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Armchair BEA: Best Yet of 2012 & B&N GC Giveaway!

I am sure I can say this every year, but there has been some fine reading happening! Not gonna lie, there was some crap reading happening too, but even those stinkers make the good ones all the better.

I am actually having a hard time comprehending that 2012 is pretty much half over as is my goal of 100 books for this year (well, I’ll hit it by the end of this month). Which means I’ve read close to 50 books and it was far tougher than I thought to come up with any sort of Best list. But hell, let’s give it a shot.


Top 5 Best Yet Books of 2012 (Note: not all of these books were released in 2012 however they have been released within the last 12 months.)








By far, Ready Player One is my favorite book of 2012 (even though it came out last fall). It is probably one of my favorite books of all time now.

Top 5 Can’t Wait and Hope They Totally Rock Upcoming Reads of 2012 (Note: not all are featured at BEA but certainly most.) (Note the second: I can’t NOT include a comic :))

In the spirit of Armchair BEA awesomeness! Otherwhere.co is hosting it’s first non-tour/author/book release giveaway. A present from me to you! Happy BEA! Also if you are a new follower let me know so I can return the favor! (There are entirely too many explanation points going on here.)
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  1. Hey I’m Melissa. It’s my first time here. I’m loving Armchair BEA because I’m seeing so many new blogs. I like your picks for best of 2012. I also put Pandemonium on my list. I’m def going to read Ana & Daughter of Smoke & Bone sequels.

  2. Alysia says:

    I am in love with Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Funniest read in a long time!

  3. Bonnie R. says:

    I agree, Ready Player One was really great, I loved it too! :)
    New Linky follower. :) Great blog, love your layout!

  4. Hi, I’m Jana! It’s my first time visiting your blog, but I really like it. I loved Pandemonium also! Check out my blog, and enter my giveaway! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win yours. :)

  5. I cannot wait for The Raven Boys!

  6. Hi,
    New follower!! Nice to meet you!! Thanks for the chance to win!! Love your site!! I can’t wait for Once Burned — LOVE Vlad!! <3
    Happy BEA!!!

  7. Ohh, I still need to read Insurgent! I’m also excited about Days of Blood and Starlight – I really enjoyed the first book! Laini Taylor’s writing is gorgeous. <3

    Thanks for dropping by!

    Pam | jelly loves books

  8. You have great taste in books! The first four of your top favorites from 2012 are some of my favorites as well! I figure I’ll have to get “Ready Player One” and read it now, since we seem to have similar tastes, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway, you can check out my top books and enter to win my giveaway here: http://bibliothec.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/armchair-bea-june-5th-best-of-2012/

  9. Thanks for visiting today! TFiOS was truly powerful. I followed back. :)

  10. Meaghan says:

    Cool site! Glad Armchair BEA helped us *meet*. Good luck this week!

  11. Completely agree with your favorites! I finished Ready Player One and LOVED it. I should mention I haven’t read Insurgent yet…but I know I’ll love it..haha!

    Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  12. I love your Top 5 that haven’t been released yet. Especially Once Burned. New follower as well

  13. First time here! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    Mickey @ imabookshark

    PS – Come enter my giveaway! Thanks!

  14. Vivien says:

    Saying Hi!!! My first time here, but I’ve been a twitter follower :)

  15. elena says:

    Hi! Not my first time here (that was yesterday) but I really enjoy your blog so far. My top best yet books are probably Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, and uh I don’t know what else! So many good books! I’ve been hearing a lot about Ready Player One, I need to put it on my TBR. :)

  16. Silverlight says:

    Hi new here and new follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Happy BEA week!

  17. Kristen H. says:

    Hey lady! First time stopping by, great blog! :)

  18. Yael Itamar says:

    I checked out Ready Player One from the library and plan to read it soon!

  19. smiling_ina says:

    You picked some awesome books!!!

    My best one yet to be released is Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent!!!

    Thanks so much for this giveaway!!! :)

  20. Judith says:

    Ready Player One is also one of my favorites. Amazinly clever.

  21. Fave so far is Obsidian.

  22. Kali Skittles says:

    My favourites so far have been: Under the Never Sky, Divergent, Legend, and Starters.

    I hope these are equally as awesome: Insignia, Black City, Ironskin, and Silver..


  23. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I’m looking forward to The Raven Boys too! I forgot to add it to my list!

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

  24. RivkaBelle says:

    Hiya! First time here :) Glad to find you through Armchair BEA – neat site! :) I posted my Best of…(so far) list today too – so hard limiting myself, haha

  25. Jackie says:

    I haven’t read any new releases yet this year, but the two that I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on are the next installments in the Delcroix Academy series by Inara Scott and the Dead Beautiful series by Yvonne Woon!

  26. Great giveaway, I see the cover for the next installment in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, it’s epic! (and the first time I’m seeing it!) Did you enjoy the first book in that series?

    • Jessi says:

      Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of my favorite reads from last year. It was so different than anything I had read before. Definitely worth it!

  27. Alyce says:

    You have great best books choices there. Ready Player One was my favorite book from last year. This year so far 11/22/63 by Stephen King and Wonder by R.J. Palacio are my favorites.

  28. Nina Reads says:

    I actually just downloaded Ready Player One from Audible today since I’ve seen both you and Jen talk about it!:)

    Days of Blood and Starlight and The Raven Boys are high up on my most anticipated list as well.

  29. Karis says:

    hi, first time seeing your blog and I like it alot. :)

  30. Danya says:

    Hi! *waves* One of my favourite reads so far this year is probably Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian — it’s a thought-provoking contemp YA book that quite impressed me. I also gave in and finally read Vampire Academy, and then was hooked and tore through the rest of the series earlier this year. I haven’t heard much yet about the spin-off series but I think I’ll be picking up the first one at some point!

    In terms of books I’m looking forward to…I have Insurgent but I haven’t read it yet because I think I should re-read Divergent first! I also have Grave Mercy sitting on my shelves and I’ve heard such good things about it I know I need to read it soon. As for books that are yet to be published…well, I’ve been waiting for Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas for a long time now, so I’m glad it will finally be out this year!

  31. Ashley says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    My favourite book this year is Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.

    A few I haven’t read but hope I will love are: The Immortal Rules, Throne of Glass, Of Poseidon, and Insurgent!

  32. Valia says:

    Oh I saw Ready Player One somewhere else before and I wanted to read it! Great book selection! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Here are some of my favs: http://wordsareinnermusic.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-best-of-2012.html

  33. Angie says:

    I’ve read Legend by Marie Lu and loved it!!! As well as Cinder

    I can’t wait for Prodigy by Marie Lu and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  34. Cayce says:

    Great lists!! I want to read The Raven Boys so much!
    Here is mine:
    Cayce @ Fighting Dreamer

    And thank you for the gvieaway!

  35. Heather says:

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway! I hope you have a great week!

  36. Nikki H says:

    Great lists! I cannot wait for The Girl of Nightmares and I still need to read The Fault in Our Stars.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Here is my list!

    Best of 2012

  37. Great picks! I can’t wait for Girl of Nightmares, Days of Blood and Starlight, and The Raven Boys! I’m a new follower – you can follow me back if you would like: A Dream Within A Dream

  38. Kirthi says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. .Ambur. says:

    Insurgent is on my list of Best books for 2012 too! 😀 I also loved City of Lost Souls, Black Heart, and Everneath. 😀

    I can’t wait to read The Raven Boys either! 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing your lists! 😀
    My Armchair BEA Giveaway

  40. Looking forward to Raven Boys and Girl of Nightmares.

  41. Hi! Thanks for the giveaway. :) The Immortal Rules has been one of my favorites, but I can’t wait to read some of the ones you mentioned!

  42. Great list! Most of the ones you chose are either on my bookshelf (have read and loved), on my nightstand (waiting to be devoured), or on my TBR shelf (Why aren’t there more hours in the day?). There’s a few on here that I haven’t heard of, off to Goodreads I go!

    I hope you have a great BEA-filled week!

    ~Christina (and the other Book Hookup Litbrarians)
    The Book Hookup’s Best of 2012

  43. I’m dying waiting for the Days of Blood & Starlight. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was by far my best read last year. I’m also way excited for the Raven Boys!

  44. Donna says:

    I didn’t do the best of post because I have such trouble narrowing it down. I loved Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by J. B. Lynn. I have a HUGE giveaway on my blog.

    Girl Who Reads

  45. Bree says:

    Love Ready Player One! And I’m definitely looking forward to Days of Blood and Starlight. Cannot wait.


    Also, I have 2 of your “Best Yet” list on MY list, 1 on my shelf, and one on hold at the library. So I think I’m in for some good reading!

    Great list! Here’s my Best of 2012!

  47. Stephanie says:

    Awesome site!
    I loved Ready Player One too and I’m so looking forward to The Raven Boys and Days of Blood and Starlight!

  48. nea barabea says:

    Awww, The Fault in our stars <3 <3 LOVE THIS BOOK :) 😉 And Insurgent <3 I can't wait for my exams to pass so I can read it!! :) 😉 Hope you're having fun today! Enjoy aBEA! 😉

  49. Jenna says:

    Hi! Nice to meet you through ABea!

  50. erica s says:

    Can’t wait to read!

  51. ibeeeg says:

    Interesting list of books. I have not rad any of them but I do have Divergent on my TBR list and I suspect insurgent will need to follow.

  52. laceyblossom says:

    Hi! I’m a new follower :)
    My favorites this year so far are the Fault in Our Stars (LOVED this book), Bitterblue, and Obsidian! I’m so excited for Days of Blood and Starlight! I loved reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone last year

  53. Leeanna says:

    It is my first time here, but I’ll be reading from now on! My ABEA post is here: http://www.leeanna.me/?p=1974

  54. Beth says:

    Hello! First time commenter and reader! Loving all this ABEA love, though. Thinking of starting my own blog so I can participate next year!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  55. Denise Z says:

    I have not read any new releases yet, but have high hopes for Strike, Partials, and so many more (chose those as you did not have them listed LOL)

  56. Ryan says:

    My two favorite books of the year so far are Gillespie and I by Jane Harris and Raising Stony Mayahll by Daryl Gregory

  57. Caroline says:

    Hey! I’m new here, so everything is looking really cool so far!

  58. I love your site! I’m a new follower! :)

  59. Juana Esparza says:


    I am a new follower. I have some of your top 5s in my book wish list.

  60. Rachel says:

    I totally agree that Insurgent is one of the best of 2012. And I have heard that Pandemonium is amazing but I’ve been warned it will kill me so I decided to wait.

    I am also totally looking forward to Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys.

    Awesome giveaway. Love Barnes & Noble, though I’m not entering. Just stopping by to say “hi” and check out your ABEA post. :)

    I hope you have had an amazing event. I can’t believe it ends today!

    Happy reading!

  61. Ashley G says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  62. Jasmine Rose says:

    Some of my favorites so far this year: Cinder, Under the Never Sky, Born Wicked, Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and Illuminate
    Some I’m looking forward to: Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff; The Evolution of Mara Dyer; and The Raven Boys

  63. Well, I don’t have top 5’s because I’m behind in my reading but so far my faves have been Fair Game, Third Grave Dead Ahead and I’m doing the Soul Screamers Challenge and Rachel Vincent Rocks!!! I had a lot of 4’s this year and not many 5’s so I must be getting picky or something!

    I’m looking forward to Once Burned, too! And Darynda’s YA debut, Jocelynn Drake’s new series… you’d think I read a lot of UF and PNR but I’m actually stuck in YA right now.

    I’m new a follower and I’m glad I found you this week! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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