This blog post is part of a series that the RT Editors will be taking part in during the month of December. Please check back all month long for each editor's installment!

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With 2012 winding down, the RT editors thought December would be a good time to reflect on what each of us read this year and which books stuck with us long after we finished them. While this year's RT Awards winners won't be announced until our convention in May, we've decided to share our personal favorites of 2012, in no particular order. First up is RT Features Editor Mala Bhattacharjee: 


 

Thirteen
by Kelley Armstrong

I was on tenterhooks waiting for the closer to Armstrong's Otherworld series, and Thirteen didn't disappoint. I have been on spine-tingling adventures with these characters for 13 books, and the wrap-up was everything I could've asked for. Okay, maybe I could've asked for a tad more Adam/Savannah romance ... 

 

 

 

     
 

A Week To Be Wicked
by Tessa Dare

Dare is my go-to for fun, fresh historical romance, and AWTBW is a laugh-a-minute "road movie" that features an unlikely pair and one very important foot! I cracked up for weeks after reading this book and know it's going to be one of my keeper shelf pick-me-ups.

 

 

 

     
 

A Gentleman Undone
by Cecilia Grant

Grant's A Lady Awakened is an unusual, singular romance with a lot of deliberately bad sex. A Gentleman Undone is equally exemplary, but the romps are definitely pleasurable! I adored Lydia and Will's path to love.

 

 

 

 

     
 

A Lady Never Lies
by Juliana Gray

I can't say enough good things about Gray's historical debut. Delightful characters (the hero's a redhead, swoon!), hilarious and descriptive prose and a touch of mystical matchmaking make this book such a charmer. Gray skies ahead means a great read is in store! 

 

 

 

     
 

The Killing Moon
by N.K. Jemisin

The Killing Moon was my introduction to Jemisin's work, and I just found it riveting. The worldbuilding is dense, with an emphasis on the religious aspects of the culture, and the characters completely compelling. When you constantly chant "don't die!" at a character, you know you're hooked!

 

 

 

     
 

Ride With Me
by Ruthie Knox

Knox is a rising star of contemporary romance, and it was a kick to go on a ride with her! I loved the conceit of falling in love over the course of a cross-country bike ride, and Knox seasons it with believable, root-worthy characters and a big dose of humor!

 

 

 

 

     
 

Starlight
by Carrie Lofty

This is like North and South’s Scottish Victorian love child. A completely page-turning story, with a ballsy heroine in Polly and a strong but sensitive hero in Alex. If this book was a person, I would probably get arrested for stalking it.

 

 

 

 

     

 

The Angel
by Tiffany Reisz

Reisz's fantastic Original Sinners series is burning up the charts, and my personal soft spot is for The Angel, with its strong, emotional core and the dual tracks of a beautiful love story and a suspenseful mystery. Griffin and Michael will steal your hearts!

 

 

     

 

Do you and Mala share some favorite books of the year? Which reads did you love in 2012? Let us know in the comments, and check back all month for more editors' picks!

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