Best of 2012

MG/Children’s

Taash and the Jesters by Ellen Kindt McKenzie

Hero’s Guide to Saving the Kingdom (#1 Hero’s Guide) by Christopher Healy

Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke

Mr. Bliss by J. R. R. Tolkien

Swift (#1) by R. J. Anderson

In a Glass Grimmly (#2) by Adam Gidwitz

The Runaway Princess & The Runaway Dragon by kate Coombs

The Princess of Trelian (#2) by Michelle Knudsen

Castle of Shadows (#1)by Ellen Renner

YA

Cinder (#1 Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Out of Sight, Out of Time (#5 Gallagher Girls) by Ally Carter

Palace of Stone (#2) by Shannon Hale

Unspoken (#1 Lynburn Legacy) by Sarah Rees Brennan

Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Starling (#1 Starling) by Lesley Livingston

Goliath (#3 Leviathan) by Scott Westerfeld

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (#1 Fairyland) by Catherynne M. Valente

Books that came out this year and I just have not gotten a chance to read but am pretty sure I will really like but will end up being read in 2013

Princess of the Silver Woods (#3) by Jessica Day George

Darkest Minds (#1) by Alex Bracken

Serpent’s Shadow (#3) and Mark of Athena (#3) by Rick Riordan

The Far West (#3) by Patricia Wrede

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian (#8) by Eoin Colfer

A huge part is that most of these are the last in the series and I hate when books end and so I tend to put it off as long as I can….

Essay/Reflective

Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle

The Rock That is Higher by Madeleine L’Engle

Mature Readers

Mercy Thompson series books 1-6 by Patricia Briggs. Thank you Angie Thompson for recommending these with such enthusiasm!

Fair Game (book 3 in Alpha & Omega series) by Patricia Briggs

Lastly a special mention to series that came to an end this year. While not all of them are BEST OF material, I am very glad that they got their conclusions!

Kane Chronicles with The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan (Trilogy)

The Sisters Grimm with The Council of Mirrors by Michael Buckley (Ninth)

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with The Enchantress by Michael Scott (Sixth)

Artemis Fowl with The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer (Eighth)

Frontier Magic with The Far West by Patricia Wrede (Trilogy)

Leviathan with Goliath by Scott Westerfeld (Trilogy)

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