?  Here are some that have made their way onto my all time favorites shelf (again, click cover for my review, other than Daughter of the Forest which has not yet been posted):

book cover of Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jonesbook cover of Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillierbook cover of Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrewsbook cover of A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turnerbook cover of Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

2012 has been a tough year for me in the real world, but having had the opportunity in the past six months to become part of such a lovely blogging community has been the highlight of my year.  If it wasn’t for all of you I wouldn’t be reading so much, spouting my thoughts out in some semblance of order, and enjoying so many amazing books I might otherwise never have picked up.  So thank you guys!  Please let me know how 2012 is shaping up for you.  Have I missed any reads I simply must get to before the year is out?


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  1. nymeth says:

    First of all, wow, I can’t believe it’s almost July! We have some favourites in common (Code Name Verity and Railsea), and I’d add The Fault in Our Stars and The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan. Lastly, I hear you on that last paragraph. Blogging has been a huge lifeline for me this year.

    • Heidi says:

      I’m dying to read The Brides of Rollrock Island!! I can’t wait for it to come out in the US this fall. So glad to hear it was one of your favorites. I liked The Fault in Our Stars a lot, but didn’t fall head over heals the way I saw many others. I think I liked An Abundance of Katherines better to be honest.

  2. janicu says:

    Haha, “your prize is my love and friendship”. :)

    My top two have been Code Name Verity and Seraphina that were published this year, and I also loved A Girl Like You by Gemma Burgess.

    • Heidi says:

      I’m reading Seraphina within the next week or two, I swear! Really excited for it, and I’m sure it’ll be one of my favorites. I haven’t heard of A Girl Like You to be honest, but I just checked out your review and it sounds like something I’d enjoy!

  3. Great list Heidi! My favorite so far are probably –
    Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne Valente
    Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart
    Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
    The Scar by China Mieville
    This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
    The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
    Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane

    (Note that I’m only listing these for your love & friendship)

    I’m glad that blogging has gotten you through! Reading/reviewing/blogging have all been a lifesaver for me too.

    • Heidi says:

      You’ve got it! Most of these are on my TBR already, but I somehow completely missed the existence of Tigana. Considering your, Angie (Angieville), and Kristen’s (Fantasy Cafes) reviews, I’m thinking I need to give it a go!

      Almost caught up on Kate Daniels, so I’m debating whether to go with Downside Ghosts or October Daye next…

  4. Holy crap! The year IS half over! Wow. But I accept your challenge! Non-2012 read that I loved? The Name of the Wind. Also, The Demon King. I’ll have to come up with a list of my faves from this year so far. I might have to cheat and say Prodigy, which doesn’t come out til 2013. So maybe I’ll just say that here, and be all technical about the pub year later, haha.

    • Heidi says:

      I need to read that series!! The fourth is about to come out, I think that’s the last one? I should get started, I’ve heard such good things and they’re all available on Overdrive for me, which means I don’t even need to leave the house to check them out of the library.

      And yes, Prodigy is cheating. 😛

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  6. I reeeeeally want to read Code Name Verity! It sounds fabulous!

    I think my favorite fiction book that I’ve read this year is Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood and nonfic was Animal, Vegetable, Miracle…although I think it was the only nonfic I read this year 😉

    • Heidi says:

      I’m so glad that you loved Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, it’s one of my favorite non-fictions! I actually won a copy of Born Wicked that should theoretically be coming at some point, I hope I like it as well. I’m nervous, but hopeful.

      Code Name Verity is wonderful, I adored it. I love that it seems to affect so many readers differently.

  7. Justin says:

    The Wool Omnibus.

  8. syntch says:

    Wool was my surprise good read so far this year.

  9. I love this post, it’s a nice way to look back at what books you were so excited about and see how they measured up to your expectations!

    So glad to see Code Name Verity, Sloppy Firsts and Cinder on your list! And I STILL want to read Scarlet, but haven’t gotten my hands on a copy yet:)

    If I had to construct a list I think I would have:

    Shadow and Bone
    The Sky is Everywhere
    The Scorpio Races

    And I just read two books that were also amazing:

    Easy by Tammara Webber and Small Damages (so much LOVE) by Beth Kephart. They are both contemporaries (I know, not your fave genre) but would highly recommend them if you are ever in the mood:)

    Great post, Heidi! Can’t wait to see what the second half of the year holds for you!

    • Heidi says:

      I’ve been hearing such great things about Easy everywhere that I’m convinced I need to read it, and I’ve seen you mention Small Damages several places now, can’t wait to read your thoughts! I believe you’ve already posted them, hope to get there today. =)

      I hope you get to Scarlet soon! So far it’s honestly my favorite.

  10. We have scarily similar taste, oh goodness.

    My favorites of 2012 so far: Grave Mercy, Code Name Verity, Shadow And Bone, Tiger Lily, A Game Of Thrones, Okay For Now.

    It’s been a great year of reading for me so far.

    I’m glad you joined the blogging community, BTW. You rock!

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, April! <3

      And we have AWESOME taste. Just sayin. I really want to read both Tiger Lily and Okay For Now, and I have loved Game of Thrones long time, so happy to see it on your list!

  11. Ya know, my favorites from the year aren’t really necessarily 2012 releases: The Name of the Wind, American Gods, and Robert Goolrick’s Heading Out to Wonderful (I’m a HUGE fan of his, loved A Reliable Wife). I re-read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I will absolutely count since this is my little list. And I adored Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley because of everything about it. I could list 2012 releases, but I think my list is much more interesting!

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, that’s why I put 5 non-2012 releases–all of which I probably liked more than all of those 2012 books! And friend, A Name of the Wind and American Gods are two of my all time favorite books, so I’m so glad they make your list. I can’t wait to listen to Daughter of Smoke and Bone after it’s on Sync in a couple of weeks!

  12. Because BLOOD spatters rock, Heidi, DUH! Because you read and loved CAMERON POST and CODE NAME VERITY and SLOPPY FIRSTS I will give all of them a whirl as soon as I can. Because you’re too cool to lie to all of us xD

  13. Holly says:

    I can’t wait for that Daughter of the Forest review… 😉 So happy to see Magic Strikes and Conspiracy of Kings on here as well. I think Scarlet and I Hunt Killers would make my list too, along with Grave Mercy, TFioS, I’ve Got Your Number, Shadowfell, Team Human, etc. I may need to do my own post. :)

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, you should! I still need to write my Daughter of the Forest review to be honest. Can’t stop thinking about it though. I’m looking forward both Shadowfell and Team Human, and have read all of the others! Grave Mercy was SO close to making my list, but I picked I Hunt Killers instead because I feel like that story’s stuck with me more.

  14. Chachic says:

    I was thinking of doing a post like this, listing my favorite reads so far this year but I don’t have a lot on my list so I never got around to it. Two titles released this year that I loved: Code Name Verity and The Fault in Our Stars – both of them made me cry. Two other titles that weren’t published in 2012 but are on my list of favorites this year: the third Trese graphic novel (local fiction) and Northlander by Meg Burden.

    So glad to see Code Name Verity in your own pile! Also really liked Scarlet. All of your non-2012 favorites are in my own list of favorites – except for Sloppy Firsts, my favorite in that series is Second Helpings. 😛

    • Heidi says:

      I liked Sloppy Firsts better than Second Helpings, which I think is fairly rare. I did really like Second Helpings too though! I really liked TFiOS, but didn’t love it.

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