Best Books of 2012

The best books published during 2012.
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3,295 books · 9,440 voters · list created January 1st, 2012 by deleted user.
Tags: 2012, best
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message 1: by Sita (new)

Sita How can there be a list for the best of this year when this year has just begun?

That is insane.


message 2: by Amber (new)

Amber I wish people would vote for books they have actually read, not books they are anticipating are going to be great.


message 3: by Sita (new)

Sita Amber wrote: "I wish people would vote for books they have actually read, not books they are anticipating are going to be great."

YES! I find it baffling. BAFFLING! I have authors I love, but isn't realistic or fair to rate a book on past works. Each book should be rated upon it's own merit which cannot happen before reading the book.

Sometimes I will think the beginning of a trilogy is five stars, but while still great, maybe book 2 was only four stars..

It is just stupid.

It is frustrating because I do look at book ratings when considering some thing that has been recommended. It is inconsiderate to rate a book you have not read.


message 4: by Amber (new)

Amber Sita wrote: "Amber wrote: "I wish people would vote for books they have actually read, not books they are anticipating are going to be great."

YES! I find it baffling. BAFFLING! I have authors I love, but isn'..."


Yes, that is why I find it frustrating to participate in some of these lists. This list isn't called, "What 2012 books are you most excited for." I am sure that list exists and these people should be voting on that list.

Rating books that you haven't read screws up the ratings score for people who are actually trying to get a sense of how good a book is.


message 5: by Gisbelle (new)

Gisbelle Amber wrote: "I wish people would vote for books they have actually read, not books they are anticipating are going to be great."

True to that! How can you know it a great book when you yourself never even read it???


message 6: by M.O. (new)

M.O. Kenyan maybe the people recommending and voting the books have already read them. 2012 is a long way from ending I am sure new books will be introduced and there will be more people who have read the books to vote and recommend them.


message 7: by Sita (new)

Sita The list was created January 1. So at the time none of the books had been read. People just vote for the ones they are most looking forward to.

Plus by the time a book comes out in November, the ones that were on the list in January will have hundreds of votes, leaving possibly better books on the second page trying to catch up just because people have a twitchy finger.

How does a person know what their favorite books out of a year are when they are not done reading for that year?

It should be called "Best Books I Have Read So Far"..


message 8: by Rekha (last edited May 13, 2012 04:24AM) (new)

Rekha Seshadri I voted for the one book I read in this list, by a blogette who I consider a friend, but my rating is based on the book as its contemporary storyline appealed to me.


message 9: by Sita (new)

Sita lostime4me wrote: "Maybe I'm taking the rating system too seriously but had hoped others would rate on how they really felt about a book they read. ..."

I don't think you are taking it too seriously at all. The whole point is to help others who are considering the item being reviewed. That is true whether it is a book, a movie, or a kitchen item.

It isn't suppose to be based on your love of the author or your excitement for it's release. It is suppose to be your view of the story and writing.

I know that when I go looking for reviews on something I am going to spend money on, what I am hoping for is a persons experience with the thing itself. Not just their excitement. Their excitement doesn't help me, can be misleading, and can be expressed in better ways, like comments!


message 10: by Maggie (new)

Maggie I looked at the top 100 of this list, and there doesn't seem like much that could be considered a best book of ANY year. Most of it is sci-fi/fantasy series...Some of them haven't even been published yet. I can't possibly take this list seriously. Huge disappointment as I am genuinely looking for recommendations on contemporary literature, not poorly written drivel...And while I am kvetching...if I have to read one more review where the reader simply gives a horrible synopsis of a book, I am going to scream!!!!!


message 11: by Sita (last edited May 19, 2012 10:49AM) (new)

Sita Maggie wrote: "if I have to read one more review where the reader simply gives a horrible synopsis of a book, I am going to scream!!!!! "


NO FREAKING KIDDING!!!

What IS UP with THAT!

A review is a persons opinion and take on the storyline, and writing style. While that may include innuendos to events in the story it should never be a break down of the story bit by bit.

"She did this and then he did that, and they yatta yatta" Is NOT a review.

Whenever a review starts off, " so basically this is the story..." I know to STOP reading. I don't want a "basically this is what happens". If I wanted that I would look for a story BREAK DOWN instead of a REVIEW!

And WHAT is WITH poeple not hiding or at the very least ANNOUNCING spoilers.


message 12: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Wonderful worlds of fairies and dragons. My vote for 2012!


message 13: by Tima (new)

Tima Amber wrote: "I wish people would vote for books they have actually read, not books they are anticipating are going to be great."

Oh my gosh, I could not agree more. Lately, that's all I've been seeing on lists. Scores and scores of books that aren't even due to be published until the end of the month/year/next year! Sigh.


message 14: by Tima (new)

Tima Also, if the list-creator should decide we can have all books that are not published yet removed.


message 15: by Sita (new)

Sita Tiffani wrote: "Also, if the list-creator should decide we can have all books that are not published yet removed."

That is the problem with some of these lists. I think they get created and then the person just disappears or something. They don't monitor them.


message 16: by Tima (new)

Tima Sita wrote: "Tiffani wrote: "Also, if the list-creator should decide we can have all books that are not published yet removed."

That is the problem with some of these lists. I think they get created and then t..."


Ah yes, that does often seem to be the case. It appears this list was created by a now deleted user. Do you think I should go ahead and clean up the ones that haven't been published as of this week and people can just re-add them post-publishing date if they desire?


message 17: by Tina (new)

Tina This list looks like it was mainly voted on by 15 yr old girls. I'm a middle aged homemaker..I want a good meaty novel to curl up with on the couch when it's raining !


message 18: by Sita (last edited Jun 12, 2012 02:57PM) (new)

Sita I'd say go for it Tiffani but at this point even the ones that have now been published were all already voted on before they came out. So it really doesn't matter probably any more.

Tina what is unfortunate is that so many adult women now read nothing but YA books that it is hard to get recommendations even from adults.

There needs to be a duplicate of all the lists out there that are (ADULT BOOKS ONLY)! I am so tired of seeing the same teen stuff at the top of every single list it can even remotely fit on.


message 19: by Amber (new)

Amber Tina wrote: "This list looks like it was mainly voted on by 15 yr old girls. I'm a middle aged homemaker..I want a good meaty novel to curl up with on the couch when it's raining !"

you should join this list

2012: What the over 35s have read so far


message 20: by Tima (new)

Tima Amber wrote: "Tina wrote: "This list looks like it was mainly voted on by 15 yr old girls. I'm a middle aged homemaker..I want a good meaty novel to curl up with on the couch when it's raining !"

you should joi..."


I am not old enough, by that lists standards, to be involved in that list. But oh, how the books are so much better - so much more my style. :)


message 21: by Sita (new)

Sita Amber wrote: "
you should join this list

2012: What the over 35s have read so far "


Awesome. Thanks.

Tiffani. Even if you can't participate in it, you can at least get reading inspiration from it! Which is a big point of the lists.


message 22: by Tima (new)

Tima Sita wrote: "Amber wrote: "
you should join this list

2012: What the over 35s have read so far "

Awesome. Thanks.

Tiffani. Even if you can't participate in it, you can at least get reading inspiration from i..."


Oh most certainly Sita! I patrol that list once a week or so, looking for new recommendations off of it. I've read quite a few of the books on that list and found so many more to add to my 'to-read' list. It's great seeing something other than paranormal teen romances on a list.. haha


message 23: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Edwards There are plenty of meaty novels on this year's list of Booker Prize contenders...
Man Booker Prize Eligible 2012


message 24: by David (new)

David Why does this list only have young adult and wet housewive's titles?


message 25: by Tima (new)

Tima Because this site is largely young adults and those who enjoy young adult/paranormal romance novels. If you want to see different books, add them :)


message 26: by Sita (new)

Sita David wrote: "Why does this list only have young adult and.."

Because it has become popular for adults to read books about teen drama. It is a homage to this generations lack of maturity. If you haven't noticed by Facebook, most 30somethings are trying relive their teen years.

The "once good" dystopian world has become polluted with teen love stories masquerading as dystopian and post apocalyptic.. I HATE The Hunger Games on general purpose for bringing this flood of teen hormones to my favorite genre.

I don't understand the adult fascination with teen angst personally, but we are after all living in an emotionally stunted society.


message 27: by Ruby (new)

Ruby Emam I just added 24 Hours Between Dream & Reality to the list of best books in 2012. This is a Kindle book for Young Adults and progressives, which shows a path to freedom and justice. The author was executed in Iran for writing this and many similar books.


message 28: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Neylan I managed to find six seriously good pieces of grown-up fiction to add to the list. I'm surprised to see one reader who's apparently read 49 books that were published in the past 52 weeks.


message 29: by Sita (new)

Sita Nancy wrote: "i would like to see a list that excludes any series of over 3 titles, religious stories that are not clearly marked and YA of any kind. Does this mean i am an old crank? Possibly also Sci-Fi, by..."

Thanks Nancy. It is always good to know one isn't alone!

And yeah, the miscategorizing of genres is a pet peeve of mine. Fantasy and Sci Fi are not one and the same. Lately I have seen people mark ANY dystopian as YA because they haven't a clue what it is beyond that Hunger Games fit.. SIGH..


message 30: by Amber (new)

Amber Tiffani wrote: It appears this list was created by a now deleted user. Do you think I should go ahead and clean up the ones that haven't been published as of this week and people can just re-add them post-publishing date if they desire?

If you have the heart and time to do this, I would greatly appreciate it. :)


message 31: by Tima (new)

Tima Amber wrote: "Tiffani wrote: It appears this list was created by a now deleted user. Do you think I should go ahead and clean up the ones that haven't been published as of this week and people can just re-add th..."

I'm going to start on it now. At least clean up whichever ones haven't been published as of yet. *puts on business face and begins*


message 32: by Tima (last edited Aug 01, 2012 12:37AM) (new)

Tima Removed, per comments from others, for not being published as of 7/31/2012 (today). Separated by expected publication month. Should you wish to re-add the books after they have been published, that is of course acceptable. :)

2010:
Torn (Trylle Trilogy #2) by Amanda Hocking

2011:
Can't Help Falling In Love (The Sullivans #3) by Bella Andre
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson
Shadowfever (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning

August:
Hell on Wheels (Black Knights, Inc. #1) by Julie Ann Walker
Auracle by Gina Rosati
Loving Lady Marcia (House of Brady #1) by Kieran Kramer
A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove #3) by Tessa Dare
The Girl on the Stairs by Louise Welsh
The Triquetra Doorway(YA, Realm of the Jaguar Witch, Book One) by Lenore Wolfe
The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition by Doreen Carvajal
The Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries (Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan
Every Day by David Levithan
A Hundred Flowers: A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama
If I Lie by Corrine Jackson
Senseless Confidential by Martin Bannon
Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris #1) by Jim C. Hines
Send by Patty Blount
Enshadowed (Nevermore #2) by Kelly Creagh
Starling (Starling #1) by Lesley Livingston
Dancing with Death by Andrea Heltsley
Embers and Echoes (Wildefire #2) by Karsten Knight
Stygian's Honor (Breeds #27) by Lora Leigh
Seawitch (Greywalker #7) by Kat Richardson
One Night Rodeo (Blacktop Cowboys #4) by Lorelei James
Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake
Bones Are Forever (Temperance Brennan #15) by Kathy Reichs
Obsidian (New Species #8) by Laurann Dohner
Touched by Cyn Balog
The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Country's Most Controversial Cover-Ups by David Wayne
The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies #3) by Pittacus Lore
Time Untime (Dark-Hunter Universe) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6) by Chloe Neill
Don't Turn Around (PERSEF0NE Trilogy #1) by Michelle Gagnon
If I Were You (Inside Out Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones
UnWholly (Unwind Trilogy #2) by Neal Shusterman
Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure (Maximum Ride #8) by James Patterson
Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Glitch (Glitch #1) by Heather Anastasiu

September:
In Rides Trouble (Black Knights, Inc. #2) by Julie Ann Walker
Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks
Caught (The Missing #5) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Surrender (Mimics of Rune #2) by Aimee Laine
Monster Hunter Legion (Monster Hunter International #4) by Larry Correia
Witch Born (Witch Song #2) by Amber Argyle
My Heart Be Damned (Damned #1) by Chanelle Gray
Alphabet Living by Dr. Bee
The Diviners (Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
Outpost (Razorland #2) by Ann Aguirre
Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard
Boyfriend from Hell (Saturn's Daughter #1) by Jamie Quaid
A Fractured Light (A Beautiful Dark #2) by Jocelyn Davies
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Sweet Shadows (Medusa Girls #2) by Tera Lynn Childs
Dearly, Beloved (Gone With the Respiration #2) by Lia Habel
Tiger's Destiny (The Tiger Saga #4) by Colleen Houck
Hidden (Firelight #3) by Sophie Jordan

October:
Warrior Reborn (Warrior #2) by Melissa Mayhue
Rev It Up (Black Knights, Inc. #3) by Julie Ann Walker
Savage Hunger (Heart of the Jaguar #1) by Terry Spear
Midnight's Seduction (Dark Warriors #3) by Donna Grant
Reflected in You (Crossfire #2) by Sylvia Day
Season for Surrender by Theresa Romain
The Recruit (Highland Guard #6) by Monica McCarty
Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie
The Torn Wing (The Faerie Ring #2) by Kiki Hamilton
Keeper of the Lost Cities (Keeper of the Lost Cities Series #1) by Shannon Messenger
The Twelve (The Passage #2) by Justin Cronin
Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst
Gravity (The Taking #1) by Melissa West
Touched (Sense Thieves #1) by Corrine Jackson
Mate Claimed (Shifters Unbound #4) by Jennifer Ashley
Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Velveteen (Velveteen #1) by Daniel Marks
Hidden (House of Night #10) by P.C. Cast
After Dark (The 19th Year #1) by Emi Gayle
The Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole
Whispers at Moonrise (Shadow Falls #4) by C.C. Hunter
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4) by Kami Garcia
Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan

November:
Midnight's Warrior (Dark Warriors #4) by Donna Grant
Wolfishly Yours (Westfield Wolves #6) by Lydia Dare
Wild About You (Love at Stake #13) by Kerrelyn Sparks
Enforcer's Redemption (Redwood Pack #4) by Carrie Ann Ryan
Rocky Mountain Angel (Six Pack Ranch #4) by Vivian Arend
These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries by May Smith
Rootless by Chris Howard
Sirens (Faithful #3) by Janet Fox
Renegade (Elysium-Chronicles #1) by J.A. Souders
Bitter Blood (The Morganville Vampires #13) by Rachel Caine
Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Shadow's Claim (The Dacians #1) by Kresley Cole
Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie (a perfect example of something that annoys me, 641 ratings for a book that hasn't even been published. Most have star ratings already that simply say "4 stars, SO EXCITED FOR BOOK!!!!!")

December:
Gone Country (Rough Riders #14) by Lorelei James
Independence (Significance #4) by Shelly Crane
Ash (David Ash, #3) by James Herbert
Black Moon (Alpha Pack #3) by J.D. Tyler
Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance #4) by Larissa Ione

2013:
Nightwalker (Stormwalker #4) by Allyson James
Tiger's Dream (The Tiger Saga #5) by Colleen Houck
Half Lives by Sara Grant
Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu


ETA: Aye carumba! Thank goodness I had the Olympic tape-delay to keep me company while going through this list! *Falls over*


message 33: by Amber (new)

Amber Tiffani wrote: "Removed, per comments from others, for not being published as of 7/31/2012 (today). Separated by expected publication month. Should you wish to re-add the books after they have been published, that..."

wow! you rock! that looks like it was a ton of work.


message 34: by Tima (new)

Tima Amber wrote: "Tiffani wrote: "Removed, per comments from others, for not being published as of 7/31/2012 (today). Separated by expected publication month. Should you wish to re-add the books after they have been..."

Thanks, Amber! I was having a touch of insomnia last night, so it was the perfect time to sort through it =)


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Marie Wow again. I hadn't realised just how many weren't published yet! Ratings on unpublished books is so frustrating, as it getting excited by ratings and trying to get copies from the library only to find it's not available yet. Definatley need to go into a anticipated list. Thanks for your work tidying the list Tiffani.


message 36: by Cait (new)

Cait Allison Some people, hopefully, may have read ARC's. I know I'm only voting for those I have read. Including one I beta read for Darynda Jones.


message 37: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Crissman Why are there multiple listing of the same book?


message 38: by Tima (new)

Tima Thank you to those who have noticed and appreciated the recent list clean up! Makes it worthwhile, haha.

Kathy wrote: "Why are there multiple listing of the same book?"

Different editions people vote for can end up showing up separately on the list. I just did a duplicate check and it removed 12, so there shouldn't be any more (for now) :)


message 39: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Well, I voted for an advanced reader copy. Now, it has been deleted.


message 40: by Tima (new)

Tima It is a pretty easy fix, just re-add the book.


message 41: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Tiffani wrote: "It is a pretty easy fix, just re-add the book."

Not if overzealous librarians are going to delete it again.


message 42: by Tima (new)

Tima You know, it is much easier to simply re-add the book without being snarky or rude. I followed the description of the list, much to the appreciate of other people, and helped clean up this list. It is not being over-zealous; how unfortunate that you see it as such a terrible act I've committed.

A few people who genuinely read an ARC copy, such as yourself, likely had the book removed and I still feel as if the majority of the books removed were in the right, not ARC's. I apologize that your book was removed and reiterate that you ought to add it again and simply leave a comment with the title & that it was an ARC. It would've taken equal the time as your previous comment.


message 43: by Nkc (new)

Nkc Sita wrote: "David wrote: "Why does this list only have young adult and.."

Because it has become popular for adults to read books about teen drama. It is a homage to this generations lack of maturity. If you h..."


RE: Adults reading Young adult novels- i totally agree 100%. I felt like like i was the only that felt that way. I can't find good recs anywhere anymore.


message 44: by Joan (last edited Sep 03, 2012 10:59AM) (new)

Joan Why are the GoodReads top 100 books mainly from the PNR/Romance/YA genre? I was hard pressed to find five books to vote for.

Surely a site a prolific as Goodreads offer a broader base of literature than just one sub-genre.


message 45: by Joan (new)

Joan Sita wrote: "David wrote: "Why does this list only have young adult and.."

Because it has become popular for adults to read books about teen drama. It is a homage to this generations lack of maturity. If you h..."


Amen, Sita. I'm stunned at the de-evolution of this generation of readers.


message 46: by Aureza (new)

Aureza Is there anything of substance in this list? All very interesting, mind you, but if I'm going to scroll through 14 pages of recommendations I would like to find something that is all not from the same genre. This is a general "best of" list right? Not specifically YA?


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Amber Aureza wrote: "Is there anything of substance in this list? All very interesting, mind you, but if I'm going to scroll through 14 pages of recommendations I would like to find something that is all not from the s..."

Yes, it is a general best of list. And I agree that there isn't much substance on this list unless you are into paranormal fantasy (is that what they are calling it?) Maybe we should make a best of list excluding YA or the paranormal fantasy.


message 48: by Sita (new)

Sita Thanks for the hard work Tiffany.

Thanks Joan and Nkc! We really do need more "YA not allowed" lists.


message 49: by Aureza (new)

Aureza Amber wrote: Yes, it is a general best of list. And I agree that there isn't much substance on this list unless you are into paranormal fantasy (is that what they are calling it?) Maybe we should make a best of list excluding YA or the paranormal fantasy."

Sounds ok. If a list like that gets made I hope it includes some underrated genres too, like biographies. I like reading biographies and not necessarily because a person is famous or even limited to just one person. I do still enjoy YA titles for some indulgent escapism. Of course books are generally an escape for me but I like other goings-on too other than unrealistic romance or other equivalents younger readers aspire to. The paranormal stuff gets weird for me sometimes and it seems that beautiful young women romance everything these days--first vampires and I actually saw a zombie one I think.

Not that those didn't exist before but then again our bookstore wasn't saturated with them all back then.

Actually I take that back. *eyes my mom's Nora Roberts collection* Kidding of course. :)


message 50: by Amber (last edited Sep 27, 2012 06:03PM) (new)

Amber Aureza wrote: "Amber wrote: Yes, it is a general best of list. And I agree that there isn't much substance on this list unless you are into paranormal fantasy (is that what they are calling it?) Maybe we should m..."



I made a new list called Best Books of 2012 (Excluding Paranormal Fantasy and Paranormal Romance)
to separate the paranormal genre that is all the rage now for readers who want a best of 2012 list, but who don't like to wade through all the paranormal books that they are not interested in.


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