A Year on My Bookshelf: 2012

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on January 4, 2013 in Books, Charlie Joe Jackson, Meradeth Houston |

I fell a little behind in my book reading this year. I managed to read 47 books, about 20 behind what I normally read. There are many reasons for that (having a toddler, working two jobs for a few months, having my own book come out and promoting it, and lots of reading time devoted to my editorial duties), but I don’t like to make excuses (Hah! Even though I just listed all my excuses out!).

My full list of books is on my Shelfari sidebar (just look to your right…you may have to scroll down a little) and on my Goodreads page. Still I wanted to highlight a handful of the books I found noteworthy and some I’m looking forward to reading this year.

Let’s start with books from authors I personally know (either in person or through the interweb). In the order I read them:

   Liar's Moon (Thief Errant, #2)  Truth (XVI, #2)     Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen

Colors Like Memories     Exiled: Autumn's PerilFlashback

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)      Touching the Surface     Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit (Charlie Joe Jackson, #2)


Okay, now some from authors I don’t personally know (except for maybe stalking them on the Interweb), but that I wish I personally knew. In the order I read them:

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)   The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)   Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)

 Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)  Graffiti Moon    The Fault in Our Stars

 This is Shyness (This is Shyness, #1)    Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)   The Storyteller

And finally some titles I’m looking forward to reading in 2013 (okay, the first two I’ve already finished and the third one I’m currently reading, but the rest I’m still looking forward to reading). In random order:

The Voice of Thunder    Code Name Verity    Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3)

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles, #1)    Touch of Death (Touch of Death #1)    The Flame In The Mist

The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy (The Shadow of the Unicorn, #1)     Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities    Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)

I know there are a lot more books I want to read, and even more that will pop up as the years goes on, but I included a sampling here. What were your best reads of 2012 and what are looking forward to reading this year?

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  • Meradeth says:

    Lots of awesome books there 🙂 2013 already has a huge list of books I’m hoping to get to–hopefully I manage to read a few more than last year (I topped out at 50 this year, due to all sorts of fun reasons). Thanks for including Colors!

    • Colors definitely deserved to be up there with my favorite reads of the year. I’m excited to get to have some of the books I’ve edited coming out this year. Technically I read them last year, but I’ll get to add them to my Goodreads list this year.

  • Hi Katie, it’s great to meet someone who reads even more than I do! I enjoyed looking through your list. Code Name Verity is also on my list for 2013.
    Hope you find time to read as much this year!

    • Hi, Helena! Man, you should see how much my sister reads, probably twice as many books as I do. She’s a machine. She actually recommended Code Name Verity…definitely a worthy read. Happy reading in 2013!

  • Mirka Breen says:

    Yay, Katie, my book’s in there!

    My very best to you, yours, and most especially, The Boy.

    • Mirka, just finished your book the other night. I’ll be posting a very favorable review of it in the next few days. 🙂

      Thanks for the well wishes. I’ll make sure to tell The Boy!

  • Rosalie says:

    Hi Katie, Great list. Amazing to read books so many while working, editing, writing, and being a mother too. I am thrilled to see Autumn on the list. My hat goes off to you, achieving so much in 2012. Congratulations and may your books never go out of print!
    All success and mega sales in 2013 too!

    • Hi, Rosalie! Thanks…I like to keep busy. 🙂 Congrats on all your success this year. I look forward to sneaking in another Caleath story. Mega sales for both of us in 2013!

  • You hve lots of great books on your list. I need to add a few of them to my TBR too! Thanks for sharing.

  • Patrice says:

    This is a great list, I especially like your 2013ers! Touch of Death was/is amazing, I just reviewed and gave it a five owl (star) rating on my blog. As for Code Name Verity I have heard so many great things about it in 2012 that I must read it this year.

    Happy Reading & Congrats on your ya book release last year 🙂

    • Hi, Patrice. Thanks for stopping by. I’ve known Kelly Hashaway for several years now. She’s a great writer and I can’t wait to read Touch of Death. Code Name Verity is definitely worth the read.

      Happy reading to you!

  • You have so many good ones listed here. I especially liked Graffiti Moon and The Fault in Our Stars. Another favorite was Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill. There are SO MANY I’m looking forward to this year, at the top of my list: Love Anthony by Lisa Genova.

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