Monday, December 31, 2012

Giveaway[INTL]: Kait's Favorite Books of 2012

I am so excited to share my top ten of the year with you guys! I read 101 books this year, one over my goal, so I decided to celebrate with an end of the year list and giveaway.

Just a quick ratings recap of my year:
5 stars: 46
4 stars: 47
3 stars: 4
2 stars: 3
1 star: 1

Wow. That's a lot of five star books. Over this year I have learned a lot about reviewing books, and I know my reviews have gotten much better. While I have read a lot of great books, looking back I think that maybe only 15 or 20 really deserve that fifth star. I think that I will be posting more 4 and 3 star reviews in 2013.

Now, what you have all been waiting for:

Two lucky winners[yes, TWO!] will get to choose any book from my favorites list! I couldn't limit this list to ten books, I felt like I was leaving out too many, so I ended up with 15.
Official Rules:
-Winners can choose any e-book format OR any book from this list that is available on Amazon or The Book Depository[not all are available in hard copy format]
-International winners can choose any book if it's available on
The Book Depository & it ships to your country[make sure you check!]
-If TBD does not ship to your country an e-book can be chosen instead.
-If there is a book in a series the winner may choose ANY book in that series.

The amazingly awesome Colleen Hoover has offered to send out a sign book if anyone picks her books from the list. This includes Slammed, Point of Retreat[the second book to Slammed], or Hopeless. That's right, a SIGNED copy. God, I love this woman. She's so generous and amazing.

My Favorite Books of 2012

15, 14, & 13.
Obsidian (Lux, #1)Onyx (Lux, #2)Opal (Lux, #3)
Obsidian, Onyx, & Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
-I fell in love with Daemon Black & I never looked back. Every installment of this series gets better and better. I can't wait to see what 2013 brings for the Luxen crew.

Transcend by Christine Fonseca
-Christine Fonseca writes books that read like the most beautiful poetry. I loved every word of this haunting story.

Flat-Out Love
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
-Jessica Park is hilarious, witty, and all around awesome. She proves that in Flat-Out Love. I can't wait to read her next book!

UnWholly (Unwind, #2)
UnWholly by Neal Shusterman
-I was anxiously awaiting this book, for about four years[seriously!]. I was not disappointed when I finally got my hands on it.

Every Day
Every Day by David Levithan
-This was one of the most original novels I've ever read. I'm hoping for a sequel so that I can get back into this fictional world.

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
-This was a game changer for me. It was the first e-book I read, my first indie author, and it brought me back to my love of contemporary novels. Who didn't love Travis Maddox in 2012!?

7 & 6.
Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1)Barely Breathing (Breathing, #2)
Reason to Breathe & Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan
-This series blew me away. I read both books in one night and cried for hours. The ending of BB has me dying to read Out of Breath, which is due out summer 2013.

The Edge of Never
The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
-This book came out of nowhere. I didn't expect much from it, but it gave me so much. I haven't written my review yet, but you can count on reading it soon.

The Sea of Tranquility
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
-This was one of the most moving, utterly gorgeous books I've ever read. Every one and their mother was recommending it, and after reading it I understood why.

The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
-I was terrified to read this book. Teens with cancer? No thanks. After fighting it for months I finally cracked the spine and I'm so glad I did. Hazel and Augustus will be two of my favorite YA characters forever.

Slammed (Slammed, #1)
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
-This will forever be known as the year I fell in love with Colleen Hoover. There is a moment in life when something changes you, even a little bit. The moment, or book, for me this year was Slammed. I have been shouting about this book from every rooftop.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
-I can't explain how much I loved this book. I felt every emotion possible while reading it. I was excited, scared, happy, sad, mad, etc. The best part about this book was the twist. I never saw it coming, and that is so very hard to do. Colleen Hoover is an amazing writer and person, and I expect that she will be on my favorites list in 2013.

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  1. My favs of 2012 are Hopeless, Slammed, Point of Retreat, Beautiful Disaster, On Dublin Street, Easy and Flat Out of Love. Probably more but these are the ones that I think of right now.

  2. That ive read this year hopeless, thoughtless/effortless, fifty shades, back to you, edge of never, sea of tranquility and many many more!

  3. My favourites are Insurgent, Wanderlove, Know Not Why and The Fault in Our Stars. Thank you. :)

  4. Being as though you picked my two books as your top reads, I can do no less than offer a signed paperback of all three books for this giveaway. Thank you so much! I'm so honored. If your winner chooses one of my books, just let me know by emailing me at Thank you so much!

  5. Thanks for offering a great giveaway!! Some of my favorite books this year are (in no particular order, because that's just too difficult lol): Slammed/Point of Retreat, Beautiful Disaster, Easy, Hopeless, When We Collide, The Final Piece, and The Sea of Tranquility.

  6. My favourites - Slammed/POR, Hopeless, Sea of Tranquility, Edge of Never

  7. My favs are Slammed/Point of Retreat, Gabriel's Inferno/Rapture, Bared to You/Reflected in You, Beautiful Disaster, The Opportunist, Captive in the Dark, Easy, On the Island, The Edge of Never, Thoughtless, Effortless, Naked/All In, In Flight/Mile High, This Man, and so many more!! Thanks for this amazing giveaway and Happy New Year Kait and Beth!! Best wishes for 2013!! :)


  8. Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent, Easy by Tammara Webber.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  9. You have an awesome list! I absolutely loved Hopeless. It was such a great book. I also loved Opal, it was my favorite of the series :) Pushing the Limits was also a good one. Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. We have almost the same list! :)
    My top 1 definitely would be Hopeless, then Slammed, POR, The Sea of Tranquility, The Fault in Our Stars, The Edge of Never, Thoughtless/Effortless, Beautiful Disaster, Losing It, Wallbanger and Easy.. Happy New Year and Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. my fave books, pretty much the same as every other blogger/readers top books, it's amazing these blogs have suggested these books, and its even more amazing that they are my faves also.

  12. My fave books this year are/were (in no particular order): Wallbanger, Hopeless, On Dublin Street, The Fault in our Stars, The Sea of Tranquility, What a Boy Wants, What a Boy Needs, On the Island, Slammed, POR, Eeasy, The Opprotunist, Dirty REd

  13. So excited that I found your blog!! Looking forward to spending 2013 with you! I discovered Colleen last month and I am so glad I did!! Hopeless tops #1 on my 2012 list.

  14. My faves are Beautiful Disaster, Bared to You, A Certain Slant of Light, Dark Promise and many more!!!

    Happy New Year!!! Thank you for this chance!!! =)

  15. I have loved the Lux series, the coincidence of Callie and kayden, and the secret of Ella and Micha.

  16. The Fault in Our Stars, Slammed, Point of Retreat and Hopeless!:) Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. We have a lot of the same favorites for the year. 2 favorites that I have that you don't are Into the Hollow by Karina Halle and How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo

  18. Thanks for the oppurtunity! If I hadn't discovered Colleen Hoover's book for my Kindle I wouldn't have ever known about blogs like this! Her book, her blog, and her various avenues for spreading the word (literally) has opened my eyes to new books!! Like on your site, I have discovered new authors and great reads.
    But I have to say, Slammed, Hopeless, and Sea of Tranquility were my favorites this year. And thanks to your site, am currently reading The Edge of Never.

  19. My top book of the year was The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, but I also loved Beautiful Disaster, The Catastrophic History of You and Me, Fifty Shades, Bared to You, Slammed, Easy, and too many more. Thanks for the giveaway! Happy New Year! (:

  20. Well, my list seems to be altered every time I try to remember it, but seriously, some of my absolute faves are Slammed/POR, Flat Out Love, Hopeless(which I just got in under the wire, finishing it 2 nights ago), Because of Low, and Taking Chances. Loved them all!!

  21. So many great books this year, it's realy difficult for me to pick. Slammed, POR, Beautiful Disaster, plus soooo many others from indie authors too!!

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  23. Hopeless, Effortless, Reason to breath, Avoiding committment, to name just a few.

  24. From your list I have only read Slammed & The Fault in Our Stars which were also two of my top favorites this year! I also loved the Tiger's Curse series, Unearthly Series, Wings Series, and I finally finished the Vampire Academy series which I LOVED. I REEEEEALLY want to read Hopeless, like ASAP ;) and I also have The Sea of Tranquility, The Edge of Never, and the Onyx series on my to-read list!

  25. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I also loved the Lux series! Haven't read any of hte others you mentioned, though, but I have a NetGalley copy of The Sea of Tranquility waiting for me.
    Some of my faves were Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh, Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard, Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent and many many more!!

  26. im loving your book list, I am yet to read The Fault in our Stars, but my top 3 would def be #3 Slammed, #2 Sea of Tranquility #1 Hopeless, Colleen Hoover is a genius! she really gets you, total emotion right in the pit of your stomach like you live it, written out so beautifully that it will break you and put you back together.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  27. Well, I really loved Divergent ^^ and the Lux series :D ! Thanks for the ah-ma-zing giveaway! :D

    Happy 2013 !!

  28. Reason to Breathe & Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan, The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover, Bared to You and Reflected in You by Sylvia Day, and soooo many more!

  29. Ha! I'm not sure you *really* want the full list;) There are, like, 47 books on my favorites list for 2012!!! I'll narrow it down a bit, though. Sort of in reading order from Jan 2012 to Dec 2012, they are:

    Thoughtless/Effortless by SC Stephens
    The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan
    Sempre by HM Darhower
    Sidecar by Amy Lane
    Hot Head by Damon Suede
    Captured In The Dark by CJ Roberts
    The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
    Taking Chances by Molly McAdams
    Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley
    Seduced In The Dark by CJ Roberts
    Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan
    While It Lasts by Abbi Glines
    The Perfect Game by J Sterling
    Breathless by Cherrie Lynn
    The Edge of Never by JA Redmerski

    Thanks for the giveaway!! Happy New Year!

    elizm @ live . com

  30. My favorites in no particular order:

    ‘Slammed’ and ‘Point of Retreat’ Colleen Hoover
    ‘Beautiful Disaster’ Jamie McGuire
    ‘Easy’ Tammara Webber
    ‘Lengths’ Liz Reinhardt and Steph Campbell
    ‘Flat-Out Love’ Jessica Park
    ‘Safe with Me’ Shaina Richmond
    ‘Bared to You’ and ‘Reflected in You’ Sylvia Day
    ‘Down to You’ M. Leighton
    ‘The Secret of Ella & Micha’ Jessica Sorensen
    ‘The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden’ Jessica Sorensen
    ‘When We Collide’ AL Jackson
    ‘The Sea of Tranquility’ Katja Millay
    ‘White Trash Beautiful’ Teresa Mummert
    ‘The Edge of Never’ JA Redmerski
    ‘The Fallen Star Series’ Jessica Sorensen
    ‘The Mind Games Series’ Lori Brighton

    I still have so many on my TBR list, but those will have to go on my 2013 list :)

  31. Definitely The Fault in Our Stars. That was my #1 book of the year. :) I'm sure it's a lot of people's #1!

  32. Slammed, Point of Retreat, Sea of Tranquility

  33. Anything by Colleen Hoover is always guaranteed to make my "Best of List". That woman is a storytelling godess!!!!!!

  34. Taking Chances, From Ashes, Slammed/POR, Effortless/Thoughtless, Beautiful Disaster, The Proposal, Devoured, FSOG, Bared to You/Reflected in You, and so on and so on! lol

  35. I haven't read many new books this year, but I loved On The Island.

  36. The Covenant Series by JLA, TSoT by Katja Millay, TO and DR by Tarryn Fisher.

  37. Slammed series, collision course, easy, subduction and snacks series, Gabriel's inferno series, 50shades series, thoughtless series, bared to you series. So many good books.

  38. The Edge of Never, Thoughtless & Effortless, Beautiful Disaster!

  39. I am sooo many incredible books....but from the top of my head, Pushing the Limits, Onyx, Such a Rush, Deity, Poison Princess, Spark...and I have so many more!! LOL ;p

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  40. I also love the books you've chosen for this year! :D
    Donovan's, McGuire's, Green's and Hoover's :D

  41. wow so many good books, my favorites: Slammed&POR, The Fault in Our Stars (CRIES), hopeless(read days ago and totally awesome) & The Sea of Tranquility.
    Thank you for doing the giveaway.!!

  42. I have read so many amazing books,these were some of my favorites! Hopeless, The Sea of Tranquility, Ten Tiny Breaths, The Edge of Never, Fallen too Far. Great giveaway!

  43. Sooo many great books this year. The Sea of Tranquility, Hopeless, Edge of Never, Shadow and Bone

  44. Slammed, point of retreat, the fault in our starts, bared to you, beautiful disaster, reasons to breathe and barely breathing

  45. I really loved Angelfall and Grave Mercy!

  46. I loved Something Like Normal, Easy, The Edge of Never, The Secret of Ella & Micha, and The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden.

  47. The Covenant Series by JLA, The Edge of Never, Beautiful Disaster, The Lux series by JLA, Anything and Everything Colleen Hoover

  48. The Breathing Series, Slammed, Fifty Shades of Grey!

  49. Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi,Evolution of Mara Dyer, The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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  51. Lux Series, The Fault in Our Stars, Easy

  52. Just started the Lux series...addictive!

    Loved Beautiful Disaster, Bared To You & Reflected in You (Crossfire Series), Hopeless, and Thoughtless.

    My 'to-read' list has Slammed and the Edge of Never. Looking forward to reading them!

  53. Awesome Giveaway! Happy New Year!

  54. Some of my favorite books from this last year were the Thoughtless and Effortless series, Beautiful Disaster, On Dublin Street, the Fifty Shades series, and anything by Colleen Hoover!!!