Tuesday 1 January 2013

Top 12 of 2012

Happy New Year.

I hope you all had a fantastic time celebrating the New Year in and I wish you all love, joy, good health and success in the coming year.

Over the last couple of weeks I have seen a lot of 'End of Year' Quizzes and summaries. I usually take part in them, but this year I decided that these authors were too awesome to just be mentioned in an end of year summary so I thought I would do a whole promotion.

For  the next 12 days I will be spotlighting a book and author that I read and loved in 2012.
2012 was such a good year for books and I read so many great stories and entered so many fantastic worlds.
I total I read 166 books in 2012. Not quite achieving my target of 200 but I'm happy with how many I did read. As you can imagine picking just 12 favourites out of those 166 was hard, but I've done it.
These were all the books I read:

So who am I going to feature? I debated whether or not to list them here, wondering if I should just let you discover someone new each day but as I have all the book covers in the banner at the top (had you noticed?) I decided to list them all.

So here is the schedule:

3rd January – Ally Condie

4th January – Alexander Gordon Smith

5th January – Maria V Snyder

6th January – Derek Landy

7th January – Teri Terry (Giveaway)

8th January – Keira Cass

9th January – Charlotte Blackwell

10th January – Erin Morgenstern

11th January – C.C Hunter

12th January – Beth Revis

13th January – Michelle Madow

14th January – Closing Post.

I contacted the authors on my list and 6 of them have done interviews for me and at least 2 have Giveaways for you to enter. The prizes are awesome - if I could keep them myself I would. :P
 I hope you'll come back everyday to share some love with these authors and maybe discover a new book yourself. 
I am so excited to get this event kicked off, so make sure you come back tomorrow to read about the awesome Megan Duncan (and enter the first GIVEAWAY!!!!)

I want this event to reach as many people as possible so I am running a Giveaway of my own that will run throughout the promotion.
I am offering a choice of one of the books mentioned, purchased from the book depository which means this giveaway is International!
All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below. 
(This is the first time I've ever used Rafflecopter so I hope it works)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


LisaILJ said...

My favorites from last year were Cinder and Insurgent.

barmybex said...

Both excellent books! Thanks for entering. :)

Cherry said...

I have many favourites but the one that floats to the top in my head is Cold Days by Jim Butcher :)

barmybex said...

I haven't read it, but have a friend who absolutely loves Jim Butcher. :D
Good luck.

rjtmisti said...

My favourite before Christmas was hard to decide, but I got The Fury for Christmas, read it all that morning, and have since fangirled about it to anyone that will (or won't) listen :P I think it's safe to say that's my favourite book of 2012 XD

barmybex said...

Excellent choice - it really is an awesome book. :D Good luck

Unknown said...

I read Skindeep by Laura Jarratt & loved it

barmybex said...

I haven't heard of Skindeep but I shall look it up. :D
Thanks for stopping by. Good luck

dean679 said...

my fav from last year was for the love of scott by jo hamilton

barmybex said...

I haven't heard of that either. This is a great way to get book recommendations.

Carole said...

Becky, thanks for linking this in. We are starting to get a lovely collection of book links. I have just signed up to follow you. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or are you already following? Cheers

barmybex said...

Thanks, yeah you have quite a list going. :D

Anonymous said...

My favorite this year was probably Cinder :)

Unknown said...

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was a great book

barmybex said...

I loved Cinder, was good.
I've got Fault in our Stars but haven't read it yet. Heard so much praise for it though! :)

Veronika said...

My favorite was Easy by Tammara Webber! Amazing read!

barmybex said...

Haven't heard of that one either, so many great recommendations. :D

Sam said...

I don't have a favourite from 2012 because I loved so many of them. I really enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss, Cinder, Shadow and Bone and Daughter of Smoke and Bone

ArtemisG said...

My favorite was Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout, thank you for the giveaway!

barmybex said...

Anna & The French Kiss is a good book. Cinder seems to be getting a lot of love. It almost made it into my top 12 but was just beaten.
Shadow and Bone was also one of my favourites. Want book 2

I haven't read daughter of smoke and bone yet, but I have it.

Pure is one that I've looked at a couple of times but never got round to reading. May have to try it now. :D

Karen and Gerard said...

My husband and I read a lot of good books last year too so we each made two favorites lists for 2012--one fiction and one non-fiction favorites.

Andra Lyn said...

I loved Cinder, Insurgent, and Thirteen!

barmybex said...

Karen & Gerard, I understand - it is so hard to pick favourites.

Andra - Cinder and Insurgent were incredible. I haven't read Thirteen though - who's it by?

Unknown said...

My favorite read of 2012 was Saving Casey and Blood, She Read. Two super awesome books!!
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Konstanz Silverbow said...

Such a hard question to answer cause I read so many incredible books.

It is a hard battle between After Hello by Lisa Mangum, Touching Smoke by Airicka Phoenix and Mythology by Helen Boswell.

Konstanz Silverbow

barmybex said...

Shannon - I haven't heard of them, will have to check them out.

Konstanz - I know how hard it is! After all - I picked 12 favourites. :D
Don't know yours either. I have a lot of books to look up :)

Good luck

Michikit said...

I am nor sure. I loved Love Lines by Diana Nixon, Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong and Onyx by JLA.
So...hmm, I guess that I would choose Love Lines. It had smart and powerful characters and it was a different reading from what I am used to. ^_^

Michikit said...

Ps: I think I entered with the name Amina B. Sorry about that.

Celeste said...

I would have to say Insurgent and Mark of Athena.

barmybex said...

Heard a lot of love for Kelley Armstrong. May have to check her books out.
And don't worry - now I know, I will know it's you if you get picked. :D

Celeste - two absolutely fabulous books! :D

colourfulchatterbox said...

Divergent and Matched series were definitely favourites of mine :)

Also Delirium (not sure if that was 2012 or before though...)

barmybex said...

Excellent choices!!!

miki said...

River road by suzanne johnson was one of my favorite

thank you

JessS said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! These authors look awesome. And I think my fave read of 2012 was Iced by Karen Marie Moning.

Elizabeth said...

Stopping by from Carole's January Books I Loved. I am in that list as # 46.

My featured book on Carole's Post is SEVEN LOCKS.

My favorite books of 2012 are here My Favorite Books of 2012

Great post.

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