Favorite Reads of 2012

I can’t believe January is almost over and I still haven’t posted my favorite reads from 2012. My day job has been all-consuming. As one of my coworkers said today – it’s been like going mach 10 with my hair on fire!

But I’ve fallen in love with reading all over again over the past couple years, and wanted to look back at some of my favorite reads in 2012.

First of all, 2012 marked my all-time highest number of books read in a single year with 52! Yes, you read that right – FIFTY TWO books read, averaging one per week. Considering that after I discovered crochet in October I hardly read anything the last couple months of the year, that means some weeks I read more than one.

Crazy when I think of it that way.

I keep track of what I’m reading on Goodreads. It’s a social site where you connect with your friends and authors and can leave and read reviews, etc. I have more books on my virtual to-read shelf on Goodreads than I will ever get to…unless I win the lottery…and live to be 182.

The other cool thing about Goodreads is that they have a challenge you can sign up for (for free) to set a goal each year for number of books and it tells you how far along you are and if you’re ahead or behind. I’m the kind of person that likes to check off boxes, is competitive even with myself, and loves seeing progress made like this!

You can see all the books I read in 2012 on my Goodreads challenge page. Now that I’m looking back through the books I read, it’s actually hard to pick my favorites. I’m actually quick a picky reader. If I don’t get sucked into a book quickly, I put it down and move on. There are too many good books in the world to get to, you know? But here are some noteworthy ones that I really enjoyed and that I recommend regularly to others.

Would Make the Most Beautiful Movie

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

It was gorgeous. This pacing was slow and methodical which added to the drama. The description of the circus, the characters, the mood…I was there in my mind and done right, it would be a stunning movie.

Reminds Me Why I Shouldn’t Start a Trilogy Until All Three Books Are Out

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I DEVOURED this book. It’s nearly 500 pages and I read it in 1.5 days! I literally read this until my eyes would NOT stay open. I loved the exploration of personal choice. An interesting twist on the dystopian trilogy. I was so glad that the second book (Insurgent) also came out last year (I think I liked it even better than the first one)…but book 3 is almost a year away!!! I am avoiding trilogies until all three books are out because I’m a very impatient person. LOL

Murder Mystery Meets Chic Lit

Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson

I got turned on to a few great series this past year, and this is one of my favorite. I like mysteries, but it’s sometimes hard to read murder mysteries. They can be really intense. This balanced out with the right about of chic lit (which I also enjoy) which led me to read the first seven books in this series last year.

Can’t Believe I Waited So Long To Read This

Harry Potter

I know, I know…I’m totally late to this party. I’ve heard amazing things about this series (and my book club in Houston finally fully accepts me as a member now that I’ve started reading these). The kick in the pants for me was that my 7-year old niece wanted to start reading it, and I thought “I can be the cool aunt that reads along with her.” And umm..I LOVE these books! I’m through the first three books and could have kept going. But honestly…the books were getting longer and I was afraid I couldn’t fit another one in before the end of the year. LOL So, I got diverted with a couple other books now, but I will be getting back to Hogwarts VERY SOON!


Really I could pretty much go on about nearly every book I read that year. But those are some of my favorites. My to-read list for 2013 is ever-growing, and Goodreads is already telling me I’m behind for my goal of 52 books this year. :-) But, if you have an absolute favorite, must-read book that you’d recommend, I’d love to hear about it! Drop me a note in the comments below!

Note: All book links above are Amazon affiliate links. That just means if you go to Amazon through one of these links and make a purchase, they give me a tiny commission (at no additional cost to you). But my recommendations are my own (I purchased each of these books on my own or borrowed them from the library) and I was not paid to endorse or promote any of these books.


  1. Julie says:

    Great list! I’m glad you are also late to the Harry Potter party so we can be late together. Great series, but the last book is huge! I really need to read Night Circus. Someone needs to make it a book club book so I can make it a priority. I listed my top 10 reads for last year in a blog post too and HP and Insurgent made that list. So we have some shared favorites :)
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    • Girl Going Country says:

      The Night Circus is a little a long, but I thought it was so worth it! Looked at your top 10 – and really enjoyed The Giver, too. It almost made my list. :-)

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