Armchair BEA June 5th: Best of 2012 and Giveaway!

05 Jun

I cannot believe that we are already into June! It does not even seem possible that we are now halfway through 2012, but I supposed this is what happens as we get older. Without further adieu here are my top 3 books I’ve read in 2012 and the top 3 books I’m waiting on to be released!

3 Favorites in 2012

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I CANNOT stress enough how much I loved this book. I’ve read it twice since January and it only got better on my second read through. But there are no words really, just feelings and I think this image i found in The Book Smugglers review sums it up quite nicely:

2. Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin. I reviewed this book back in April and I could barely form the words for the review. This book broke my heart into a million little pieces and then ever so gently put it back together again. It’s a true story and a touching memoir of one man’s journey through life and love and single fatherhood. You will not regret picking this one up at all.

3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I came a bit late to this party, as I only read Divergent about two weeks before Insurgent was set to release. It was basically a blessing in disguise as I don’t have to wait as long to find out what was happening to Tris and Four. I’ve very much enjoyed this series and am itching to see how it all ends in the third book.

Team Dauntless all the way baby!

3 Books I’m (impatiently) waiting for in 2012

1. Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn. So, it’s no secret that Timothy Zahn is the hero of the Star Wars EU book world and my favorite sic-fi writer. So it’s certainly no surprise that my top most anticipated book is his newest. This one focuses on Han and Chewie (and Lando!) so it’s a bit of a divergence from his normal focus of Mara Jade and Luke. But I’m still hoping the awesome red head makes at least a tiny appearance.

Also, just look at that cover. How will it not be made of awesome?

2. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead. Adrian Ivashkov. Need i say more? He’s one of my favorite things about the Vampire Academy world and I can’t wait to see more of him. Oh, and Sydney and Jill and the intrigues of the Moroi court, of course. But mostly Adrian. Cause that’s how I roll.

3. The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima. The Seven Realms series is one of the best YA epic fantasies I’ve read and I can’t wait to see how it all ends. I made the mistake of reading the first three thinking that’s all there was and I was both ecstatic and brokenhearted hearted to realize there was still one more book. Mostly only broken hearted cause fit doesn’t release until October and that’s just too darn far away.

What books did you guys pick as your top of 2012? I know it’s only Juen but there have already been so many great books that it was difficult to narrow it down! I can’t wait to see what made everyone’s else’s lists.

If you get a moment be sure to check out the official Armchair BEA site for a guest post from Joe Foster from Edelweiss. He’ll be talking all about digital review copies and the many exciting changes at Edelweiss that effect us as book bloggers.

OH! Also, don’t forget the first Armchair BEA twitter party! Find our more here: For detailed information, visit the Twitter Party Announcement Post. Hope to see everyone participating!

Okay, so now for the fun stuff (c/mon we all know why you’re here!)! If you’re interested in winning a $25 dollar Amazon giftcard simply signup for my email list here: and leave a comment on this post. There will be a random winner selected from all of the new subscribers/commenters!

(If you’re an existing subscriber and would like to be eligible to win simply shoot me an email and I’ll adjust the signup date manually to allow you to enter the contest).

Winner will be announced on Friday by 4 pm!


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41 responses to “Armchair BEA June 5th: Best of 2012 and Giveaway!

  1. laceyblossom

    7 June, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I’m a new subscriber! Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

  2. Caroline

    7 June, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    New subscriber! I’ve heard so many fantastic things about John Green’s new book, I’m dying to read it!

  3. tayteh

    6 June, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    And the rest of the books sound good too. 😀

  4. tayteh

    6 June, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I signed up! 😀 And Insurgent and The Golden Lily were AMAZING!

  5. faith hope & cherrytea

    6 June, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    i have signed up for your email list ! whoohoo 🙂 looking fwd to what’s new .. TY for the gvwy generosity… anticipation …

  6. stilettostorytime

    6 June, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway…the gift of choice is always nice. I am a new subscriber. I am looking forward to “The Reckoning” and hoping to get my hands on a copy of “Insurgent” soon. Have a great Armchair BEA week and visit me over at Stiletto Storytime if you get a chance.

    Stiletto Storytime

  7. leeanna c (@leaflette)

    6 June, 2012 at 11:38 am

    New subscriber. I had no idea Timothy Zahn had a new SW EU book coming out until I read your post!

  8. Amy

    6 June, 2012 at 11:11 am

    If I wasn’t already sure I wanted to read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Armchair BEA would convince me. It’s a favorite book of so many book bloggers it can’t be ignore. But I was already sold on it. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much, too!

    I was thrilled to see that you chose Matt Logelin’s book “Two Kisses for Maddy” as one of your favorites. I started reading Matt’s blog just before Maddy was born and then the unthinkable tragedy happened. I read it for at least a year afterwards. Matt is an amazing man and a fantastic father. He’s done so much good for other people and brought such joy to Maddy’s life despite all the pain he’s felt. And Maddy is adorable. I’m so glad you mentioned this book again!

    Thank you for a great, generous giveaway, too!

  9. Jennifer k

    6 June, 2012 at 10:50 am

    New subscriber. Thanks. I am reading Insurgent now.

  10. Lexie@BookBug

    6 June, 2012 at 2:58 am

    New email subscriber: lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  11. Man of la Book

    5 June, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Great giveaway, thank you very much.

  12. RivkaBelle

    5 June, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Yay! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway 🙂 I’m a new email subscriber 🙂 🙂

  13. Literally Jen (@LiterallyJen)

    5 June, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I would love to win The Fault in Our Stars!

  14. Ariel Wilson

    5 June, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I really want to read Insurgent! I suppose I should read Divergent first… haha.

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Yes, you HAVE to read Divergent first!! But it’s soooo worth it 🙂

  15. Lisa @ Books. Lists. Life

    5 June, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I have Insurgent sitting here and haven’t even started it yet!

  16. Stephanie Priddy Cowart

    5 June, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Great giveaway! I too loved Insurgent and The Fault in Our Stars!

  17. Stephanie Ward

    5 June, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! I haven’t read any of those books yet, but I can’t wait to read Insurgent!

  18. Violette

    5 June, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    My top picks would all be mysteries like Dan Palmer’s Helpless, etc… I mainly read the medical mystery, psych thriller and historical fiction sub-genres.

  19. Kristin Hafling

    5 June, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    thanks so much for the giveaway, check out mine if you like. Have a great day!

  20. Veronika

    5 June, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Wow, awesome prize! Thank you for the giveaway!

  21. Kat (AussieZombie) (@katlb82)

    5 June, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

  22. Ashley

    5 June, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! Fingers crossed! 🙂

  23. Jenese Leon

    5 June, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    New Follower. Thanks for the giveaway! Nice pics btw.

  24. Isa (@lollibea)

    5 June, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    The Fault in Our Stars is my favourite book for the year and I’m currently reading Insurgent. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. karinlibrarian

    5 June, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Hi there. I just subscribed to your newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win the Amazon giftcard.

  26. throuthehaze

    5 June, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    new subscriber! Thanks for the giveaway!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  27. mil

    5 June, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway

  28. Britta

    5 June, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Your Fault In Our Stars picture is epic! Loving it. Truthfully its the one release this year that I felt was timeless.

    ❤ Britta

  29. Kristen H. (@bookgoil)

    5 June, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Love John Green! THanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  30. Isabel Hernandez @ Mixtures: Books...+

    5 June, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Haven’t read Divergent yet…BUT I WILL! Soon. Really soon. See ya at the party and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  31. Autumn

    5 June, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I’m on the Insurgent waiting list at my library too. Hopefully I can stay up late enough for the Twitter party 🙂

  32. Samantha @ ReadingAndCoffee

    5 June, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I’m reading The Golden Lily right now. Lots of Adrian. 🙂

  33. Luisa Freiheit

    5 June, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I am also waiting for the Golden Lily ! And I did the exact same thing with Insurgent, I’ve read Divergent just a few days before the 2nd book was released and I said “thanks god I don’t have to wait!”. And then I read Insurgent and I was like “Oh no, now I can’t escape, I’ll have to wait for months!”

  34. smiling_ina

    5 June, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I am DYING to get my hands on a copy of The Fault In Our Stars!!!

    Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!!!

  35. Emmalee Giantomasso

    5 June, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  36. Daisy

    5 June, 2012 at 11:29 am

    The Crimson Crown!! How could I forget to add that to my list??? I’m PINING for that one! Also, I really need to read Divergent and Insurgent, both are staring at me accusingly 😉 Also, YAY PIRATES! 🙂

  37. Lauren@The Housework Can Wait

    5 June, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Great giveaway! Also, love how you altered the Hyperbole and a Half image 🙂 I think of that post every time I realize I need to clean my house and it’s JUST SO DAUNTING.

    Also, I’m already on your email list, but with my personal email. I’m DMing you on Twitter because I want to WIN!

  38. Amanda

    5 June, 2012 at 9:03 am

    The picture for The Fault in Our Stars DEFINITELY is appropriate. I loved that book!

  39. heather

    5 June, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I’m still waiting to read Divergent and Insurgent. I’m on the huge library waiting list.

  40. Heather

    5 June, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I’m most looking forward to the new books from Barbara Kingsolver and Zadie Smith. See you at the Twitter party!


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