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Saturday, December 31, 2011

12 Books I Can't Wait To Read in 2012

Now that we've shared with you some of our favorites from 2011, here's a few books I'm looking forward to reading in 2012.

12 books I can't wait to pick in up from est. authors:
  1. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  2. Black Heart by Holly Black
  3. Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer
  4. Until I Die by Amy Plum
  5. The Savage Grace by Bree Despain (I'm dying to know what Bree does with the character she named after me)
  6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  7. BitterBlue by Kristen Cashore
  8. Timepiece by Myra McEntire
  9. The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell
  10. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  11. Endlessly by Kiersten White
  12. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
  13. * and the sequels to The Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Shatter Me, and The Girl of Fire & Thorns, The Pledge... I swear my list could go on and on
** Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (it sounds like this will most likely be released in 2013)

Okay that was more than 12. It is hard picking just a few from the huge list of upcoming MUST HAVE 2012 releases.

12 books from 2012 Debs I can't wait to read:
  1. Everneath by Brodi Ashton (I actually already read it and LOVED it)
  2. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
  3. Fracture by Megan Miranda
  4. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  5. Ditched by Robin Mellom
  6. Tempest by Julie Cross
  7. Struck by Jennifer Boswick
  8. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  9. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
  10. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
  11. Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
  12. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
You can find my complete list of upcoming debs I can't wait to read here.

I thought 2011 was huge for debs and book releases, but I'm guessing 2012 is going to be amazing. I'm seriously so excited for the upcoming releases in 2012! There are so many awesome books I can't wait to get my hands on. I've been trying to update the books I'm looking forward to reading in 2012 via my Goodreads 2012 to read list, but I know I'm missing a ton of them on there. What books are you looking forward to?

1,000,000 Views Giveaway!!

WOW!! We hit over 1 MILLION views this week on the blog! I am so completely blown away that so many of you have taken the time to come by and check out the blog. It's been such a fabulously journey here on Mundie Moms since I started the blog and I'm so thrilled you guys have been apart of it.

THANK YOU to all of our followers and visitors who have stopped by to visit us! I sincerely appreciate all your support. We've enjoyed talking to you guys on the blog, in person and on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Goodreads.

THANK YOU to all the authors and publishers who have worked with us over the last couple of years. I truly appreciate all your support you've given to us. It's been such a pleasure working with each of you.

THANK YOU to our friends and affiliates who continue to support us, promote us, RT us, and take part in our all the things we do on Mundie Moms.

THANK YOU to those who have been apart of the blog and have taken the time to share your reviews and have helped out in many different ways when it first started out. Huge thanks to Shandra who does the .com, Sophie who continues to help me, and shares her reviews & Cynthia for her reviews.

A huge THANK YOU goes to our family members who put up with our rather slight addiction to all things book related. Now they realize we're not "the only ones" who love reading YA.

To say thank you and to celebrate in this huge milestone we're hosting a giveaway!!! 1 lucky winner will receive:
- a box of books (not sure what those will be yet, but it will be a combination of books, ARCs and signed swag)
- the Clockwork Prince AudioBook set
- and this LOVELY poster:

To enter, please fill out the form below:

- Open internationally
- You must be 13 yrs & older to enter (if 12 & under you must have a parent/guardian's permission to enter)
- 1 entry per person (more than one will result in your being removed from the giveaway)
- This giveaway ends on 1/31/12

2011 Mundie Moms Favorites: Top Reads of 2011

It's the last day of 2011 and the last day of our 2011 Mundie Moms Favorites! This year was a stellar year for YA book releases. We've gone on adventures back in time, we've time traveled, gone to futuristic cities, fell in love with beautifully rewritten fairy tale classics, spent time with wolves, vampires, angels and our favorites, the Shadowhunters. There's many more adventures we've taken and new characters we've met this year that we've completely fallen in love with.

Here's our Favorite Books of 2011:

Katie: (I couldn't pick ten or even eleven for that matter. I figured since I read a little over 250 books this year I could get away with posting 22).

  1. Clockwork Princes & City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  3. Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
  4. The Iron Queen & The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
  5. The Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  6. The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
  7. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  8. The Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson
  9. Between The Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  10. HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson
  11. Red Glove by Holly Black
  12. Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
  13. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
  14. The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
  15. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
  16. Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
  17. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
  18. Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren
  19. Lola & The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  20. DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum
  21. Vanish by Sophie Jordan
  22. Supernaturally by Kiersten White
  23. Circle of Fire by Michelle Zink


  1. Lola & the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  2. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
  3. The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
  4. Red Glove by Holly Black
  5. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
  6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  7. Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
  8. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
  9. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  10. Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren

These are just a few of the books we've fallen in love with this. There are many more wonderful books we'd highly recommend picking up and you can see all of this year favorites under our 2011 Mundie Moms Favorites posts, and check out for 2011 Favorites for:
Thank you so much for following this fun, end of year series of posts. We've enjoyed reading what some of your favorites were from this year. Please leave us a comment and tell us what your all time favorite reads from this year were.

2011 Highlights

A quick look back at the highlights, milestones and fun things that happened on Mundie Moms.

2011 proved to be a fantastic here on Mundie Moms! We were able to meet a lot fabulous bloggers/followers as well as authors at various events through out 2011. From signings at Book People to Kepler's, working and attending TLA (Texas Library Association) as well as The Austin Teen Book Festival, we enjoyed being able to meet new friends, reconnect with older ones and talk with a variety of authors we've come to really admire.

We also hit HUGE milestones on the blog like hitting over 1,000,000 page views this past week! That is just crazy awesome! On the blog we also celebrated a lot of book releases, hosted a ton of fun author chats, gave away a ton of awesome books, hosted blog tours and read more books this year than we could have imagined possible. I took part in a few reading challenges this year, as well as a few collectively as a blog this year. Here's a look back in our reading achievements this year.

Here's a look at this year's 2011 Reading Challenges:

Twilight Moms 100 Book Challenge: My end result for YA & MG reads = 282 books

You're probably as shocked as I am. Thank you to my lovely friend, insomnia, I've read more books this year than I thought possibly. I highly doubt I will achieve this goal, nor will I even attempt this in 2012 lol.

Here's my (long) list of books I read this year:
  1. Songs of Love and Death edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozios
  2. *The Boy Who Howled by Timothy Power ('10 Debut Author)
  3. The Lost Gate (arc) By Orson Scott Card
  4. Shadowspell by Jenna Black
  5. *XVI (arc) by Julia Karr
  6. Star Crossed by Elizabeth C Bunce
  7. The Dragon's Of Noor (arc) by Janet Lee Carey
  8. Crescent by Jordan Deen
  9. Half Moon (e-arc) by Jordan Deen
  10. *Warped by Maurissa Guibord
  11. Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey
  12. Invasion by Jon S. Lewis
  13. Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  14. Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  15. Lost on Spirit River by Tommy Batchelor
  16. Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda
  17. *The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
  18. Dark Goddess (arc) By Sarwat Chadda
  19. Fallen Angel (arc) by Heather Terrell
  20. Second Hand Charm by Julie Berry
  21. *The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
  22. *The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  23. A True Princess (arc) by Diane Zahler
  24. *Tiger's Curse (arc) by Colleen Houck
  25. Cryer's Cross (arc) by Lisa McMann
  26. Darkest Mercy (arc) by Melissa Marr
  27. Once In A Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
  28. Drought (arc) by Pam Bachorz
  29. Desires of the Dead (arc) by Kimbery Derting
  30. Will Work For Prom Dress (arc) by Aimee Ferris
  31. Red Moon Rising (arc) by Peter Moore
  32. Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright
  33. Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors
  34. The Star Maker (arc) by Laurence Yep
  35. Heist Society by Ally Carter
  36. Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany
  37. Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes The Legend Begins) (arc) by Andrew Lane
  38. *Griffin Rising (arc) by Darby Karchut
  39. Father of Lies (arc) by Ann Turner
  40. Half Way To The Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost
  41. One Foot In The Grave (Night Huntress #2) by Jeaniene Frost
  42. Mieradome (arc) by Kate O'Hegarty
  43. By These Ten Bones by Clare Dunkle
  44. The Vespertine (arc) by Saundra Mitchell
  45. *The Liar Society (arc) by Lisa and Laura Roecker
  46. The Secret Life of Ms Finleman by Ben H. Winters
  47. Lemniscate by Jennifer Murgia
  48. *Haven by Kristi Cook
  49. Afterlife (arc) by Claudia Gray
  50. Beautiful Dead (Summer) (arc) by Eden Maguire
  51. *Moon Spell by Samantha Young
  52. River Cast by Samantha Young
  53. Blessed (arc) by Cynthia Leitch Smith
  54. *Divergent (arc) by Veronica Roth
  55. Steel (arc) by Carrie Vaughn
  56. CHIME (arc) By Franny Billingsley
  57. *Between the Shades of Gray (arc) by Ruta Sepetys
  58. The Dark and Hollow Places (arc) by Carrie Ryan
  59. *No Hope for Gomez by Graham Parke
  60. *Priscilla The Great by Sybil Nelson
  61. Take Me To The River (arc) by Will Hobbs
  62. *Inside Out & Back Again (arc) by Thanhha Lai
  63. Love Ya Like A Sister by Tom Kepler
  64. If I Stay (arc) by Gayle Forman
  65. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
  66. *A Touch Mortal (arc) by Leah Clifford
  67. Where She Went (arc) by Gayle Forman
  68. Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates
  69. *Memento Nora (arc) by Angie Smibert
  70. Fury of the Phoenix (arc) by Cindy Pon
  71. Persephone The Phony (MK's review) by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
  72. Red Glove (arc) by Holly Black
  73. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  74. Rage (arc) by Jackie Morse Kessler
  75. Enclave (arc) by Ann Aguirre
  76. Athena the Wise (MK's review) by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
  77. The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide by Stephenie Meyer
  78. *Entwined (arc) by Heather Dixon
  79. *The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
  80. Blood Solstice (book in the Lunarmorte Series) by Samantha Young
  81. Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream
  82. *Kevin's Point of View by Del Shannon
  83. The Ancillary's Mark by Daniel A Cohen
  84. *Clarity by Kim Harrington
  85. Through Her Eyes (arc) by Jennifer Archer
  86. *The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
  87. So Much Closer (arc) by Susane Colasanti
  88. Illusions (arc) by Aprilynne Pike
  89. *DIE FOR ME (arc) by Amy Plum
  90. Abandon (arc) by Meg Cabot
  91. Compulsion (arc) by Heidi Ayarbe
  92. *Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
  93. *The Pull of Gravity (arc) by Gae H. Polisner
  94. Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale by Ramona Wray
  95. *STARCROSSED (arc) by Josephine Angelini
  96. *Tempest Rising (arc) by Tracy Deebs
  97. *Kane Richards Must Die (arc) by Shanice Williams
  98. *The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky
  99. *The Emerald Atlas (arc) by John Stephens
  100. Relic Master, The Dark City (arc) by Catherine Fisher
  101. *Friendship on Fire by Danielle Weiler
  102. Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson
  103. Juniper Berry (arc) by M.P. Kozlowsky
  104. Between Here and Forever (arc) by Elizabeth Scott
  105. Cut by Patricia McCormick
  106. Nightspell by Leah Cypess
  107. The Eternal Sea by Angie Frazier
  108. The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen
  109. Between by Cyndi Tefft
  110. Faithful by Janet Fox
  111. Forgiven by Janet Fox
  112. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  113. Mercy by Rebecca Lim
  114. *A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
  115. *HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson
  116. Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison
  117. Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  118. *Possession by Elana Johnson
  119. Passion by Lauren Kate
  120. The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan
  121. Breath of Angel of Karyn Henley
  122. The Secret War by Matt Myklusch
  123. *Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  124. The Billionaire's Curse by Richard Newcome
  125. The Emerald Casket by Richard Newcome
  126. Petal Pushers, Too Many Blooms by Catherine Daly
  127. *Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray
  128. *Hourglass by Myra McEntire
  129. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
  130. Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck
  131. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  132. Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber
  133. *Luminous by Dawn Metcalf
  134. Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
  135. Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
  136. Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs
  137. Deception by Lee Nichols
  138. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
  139. *Flawless by Lara Chapman
  140. Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
  141. Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers
  142. Countess Nobody by Lynn Liele Bonasia
  143. Minder by Kate Kaynak
  144. Adversary by Kate Kaynak
  145. *Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor
  146. *Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  147. Vanish by Sophie Jordan
  148. Beyonders. A World Without Heros by Brandon Mull
  149. Supernaturally by Kiersten White
  150. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  151. *Crossroads by Mary Ting
  152. Dark Parities by Sara Grant
  153. Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
  154. Dead Rules by Randy Russell
  155. Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson
  156. *The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
  157. *Wildefire by Karsten Knight
  158. *Vanished by Sheela Chari
  159. Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
  160. *Cat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
  161. Dark Souls by Paula Morris
  162. *The Year We Were Famous by Carole Estby Dagg
  163. The Circle of Fire by Michelle Zink
  164. *Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
  165. A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
  166. Misfit by Jon Skovron
  167. Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
  168. Hunted by DJ DeSmyter
  169. Waterfall by Lisa T Bergren
  170. Betrayed by Ednah Walters
  171. Bargains & Betrayals by Shannon Delany
  172. *The Magnificent 12: The Trap by Michael Grant
  173. Chain Reaction by Simon Elkeles
  174. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  175. The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
  176. *Aphrodite the Diva, Goddess Girls #6 by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
  177. *Wildwood, Chronicles of Wildwood #1 by Colin Meloy
  178. This Dark Endeavor, The Apprentice of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel
  179. Nocturne by Christine Johnson
  180. Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
  181. Michael Vey, The Prison of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
  182. Cascade by Lisa T Bergren
  183. Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
  184. *Shark Wars by EJ Altbacker
  185. Damned by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
  186. *Vordak the Incompressible: Rule the School by Vordak
  187. Torrent by Lisa T Bergren
  188. Notes from an Accidental Band Geek by Erin Dionner
  189. *Cahills vs Vespers: The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman
  190. *The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
  191. Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
  192. Crave by Melissa Darnell
  193. Blood (BK 1 of The Mercian Trilogy) by K.J. Wignall
  194. Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
  195. Witch Song by Amber Argyle
  196. The Shattering by Karen Healey
  197. The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen
  198. *bye for now A Wisher's Story by Kathleen Churhill
  199. Fateful by Claudia Gray
  200. Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
  201. Other by Karen Kincy
  202. Bloodborn by Karen Kincy
  203. Drip Drop Teardrop by Samantha Young
  204. Phantom Universe by Laura Kreitzer
  205. Unlocked by Ryan G Van Cleave
  206. *Truth with a capital T by Bethany Hegedus
  207. Intrinsical by Lani Woodland
  208. Laney, The Brookehaven Vampires by Joann Martin Sowles
  209. Taking Off by Jenny Moss
  210. Entralled edited by Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong
  211. Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
  212. After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E Wedel
  213. Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace
  214. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  215. *The Familiars: Secrets of the Grown by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson
  216. *Half Upon A Time by James Riley
  217. *Possum Summer by Jen K. Blom
  218. All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
  219. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  220. Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen
  221. The Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson
  222. Dear Bully : 70 Authors Tell Their Stories edited by Carrie Jones & Megan Kelley Hall
  223. Seers by Heather Frost
  224. The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
  225. Reckless by Cornelia Funke
  226. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  227. *Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
  228. *Liesel & Po by Lauren Oliver
  229. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  230. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  231. Change of Heart by Shari Maurer
  232. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  233. Love is The Higher Law by David Levithan
  234. Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore
  235. Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
  236. Crave by Melissa Darnell
  237. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  238. Everyone Sees The Ants by A.S. King
  239. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
  240. The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
  241. Shifting by Bethany Wiggins
  242. Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
  243. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  244. On The Fringe by Courtney King Walker
  245. Austenland by Shannon Hale
  246. Without Tess by Marcella Pixley
  247. Frost by Wendy Delsol
  248. Prized by Caragh M. O'Brien
  249. Eve by Anna Carey
  250. Out of Breath by Blair Richmond
  251. Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout
  252. First Kill, The Slayer Chronicles by Heather Brewer
  253. Bridger by Megan Curd
  254. Wildfire by Dee Garretson
  255. CROSSED by Ally Condie
  256. Touch by Jus Accardo
  257. The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
  258. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  259. Wherever You Go by Heather Davis
  260. Destined by Jessi Harrell
  261. Smokeless Fire by Samantha Young
  262. Unforgettable by Loretta Ellsworth
  263. Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
  264. Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
  265. Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
  266. The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
  267. LEGEND by Marie Lu
  268. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  269. The Scorch Trials by James Dahsner
  270. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  271. The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
  272. Underdogs by Markus Zusak
  273. iBoy by Kevin Brooks
  274. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
  275. *Nicholas St North & the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce & Laura Geringer
  276. Eternal Starling by Angie Corbett
  277. Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook
  278. EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton
  279. BLOODROSE by Andrea Cremer
  280. Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
  281. Love Story by Jennifer Echols
  282. Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan

YA Bliss's Historical Reading Challenge: My End Result = 23 books

The Story Siren's Debut Author Challenge: We read 85 books / My End Result = 81 books

GoodReads 2011 Reading Challenge: My original goal for myself was to read 250 books, but it kept growing as I included YA, MG and Children's picture books in this goal. Collectively as a blog (reviews/books read include Cynthia, Sophie's & my reviews) we read 405 books

You can read our 2011 Favorite Reads here:

This year was an amazing year and I'm truly grateful for all the fun we've had and all the things we've been able to take part in. THANK YOU for being apart of this years fabulous journey with us! I'm looking forward to sharing with you all the fun things we have planned for 2012!