Sunday, July 1, 2012

Half Year Check In

We are already half way done with 2012! Time to check in and see what books have made my top 10 list so far and other bookish goodies.

In no particular order, my top ten reads of 2012 at the half year point are.....

1 Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin (goodreads/ my review)
2 This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel (goodreads/ my review)
3 Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siohban Vivian (goodreads)
4 Gilt by Katherine Longshore (goodreads/ my review)
5 Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood (goodreads/ my review)
6 Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (goodreads)
7 Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock (goodreads\ my review)
8 I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (goodreads/ my review)
9 Cinder by Marissa Meyer (goodreads/ my review)
10 Insurgent by Veronica Roth (goodreads/ my review)

Some of you may recall my Bucket List post. I am going to post it again and scratch off the ones I have completed. I figured this would be a good time to do a check in on that as well.

My Bucket List

1. Annotate and scribble and highlight a book I really loved and send it to the author. I’d mark my favourite quotes. Parts that made me cry and laugh and smile and ache. *this was such an awesome idea I had to borrow it*

2. Send a little thank you gift to a fellow blogger who has helped me (or otherwise made an impact).

3. Leave a note in a book at a bookstore detailing how much I loved the book for the person who purchases it to find. *again, awesome idea Audrey*

4. Browse bookstores, have dinner, drink wine and talk books with a fellow blogger.

5. Obtain some sort of bookcase that will fit all my books and protect them from my cat (she likes to eat books). One I could decorate would be a bonus.

6. Send a book on a “book tour” with some papers inside so that the people who receive it can write something before they pass it along. Eventually I will get the book back with all these notes.

7. Take a tour of a Publishing office

8. Send a thank you basket to a publisher contact for all the awesomeness they do for us bloggers.

9. Have a meet up for Ottawa book bloggers, so we can meet each other *if there are enough of us*

10. Take a book that is set in a real life location and photograph some of the places mentioned in the book (with the book in it of course).

11. Have a birthday cake themed after a book that I love  My awesome Masque of the Red Death cake

So I have managed to cross two items off this list. Looking forward to scratching off more.

My other check in is going to be with my 2012 Debut Author list

1. Gilt by Katherine Longshore (Penguin, May 15)  review
2. Immortal City by Scott Speer (Penguin, April 3)  review
3. Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Harper Collins, Jan 24)  review
4. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Ross (Harper Collins, Jan 3)  review
5. The Selection by Kiera Cass (Harper Collins, April 24)  review
6. What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang (Harper Collins, TBA 2012)
7. Fracture by Megan Miranda (Walker Books for Young Readers, Jan 17)  review
8. Storm by Brigid Kemmerer (Kensington Books, April 24) review
9. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood (Penguin, Feb 7) review
10. Slide by Jill Hathaway (Harper Collins, March 27)
11. Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock (Harper Collins, May 8) review
12. Velveteen by Daniel Marks (Random House, TBA 2012)
13. The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett (Tor Teen, TBA 2012)
14. Blind Spot by Laura Ellen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, TBA 2012)
15. Mystique by Shari Arnold (Chronicle, TBA 2012)
16. Pivot Point by Kasie West (Harper Collins, TBA 2012)
17. Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown (Random House, June 12) review
18. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (Harper Collins, May 1) review
19. When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle (Simon and Schuster, May 1) review
20. Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf (Walker Books, Apr 24)
21. The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams (Simon & Schuster, Jan 3)
22 Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London (Harper Collins, May 29)
23 Cinder by Marissa Meyer review
24 Of Poseidon by Anna Banks review
25 Scarlet by AC Gaughen review
26 Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
27 Crewl by Gennifer Albin
28 Splintered by A.G. Howard
29 Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1) by R.L. LaFevers review
30 Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
31 Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill
31 Black City by Elizabeth Richards
31 Venom by Fiona Paul
32 The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
33 Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore review
34 The Catastrophic History of You & Me by Jess Rothenberg
(Penguin, Feb 21) review

I have read 18 of my 34 that I wanted to read. I am sure that I have other debut author books not on my list and may be changing my list as I go along but I feel pretty good at having read 17 already.

Has the time flown by for you as well? This year has gone by super quickly. I can't wait to see what is to come and what wonderful books I will get to read in the second half of 2012!

1 comment:

  1. Ooooh YES. I especially agree with Insurgent and Cinder, I think they'd also be in my top 10. And I am SO excited to read Tiger Lily, I hunt Killers, Gilt, Hemlock, etc. Your amazing review and half-year favourites are more than enough recommendation for me :D

    AHH! YES to Bucket List #1! I'm doing that right now with a bunch of local bloggers for a book we loved. It's a surprise for the author and I SO want to do something like this more often. I LOVE your Bucket List. So sweet and inspiring and just plain awsome. #5 made me giggle about your cat :P

    You are doing AMAZINGLY in all bookish aspects. Good luck and have fun for the next 6 months of the ride! :D


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