2012 Reading Wrap-Up


The year is coming to an end, and it's time to reflect on the countless books I've read - some of them painful, some of them mediocre, and some of them just plain outstanding. Normally I do a Best Books of Such-and-Such Month, but seeing as this is the beginning of 2013, I decided to do something special (there's also the glaring fact that I only read two amazing books in December). So, Readers, I give you the Best Reads of 2012 that I read (not necessarily released this year), and the Worst Reads of 2012, in alphabetical order by author's last name.
Best Reads of 2012

by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA: historical fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5

by Stephanie Burgis
Middle Grade: historical fantasy/comedy
Rating: 4 out of 5

by Sharon Cameron
YA: historical fiction/mystery/steampunk
Rating: 5 out of 5


Dragonswood (2012)
by Janet Lee Carey
YA: fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5


Witchlanders (2011)
by Lena Coakley
YA: fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5


by James Dashner
YA: post-apocalyptic
Rating: 4 out of 5

by John Flanagan
YA: adventure
Rating: 4 out of 5

by Anthony Horowitz
Adult: historical fiction/mystery/Sherlockian fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5

by Patrice Kindl
YA: historical fiction/romance/comedy
Rating: 5 out of 5


by Patricia McCormick
YA: nonfiction
Rating: 4 out of 5


by Patrick Ness
YA: fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5


by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Middle Grade: adventure
Rating: 4 out of 5


Ripper (2012)
by Stefan Petrucha
YA: historical fiction/mystery/steampunk
Rating: 5 out of 5

by Chris Priestley
YA: supernatural/mystery/historical fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5

by Brian Selznick
Middle Grade: historical fiction/mystery
Rating: 5 out of 5

by Monika Schroder
YA: historical fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5

by Maggie Stiefvater
YA: fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5

by Maggie Stiefvater
YA: adventure/fantasy/supernatural
Rating: 3 out of 5


Frontier Wolf (1980)
by Rosemary Sutcliff
YA: historical fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5

by Elizabeth Wein
YA: historical fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5

Worst Reads of 2012

Pure (2012)
by Julianna Baggott
YA: dystopian/futuristic
Rating: special awfulness award

Long Lankin (2012)
by Lindsey Barraclough
YA: supernatural/mystery/historical fiction
Rating: 2 out of 5

The Selection (2012)
by Kiera Cass
YA: futuristic/romance
Rating: 1 out of 5

by Michelle Gagnon
YA: suspense/thriller
Rating: 2 out of 5

Scarlet (2012)
by A. C. Gaughen
YA: classic retelling
Rating: 2 out of 5

Legend (2012)
by Marie Lu
YA: dystopian/futuristic/action
Rating: 2 out of 5

by Melina Marchetta
YA: fantasy
Rating: 2 out of 5

by Eve Marie Mont
YA: romance
Rating: 2 out of 5

by Gregg Olsen
YA: mystery/thriller
Rating: special awfulness award

by Maggie Stiefvater
YA: fantasy/romance
Rating: special awfulness award

by Jessica Warman
YA: mystery/paranormal/thriller
Rating: 2 out of 5

by Kim Wilkins
YA: historical fiction/romance
Rating: 2 out of 5

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