Friday, December 21, 2012

What were Your Best Reads of 2012?

Christmas by Thomas Kinkade

It's that time of the year when we think about what we've read in the past twelve months. No doubt you have read some good and bad books, as well as wallbangers, but how about the best that you've read?

Tell us about what you read in 2012 that stood out for you.

To help you along, I'm throwing in a $25 egiftcard to either Amazon or Barnes&Noble. You can post as often as you want, but you only get entered once.

I'm also giving you a few days to think about it because the winner won't be drawn until January 1st. Gives you time to read more great books. :)

Good luck and start telling us your best!



LSUReader said...

Among my favorites for 2012, in no particular order: Beguiling the Beauty and Ravishing the Heiress (Sherry Thomas,) About that Night (Julie James,) One More Summer (Liz Flaherty,) A Week to be Wicked (Tessa Dare,) A Notorious Countess Confesses (Julie Anne Long,) Sweet Enemy (Heather Snow,) A Deeper Darkness (J.T. Ellison,) A Wanted Man (Lee Child,) Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish (Grace Burrowes) and Finding Jacob (William Landay.)

These are all 2012 publications. A couple of them are mysteries, not romance. Thanks for the contest. Merry Christmas!

Jane said...

Some of my favorites this year include Loretta Chase's "Scandal Wears Satin," Leslie Tentler's "Edge of Midnight," Jami Alden's "Run From Fear" and Jaci Burton's "Playing to Win." Happy Holidays.

CherylR said...

Among this year's favorites were Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness, J.R ward's Lover Reborn, Sherryl Woods' The Summer Garden, Raeanne Thayne's Woodrose Mt,Kresley Cole's Lothaire, Nancy Herkness' Take Me Home, and my twice yearly J.D. Robb fix

CrystalGB said...

For me, it was the Hunger Games trilogy. :)

Booklover1335 said...

Unlike in years past most of my favorite reads this year were historical romances. And a few of them I read at the very beginning of 2012. I'll give you two that will make my best of list this year. Surrender by Pamela Clare, A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare, & A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean.

Sherry said...

I’ve read a lot of good books. I loved Prey by Linda Howard.
sstrode at scrtc dot com

Sandi said...

I was surprised by the fact that I listened to and totally enjoyed The Hunger Games Trilogy.

I of course have to put anything I read by Susan Mallery, Sherryl Woods, or Robyn Carr on my list.

I was pleased to read a couple of selections from Susan Wiggs as I haven't read her recently.

My total favorite probably has to go to Kristin Hannah's Home Front.

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Pam P said...

Riveted - Meljean Brooks
Ravishing the Beauty - Sherry Thomas
A Week to be Wicked - Tessa Dare
Lady by Midnight - Tessa Dare
Scandal Wears Satin - Loretta Chase
Deborah Harkness - Shadow of Night
A Notorious Countess Confesses -Julie Anne Long
Confessions of an Accidental Duchess - Jennifer Haymore
She Tempts the Duke - Lorraine Heath
Surrender of Miss Fairbourne - Madeline Hunter

mary f said...

Sylvia Day's Bared To You, E.l James Fifty shades series, and a reread of Leslie Kelly's Slow Hands

Pat L. said...

There are so many - I am a contemp reader - so here goes:

Toni Blake - Holly Lane

Louisa Edwards - Hot Under Pressure
(What an ending)

Jason F. Wright - Christmas Jars Reunion

Carly Phillips - Serendipity

Shannon Stacey - The Kowalski Series books

Susan Mallery - Already Home
SEP - The Great Escape

Carolyn Brown - One Hot Cowboy Wedding

Carolyn Brown - Mistletoe Cowboy
Kelle Hampton - Bloom - nonfiction

Lori Wilde - The Cowboy Takes a Bride

Barbara Freethy - The Way Back Home

Debbie Macomber - The Inn at Rose Harbor

Sherryl Woods - Where Azaleas Bloom

Bella Andre - From This Moment On

Kate Angell - Sweet Spot

Robyn Carr - Hidden Summit

runner10 said...

The Good Woman by Jane Porter

bn100 said...

lover reborn by JR Ward

Kristy said...

Just checked Goodreads, and apparently I enjoyed Ashes of Honor by Seanan Mcguire, Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews, and Fury's Kiss by Karen Chance. Happy holidays and thanks for the great giveaway!


Laurie G said...

Jill Shalvis and her Lucky Harbor series.

I too liked Sherry Thomas' trilogy.

Sabrina Jeffries Hellions of Halstead Hall series

Karen Hawkin's Scandal in Scotland. all of the Hurst family series.

Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews said...

Some of my favorite reads this year are:

1. Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb
2. Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb
3. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
4. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
5. Criminal by Karin Slaughter
6. Buried Prey by John Sandford

Na said...

I discovered many new authors this year. Some of my romance favorites of the year are (not all released in 2012):

The Witness by Nora Roberts
Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Sweet Dream by Kristen Ashley
Bared to You by Sylvia Day

flchen1 said...

A few of my top 2012 reads are by Carrie Lofty--His Very Own Girl and Starlight; also her co-written w/Lorelie Brown as Katie Porter Vegas Top Guns series. And caught up recently with an SEP--What I Did for Love...

I'm sure there are many more!

Anonymous said...

Bared to u, slyvia day

Caffey said...

Its so hard to pick one! So its great to be able to pick more than one!

Not all were released this year but I read this year, but here's 3. I have so many!

Tessa Dare: A Night to Surrender. I love this whole Spindal Cove series! I got more to read as well, so it might end up as this being a favorite series I complete :)

Amanda Forester - The Highlander's Sword. Thisis a new author with Sourcebooks. I so await her next release. All have been favorites!

Julianne Maclean - Captured By the Highlander. A 2011 book but got to read it finally and so glad I did!

I missed a couple I wanted to add acted I checked my Goodreads page to add:

L. L. Muir GOING BACK FOR ROMEO this was a Highlander time travel. I laughed so much.

Lori Wilde THE COWBOY AND THE PRINCESS I just loved this whole trilogy in the Jubilee Texas

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Joanne said...

The Hunger Games Trilogy, A week To Be Wicked by Tessa Dare, Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh, Almost a Scandal by Elizabeth Essex, and the Vegas Top Gun series by Katie Porter.


Karen H in NC said...

I actually have a huge list of books that I rated 4-5 stars. The following list is alphabetical by author, not by rating:
How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling
The Rake by Suzanne Enoch
What Angels Fear by C S Harris
When Gods Die by C S Harris
A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James
The Hellions of Halsted Hall series by Sabrina Jeffries
His Mistletoe Bride by Vanessa Kelly
The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae by Stephanie Laurens
The Lady Risks All by Stephanie Laurens
A Night Like This by Julia Quinn
An Affair with Mr Kennedy by Jillian Stone
Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas
Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson
Tempted by His Kiss by Tracy Anne Warren

Chelsea B. said...

I adored The Hunger Games series and, though it wasn't written in 2012-- but I did *read* it in 2012-- Confessions of a Shopaholic!

cheryl c said...

I read a lot of good ones, and there are many still on the TBR pile. Of the books actually published in 2012, these are some of my favorites:
SOMEBODY TO LOVE by Kristan Higgins
DREAM LAKE by Lisa Kleypas

Anonymous said...

There were so many.... KISS OF STEEL by Bec McMaster is the latest one I read and really liked.

Maureen said...

There were a bunch of great stories that I read this year and I am sure I am forgetting many of them but some that I remember are: Her Best Worst Mistake by Sarah Mayberry, About Last Night by Ruthie Knox, Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley and The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley.