Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking Back: 12 Books I Wish I'd Read in 2012

This has been a tough year for me, reading-wise. Between working on my own novel, helping take care of my grandma and general life stuff going on, I haven't read or reviewed as much as I would have liked. With that in mind, here are 12 books I wish I'd read this year, why I want to read them and why I didn't. Let's see if I can make getting these read in 2013 a top priority!

The Vincent Boys
by Abbi Glines

Why I Want To Read It: I got this as a Christmas gift twice--once for my Kindle last year, and again as a paperback this year. Obviously, fate wants me to read this book. And I'll admit, I kinda am intrigued. *laughs*

Why I Haven't: I started to read this--while my grandma was in the hospital, before she had received her diagnosis. That is not a conductive time to be reading and retaining anything, so I decided I would stop and come back to this later. As you can see, that did not happen. It needs to, since I recall being very interested in the story.

Clockwork Prince
by Cassandra Clare

Why I Want To Read It: I read and loved Clockwork Angel, and I actually bought it after buying this book on sale at WalMart last year. This is long overdue to be read and I definitely want to have it read by the time Clockwork Princess releases.

Why I Haven't: Your guess is as good as mine here. I often try not to read sequels too close together, but the amount of time I've waited on this is kinda ridiculous and I'm thinking of throwing that rule out the window. If I want to read stuff back to back, why shouldn't I?

Second Chance Summer
by Morgan Matson

Why I Want To Read It: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour was a totally amazing book, so reading another contemporary YA by Morgan Matson seems like a good call. I read a sample of this on Kindle and liked it.

Why I Haven't: This one's going to hit a lot closer then I usually want a book to hit me. Losing a loved one is always hard and knowing you're about to seems like it would be unimaginable. I have a strong suspicion that I'm going to be a mess if I read this.

The Mephisto Kiss
by Trinity Faegen

Why I Want To Read It: I really enjoyed The Mephisto Covenant and I was eagerly awaiting this book for most of 2012.

Why I Haven't: Life has just been so darn busy! I was knee deep in my second round of Sealer's Promise edits when I bought this, I got it in a huge Amazon order and it kinda buried itself among the books on my shelf. Bad!

My Life Next Door
by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Why I Want To Read It: I've heard so many good things about this and I have a strong suspicion that this is going to be my kinda book. I didn't read nearly as much contemporary this year as I wanted to, and I think that may have had something to do with some of my burn out issues. I need to pay closer attention to that in 2013.

Why I Haven't: This book is proving elusive, much as Die For Me and Enclave did before it. I can't read this yet, because I don't own it. I need to make this a priority 1 in my next Amazon order.

by Megan McCafferty

Why I Want To Read It: It's the other half of Bumped, which was one of my favorite books of 2011. I ordered this the day it released!

Why I Haven't: I got this, Insurgent, The Fault In Our Stars and The Selection in the same order. Two books made my Best list, and two made this one. I guess that says something about my buying habits, huh?

by Veronica Roth

Why I Want To Read It: It's the sequel to Divergent. Need I say more? I'm embarrassed that I haven't read this yet. I put it off on purpose and then--WHY?--never got back to it.

Why I Haven't: By the time this book came out I was so sick of the promotional campaign for it that I decided the best thing I could do for the book was to wait until people weren't as sick as I was of seeing Insurgent related posts anymore. Then I kinda forgot about it entirely. Oops. I'll need to fix that when the mood hits me.

A Midsummer's Nightmare
by Kody Keplinger

Why I Want To Read It: There is a book by Kody Keplinger that I have not read yet. Something is inherently wrong with that sentence. Those words shouldn't be able to go together. This is a travesty that must be fixed!

Why I Haven't: I love Kody's books and I usually read them the minute they release... and then have to wait forever for the next one. I thought I was being smart waiting to read this. But I didn't mean to wait this long.

The Iron Daughter
by Julie Kagawa

Why I Want To Read It: I totally loved The Iron King, I own the entire Iron Fey series and the fact that I haven't read this yet is nuts!

Why I Haven't: I honestly don't know. I found The Iron King very tense and I'm equal parts excited and scared to see what will happen between Ash and Meghan. It's silly I haven't gone on... And I need to fix it.

Catching Jordan
by Miranda Kenneally

Why I Want To Read It: I've already read half of this and loved it. And I know a lot of my friends have read and loved it. I desperately want to finish this and get Stealing Parker, actually.

Why I Haven't: My wrists / hands had their flare up start half way through this book and I was physically unable to finish it! I can't put into words how irritating this was. I was getting very into this and was not happy with needing to set it down. I was tempted to get it for my kindle so I could continue, but I hate buying stuff twice.

by Merissa Meyer

Why I Want To Read It: I love fairy tale retellings and I've heard nothing but praise for Cinder all year. This has been sitting on my shelf for a year as of today. Gah!

Why I Haven't: I honestly have no idea. Everything about this book should appeal to me, yet here it sits. Has it been mood? Is the cover too simple? Am I afraid it might disappoint due to all the hype? I couldn't tell ya. I just know I haven't read it.

The Book I Most Wish I'd Read In 2012 is...

Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

Why I Want To Read It:

-- It has a hero named Jason. That's my boyfriend's name. I find that cute.

-- I've heard much praise for the London setting. I'm always a sucker for a book that does a good job with it's setting.

-- I can be neurotically organized, so I can relate to Julia. A lot.

-- It looks like the kind of fun, sweet romance I've been dying to read for months. I'm totally dying to get my hands on this book. *goes to check again*

Why I Haven't: 

Why So Difficult, huh?!

This book has been a total pain in the butt to get ahold of. It's been outta stock on Amazon. It's name has eluded me twice. It got mixed up with another title at Christmas. It wasn't in stock last week when I went to chapters. It wants to be one of THOSE books. You know the type I'm talking about.

So, what book did you want to read this year and not get to? And which book on my list do you think I most need to read? I'd love to know, so feel free to leave a comment! :) 


  1. hehehe..i couple of these are in my tbr pile!!!

  2. Meant to Be is cute. Also, I've been dying to read several of these books you listed. I'll definitely have to read them soon. Thanks for sharing.


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