My final book tally for 2012 is 80, including the books I’ve read for In2Books. My “real” tally is somewhere around 73. Either way, it easily shatters my goal of 50 for the year.
In that pile, there were lots of good books, lots of okay books and some that I really didn’t love. Normally, I have trouble picking favorite books, but these five were so fantastic that the easily deserve the title of this year’s favorites. All of them are from YA authors. I did read a fair amount of YA this year – there’s so many fantastic books in the genre right now.
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan – This was a love story, written dictionary style. The story unfolds in paragraphs illustrating different words, all alphabetized. It was beautiful.
Divergent by Veronica Roth – An incredible dystopian adventure. Roth creates a world around factions – and the heroine, Tris, is at the age where she gets to select hers. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King – A darker book about a teenager dealing with the death of her best friend. All of the characters were very human and relatable.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This one made me positively giddy. It’s the story of a girl who gets sent to boarding school in Paris. It completely puts you in the high school mindset in a fantastically insecure way.
The Book Thief by Mark Zusak – The story of a young girl in Germany during WWII, narrated by Death. It’s powerful, moving and beautifully written.
If you’re looking for some new reads for the new year, I’d highly recommend any of these.