Penny’s Favorite Reads of 2012

December 31, 2012

Here is a quick and (mostly) dirty list of all the books I read in 2012 that I gave a grade of A or higher, (or 5 star rating on Goodreads.com). I’ve divided these up by category as best I could, and each category is alphabetical by author. Some of these books are part of series, but it may be that not all of the books in the series merited an A or five star rating. However, if a series book made the lists below, I highly recommend that you read the whole series. Please note: not all of these were published in 2012, it just so happens that I read them in 2012. While I would have loved to write reviews on every single one of these, I just don’t have that kind of time. There were also a ton of books I read and liked that got B and C reviews! To view those, check out my Books Read in 2012 List on Goodreads.com.

Without further adieu, these are the books that made me laugh, cry, dream, and yeah, turned me on. Some of them were so good, I read them over and over again. All of the books posted below link to their respective books descriptions on Goodreads.com, and contain average ratings from Goodreads.com readers.

Favorite Fiction Read in 2012

American Gods
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author) 4.09 avg rating — 155,138 ratings — published 2001 — 4 editions
Bear, Otter, and the Kid
by TJ Klune (Goodreads Author) 4.27 avg rating — 2,139 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
Who We Are (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #2)
by TJ Klune (Goodreads Author) 4.57 avg rating — 893 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
King Perry
by Edmond Manning (Goodreads Author) 4.34 avg rating — 100 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
hidden
by Tomas Mournian (Goodreads Author) 3.44 avg rating — 117 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions

Favorite Historical Romance/Fiction Read in 2012

A Private Gentleman
by Heidi Cullinan (Goodreads Author) 3.93 avg rating — 459 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions

Favorite Romances Read in 2012

Dance With Me
by Heidi Cullinan (Goodreads Author) 4.11 avg rating — 1,319 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
Discovered (Little Boy Lost, #4)
by J.P. Barnaby (Goodreads Author) 4.26 avg rating — 175 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
Escaped (Little Boy Lost, #5)
by J.P. Barnaby (Goodreads Author) 4.32 avg rating — 148 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
Sacrificed (Little Boy Lost, #6)
by J.P. Barnaby (Goodreads Author) 4.32 avg rating — 119 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
The Rebuilding Year
by Kaje Harper (Goodreads Author) 4.10 avg rating — 1,085 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
Talker’s Graduation (Talker, #3)
by Amy Lane (Goodreads Author) 4.08 avg rating — 515 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
What Child Is This? (Crossing Borders, #2)
by Z.A. Maxfield (Goodreads Author) 3.59 avg rating — 390 ratings — published 2010 — 2 editions
Secret Light
by Z.A. Maxfield (Goodreads Author) 4.07 avg rating — 276 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
Hard Tail
by J.L. Merrow (Goodreads Author) 3.84 avg rating — 667 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
After Ben (Seattle Stories, #1)
by Con Riley (Goodreads Author) 4.35 avg rating — 455 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
Between Sinners and Saints
by Marie Sexton (Goodreads Author) 4.22 avg rating — 1,673 ratings — published 2011 — 1 edition
Promises (Coda Books, #1)
by Marie Sexton (Goodreads Author) 4.17 avg rating — 3,545 ratings — published 2010 — 6 editions
Strawberries for Dessert (Coda Books, #4)
by Marie Sexton (Goodreads Author) 4.32 avg rating — 1,775 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
One Small Thing (One Thing, #1)
by Piper Vaughn (Goodreads Author), M.J. O’Shea (Goodreads Author) 4.13 avg rating — 1,036 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
The Angel of 13th Street
by Eden Winters (Goodreads Author) 4.01 avg rating — 388 ratings — published 2010 — 6 editions

Super Steamy Fave’s Read in 2012

The Strongest Shape
by Tessa Cardenas 3.92 avg rating — 417 ratings — 5 editions
Special Delivery (Special Delivery, #1)
by Heidi Cullinan (Goodreads Author) 4.14 avg rating — 1,560 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
Double Blind (Special Delivery, #2)
by Heidi Cullinan (Goodreads Author) 4.16 avg rating — 806 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
Chase in Shadow
by Amy Lane (Goodreads Author) 4.33 avg rating — 1,104 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
Dex in Blue
by Amy Lane (Goodreads Author) 4.43 avg rating — 539 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
Crossing Borders (Crossing Borders, #1)
by Z.A. Maxfield (Goodreads Author) 4.05 avg rating — 2,193 ratings — published 2008 — 3 editions
Drawn Together
by Z.A. Maxfield (Goodreads Author) 4.01 avg rating — 1,849 ratings — published 2009 — 4 edition

Favorite Cowboy/Western’s Read in 2012

Nowhere Ranch
by Heidi Cullinan (Goodreads Author) 4.09 avg rating — 1,338 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
Bareback (Bareback, #1)
by Chris Owen 4.12 avg rating — 1,866 ratings — published 2003 — 5 editions

Favorite Mystery/Suspense Read in 2012

A Matter of Time, Vol. 1 (A Matter of Time, #1-2)
by Mary Calmes (Goodreads Author) 4.33 avg rating — 648 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
A Matter of Time, Vol. 2 (A Matter of Time, #3-4)
by Mary Calmes (Goodreads Author) 4.34 avg rating — 493 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
Life Lessons (Life Lessons, #1)
by Kaje Harper (Goodreads Author) 4.12 avg rating — 1,484 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
Breaking Cover (Life Lessons, #2)
by Kaje Harper (Goodreads Author) 4.35 avg rating — 1,058 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
Home Work (Life Lessons, #3)
by Kaje Harper (Goodreads Author) 4.37 avg rating — 372 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
Armed & Dangerous (Cut & Run, #5)
by Abigail Roux (Goodreads Author) 4.62 avg rating — 1,611 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
Stockholm Syndrome (Stockholm Syndrome, #1)
by Richard Rider (Goodreads Author) 4.21 avg rating — 271 ratings — published 2009 — 3 editions

Favorite Paranormal/Alt-Universe/Sci Fi Read in 2012

Unacceptable Risk
by Kaje Harper (Goodreads Author) 4.09 avg rating — 463 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
Burn (Elementally Evolved, #1)
by TJ Klune (Goodreads Author) 4.18 avg rating — 366 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
Song of Oestend
by Marie Sexton (Goodreads Author) 4.17 avg rating — 482 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
Saviours of Oestend (Oestend, #2)
by Marie Sexton (Goodreads Author) 3.87 avg rating — 108 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
A Chip in His Shoulder
by L.A. Witt (Goodreads Author) 3.48 avg rating — 251 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
Static
by L.A. Witt (Goodreads Author) 3.97 avg rating — 305 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions

Favorite Young Adult Read in 2012

Kamikaze Boys
by Jay Bell (Goodreads Author) 4.08 avg rating — 349 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
Trust Me
by Jeff Erno (Goodreads Author) 4.04 avg rating — 566 ratings — published 2009 — 3 editions
Tales from Foster High (Tales from Foster High, #1-3)
by John Goode (Goodreads Author) 4.47 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 2012
End of the Innocence (Tales from Foster High, #4)
by John Goode (Goodreads Author) 4.68 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 2012
Intervention
by Kira Harp (Goodreads Author) 4.48 avg rating — 56 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
The Evolution of Ethan Poe
by Robin Reardon (Goodreads Author) 3.75 avg rating — 117 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions

Favorite Free Reads of 2012

Dirty Laundry
by Heidi Cullinan (Goodreads Author) 3.81 avg rating — 329 ratings — published 2012 — 1 edition
Like the Taste of Summer
by Kaje Harper (Goodreads Author) 4.39 avg rating — 459 ratings — published 2011 — 1 edition
The Promise (Coda Books #3.5)
by Marie Sexton (Goodreads Author) 4.21 avg rating — 388 ratings — 1 edition
When Angels Fall
by Z.A. Maxfield (Goodreads Author) 4.09 avg rating — 216 ratings — published 2011 — 1 edition
Captive Prince: Volume One (Captive Prince, #1)
by S.U. Pacat 4.58 avg rating — 718 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
Captive Prince: Volume Two (Captive Prince, #2)
by S.U. Pacat 4.83 avg rating — 88 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
Heart in Hand
by salifiable 4.21 avg rating — 305 ratings — published 2011 — 1 edition
Pretty Shade of Grey
by A.D. Truax (Goodreads Author) 4.47 avg rating — 53 ratings — 1 edition
Sixty Five Hours
by N.R. Walker (Goodreads Author) 4.30 avg rating — 142 ratings — published 2012 — 1 edition
Love Is Always Write: Volume One
by Stephani Hecht (Goodreads Author) 4.73 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 2012 — 1 edition
Love Is Always Write: Volume Two
by Belinda McBride (Goodreads Author) 4.73 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2012 — 1 edition
Love Is Always Write: Volume Three
by Jane Davitt (Goodreads Author) 4.77 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2012 — 1 edition
Love Is Always Write: Volume Four
by Megan Derr (Goodreads Author) 4.79 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 2012 — 1 edition
Love Is Always Write: Volume Five
by Kate Sherwood (Goodreads Author) 4.93 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2012 — 1 edition
Love Is Always Write: Volume Six
by Sara York (Goodreads Author) 4.91 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2012 — 1 edition
Love Is Always Write: Volume Seven
by S.J. Frost (Goodreads Author) 4.75 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2012 — 1 edition
Love Is Always Write: Volume Eight
by Kim Dare (Goodreads Author) 5.00 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2012 — 1 edition
Love Is Always Write: Volume Nine
by Andrea Speed (Goodreads Author) 5.00 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2012 — 1 edition
Love Is Always Write: Volume Ten
by Jeff Erno (Goodreads Author) 5.00 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2012 — 1 edition
Love Is Always Write: Volume Eleven – Bonus Volume
by Kaje Harper (Goodreads Author) 5.00 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2012 — 1 edition

Young Adult Free Reads Read in 2012

To Wish for Impossible Things (Tales from Foster High, #3.5)
by John Goode (Goodreads Author) 4.28 avg rating — 65 ratings — published 2012
Invisible
by Jeff Erno (Goodreads Author) 4.31 avg rating — 351 ratings — published 2010 — 1 edition

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