I’m so excited for the Holiday Road Trips this week–check out the original YA Highway post to see other people’s responses to one of the many prompts for today.
I’m going to answer: Best Book of 2012!
This answer is totally predictable, and yet…!
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
I love books that make me laugh, and books that make me cry. Books that do both, and include incredible characters and makes me think about them for days, weeks, and months afterward… Those are the best. This year TFiOS was definitely the outstanding example of that kind of book.
Kristin Cashore, Bitterblue
Speaking of books that made me think—Bitterblue hit me more like a thought experiment than a novel. How does a city/nation recover from a ruler that has manipulated their history, and the very idea they have of themselves? Cashore handled the question beautifully, and brought back some incredible characters that I’ll always love reading about. For fans of fantasy or any thoughtful story, I recommend.
Honorable Non-YA Mention:
Gabrielle Hamilton, Blood, Bones & Butter
Sometimes a favorite book is one that finds you at just the right time. This book came about at a time when I was hungry for a non-fiction story. I really wanted to immerse myself in someone’s real life, and Gabrielle Hamilton writes about her unconventional life with clarity and occasionally painful truth. It was engaging and challenging and has stuck with me like few memoirs have.