Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 Blogging -- It's a Wrap!

There's something satisfying about looking over my accomplishments for the year... finding some great new books to add to my list of favorites, expanding my library, and discovering new authors.  I'll never accomplish all the reading that I hope to get to in a year, but that's ok....I just keep adding to the TBR pile and hope for the best next year. I've already posted about my top reads for 2012 (The Graveyard Queen series by Amanda Stevens), but here are a few honorable mentions for 2012 that deserve to be spotlighted and then it's a wrap on the blog until 2013. :)

Best "New-to-Me Author" goes to......Karen White

Best "Blast From the Past" Novel goes to.....The Road to Avalon by Joan Wolf

                                                         Added to my favorites list!

Best "Smokin' Hot Romance" Award goes to.....Defiant by Pamela Clare

                                                     Love those McKinnon brothers!

The "Scared the Bejeezus Out of Me" Award goes to.....The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
                                                        Crows give me the creeps!

"Prettiest Cover" Award goes to......A Lasting Impression by Tamara Alexander

Best "Time Travel" Novel goes to.....11/22/63  by Stephen King

                             Stephen King is outside of my comfort zone, but this one was great!                        

The "It's About Time I Got This One Off The TBR Shelf" Award goes to.....Here be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman

The "Well, They Liked it over at Goodreads" Award goes to......Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson 

                                                                      Just "meh."

Best "Damn! There's a Yankee in the Parlor!" award goes to.....Carrie Kingston by Betty Layman Receveur

                                                           Love those southern romances!

"Most Highly Anticipated Release in 2012" Award goes to.......The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

                                       Not her best, but it's always a treat to read her lovely writing.

And I think that just about wraps it up for 2012 on my book blog!

 I have had a great time reflecting on books and sharing my passion for reading with you. Visiting your blogs is a great experience and I am looking forward to seeing what 2013 will bring.
Wishing you all good things in the new year!


Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

Great list, Joanne. My most anticipated read of 2012 was also The Secret Keeper, and I bought The Road to Avalon on your recommendation :-)

So glad you finally read Here Be Dragons. Did you enjoy it? I can't remember if you reviewed it. I have The Haunting of Maddy Clare on my TBR pile, and must try Karen White.

All the best to you and your family in 2013!

Joanne said...

Thank you, Melissa, and looking forward to great reads with you in 2013!

Staci said...

What a fun post and there are a few books here that I will be adding to my Pinterest board for 2013 books!!!

Joanne said...

Thanks, Staci....I'm heading over to Pinterest to find you. :)

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

Great list. I really liked A Lasting Impression.

Gerbera Daisy Diaries said...

Totally agree with you about Edenbrooke!
Well done!
Look forward to your 2013 books!

Anne said...

What a great list, so many good books. I have had Here Be Dragons on my TBR list for so long, I hope I get to it soon!

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