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Best Books of 2012

December 31st, 2012 (06:22 pm)
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Total number of books and scripts read in 2012: 230

I typically read a book a day. In 2012, I often found myself happily on set and on stage, gripping a script rather than a novel, which means my 2012 book count is lower than expected. I'm also a writer, and I am very proud of the fact that two of my original plays and screenplays had readings this year.

Please note that a title's placement within a category is not an indication of rank of any sort. Usually, titles are listed in the order in which they were read. Click on a title to read my review.

Top Picks in Adult Fiction
Joe Golem and the Drowning City by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
In the House of the Wicked by Thomas E. Sniegoski

Top Picks in Teen Fiction (YA)
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George
The List by Siobhan Vivian
Replay by Robin Brande

Continuing and Concluding Fantasy and Sci-Fi Series
Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins (the conclusion to the Hex Hall trilogy)
The Secret Journeys of Jack London: The Sea Wolves by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon (second volume in the series)
Black Heart by Holly Black (the conclusion to the Black Heart trilogy)
The Fallen: Forsaken by Thomas E. Sniegoski (fourth volume in the series)
Parallelogram, Book 1: Into the Parallel and Book 2: Caught in the Parallel by Robin Brande

Additional Notable Releases in Teen Fiction
Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Rock On: A story of guitars, gigs, girls, and a brother (not necessarily in that order) by Denise Vega
The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando
Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala
Devine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough
Intentions by Deborah Heiligman
Death of a Kleptomaniac by Kristen Tracy
The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks

Juvenile Fiction and Series (MG)
See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles
Drama by Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel)
Bone: Quest for the Spark by Tom Sniegoski and Jeff Smith
Stella Batts by Courtney Sheinmel
The Flying Beaver Brothers by Maxwell Eaton III (graphic novels)
Confectionately Yours by Lisa Papademetriou
The Encyclopedia of Me by Karen Rivers

Additional Notable Releases in Juvenile Fiction
Bessica Lefter Bites Back by Kristen Tracy (sequel to The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter)
Gold Medal Summer by Donna Freitas
Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick: Ginny Davis's Year In Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm
Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale (the sequel to Princess Academy)

Collections and Retellings
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman

Best of the Backlist (books published prior to 2012 that I read in 2012)
Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando (YA fiction)
Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers (YA fiction)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (fiction)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (non-fiction)

Previous Booklists
To view my annual and monthly lists of best books, click my "best of" tag or browse through my booklists on LiveJournal or at the Bildungsroman archive site.