2012 was a great year for reading! I fell in love with so many new authors and titles this year that a few have even made some of my other Top 10 bulletins. Here’s the best of the best in no particular order:
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Series: Kingkiller Chronicles #1
Here you have it, my favorite book of 2012! One of the best books I’ve ever read, it has everything I’ve come to expect in great fantasy. If you haven’t read it yet, you are sorely missing out! Read full review
Author: Dan Wells
Series: Partials #1
Genre: Teen Fantasy
Chosen for November’s Your Pick for Nik! feature, I was surprised by how much this story blew me away. All of you looking for the next best thing since Hunger Games, this is the novel for you! Read full review
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
I’ll say it yet one more time: Mead is one of my favorite authors of all-time, and the Succubus series is the one that helped solidify that status. I love everything about this series and recommend it to fans of Patricia Briggs and Kim Harrison.
Author: Erin Morgenstern
One of the most magical novels I’ve ever read, I can’t tell you how grateful I am that I decided to branch out of my normal repertoire to pick this up. It is a beautiful piece of work and one that I’ve been recommending to book clubs and fantasy lovers everywhere – it’s excellent!
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn #1
I can’t believe I waited so long to read this trilogy – it was amazing! Everything from the magic systems to the slew of memorable characters sent it to the top. Aside from all that, my favorite part was the ending – I’m still reeling from it months later. It’s a must-read for every fantasy buff!
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #1
Genre: Teen Paranormal Romance
A bit under the radar, this is a great new series that combines everything I loved about the House of Night series with elements of Percy Jackson mixed in for kicks. I enjoyed ever moment of it! Read full review
Author: Rachel Aaron
Series: Eli Monpress #1-3
This series is incredibly witty and original, and I still remember every detail vividly even though I read this one back in January. I found it delightfully entertaining and a great read for those of you sick of the same old stuff. Read full review
Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Grimspace #1
Genre: Science Fiction / Urban Fantasy (Space Opera)
This first book may not have been out last year, but the conclusion was and you’d better bet that I dropped everything else I was reading to finish this series! Read full review
Author: Glenda Larke
Series: Stormlords #1
Again, one of my favorite authors, and this series was her best yet! Great world-building and lovable characters that make up a trilogy that I think should be among the fantasy greats! Read full review
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Genre: Teen Fantasy
Literally the last book I finished in 2012, I stayed up an extra couple of hours practically dying with a bad cold to finish this. My only regret is that I’m almost finished with Insurgent and book three is no where on the horizon. It was excellent! Read full review
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Series: Kushiel’s #1
Okay, I’ll admit, this one was a little hard to get into at first. Don’t let that stop you, though. It is one of the most epic political love stories I’ve ever read and it was also completely unforgettable!
There you have it – all my favorites from 2012! What were some of yours?