For the second day of Armchair BEA, my task is to share my favorite book of 2012. Now, I could probably decide on my favorite book that I've read this year, but I'm not sure about my favorite book published this year. That requires some research.
The easier question first - my favorite book I've read this year: any of the Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts. The four main characters are just fun and lovely and the story is engaging and inspiring. I loved the four books.
I relate most to Parker due to my slightly (ok, completely) Type-A personality, but I'd love to be friends with Mac, Laurel, and Emma. Great series. I actually got up the nerve to start my cake business while I was reading this series. I related to the characters and often thought to myself that if they could do it, I could do it. And, I did! It's a great book that entertains and inspires you. I enjoy that about Nora Roberts. She has a gift. People may turn up their noses at the Romance genre, but that is because they've never really read it. They are missing out by being judgmental and closed-minded. OK, off my soap box. Sorry.
Now, on to the harder question - my favorite book published this year. Hmmmm...I'm going to cheat and share books I've enjoyed this year.
1. The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts (Book 2 in The Inn at BoonsBoro trilogy)
2. Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
3. Abandon by Meg Cabot (I love her covers lately, so I have to share)
The hardback of Abandon originally came out in 2011, but the paperback was published in 2012.
The 2nd book is also out now -- Underworld.
I will confess that part of the reason I wanted to read Underworld is because of my affinity for the movie "Underworld" starring Kate Beckinsale (and if you know me, you know that I pretend that I look like Kate Beckinsale - she's beautiful!), which, I know, is completely unrelated. I'm a bit random. I understand that. It's a Meg Cabot book, though; I knew I would enjoy it.
I'm drawing a blank on other books published in 2012 that I really enjoyed. I read all the time, but I can only think of these three. What am I missing? Surely I've read more from 2012 that I enjoyed. Someone chime in and remind me of the greatness that I am missing on my list!