I admit, my total time away from reading was very lengthy, and it was like I was going in blind. One day last year, I went to Amazon. I immediately went to the YA section, saw some pretty covers and compelling descriptions and hit 'add to wish list'. Haha. I knew nothing of which books were popular (except the obvious ones and didn't know unless you were living in a cave). I was not on Goodreads yet, and had limited knowledge of the book-blogging world. I thought maybe if I could get back into reading, I'd be lucky to read maybe about dozen or so books during the year. So, last Christmas, a friend got me one of those I randomly put on my wish list. It was Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I opened it up and hoped for the best. I devoured it in a couple days. You could blame my obsessions with space/science-fiction, but, it reawakened something in me that I thought was long gone, and I knew, without a doubt, I was back into reading, in a way, I never was before. So to sum it up: For many, many years, I couldn't even get through one book, but this year I read 71 books, and opened my own book blog. I had no idea how much books would come to mean to me, and how much it would consume my daily life. I wouldn't have it any other way, because I've exposed to so many different kinds of stories (both YA & Adult) that have showed me new perspectives on life, and touched my heart in unexpected ways. So, without further ado, here's my top 20 books of 2012. To say this was hard, was putting it mildly. I struggled with this. I knew right away I couldn't just do ten. Anyway, there were a handful of others that could have easily made this list, but in the end, I had to go with my gut. All books are in alphabetical order, as I'm the worst at ranking things!