Holiday Road Trip: Best Books of the Year

by sarahenni on December 24, 2012

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.

Honorable Mention:

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.

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Krispy December 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Ah, two YA books that I own but have not read! I’m going to remedy that asap. :)

My favorite read of the year turned out to be an adult book (one of like two that I read in total), but my favorite YA was Code Name Verity. It was just so different and refreshing on so many levels in terms of what people generally expect from YA or what I expected from much-buzzed-about YA, and it lifted me up and broke me at the same time. I definitely need a reread.

Also, Happy Holidays!


sarahenni December 25, 2012 at 1:07 am

You will LOVE both those YA books! And don’t leave me hanging—what was your favorite book, the adult one??

I thought about Code Name Verity, because it was so outstanding… but though I loved it, that one still didn’t make me cry. I agree though, I really need to reread it. I really, really hope that opens the floodgates for more historical YA though!!


Stephanie Allen December 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I wonder if anyone will choose something besides TFiOS for favorite book…heh.


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