First of all, I'm amazed to say that in only a few short months SWR went from being a brand new baby blog to a blog with a following of over 500! I find that astounding, and I want to thank each and every one of you! Knowing that there are people out there that actually care what I think...that's quite humbling.
If there is one thing I've discovered this year, it's that Indie authors totally rock! I've had the opportunity to connect with several Indies that I find utterly amazing! If you haven't already, you should be sure to put these at the top of your reading list for 2013. And yes, I realize some of these are now traditionally published, but when I read them they were still considered Indie.
Colleen Hoover has managed to wiggle her way into my heart, and her books have touched me like no others. I had the opportunity to meet Colleen at the Decatur Book Festival in August, and this was absolutely the highlight of my blogging year! I got signed copies of Slammed (my review) and Point of Retreat (my review), and I even got a hug. Colleen is not only an amazing writer, but a crazy sweet person. Her newest release, Hopeless, is still with me a week after finishing it. I haven't written the review for it yet because I simply cannot find the words. It was THAT good.
I also got to meet Abbi Glines at the Festival and got signed copies of Breathe, Because of Low and While it Last. I hadn't actually read the books yet at the time, and I kick myself now. I wish I'd known what an amazing author she was while I was standing there chit chatting with Colleen! While I haven't gotten the reviews on the blog yet, I can tell you that this series is wonderful...along with the newest, Just For Now!! And I won't even get started on her sexy Vincent Boys Series...holy moly. Read them all!! You won't be sorry!
While we haven't met in person, Claudia Carozza and I have become great friends. Her books, The Twenty (my review) and The Forgotten (my review), should definitely be added to the top of your to-be-read pile, especially if you're a fan of dystopian! This girl can write!
Other great Indies that I've read this year: Jessica Park, Jamie McGuire, Robert J. Crane, Nyrae Dawn, Tammara Webber, Tracey Garvis Graves, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Katja Millay, Jessica Sorensen...the list goes on and on!
I read 109 books this year! There is no way I could ever choose a Top 10, but I have to give you a list of the books that I absolutely adored. Some of them may not have reviews on the blog yet, but I promise, if they are on this list, the gushing review is coming soon! In no particular order,
My Faves of 2012:
Medusa Girls Series (Sweet Venom and Sweet Shadows) by Tera Lynn Childs
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Barronlands Trilogy (The Twenty and The Forgotten) by Claudia Carozza
Easy by Tammara Webber
The Girl in the Box Series (Alone, Untouched, Soulless and Family) by Robert J. Crane
Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
What a Boy Wants and What a Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn
Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines
Sea Breeze Series (Breathe, Because of Low, While it Lasts, and Just for Now) by Abbi Glines
Lux Series (Obsidian, Shadows, Onyx and Opal) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
Ok, that's it for my year! I can't wait to see what wonderful reads 2013 brings us!
Happy New Year!!