Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Best of 2012

I've read books in 2012, but reviewed very few of them here, which means that I will be able to surprise you all with my favorite picks, yes? The trouble for me is finding books that were actually also published in 2012, since I tend to explore backlist books quite often (especially as I am years behind on my TBR pile). Nevertheless, here are my choices:


Young Adult
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth
A Montana girls loses her parents and believes it's because she's kissed another girl. Danforth takes the time to spin out the narrative into something substantive. Longer review here.

Speculative Fiction
The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
When Myfanwy Thomas wakes up surrounded by bodies, she remembers nothing of her past life. She has only a series of letters from her past self to guide her through a treacherous secret agency and the use of her own mysterious powers.

Lesbian Romance
Roller Coaster by Karin Kallmaker
A solid lesbian romance by my favorite author in the genre. Longer review here.

As for most expected-to-be-coveted books of the year, I am very much looking forward to the publication this month of Diana Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars, as well as Lois McMaster Bujold's latest Vorkosigan saga book, Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, for which I must impatiently wait until November!

For those interested in forthcoming books, check out this Kirkus Reviews post on the Top 10 Most Coveted Speculative Fiction Titles at BEA.

ETA: I don't know how I could have forgotten how excited I am about The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks, which is due out in September. I burned through the first book in the series and have been waiting for this one ever since I read the last page. Suvudu published an interview with Weeks that just served to whet my appetite.


Annette said...

I have the Cameron Post book on my list to read. Someday... hope you enjoy BEA!
My “Best Of” Post

Libby said...

The Rook sounds really intriguing! I am officially adding it to the TBRs! OMG, you should see how out of control the TBR list is getting due to A.C. Bea!!

Jenn said...

These books sound fascinating. I hadn't heard of them before. I will be keeping them in my mind when I need to add more books to the TBR.

Teresa said...

These are new to me as well. Adding the Cameron Post one to my TBR!

Preet @ A Written Rhapsody said...

The Rook sounds pretty intense! I've also heard great things about Cameron Post. Great picks!

Alyce said...

Whenever I write a "best of" post the books I choose aren't always published in the current year either. :) It's fun to dip into that backlist.

Helgagrace said...

My favorite books that I've read this year have all been by Lois McMaster Bujold and not published in 2012, so I thought it might provide a little variety if I constrained myself to 2012 books for my "best of the year so far" post!

Poof...books! said...

You are not the first to offer up THE ROOK as a best, definitely interested.

Becky B. (Bibliognome) said...

Nice picks, hope you're having a great Armchair BEA. :)