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2012 review

2012 has been a strange year for me personally with circumstances leaving me housebound  with a broken leg for the last 4 months of the year. However this has left me with an insane amount of reading time which is going to make writing this following post hard to do as I have so many books to pick between!

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A year of insane amounts of reading has meant I've had a chance to reorganise myself somewhat mainly because I have pretty much wiped out my TBR pile entirely. This has been brilliant because it has given me the chance to read loads of 2013 books and have a lot more flexibility about what I read and when without the pressure of release deadlines!



before I move onto the books just a quick thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who make this insane habit of mine brilliant each and everyday. I love you all to bits but a few of you deserve a special mention or two
- Sarah for putting up with my random text questions, for letting me crash at your house, for looking after me on the tube when I was making a drunken menace of myself for coming and looking after my sorry broken legged self even though I couldn't do or go anywhere exciting and being the crazy girly you generally are (even if you have disturbed my mind of late with some of the racier titles you read
- Carly for being the fabbest and coolest person I know who geeks out to books as much as I do. I love our gossiping sessions!
- Lyndsey another special mention for looking after me in my broken legged state but also for the lunch time cocktail drinking (while not in a broken legged state) and for getting my OCD ways and for finally giving me someone to save me from the insane schemes of the boys in my life
- Laura for being your generally fab and spooky self. I love our geek out sessions on twitter
- Raimy again for being your dino loving geeky self. I think you are fab



plus Jesse, Caroline, Cicely, Sophie, Sammee, Emma, Viv, Keris, Casey, Liz, Essjay, Bella, Raimy, Michelle, Matt, Darren, Lynsey, Faye, Lucy, Susan, Leanna, Jess, Nicole, Melissa, Non, Andy, Kristi and SJ (plus anyone else I've missed ... I blame the broken legged mushy brainness I've been having of late)

A special mention to my reading group at school *waves* you girlies make me smile with your book excitment. Cheers for not telling the entire world / school about my geeky ways!

To all the lovely publicists & authors I have met online and in person this year and have tolerated my geeky fan girling, invited me to events, sent me stuff to read (especially those who sent me broken legged care packages!) and generally been your fab selves. You all inspire me every day!


ONTO THE BOOKS!!!!

This isn't a top 10 list. I don't think I could even write one. If you want to see the books I enjoyed each month check out my month review posts as I've picked out some fab titles as and when I read them each month which are all excellent. This list is something a bit different designed to make me think as I read the huge number of books I have the chance to read this year (280 and counting as of 9/12/12)


MOST SURPRISING BOOK READ IN 2012: What's up with Jody Barton by Hayley Long


I love this book but can't tell you why! It is brilliant and perfect and just fab. I ended up with a box of samplers which Hayley sent to me and lost a good 20 minutes of a lesson whilst every child in the room sat and read it. Just brilliant!

BEST SERIES OF 2012: Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare


I love it! I can't wait for the next one! I need more Jace and Clary! I can't not wait for the film next year!

NEW AUTHOR OF 2012: James Dawson


Mr James Dawson quite honestly there aren't the words to do him justice. I love his writing style. I love his humour. I loved Hollow Pike completely. I'm expecting great things in 2013 from this fine young gentleman.

MOST UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK OF 2012: All these things I've done by Gabrielle Zevin





quite honestly I loved this book. It is brilliant in every way but I particularly loved the main character because she was so strong and awesome.


MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2012: Adorkable by Sarra Manning

I read Sarra Manning as a teenager in J17. When I heard about this book I needed it! I read it and loved it!

BOOK THAT HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT IN 2012: Wonder by RJ Palacio


It just made me want to be nice to people all the time.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF 2012: The terrible thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne






Just a gorgeous book on every level!


BOOK I WOULD MOST RECOMMEND IN 2012: Arabesque by Colin Mulhern



I loved it. I love Colin's writing and the ending is pure evil genius!

BOOK I CAN'T BELIEVE I DIDN'T READ UNTIL 2012: The Perks of Being a Wallflower


 such a brilliant book! Why wasn't this brought into my life sooner??

BEST BOOK READ IN 2012: Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar



Without a shadow of a doubt this is the book I loved most this year. It is just wonderful on every level. Pure quality, gorgeous, heart-breaking. Just read it!

Here's to a fab 2013. Bring on the books!

Comments

Some great books and some great recs! Thanks for all of those!

I keep meaning to read Wonder and Hollow Pike! Guess I really ought to jump on the train now. haha.
Aww, what a lovely post :) I'm dying for the last MI book and the film. Bring it on!!
Love reading all the 2012 round up's! You have so many here that I still need to read especially Raw Blue -- I've heard so many good things! :)
Lyndsey Rushby said…
I think I need to pick up Arabesque asap. I've had it sitting here for ages!

I miss your OCD ways and random cocktails in the afternoons. Not long until we can do more of that :D
CarlyB said…
Aw I LOVE YOU xxx
Cait said…
I love how you did your book round up!!Glad to see All These Things I've Done on there and I too am expecting big things from Mr James Dawson!


Cait x
Sarah said…
Awesome post Kirsty - I love you and your crazy ways! So pleased that I don't have to wait too much longer for a good old gossip session :o) Can I say that your iphone was the BEST investment you made this year - I love our random text chats!

I really do need to kick myself up the butt and get reading some of your favourites though - I've had Arabesque, Raw Blue & All These Things I've Done on my pile for ages now so there really is no excuse for not reading them yet :o)
SisterSpooky said…
*smooch* thanks for the shout out and here's to more geek chat in 2013!
chooseya.com said…
Oh, so many great books mentioned on here :) I also loved Raw Blue and All These Things I've Done and What's Up With Jody Barton (I got her three Lottie Biggs books for my birthday and can't wait to read those too). I was really pleased with City of Lost Souls as well, particularly as I wasn't overstruck on book four but Clare really got me back with this one!
Lovely review of the year and thanks for the mention :) Let's hope 2013 is another great year for YA and us all!
Lucy
chooseya.com said…
Oh, so many great books mentioned on here :) I also loved Raw Blue and All These Things I've Done and What's Up With Jody Barton (I got her three Lottie Biggs books for my birthday and can't wait to read those too). I was really pleased with City of Lost Souls as well, particularly as I wasn't overstruck on book four but Clare really got me back with this one!
Lovely review of the year and thanks for the mention :) Let's hope 2013 is another great year for YA and us all!
Lucy
shakira said…
wow you read nore the 280 books!!!!
I only read about 50 something!
Thanks for a brill year!
Raimy-rawr said…
I said thank you when I read this on my phone but comments never work from that so thank you again! I'm looking forward to seeing you soon and glad you appreciate my crazy dinosaur ways!! Xx