I'm one of the hosts of Last Reads of 2012 -- a readathon that encourages participants to finish those last few books they want to read in 2012.
This is not a competitive readathon, just a way to let you set whatever goals you have and try to reach them. If it's just to finish one book by year's end, that's fine. You can sign up here!
How am I doing? Since the challenge started on December 17, I've read only one book. But I'm hoping to get a lot of reading done this weekend. I have 6 more books to read to make my Goodreads goal of 200 books read in 2012. I can do it!
As part of the event, we're also looking back on what we've read over the past year. Below are a list of challenges and my response to each. I also hosted a challenge on books that made me laugh or cry (or both) and you can find that here.
Saving June by Hannah Harrington (Harlequin)
This book wasn't really on my radar at all, but then I kept hearing about it. I went on the Barnes and Noble website and it was getting great reader reviews. So I tried it and loved it.
Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie (Candlewick) AND
If I Lie by Corrine Jackson (Simon Pulse)
I also didn't know much about these two until I started reading for my YA On the Homefront series. But I was blown away by how much I loved both of them.
Butter by Erin Jade Lange (Bloomsbury)
This book about an overweight boy who intends to eat himself to death is an underdog book just by its subject. If you're squeamish, don't be. This is a great story that's not just about about weight issues, but also about technology and how it affects our relationships.
December 19th: Singing and Reading in the Rain Standalone Sorrow. What? No Sequel?
I do NOT have Standalone Sorrow. In fact, I ran a series this year called Standalone Saturday that identified great standalones for those readers who are series-weary. Here are some of my favorite standalones of 2012:
Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols (MTVBooks/Simon & Schuster)
In Honor by Jessi Kirby (Simon & Schuster)
My Life In Black and White by Natasha Friend (Viking)
December 20th: Lili Lost in a Book Sleep? What’s That For? Books That Kept You Up All Night
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Zombie apocalpyse meets the Breakfast Club. Loved this one!
Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Balzer + Bray)
A girl who comes up from the underworld to say goodbye! Shades of Persephone!
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion)
Such an intense and gripping book. I could not put this one down.
December 20, 2012 The Bookshelves Battle of the Teams
I'm so indecisive. But with these particular love triangles, there's just no question who the girl should end up with:
Twilight? Of course Edward. Poor Jacob never even had a chance.
Vampire Academy? Same with Rose and Dmitri. I love Adrian, but he and Rose aren't a good match.
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini? I'm totally Team Orion. Lucas is way too broody for me.
Clockwork Angel by Cassie Clare? I still need to read Clockwork Prince. So I should finish this post and get on that!
December 21st: Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf Best Debuts!
Wow, this is such a hard one. I've read 63 debuts this year according to my Goodreads page and so many of them were fantastic. Here are a few you might have missed out on:
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna (Balzer + Bray)
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock (Katherine Tegen)
Slide by Jill Hathaway (Balzer + Bray)
Through to You by Emily Hainsworth (Balzer + Bray)
Okay, time to stop reminiscing and GET READING! How are you doing with your end of year reading goals?