Armchair BEA: The Best of the Best 2012

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I always have a lot of trouble with “Best of…” lists, especially if they require a certain year. I read a lot of books that aren’t necessarily the latest releases. So, I hope you’ll excuse me if I write out the best I’ve read in 2012, and not necessarily the best released in 2012.


Cinder coverCinder by Marissa Meyer – As I mentioned in my intro post, this is probably going to be my favorite of the year. I mean, really, steampunk/sci-fi and fairy tales, plus a really strong relationship between characters was all I needed, and I got so much more!




Immortal Rules CoverThe Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa – This one was a surprise to me, because it’s rare for a dystopian to come out as a favorite. I like them, it’s just they’re usually so dark, and I really love the books that balance it more. That said, this one was perfect for me, and it definitely makes the top ten list! So original and innovative – I’ll never look at vampire books the same way again!




Bitterblue cover

       Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – I haven’t even finished it yet, and I can already tell it will be a favorite of the year. Doesn’t matter what it is, if Cashore wrote it, I’m pretty much bound to like it. So far, though, this is my favorite of her books which earns it a place on my top ten favorites so far easily!




Name of the Wind cover

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Not a 2012 release, but I read it for the first time this year. I was blown away by the incredible world-building! I absolutely love Kvothe, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!





Timepiece Cover   Timepiece by Myra McEntire – I have yet to review this one, but I read it for NetGalley and loved it. Hourglass didn’t quite make “favorite” status, because even though I loved the concept, I was a little fed up with the “love at first sight” trope while reading it. Take that out of the equation, as she does by switching narrators for this book, and this one shoots straight to the top of the list!

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34 Responses to “Armchair BEA: The Best of the Best 2012”

  1. Cinder and Bitterblue were great reads for me too!!

    Here’s my Armchair BEA Best of 2012 post and my giveaway post for today!

    • Anne says:

      Oh I’m so glad you liked them! They’re definitely my favorite genres, so I knew I’d like them, but it’s great when they blow way past my expectations!

  2. Charlene says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I so need to read Bitterblue- I’ve read the previous two books and loved them.

  3. I really loved Cinder and The Immortal Rules too!! I have Graceling but I have not had a chance to read it yet. So many people love it though, I think I need to!

    • Anne says:

      You definitely need to read Graceling! It’s such a good book! Besides, then you’ll know what we’re all talking about! :)

  4. Loved Cinder, need to read The Immortal Rules and Bitterblue still. Great picks

  5. Jennifer says:

    I really need to read Immortal Rules soon…sounds awesome! I absolutely loved Cinder too. Great list!

  6. I have to admit that I really disliked The Immortal Rules, BUT I’ve heard awesome things about Cinder, Bitterblue, and Timepiece … I must read them soon! :)

  7. Yay Timepiece! Probably my favorite read this week. Also loved Immortal Rules. Haven’t gotten to Bitterblue or Cinder yet (I am planning on reading Graceling and Fire this week though!) and I am still kind of undecided about Kvothe. I’ve been 2/3 of the way through Wise Man’s Fear for…oh, ever now, and the reason I’m stuck is because he’s irritating me beyond all reason. I need to just push through to the end.

    Great list though! Here’s my Best of 2012!

  8. elena says:

    I’ve heard REALLY GOOD things about The Name of the Wind. I almost purchased it the other day, actually! It sounds like the kind of fantasy I would love.

    • Anne says:

      It is a great high fantasy, so if you like that kind of thing, it’s definitely for you! I would only caution that it takes a little time to get into, like most epic fantasies, so it’s not for the faint of heart lol.

  9. Yael Itamar says:

    I liked The Name of the Wind a lot, but I wasn’t as crazy about the sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear. You might be different, though, so you should check it out.

  10. ibeeeg says:! A fabulous list you have!

    The Name of the Wind was my favorite book read for 2011. Such great writing.

    I have yet to read Cinder…it is on my list…you have me pumped up to read it like yesterday. Need to get my hands in the book.

    Bitterblue is another one on my list..actually, I need to go and purchase it right now.

    I agree with you about Immortal Rules being unique….I was pleasantly surprised by the grittiness if the story.

    Timepiece sounds very intriguing…another one to get my hands on.

    Again…great list!

    • Anne says:

      So many good books out there, right? Definitely try to get to Bitterblue soon, I finished it last night and it just left me completely breathless! SO GOOD!

  11. Soooo want to read Cinder!!!!! and all the other books you have listed,
    The book mystress, x

    • Anne says:

      Definitely read Cinder soon! It is soooo good! Besides, then you’ll know what all the fuss is about and can help us bully other people into reading it 😉

  12. Smash Attack says:

    Nothing has pushed The Immortal Rules out of the top spot for me yet. It was SO epic. I really need to read Bitterbue soon, but I think I might reread Graceling and Fire first. They are totally worth of rereads.

    • Anne says:

      I thought about rereading Graceling and Fire first, but I just couldn’t justify it with so many other books vying for my attention. Now though, after finishing Bitterblue last night, all I want to do is go back to Graceling and read the entire series straight through, knowing what I know. The story changes so much by the end, and it is SO beautiful.

      Just to warn you, Bitterblue may knock Immortal Rules out of the top spot – it is BY FAR my favorite of the year!

  13. Felicia says:

    I just picked up Graceling so I am glad to hear that Bitterblue is on your list. I am not a huge YA reader but my friends told me this series I would like :)

    • Anne says:

      I think Cashore’s work is great for people who don’t read YA that much, because the issues at stake are so much bigger than issues that are considered “just for teens.” Her books could easily be recovered and marketed to the adult audience, without making any changes to the content.

      Let me know what you think :)

  14. cupcake says:

    I really liked The Immortal Rules, too! But I admit to being kind of over the whole vampire thing. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    • Anne says:

      Yeah, vampires have been overdone I think. They need a makeover or they need to leave. I keep thinking we’ll get the next big thing to come through soon, so here’s hoping!

  15. Hi! I just wanted to stop by and thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment on my Networking aBEA post. :) I love that you were able to translate for the little French boys. I would love to be able to speak French!

    I also loved Cinder, but have not read any of the others you mentioned yet! Soon!

    • Anne says:

      At least you speak Spanish though – I think everyone should learn a foreign language really well so they can communicate with SOMEONE from a different country.

      Thanks for returning the visit :)

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