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Best of 2012 – A E Rought

Today we have the fabulous Ann bringing us some of her highs from 2012!

YA paranormal romance read: Until I Die, by Amy Plum, sequel to Die for Me. I love Amy’s Parisian settings, and her spin on life and love after death. And can we talk about that ending?? VINCENT!! *sobs*

YA Dystopian read: A Million Suns, by Beth Revis. This is a badass sequel, possibly better than the first book. And I LOVED Across the Universe. LOVED IT. In AMS, Revis had even me feeling betrayed by one of the characters. I can’t wait to get my mitts on Shades of Earth. Revis has become an autobuy thanks to this series.

Book Moment: selling Broken! Thank you, Amanda and Strange Chemistry for giving me my YA dream. Here’s to a fabulous 2013!

Book Moment #2: Amy Plum blurbing Broken. I for real teared up. Amy’s Die for Me series is one of my absolute favorites, and her blurbing my book was a huge moment for me.

Book Moment #3: Michelle Zink blurbing Broken. I absolutely adore her, and her lending her name to my book is a honor.

Movie: The Avengers!! Possibly my choice for best movie EVER. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve watched it since we bought the DVD. The Hulk ragdolling Loki around Stark’s apartment will never get old!

Movie moment: (yes, there is a difference…) Walking out of the theater after Breaking Dawn 2. It was awesome to be a part of a worldwide phenomenon, even if only as a reader/viewer. The saga is over!

Family trip: Taking our son to Chicago, to Shedd Aquarium, It was a bittersweet trip, knowing we only had weeks left with him before he shipped out for Army bootcamp. I love that he has the same child-like thrill at seeing the animals that I do.

Online discovery: Pinterest. OMG I love that site! The crafts, the recipes, the eye candy… *happy sigh* This weekend I am trying a recipe I found there.

There are other moments, too, like making connections with readers and writers, finding others who understand a chronic illness to commiserate and becoming friends with, watching our son graduate high school with honors, giggling myself silly with our daughter… I could go on and on.

So there’s a few of my 2012 highlights. I hope you all had a wonderful year, to be followed by an even better one. (Screw you, Mayans! December is NOT the end, January is just a new beginning!)

So tell Ann some of your favourite 2012 moments!

Amanda

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