Notable books for 2012

Dec 29, 2012

For a few years now I’ve written a monthly book review for Book End Babes. Actually, “review” isn’t quite accurate–since I always feature a book that I loved, it’s more a monthly book recommendation.

I thought it would be nice to collect all my ’12 recs into one blog post, but please note this isn’t a comprehensive list. Sometimes I read something really great but it doesn’t quite jive with my blogging schedule, and I end up recommending something I’ve read more recently. Or I read an older book that excites me to no end, but I don’t review it because it seems more appropriate to choose a newly published book for the blog.

So, this isn’t my “best” books of 2012; rather, it’s the 11 books that seemed best for recommending at Book End Babes. Click the links for full reviews!

January — How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr. (Contemporary YA)
February — The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. (Historical)
March — The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell (Gothic historical/mystery MG) and Perception by Kim Harrington (paranormal mystery YA).
April — Radiant Days by Elizabeth Hand.(Time slip YA?)
May — Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. (Fantasy YA)
June — went on hiatus to get ready for Oxford trip
July — Code Name Verity** by Elizabeth Wein. (WWII-era historical, spy drama YA)
August — Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl. (Excessively diverting YA Regency romance)
September — The Diviners by Libba Bray. (Paranormal historical/mystery YA)
October — Sparrow Road by Shelia O’Connor (contemporary MG) and Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull (fantasy MG).
November — Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak. (Contemporary YA drama/mystery)
December — Splendors and Glooms** by Laura Amy Schlitz. (Gothic historical/fantasy MG)

**I can safely say that Code Name Verity and Splendors and Glooms were my two favorite books of the year.

How about you? Any favorites to recommend?

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