Monday, 31 December 2012

Book Talk: My Top 3 of 2012

This year has been hectic, everything seemed to happen in 2012... the Olympics, amazing books, awesome music, my stressful exams, the takeover of Blackberrys and IPhones and even the supposed end of the world (which we all seemed to survive pretty well).

In tribute to the London Olympics, as I am British'n'all, here are my Top 3 books that I have read in 2012 Olympic-style:

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she's returned--to her old life, her family, her boyfriend--before she's banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance--and the one person she loves more than anything. But there's just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's queen.

Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

I absolutely ADORED this book, I read it soon after it was released on January 24th 2012 and it remains one of the best books I've read in 2012. Yes, the cover drew me in but the actual content, the mythology, characters and plot made me keep reading. This is also one of the only paranormal books I've read where I was rooting for the MC to end up with the none-supernatural love interest in the love triangle. If you haven't read it already I would definitely recommend it!

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to the post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.

Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love—a stunning accomplishment.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is absolutely amazing.
This book was published in 2007 and I read it five years later but if I'm being completely honest I probably would never have read this book at all if I didn't have to for my school book club. A Thousand Splendid Suns isn't exactly in my comfort zone when it comes to books, I'm more of a Young Adult sometimes dipping into New Adult kind of girl but after reading this book and loving it wholeheartedly I've started to read books I wouldn't even have considered before this. A Thousand Splendid Suns = A must read!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter. Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Yes. I have only just read the first Harry Potter book in 2012. If it's any consolation I loved it to teensy weensy pieces and it made my best book of 2012. :)
You've all probably read this book (a couple of hundred times over) and you don't need me to tell you what you already know. Harry Potter is most definitely a classic.

So, that's it! My top 3 books of 2012, it was hard to choose which books to pick because there were so many that I really, really enjoyed this year such as Deadly Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock and Easy by Tammara Webber (see? I couldn't help but sneak in a couple more awesome books!).

If there's a book that you particularly loved reading this year or if anybody has made a post about their best books of 2012 then I'd love to check them out so feel free to leave a link to your post or just the name of your beloved books in the comments! :)

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