A Year in Review: 2012

Each year, I dread selecting my favorite books of the year. I read quite a bit and narrowing that list down to my “top” favorites is oftentimes impossible. This year, when I contemplated how I was going to accomplish this task I perused my blog, hoping for a solution. It wasn’t long before it hit me; wouldn’t it make sense for the books I nominate as my monthly favorites populate this dreadful favorite books of the year list?  So, ladies and gentlemen, that is what I have done. How is it possible to reduce a list of over 100 books down to just ten? How is that fair to all the books I loved and appreciated this year? So instead, I present to you a rather lengthy list of books I adored this year:

Apocalyptic Fiction

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
White Horse by Alex Adams

General Fiction

American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
A Good American by Alex George
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
A Simple Thing by Kathleen McCleary
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
The Trial of Fallen Angels by James Kimmel, Jr.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
The Far Side of the Sky by Daniel Kalla
Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck
The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich
The Technologists by Matthew Pearl


Assassin’s Code by Jonathan Maberry
Bloodman by Robert Pobi
Dead Harvest by Chris F. Holm
Zombiestan by Mainak Dhar



Broken Harbor by Tana French
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale
Freak by Jennifer Hillier
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Helsinki White by James Thompson
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain
The Next One to Fall by Hilary Davidson

Love Stories

Overseas by Beatriz Williams
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

That about wraps it up! What are some of your favorite books from 2012?  Don’t forget to check out my “Best of 2012: Nonfiction” post from last week!

11 Comments to "A Year in Review: 2012"

  1. Anita's Gravatar Anita
    Twitter: anitalovesbooks
    January 1, 2013 - 9:20 AM | Permalink

    Great list, and this reminded me of a,couple of books I want to read!

  2. Harve's Gravatar Harve
    Twitter: BookDilettante
    January 1, 2013 - 9:22 AM | Permalink

    I’ve got Broken Harbor on my 2012 list of favorites too. Congrats on choosing such a wide variety of books.

  3. January 1, 2013 - 9:46 AM | Permalink

    I blurbed four of these books and totally would have blurbed another (Dare Me) if I had been offered. May I say that you have excellent taste? ;)

    As always, thanks for the reviews – I love your recommendations!

  4. bermudaonion(Kathy)'s Gravatar bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    January 1, 2013 - 9:56 AM | Permalink

    I’ve only read 2 of the books on your list and 1 is on my list as well. I really enjoyed the other one as well. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  5. Howard Sherman's Gravatar Howard Sherman
    Twitter: howardasherman
    January 1, 2013 - 10:09 AM | Permalink

    Your quandary is exactly why I pass on “best of” posts. Too hard, too agonizing and too easy to offend the authors who didn’t make the cut. I salute you and your tenacity

  6. January 1, 2013 - 1:01 PM | Permalink

    Great list – – I rarely read ‘best of’ posts because there are just too many. I do have a few select folks who I trust for recommendations and you’re one of them so I’m bookmarking this post!

  7. Bob's Gravatar Bob
    Twitter: guildedearlobe
    January 1, 2013 - 1:04 PM | Permalink

    A Great List. Thanks for another great year, and all the titles you turned me to this year. I have a few to add it seems, particularly 172 Hours on the Moon, and Bloodman.

    Thank you for all your support and kindness this year!

  8. Becky's Gravatar Becky
    Twitter: BeckyLeJeune
    January 2, 2013 - 12:16 PM | Permalink

    :) We have three in common because I haven’t read any of the others on your list as of yet! (With the exception of the Chelsea Cain book.)

  9. Emma @ Words And Peace's Gravatar Emma @ Words And Peace
    Twitter: wordsandpeace
    January 3, 2013 - 5:35 PM | Permalink

    I also liked a lot American Dervish.
    you will find my list in this post:

  10. Beth F's Gravatar Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    January 6, 2013 - 9:34 AM | Permalink

    Except for horror, we have similar tastes. Some of yours missed my best-of lists by just *this much*!

  11. Marg's Gravatar Marg
    Twitter: Margreads
    January 12, 2013 - 10:21 PM | Permalink

    Some great choices on your list! I especially liked A Good American, Overseas and Me Before You!

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