10. Remembering Zane by J.S Wilsoncroft
In this endearing and remarkable first book by J.S Wilsoncroft we are reminded how much we are shaped by first love, and by the loss of love. At ten years old, Bonnie Reese knew the minute she laid eyes on Zane Withers that he would forever have a place in her heart. After years of dating, then finally going their separate ways, Bonnie always dreamed that eventually they would find their way back back to each other. But those dreams were shattered, along with her heart, when she received the devastating news that her beloved Zane had been killed. As she faced her worst nightmare of going to his funeral, Bonnie runs into Zane’s best friend, Jonathan Wood. Little did she know, Jonathan had deep feelings for her since the seventh grade. Now that his best friend is gone, will Jonathan have the courage to tell her that he’s loved her since high school? Or will he keep his secret to himself forever? Will Bonnie let go and let love find her again?
Find my original review here : http://beccab8.blogspot.com/2012/03/book-review-remembering-zane-by-js.html
9. The Angry Women Suite by, Lee Fullbright
One of the best literary novels I read this year. It combined the best of historical fiction and a very original tale of secrets and murder. "Raised in a crumbling New England mansion by four women with personalities as split as a cracked mirror, young Francis Grayson has an obsessive need to fix them all. There's his mother, distant and beautiful Magdalene; his disfigured, suffocating Aunt Stella; his odious grandmother; and the bane of his existence, his abusive and delusional Aunt Lothian." Find my original review here: http://beccab8.blogspot.com/2012/09/book-review-angry-woman-suite.html
8. North of Need By Laura Kaye
Ok, I have to warn you Laura Kaye is going to pop up on here two more times, and it was hard for me to narrow her books down. In North of Need Laura introduces us to Owen, and you will never forget him. While attempting to escape the agonizing memories she associates with Christmas, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband-and collapses in tears against the snowman at the sight of what she'll never have.Called to life by the power of Megan's tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. Find my original review here: http://beccab8.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-review-north-of-need.html
7. Open Heart by Emlyn Chand
Another repeat author for the list, Emlyn Chand's second installment in the Farsighted series was a winner. Full of feeling and real issues faced by teens it topped my YA reads for the year. Simmi Shergill's life is a mess. Her powers of psychic feeling are on the fritz, and Grandon Township's sudden population boom has brought quite a few unsavory characters to town. She also looks like an over-blown balloon in her size 14 pants, but not even starving herself seems to be helping. Find my original review here: http://beccab8.blogspot.com/2012/05/book-review-open-heart.html
6. Her Forbidden Hero by Laura Kaye
Here it is book two on the list by Laura. Her Forbidden Hero was the first installment in her Heroes series, and was a clear winner. Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend's little sister, but her return home changes that...and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco's not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he's not about to let her see the mess he's become. Find my review here : http://beccab8.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-review-her-forbidden-hero.html
And here we go for the top 5.
5. Still Life in Shadows By, Alice J Wisler
This is one amazing book that I read twice this year. It stays with you long after uou put it down and has cemented Alice as one of my favorite authors. It’s been fourteen years since Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a boy of sixteen. Gideon arrives in the Smoky Mountains town of Twin Branches and settles in at the local auto mechanic's garage. He meets a host of interesting characters –the most recent acquaintances are Kiki, an autistic teen, and her sister Mari. Known as the "Getaway Savior" he helps other Amish boys and girls relocate to life in modern America. Here is my original review: http://beccab8.blogspot.com/2012/10/book-review-still-life-in-shadows.html
4. Charlinder's Walk By, Alyson Miers
Timely, amazing, original and epic are all words I can use to describe this book. I still feel it needs to be widely read. In 2012, the Plague brought about the end of the world. In 2130, Charlinder wants to know why when his village begins to fight over the Plague’s origin. Was it a natural event, or did God punish humanity for its sins? Unwilling to wait for matters to get any worse, and never having been more than ten miles from home, he decides to walk across three continents to find the site of the Plague’s origin and bring the true story home. Original review here: http://beccab8.blogspot.com/2012/05/blog-tour-review-charlinders-walk.html
3. One Night With A Hero By, Laura Kaye
So Brady Scott comes in at number three in Laura Kaye's steamy and heartfelt Heroes series. I loved this book for the way she captured the issues facing returning service members. And for the fantastic way she writes real characters into her romances. After growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, Army Special Forces Sgt. Brady Scott vowed never to marry or have kids. Sent stateside to get his head on straight—and his anger in check—Brady’s looking for a distraction. He finds it in his beautiful new neighbor’s one-night-only offer for hot sex, but her ability to make him forget is addictive. Suddenly, Brady’s not so sure he can stay away. You guessed it, original review here: http://beccab8.blogspot.com/2012/11/book-review-one-night-with-hero.html
2. Torn Together By Emlyn Chand
I loved this book so much I struggled with not making it number one. In Emlyn Chand's fist foray into literary fiction we are introduced to the vibrant and romantic culture of India. As well as the complicated and endearing Daly. A heartfelt and emotional read that I kept thinking about long after I out it down. From her cheating boyfriend to her dead father and cold, judgmental mother, Daly knows she can't trust others to be there when it counts. This cynicism begins to melt away when she meets Kashi, a light-hearted charmer from India, who decides he cares too much to let her fade into the background of her own life. After a series of false starts, their quirky romance carries them to India, where Daly must win the approval of Kashi’s family in order to seal their "forever." You can read my original review here: http://beccab8.blogspot.com/2012/08/book-review-torn-together-by-emlyn-chand.html And I will be featuring the book again on January 4th as part of a blog tour.
And my choice for number one book of the year, Bluff By, Lenore Skomal
I had to choose this book as my number one for the amazing work of literary fiction it is. The research and the writing are flawless, the subject matter is written to feel fresh and original, and the characters are complex and hard to hate. Even when you have to. To the medical world, I was a host body, surviving only to bring a new life into the world. And while I wanted to die more than anything in the world, I never wanted this. No, I never wanted to cease to exist. This was the worst death of all.”
Jude Black lives in that in-between, twilight place teetering on death but clinging to life in order to bring her baby into this world. Only she knows the circumstances surrounding her mysterious fall off the bluff that landed her in the hospital being kept alive by medical intervention. Only she knows who the father of her baby is. In this poignantly crafted literary novel, the mystery unfolds and the suspense builds as the consequences of Jude’s decisions threaten to reveal everyone's deceptions, even her own. Bluff offers a sensitive look at essential questions such as the value of human life, the consciousness of those in a coma and the morality of terminating life support. At the core is the story of a tragically misunderstood woman who finds peace, acceptance, understanding and even love on her deathbed. Here is that all too familiar original review: http://beccab8.blogspot.com/2012/12/novel-publicity-blog-tour-bluff.html
So there are my picks for the top ten books of 2012. There were countless other books I loved, and if I kept going all 44 books would be on here. If you are interested in any of them, go buy them soon. A couple are in limited quantities in their print form. I can't wait to see what 2013 brings me. Hopefully my book. **wink**