Say what now? New Years is only 8 weeks away?!


November 6, 2012 by Heidi

So the other night I’m debating what to read next when I decide to look at the calendar:

Say what now?  New Years is how close? *counts fingers…doesn’t need toes*  Oh goodness.  That’s only 8 weeks.  And I’m spending at least one of those with my family for the holidays…and another few days with the bf’s family…so…

That gives me seven/less weeks to read all of the 2012 releases I feel like I need to read because they may just be in contention for a favorites slot.  That’s seven weeks to read:

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente book coverA Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge book coverEnvy by Elizabeth Miles book coverAnd All the Stars by Andrea K Host book coverStormdancer by Jay Kirstoff book coverIron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill book coverThe Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin book coverPalace of Stone by Shannon Hale book coverJepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh book coverSpendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz book coverVessel by Sarah Beth Durst book coverThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater book coverThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken book coverThe Diviners by Libba Bray book coverUnder My Hat Tales From the Cauldron ed by Jonathan Strahan book coverDays of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor book cover

And really those aren’t all…just those off the top of my head and the ones that don’t require me to read other series books first (Steel’s Edge, Flame of Sevenwaters, etc).

Okay, I realize there’s no way that’s going to happen.  I’ll be lucky to read half of these.  Probably less because, let’s face it, I’m not going to stop my usual reading habits which involves cheating on new releases with all sorts of older (usually better) books.

What has been your absolute favorite read this year?  Anything I should add to my stack or prioritize?  Do let me know!


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  1. Ana says:

    Say no more, I am here to help you.

    Out of those, you MUST READ still this year (as I am 100% they will be serious contenders for your top 10):

    Face Like Glass
    Fairyland 2
    And All the Stars
    The Killing Moon
    Splendors and Glooms

    ; )

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Ana! Luckily, I have all of these accept for A Face Like Glass on hand–I will commence in plowing through them. Splendors and Glooms down (and yes, a serious contender), on to The Killing Moon!

  2. Angiegirl says:

    Read THE RAVEN BOYS. Read it, I say.

  3. Jamie says:

    Seconding Angie’s suggestion of The Raven Boys! Finished it in ONE DAY. Granted we didn’t have internet/cable so I had nothing else to do but SERIOUSLY it was amazing.

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, I read a LOT during the power outage as well, Jamie. I’m certainly planning to fit this one in–it has a lot of votes!

  4. Raven Boys is a must read, Seraphina is a must read, The Diviners… oh, boy, you’re in trouble. I few of these I haven’t even heard of!
    I’ll keep my fingers crossed. And what are you doing here reading comments?! GO READ BOOKS!

    • Heidi says:

      I’ve already read (and loved) Seraphina! So at least that isn’t on the to do list. 😛

      I think I’ve narrowed it down to 8 must reads…and already finished one of them. Wish Diviners weren’t such a door stopper!

  5. L.M. Sherwin says:

    WOW…time really does fly by. Insanity. Hmmm…favorite book this year…I’d have to say “Small Gods” by Terry Pratchett. I ADORED that book. I love all of Terry Pratchett’s books, though, and have read several this year of his, so they might ALL be my “favorite” of the year. Yeah, I’m really looking forward to reading “Flame of Sevenwaters”.

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, I have come to the conclusion this past week that I need to make more of an effort to have more Terry Pratchett in my life. I’ve only read two books to date, adored them both, so why haven’t I read others? Will remedy soon.

  6. Heidi, I AM FREAKING OUT WITH YOU! I need to read All the Stars before the year is up as well, simply because it’s for NG. I can’t recommend The Diviners or The Raven Boys enough, but if you wait to read them just before their sequels release, that’s alright too. DoBaS is rumored to have a cliffhanger which is why I might stay away from it for awhile and I’ve heard mixed things about Vessel. I personally want you to read The Darkest Minds so I can decide whether or not to pick it up, but A Face Like Glass is apparently amazing! I don’t know what you should read! They’re all amazing! I’m finishing up Kate Daniels now, but I’ll have to crack down on those 2012 books soon! Where did the year go? Anyway, I love this post. I might have to do one myself! 😉

    • Heidi says:

      Total freak out, right?! Ugh…let’s not talk about how behind I am on NG books atm. I WILL catch up. I actually think I’m going to probably put off reading DoBaS as well. It seems…heavy. Which is fine, but heavy with a cliffhanger? I’d like to have book 3 in sight to comfort me, or at least wrap things up. I haven’t heard much about The Darkest Minds yet at all, but I’ve been so wanting to read Alexander Bracken! Because I haven’t heard much, it’s not going to be a priority, but I’m still hoping to get there. I WILL get to A Face Like Glass. I know I’ll love it, because I’ve loved the other two Hardinge books I’ve read this year.

  7. Kristen says:

    I came to the same realization recently and am also sad about not being able to read all the books by the end of the year.

    My vote from that list is The Killing Moon! It’s one of my top books from this year, probably even in the top spot. :)

    • Heidi says:

      Stressful, no? Between you and The Book Smugglers, I’m certain I need to give The Killing Moon a read. Started it last night, and so far the world building has me completely entranced!

  8. I vote for Fairyland 2 and A Face Like Glass as well. There are so many on that list that I haven’t read either…panic! I can’t believe this year is almost over. That’s just surreal. I swear my life is speeding up.

    • Heidi says:

      I know, it’s so crazy how time flies these days!

      You know, you actually do perceive time quicker the older you get. 😛

      A Face Like Glass is a definite priority, and Fairyland in the top 8–will most likely get to both!

  9. TG says:

    Oh, I started my freak out when there were still 3 months left. Just knew I wouldn’t get through all the 2012 releases I wanted to read before the year was done and dusted. I’m upset for the exact same reason – I always have to put a disclaimer before my ‘favourites of the year’ list and say “Now, I didn’t read X and X and X and X and they may very well have made this list”!

    We both just have to…relax. Take a deep breath. It’s not that important. Good books will still be good books if we read them in 2012 or 2022.

    • Heidi says:

      Haha, I WISH I’d started to freak out a month ago–I feel like I’d get more done that way! But yes, you’re exactly right, it doesn’t really matter whether we get to read them this year or sometime in the future. It is a good impetus to get me to read a lot of the books I’ve bought this year and haven’t read yet, though! I’m terrible about reading books I own…

  10. The New Year is only 8 weeks away! How can that be? I swear it was January 2012 yesterday.

    Okay, so one of my favorite books this year was Pushing the Limits. You’ve probably already read this one (and it isn’t a 2012 release) but I’m listening to Beauty Queens right now, and holy cow, it’s amazing. Good luck!

    • Heidi says:

      I know, right? The audio for Beauty Queens is amazing! I’m so glad to hear you’re listening to it. I do have a copy of Pushing the Limits, but haven’t read it yet. I’m really honestly not sure it’s the right book for me. Contemporary is my least favorite genre, so it usually takes exceptional and perfect for me books in that genre to make my list (like Jellicoe Road).

  11. I FEEL YOU.

    I’m like 30 books behind.

    30 HEIDI!!!

  12. Jasmine Rose says:

    Oh, come now. Was it really necessary to point that out? I can still remember the first book I read in 2012 and now you’re telling me we’ve almost come full circle. I was happy living in my world of denial, Heidi 😛

    • Heidi says:

      Bwwahaha, sorry, Jasmine! Crazy, right? My first books of the year were Chime and Under the Never Sky…it seems so long ago now!

  13. Oh my goodness. Perhaps I should be freaking out a little bit more but I rarely freak out about squeezing books in. I freak out about being overly emotional about books, which I kind of love anyway. I am such a geek.

    I’m gonna be the equivalent of a vbook blog photobomb here and say Rootless by Chris Howard. Not necessarily to squeeze it in for the end of the year, because you have a long enough list of ones that you really want to read. But I’m just here to gently whisper it to you again and remind you that I really liked it, and that Nick Podehl narrated it and the audio is just as great as the print. Seriously. Also the ending doesn’t have a cliffhanger and the male YA protag isn’t stupid. And there is no love triangle or instalove. Plus there are female pirates. So if it isn’t on your OMG! MUST READ NOW! list, try to throw it in sometime soon. Remember, I had a white-knuckled death grip on my Kindle and breathed in very awesomely weird ways while I read it, which is my absolute tell-tale sign that I loved it. :)

    Good luck with all of these! (When I go visiting – that’s I read the most. But I’m just odd like that.)

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, I love you. I’m so torn about Rootless since finding out that it’s a series! I know that I really want to read it, or LISTEN to it because it’s Nick Podehl, but I’m in less of a hurry now. Certainly high on the radar though.

      I’m sure I’ll get a fair amount of reading done on my trip, particularly the travel bits–but I haven’t been home in a year, so I’ll likely be playing games/baking/watching movies with my family as much as possible before I have to say goodbye again.

  14. Uhmm…COME AGAIN?!?!? EIGHT WEEKS?!? Why haven’t I been reading? WHY HAVE I BEEN RE-READING BOOKS INSTEAD OF READING NEW BOOKS?! Seriously.. ::throws Daughter of the Forest aside and picks up Jepp:: ::runs back to Daughter of the Forest cooing…so sorry my love, so sorry::

    Okay back to what I was saying…do you know that I want to read all of THOSE BOOKS except 3? Also? Summer and Bird..and FLAME and Falling Kingdoms..oh god..

    ::rocks in corner::

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, yeah, but try not to stress too much.

      I basically came up with a list of 8 that I definitely want to get read:
      The Killing Moon
      The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
      And All the Stars
      A Face Like Glass
      Splendors and Glooms
      The Raven Boys
      The Diviners

      I’ve already crossed two off that list! After that I’m going to try to tie up all 2012 ARCs I haven’t read yet, and just cut my losses on whatever I can’t get into. :)

  15. Chachic says:

    LOL at this post! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to help you decide what to read because I haven’t gone through the books in your pile. Would love to hear what you think of them though.

    I don’t even want to think about my own TBR pile for the year – it looks like I won’t be able to finish my Goodreads challenge either. I don’t want to pressured myself so I’m just going with the flow. 😛

    • Heidi says:

      Yeah, you’re doing the right thing just going with the flow! Especially considering the monumental life changes you went through this year–there are bigger priorities for the moment than completing your Goodreads challenge. 😛

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