Thursday, January 10, 2013

Best of 2012 & Year-End Summary

I finally sat down and took a look back at all the books I read in 2012. It was definitely a good reading year!

I read a total of 64 books in 2012, plus 2 that I did not finish (one of which I spent a week on!). The type breakdown is:
  • Adult Fiction = 26 books
  • Memoir =3
  • Nonfiction (not memoir) = 1
  • Middle-Grade Fiction = 15
  • Teen/YA Fiction = 18
  • Picture Books = 1
Of those 64 books, 10 of them were audio books.

That's a few less books overall than last year, but 3 of the 64 were more than 800 pages and each of those took me more than 3 weeks to read!

Now comes the tough part - choosing my favorites! I enjoyed everything I read this year (except for one of the books that I did not finish). You might conclude that means I like everything, but really, that's just because I tend to choose what I read carefully, based on what I like and reviews from people whose tastes are similar to mine. My book groups make sure I don't get stuck in any ruts!

So, my Top Ten Kids/Teen/YA Books Read in 2012 are (not in order):
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • Dead To You by Lisa McMann
  • Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Everfound by Neal Schusterman
  • Young Fredle by Cynthia Voight
  • Looking for Bobowicz by Daniel Pinkwater (also, my family's favorite audio of all time!)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Greetings from Planet Earth by Barbara Kerley
  • The Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
  • The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin
 (you can check out my top ten list of grown-up books read in 2012 at Book By Book.)

And, for a little extra fun, here are a few superlatives (thanks for the idea, Tanya!):

Best Middle-Grade Book of the Year:

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

 Best Audio Book of the Year:

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Best Teen/YA Book of the Year: 

The Fault in Our Stars by Lisa McMann 

Best Kid/Teen/YA Book by An Old Favorite Author:

Dead to You by Lisa McMann  

Best Kid/Teen/YA Book by a New Author:

  The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin

What were YOUR favorite kids/teen/YA books of 2012?


Becky said...

Wow! 64 books is impressive! I read quite a few books last year, but not anywhere near 64. I hope to read a lot more this year. Love your list of YA books- I have got to check some of them out. I do know that there is a great book coming out in March that I am excited to read, "Stelladaur: Finding Tir Na Nog" by S. L. Whyte. It is supposed to be a three-book series and from what I have seen so far, it is going to be fabulous- a story for all ages. Other than that, I did not have plans on reading any other book. Thank you for recommending yours.

Cecelia said...

I loved The Thirteenth Child a couple of years ago - I should really catch up with the rest of that series. What a nice list!