I know I'm a bit late off the mark, as most blogs have already done their favourite reads for 2012. But nonetheless, I'm here to present to you now my 5 favourite reads of 2012.
I have narrowed this list down to authors who I had not previously read before 2012. So whilst I say these are "new" authors, it's because they are new to me. I've included a variety of genre's in this list.
In no particular order ...
The Art of my Life by Ann Lee Miller
This is classified as New Adult, because it features characters in their early 20s who are finding their feet as adults.
The Art of my Life is the follow up to Ann's debut novel, Kicking Eternity. In truth, I had a hard time picking which of her novels was going to make my top 5, they are both that good. Her stories are utterly engaging and her characters so authentic that in reading them I felt like I was in my 20s all over again.
I decided on The Art of my Life as it was the edgier, more dramatic of the two. If you haven't read Ann Lee Miller's books before, then I highly recommend you do so!
(If you'd like to try Ann's books, you can request a free ecopy of Kicking Eternity at Ann's website or download it on Amazon Kindle for free.)
The Mother Road by Jennifer AlLee
I don't read a lot of women's fiction, but when I saw this one, I was intrigued. And in reading it, I wasn't disappointed. I found this book engaging and refreshing, with a sweet and satisfying ending.
Mary's Blessing by Lena Nelson Dooley
Mary's Blessing is the second book of the three book McKenna's Daughters Series. I read both this book, and the first one, Maggie's Journey in 2012, but Mary's Blessing was my favourite of the two. This book is a sweet romance, set amidst tough living.
As a whole, the series is very enjoyable and I can't wait to read the third book - which I will be doing very very soon :)
Veil of Pearls is a highly entertaining and dramatic read. It's full of vibrant characters - both likeable and detestable. It stole my breath on more than one occasion. I'm looking forward to reading more from MaryLu Tyndall.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This is the only book in this list that was not published in 2012, and is not Christian fiction. Therefore I feel I must mention that this book includes some swearing, alcohol and off the page references to sex and drug use. But it's not gratuitous by any means.
I really really loved this young adult novel. I got lost with Anna in Paris, and caught up with all those intense and changing feelings of teen life. I didn't write a review up on this blog because it isn't a Christian novel, but I couldn't write my favourite reads list for 2012 without its inclusion.
Helen's favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element. She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA. She's not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.
Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.