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message 1: by Carina (new)

Carina  | 1629 comments Hello everyone! Its that time of the year again.
Just like last year, let's share those books that have made our favorites and stayed with us this year.

Let's pick our Top 5 to 10 books we have read from January to June 2012

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And let everyone know in a brief message, why the book was so great.
Near the end of the year, I'll post a PART 2 to this topic. But for now, let's see the awesome books everyone's read so far!


message 2: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 338 comments for YA, I don't have a top 5, I have a top 2 ;) -

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone - the imagery that she used of prague as well as the world building just blew me away - I did listen to the audio which I think influenced me for the positive

2. Forbidden - I still need to write my review for this one, because nothing I write measures up to how it made me feel and think


message 3: by Wendy F (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 2731 comments I wouldn't mind hearing a few of your fav adult books too, Dee. I think last year we didn't stick only to YA... did we?


message 4: by Carina (new)

Carina  | 1629 comments Nope, its cool if you post your Adult picks too, Dee.
Of course we want the main focus to be on YA, but at least I personally don't mind at all to know what your Adult Favs are.
I know AT LEAST one of my favs this year is an Adult book.


message 5: by Wendy F (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 2731 comments Me too. Yu could always separate them in the post too. I think that's what I did last year.


message 6: by Wendy F (last edited Jun 13, 2012 10:35AM) (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 2731 comments My YA Fav's from Jan-June of 2012!

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee - This book was daaaark. It went where I never thought a YA would go. Honestly, I thought that Anna Dressed in Blood was creepy, but that was a roll on a Daisy covered hill in comparison to Angelfall. Super Creepy and chilling, but still so good and humerous. Grade A book. Blew. My. Mind!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Buckets of tears went into reading this book. Buckets. Waterfalls. Even rereading the quotes randomly (yes, I do this!) still gets me choked up and my eyes tear up. Did I expect it? Absolutely. Were parts of it like Green was purposely poking that emotional button? For sure. Didn't matter, it still suckerpunched me in the gut. At the same time, it was absolutely beautiful and funny, poignant. One of the coolest YA characters ever in Gus Waters.


Wonder by R.J. Palacio - This book is shelved as Middle Grade at our bookstore. I definitely think it fits, and you should read it with that mindset. With that said, it is a great look at kindness and acceptance and love. In my review I said that I think every young child should read this book, and I meant it. I read it outloud with my own daughter because I think there's a pretty important lesson in here, on top of a great funny/sad story. The end was a bit overshot, but the ideal was in the right place. A must read, I say.

Unwind (Unwind, #1) by Neal Shusterman - This may be an old book for most of you but I only JUST read it a couple months ago. I love Schusterman. His writing stile is awesome and thought provoking in a brilliantly offbeat way. Moments in this book were brutal to read, (view spoiler), but damn if it doesn't leave a serious impression.

My fav Adult books!

Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3) by Ilona Andrews & Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4) by Ilona Andrews - Um, do I really have to explain?! Curran, hello!

Special Forces - Soldiers (Special Forces, #1) by Marquesate - Don't read this book if you can't handle M/M, violence, brutal depiction of war, or violent crimes. IF you can, then this is a seriously amazing story. I have no words, really. Here is my review.


message 7: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 338 comments my fav adult books so far (and these are the ones I have given 5 stars too)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - I know of a lot of people who had issues with this book because of some of the pictures included, but because I listened to it - I was completely sucked into the story - it used 3 narrators so you could really hear the different POV's and I loved the main character

I am Forbidden - I just finished this book the other day, so no review yet - but it blew me away - maybe cause I didn't know a lot about this sect of judaism (if that is even the right word) - and I totally didn't see the ending


message 8: by Jenny, puppets' bane (last edited Jul 02, 2012 06:29PM) (new)

Jenny (narcisse) | 1946 comments Hmmmmmm.

Favorites:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Don't think I need to explain this one really. Brilliant.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein - Also freaking brilliant. One of my top historical fictions, along with Between Shades of Gray.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor - Fun, fun, fun lore and world and characters and everything.
In Honor by Jessi Kirby - Sad and authentic and sweet.
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, #1) by Leigh Bardugo - Fun, fun, fun world, sexah villain, reluctant hero, adorb love interest.
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers - Amazing look at the darker side of human nature, not a lot of face biting but there is at least one face bite. I love the moods that Courtney Summers is able to create for her characters.
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson - Sad and wonderful all at once.

Honorable Mention:
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas - Another fun, engrossing fantasy. I'm not sure the writing is quite good enough to make me rank it among these others, which is the reason for the honorable mention.

I liked a lot of sad and fucked up books so far this year! Wow. but also a few fantasies whose worlds are pretty easy to become immersed in. So there you go.


message 9: by Stacia (the 2010 club), groupaholic (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) | 5139 comments I am Forbidden looks really good Dee. I just added that to my list.

Will come up with my list later tonight maybe.


Rachael (pagesofpiper) (piperbunny) Wow, I can't believe we're here again!!

In no particular order:

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder One of the best fantasy books of all time, it got me hooked with the poison taster bit and I just loved how the story continued.

When I Was Joe (When I Was Joe, #1) by Keren David Yeah... I know I always bring this one up but it's soooooo good!!

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein Amazing book of two best friends set in England in world war 2, they had a lot of courage. What amazed me the most was the style of writing, it was done in such a unique way.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys One of the most heart-wrenching, harrowing books I've ever read... hoping it wins the Carnegie Medal 2012 tomorrow!


message 11: by Stacia (the 2010 club), groupaholic (last edited Jun 13, 2012 05:09PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) | 5139 comments Oh I hope it wins too! I want Between Shades of Gray to get some attention. It would make an excellent movie. It's the WWII movie that's never been made.

I'm going to have to read When I Was Joe sometime. If a person goes on that much about a book it might be worth checking out!


message 12: by Isamlq (last edited Jun 13, 2012 09:52PM) (new)

Isamlq | 612 comments Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3) by Mira Grant This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #3) by Megan Whalen Turner The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

* going to edit this in a bit..


message 13: by Stacie (new)

Stacie  (stack-i-e) Top Favorites * First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda Jones Leviathan (Leviathan, #1) by Scott Westerfeld

Others Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys


message 14: by Carina (last edited Jun 13, 2012 09:49PM) (new)

Carina  | 1629 comments Absoulute Best of this year so far
YA:

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Brilliantly told in a heartwrenching brutality, that leaves you breathless. Absolutely amazing.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1) by Rae Carson Not the perfect book, but oh so entertaining. I keep thinking that it had its faults, but the fact that I'm still thinking about it, having read it back in March, must mean something. A great Fantasy book with entertainment, growth, action, twists and 'didn't see that coming' resolutions. I am highly anticipating the sequel.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor Do I even need to say why? Well, I shall just quote my dear friend Stacia. "This book, is WORD PORN."

Adult:
Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) by Darynda Jones It is freaken Charley Davidson. And it was awesome! I can not get enough of this story, these characters, the humor, the sexual tension(and release), and the "Oh so good" plot twist, Darynda Jones keeps throwing at us!
Damaged Goods by Lauren Gallagher Very short, very good story. If you're looking for a great erotica that isn't just smutt, but has a good story and good characters too. Well pick this one up.
Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10) by J.R. Ward Its corny, its cheesy, blah blah blah. Its my guilty pleasure.
Fair Game (Alpha & Omega, #3) by Patricia Briggs Its Patricia "Freaken" Briggs, people. Can't expect anything less!
The Bronze Horseman (Tatiana and Alexander, #1) by Paullina Simons Thanks to this book, I officially love Historical Fiction. This is Between Shades of Gray, with a much bigger Love story. A definite MUST READ in every night stand!
Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #1) by CJ Roberts Tabboo? Yes. Mindfuck? Yess. Still incredible? Yesss!

I got more very good books I've read, but these are definitely the best-of-the-best!


Rachael (pagesofpiper) (piperbunny) Stacia ~ the professional insomniac wrote: "Oh I hope it wins too! I want Between Shades of Gray to get some attention. It would make an excellent movie. It's the WWII movie that's never been made."

It didn't win unfortunately, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness did which was also good. But with it being on the shortlist it's been "shadowed" by 1000s or schools in the UK which is amazing stuff.


message 16: by Wendy F (last edited Jun 14, 2012 01:41PM) (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 2731 comments A Monster Calls was amazing. I liked Between Shades of Gray, it was an amazing amazing story. I liked A Monster Calls more though. I think it was a mix of the beautiful haunting story along with the artwork.


message 17: by Stacia (the 2010 club), groupaholic (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) | 5139 comments Still haven't read it. :(


message 18: by Stacia (the 2010 club), groupaholic (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) | 5139 comments Okay, strange. It's showing both Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline listed on my 2012 feed but I know I listed at least one of those for last year's end of the year topic, not sure which one now.

They're both worth mentioning again I guess.

Ready Player One was such a gamer/80's pop culture love fest. Any fan of movies/t.v./music/video games from the 70's, 80's, 90's etc. should read this book. It starts off slow but once you're into the virtual gaming world it becomes a lot of fun.

Angelfall - Post-Apocalyptic, horror, adventure, sexy, something-or-other type of read. It's got a little bit of everything. It's the perfect paranormal book for people who refuse to read PNR because there's no sappy angsty garbage in sight.

anywho...on to the rest of the list of books I know are from this year. Going off the top of my head because my list is way too long this year for books read. It's quite sad.



Group Reads I loved that I probably don't need to rehash for the millionth time -

The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Zombie winners -

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (sweet)
The First Days (As The World Dies A Zombie Trilogy #1) by Rhiannon Frater (creepy/scary)

Sci-Fi -

Unraveling (Unraveling, #1) by Elizabeth Norris (pre-apocalyptic, there's a switch)

Adult mainstream -

On the Island  by Tracey Garvis-Graves The Shadow Reader (McKenzie Lewis, #1) by Sandy Williams

Adult sexy time -

Damaged Goods by Lauren Gallagher


Rachael (pagesofpiper) (piperbunny) Jim Kay the illustrator won the greenaway for the illustrations too, it's the first year both have been won by the same book!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainme...


message 20: by Stacia (the 2010 club), groupaholic (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) | 5139 comments That's awesome.


message 21: by Wendy F (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 2731 comments That is so awesome! I loved the story, but it wouldn't have had the same impact without the artwork.


Joan (official heroine hater) | 98 comments Looking at my favorites shelf, there's really not that much that has wowed me so far this year...kinda weird. So, here are the tops
Adult:
The Bronze Horseman (Tatiana and Alexander, #1) by Paullina Simons -pretty much perfect. Loved everything about it!
The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5) by Diana Gabaldon -wasn't my favorite in the series, but just getting back to Jamie and Claire was awesome!
Young Adult:
Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1) by Bethany Griffin -something totally different from the norm and dark...
Pure (Covenant, #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout just love these books-humor, action and sexy guys. Disclaimer: No, I still haven't read the VA series!
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) by Veronica Rossi -best dysotopian so far this year. Original world building and really liked Perry :-)
Angel Fire (Angel, #2) by L.A. Weatherly -I just love these books for some reason...
Easy by Tammara Webber -one word-Lucas.


message 23: by Stacia (the 2010 club), groupaholic (last edited Jun 15, 2012 11:53AM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) | 5139 comments Wendy F wrote: "That is so awesome! I loved the story, but it wouldn't have had the same impact without the artwork."

That's why I haven't read it yet. Not going to even bother with an ebook.


message 24: by Wendy F (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 2731 comments It wouldn't be worth it at all unless you could get your hands on a print book. I'd be willing to send it to you if you want to read it but not buy it. You could just send it back when youre done.


message 25: by Stacia (the 2010 club), groupaholic (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) | 5139 comments As much as it costs for shipping, I could just pay a couple of dollars more and buy the book, so I'd rather wait. Thanks though. :)


message 26: by Wendy F (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 2731 comments Okay, I get that. Haha.


message 27: by Katy (new)

Katy | 478 comments Hmmm my favorites, in no particular order:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - John Green is an awesome writer. This book made me cry like a baby, yet it made me laugh so much. Beautiful story and loved the characters.


message 28: by Katy (new)

Katy | 478 comments I'll post the rest later...my phone is not cooperating haha.


message 29: by Wendy F (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 2731 comments I was so confused, like 'in no particular order'?


message 30: by Katy (new)

Katy | 478 comments My phone hates me. It wouldn't let me go back to the end of my comment, if that makes sense haha


message 31: by Wendy F (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 2731 comments LOL! It totally makes sense when you said it was your phone. Those things can be the devil!


message 32: by B (new)

B Katy wrote: "Hmmm my favorites, in no particular order:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- John Green is an awesome writer. This book made me cry like a baby, yet it made me laugh so much. Beautiful story and..."


I agree with you 200% this book made me teary even after i read it. Every time i thought of it, i would laugh and cry... great read!

Sorry about ur phone..those things have minds of their own!


message 33: by Kim (new)

Kim | 3 comments Help!! My to-read shelf is overcrowded. I want to read them all. I feel so book-starved here in Alaska. Where are all these books? Like any good addict, I don't have the money to feed my addiction. Any suggestions on an on-line used bookstore with free shipping? I've only found Thrift Books.


message 34: by Diane (new)

Diane | 1234 comments Many books can be read free online. I am always short on money so read online often. I usually use onread.com. They have added an advertising pop up in the last couple of months that is annoying but once you get past that it's pretty good. Check them out and see if you can put a dent in your TBR list. Mine keeps growing regardless of how much I read.


message 35: by Stacia (the 2010 club), groupaholic (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) | 5139 comments Are you looking for mainly paper books or a combo of paper and ebooks? Because the options are much more broad with ebooks because of online library lending, freebies, gallies, etc.


message 36: by Kim (new)

Kim | 3 comments Diane wrote: "Many books can be read free online. I am always short on money so read online often. I usually use onread.com. They have added an advertising pop up in the last couple of months that is annoying bu..."

Thanks Diane and Stacia. Who knew? Now I do. I'll (try to) check it out.


message 37: by Jill (new)

Jill (prospecter) | 6 comments Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth - How am I ever going to wait until fall 2013 for book #3?!
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer - My 16 yo daughter kept telling me I needed to read this book. Very glad I did.
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak - Fantastic message. Kind of reminded me of the new tv series Touch with Kiefer Sutherland.
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1) by Scott Westerfeld - Thanks to the book challenge I was forced to read a sci fi book and found that I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Poison Study (Study, #1) by Maria V. Snyder - Probably my favorite monthly book choice.


message 38: by Stacia (the 2010 club), groupaholic (last edited Jun 24, 2012 02:10PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) | 5139 comments Kim wrote: "Diane wrote: "Many books can be read free online. I am always short on money so read online often. I usually use onread.com. They have added an advertising pop up in the last couple of months that ..."

I've been super slacking this week on checking for deals and freebies but we do post finds in this topic : http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/6...

The audiobooks topic has this summer's free offerings from Sync. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, one of the books on a few people's favorite lists will be among one of the freebies this summer, as are a couple of other good books such as Anna Dressed in Blood. : http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/7...


message 39: by Katy (new)

Katy | 478 comments okay so I can finish my list now haha!!

TFIOS is probably my favorite. After that:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Another sad but beautiful book. (I'm one for emotional books haha.) This was such a quick, easy read, yet it left SUCH an impression. So heart wrenching.

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) by James Dashner A lot of people seem to dislike this book/series, but it was like crack for me. I was unsure the first few chapters...and then I was addicted. It was just a fun and crazy read.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown I'm interested in school shootings- I always have been. I do a lot of research on them. I was so excited when I finally got my hands on this book, and I was not disappointed. It's an emotional ride and very real. I also really connected with the main character.

Also, though this is nonfiction, Columbine by Dave Cullen left me speechless. I couldn't even look at a high school for like 2 weeks. I already knew a lot about Columbine, but I learned a lot more from this book. So sad though.


message 40: by Stacia (the 2010 club), groupaholic (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) | 5139 comments I've wanted to read Columbine for a while now. One of my husband's good friends was attending there when the shooting happened, so I've always been curious about the story behind what happened.


message 41: by Roshini (new)

Roshini | 17 comments Stacia ~ mistress of mediocrity wrote: "I've wanted to read Columbine for a while now. One of my husband's good friends was attending there when the shooting happened, so I've always been curious about the story behind what happened."

I have that book on my shelf, and I really should get down to reading it. I think I need to be in the right frame of mind for that though.


message 42: by Katy (new)

Katy | 478 comments Yes, it is an intense book. I couldn't read it before bed. I don't recommend it unless you are prepared-even though you really can't prepare yourself for it.


message 43: by Angie (new)

Angie (pinkindle) | 828 comments My absolute favorite of the year so far is Struck by Jennifer Bosworth . I wonder if I'll read anything in the second half of the year that will top it?

My other 5 star reads so far:
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst The Duff Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger The Future of Us by Jay Asher Fury  by Shirley Marr Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1) by Jessica Spotswood Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee Faefever (Fever, #3) by Karen Marie Moning Shadowfever (Fever, #5) by Karen Marie Moning

And since that's only 9, I'll throw in an almost 5 star read:
If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5) by Rachel Vincent


message 44: by Stacia (the 2010 club), groupaholic (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) | 5139 comments Drink, Slay, Love was such a fun read. I love snarky characters and the were-unicorn twist was awesome.

Adding a couple from this month :

Want by Stephanie Lawton - The story is so beautifully written and the author is such a sweetheart. With all of the author drama on GR lately, it's nice to find a genuinely sweet person who is gracious to the reviewers. The student-teacher relationship was handled carefully, and the ending was satisfying without any sort of feeling like you wanted to strangle the lead character for making poor decisions when it was all said and done.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga - the story was extremely gruesome and dark but it was handled in a way that wasn't too over the top or tacky.


message 45: by Emily (last edited Jul 02, 2012 03:39PM) (new)

Emily (librarylil) | 358 comments Here are my favorites from the first half of this year, in the order I read them:

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray Hilarious premise and it's satire! Plus the funniest fake commercial ever. And the audio version (read by the author) rocks.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green I cried buckets. I even laughed. Read it quickly, then listened to it to savor it.

Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls, #5) by Ally Carter I love this series and the latest did not disappoint.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater I was skeptical because I tried Shiver and couldn't get past the first 40 pages, but I loved it. Really good on audio. I wanted to move there, and I am not a place person as far as reading goes.

Unwind (Unwind, #1) by Neal Shusterman Bloody Brilliant. One of my top 2. (Can't pick just one!)

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1) by Holly Black Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black Black Heart (Curse Workers, #3) by Holly Black I'm counting these as one because I read them back-to-back-to-back. It took me a little to get into the first one but once I was there, I loved it. Fantastic trilogy with a concept I found to be really original.

Music Was It Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan G. Rubin Yes, it's nonfiction. And it's not trendy. But I'd be lying if I didn't include it among my favorites.


The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus, #4) by Jonathan Stroud Bartemeaus is back!

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt The other one that is tied for the top spot. Awesome. Pure awesome. I was actually excited for my 45-minute drive home because it meant I got to listen to more of it.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1) by Rae Carson I thought it was really different and really enjoyed it.


message 46: by Stacia (the 2010 club), groupaholic (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) | 5139 comments Nice list Emily!


message 47: by Jenny, puppets' bane (new)

Jenny (narcisse) | 1946 comments updated mine now that June is over.


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