This blog post is part of a series that the RT editors took part in during the month of December.
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. Today RT's Website Director Morgan Doremus brings us her year in books:
Favorite 2012 Historical Romance
Favorite 2012 Contemporary Romance
Favorite 2012 Series Romance
Favorite 2012 Romantic Suspense
Favorite 2012 Self-Published Book
Apparently, I was asleep at the wheel when the KA memes were spreading, or maybe I just ignored the author’s books because really, who wants to read about a group of men in a motorcycle club that claim women as their “biker bitches”? Certainly not me. That is until I actually started reading the fourth book in her Dream Man series. Tack, leader of the motorcycle club (which is just a nice way of saying a gang) is one of the most unlikely heroes I have ever read, but the way that author immersed me into his rough world, the faster I plowed through this novel. Yes, it is a bit on the long side and could use some judicious pruning, but I can’t remember the last book held my attention so completely.
Favorite 2012 End-of-the-World Book
by Alex Adams
Told in flashbacks by an unstable narrator, the reader can never really know what is happening in this novel. All we can be sure of is that Zoe Marshall has a front row seat to the apocalypse. But even as the world is ending, all she can focus on is her lost love. My heart just didn't break for this character — it shattered. White Horse left me in awe of this debut author.
Favorite 2012 Genre Defying Book
by Janet Chapman
Can a book be considered a contemporary read when the hero is from the magical island of Atlantis? Can a book be called a paranormal if it is almost completely rooted in the messy, everyday reality of raising young children? This is the heart of my conundrum about this light-hearted tale with an out-of-this-world hero who needs oh-so-much guidance and a seemingly average heroine who is wise beyond her experiences. However, while the genre may be hard to define, Spellbound Falls can be described in two words: Absolutely charming.
Do you and Morgan share some favorite books of the year? Which reads did you love in 2012? Let us know in the comments!