I started the year off with books 2 and 3 the Hunger Games trilogy, and I actually read the first two twice after I finished the series the first time.
The Night Circus was recommended by my bff. I wanted to like it so much (the cover art alone is just so great!), but it didn't satisfy me. I liked the idea of the book, but the actual execution and plot line just fell flat for me. I get why it's written the way it is and why you don't know what's going on the whole time (it's like you're in the duel with Celia and Marco! You're just as in the dark as they are!), but overall, not my fave.
Then came Shanghai Girls. I have no idea what prompted me to buy this, but I did. If you like historical fiction, this was pretty good, but not one I'd say anyone has GOT to run out and read.
Devil in the White City... I mean, what a GREAT book. I knew basically nothing about the Chicago World's Fair prior to reading this, nor did I know anything at all about the serial killing spree that occurred during the same period. This is so well-written and researched. I can't imagine how many years the author spent pulling data together to create such a well-crafted book. Looking forward to reading his book about Nazi Germany (which is a sentence I never thought I'd write).
Then came the Luxe series! These were really light, easy reads (like, even easier than The Hunger Games books - these are definitely for the YA set). Truth be told, I could have stopped reading after the first one, but I didn't have anything else in my reading queue yet and I had a mild curiosity about how the stories would end. Because of the cover art, these are exceedingly embarrassing to take to the gym or to leave out on the coffee table when you have guests. They totally look like period romance novels. However, if you want to plow through a series in less than a month so you can feel good about yourself, this would be an ideal choice.
I read this book based on the recommendation of two friends. It's cute and heartwarming, but if you're a skeptic and/or not a devout Christian, there are some easy plot holes to identify that will probably bother you.
This is probably my favorite book from 2012. Also recommended by my bff (she totally redeemed herself from The Night Circus rec), I couldn't put this down once I started. I knew a plot twist had to be coming based on how the story was playing out and the number of pages left in it, but I did NOT foresee the twist that it took. LOVED it. I went back and re-read the first part once I finished just to make sure I didn't miss anything. If there's one book on this list you should read, it's this one!
And now, for my "currently reading but not yet finished" list:
Yeah, the puppy book isn't exactly compelling reading for the general public, but if you're parenting a new pup, this seems really good so far! L and I have big plans to implement some of the exercises this weekend. I'll finish this book and Mindy Kaling's before 2013 arrive. Hornet's Nest will continue to be put on the back burner.