I had a goal of 100 books for 2012, and for a third consecutive year exceeded my goal. Total books read for the year that was: 106. Here are the books with which I ended 2012. As always, click on any cover to find out more about a particular book.
* As you can see, I always read a lot of winter or Christmas-themed books this time of year, all of which ended up being romances for December 2012. I did start one Christmas cozy mystery—but I was only a chapter into it when the tragedy in Newtown occurred, and just couldn't get into the mystery after that. Sometimes you have to set one book aside, for now, and try something else.
* Holly Lane by Toni Blake is book four in her Destiny series. Wonderful story for this time of year, and I look forward to book five, already on the shelves (just not on my shelf yet).
* The two by Lisa Kleypas are books one and five respectively in two different series. It had been a long time since I had read anything by her, but hope to catch up on both series soon!
* Night's Darkest Embrace was a novella by Jeaniene Frost, much different from her vampire series, but I enjoyed her demon world enough to hope she revisits it some day. If you like JF, you might want to give this a try!
* After a long deficit due to a change in publishers, we finally got two new Bishop books by Kay Hooper this year: Haven, which I devoured, and The First Prophet, which I have not yet gotten to.
* Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell was my first Kay Scarpetta, and I am glad the next two are on my shelf. I plan on getting to those in 2013! (Thanks, Jana!)
* In November, I reread The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, in anticipation of the movie that hit theaters December 14. Still haven't seen the movie, but am hoping to see it while it is still in theaters. Despite how long it had been since first reading it, there was only one scene in the book I did not remember, and I liked it as much as I did the first time through.
* I bought Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson as a Christmas present. I've been following her blog, and thought the book ideal for a friend with whom I travelled to Paris many moons ago. Naturally, I had to look it over before wrapping it, and couldn't resist leaving small sticky notes on some of the pages. Total hit, and talk about being on the same wave length— she gave me a calendar featuring iconic Paris images at night. (grin)
Here's to a new year filled with lots of books and great reading!