best of 2012

Holiday Road Trip Part Deux

by sarahenni on December 25, 2012

For everyone celebrating today, Merry Christmas! Loving 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.

Best Sequel: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The story of Tris, Four and their exploding world in Divergent was a pretty tough act to follow. But Insurgent goes full-bore into the complicated repercussions in an unflinching way. I came out with more questions than answers and, really, that’s what the second book in a trilogy is for!
Best Debut: Born Wickedby Jessica Spotswood
The alternate-universe historical setting got my imagination whirring, the brisk plot had me flipping pages, and the smart, charming love interest had me swooning. SO excited to see where the series goes!
Books Not Normally In My Wheelhouse That I Still Enjoyed: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I only read a handful of adult books every year, and rarely are they psychological thrillers. But I had to check out the crazy hit of the summer and it was worth all the wild hype. Gillian Flynn’s style is sparse, relentless, compulsively readable, and I’m pretty psyched to hear that she’ll be publishing a YA soon also!
Best Book Cover: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers / Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell / The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
CoversIt was really hard to choose this one! There was actually a ton of books with fantastic covers this year, but these three stood out. Though they’re so very different, they are all gorgeous and the all achieve exactly what book covers are meant to: they convey the feel of the books. Not easy to do!


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.


Superlative Blogfest: Popularity Contest

by sarahenni on December 18, 2012


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* I feel the need to add a disclaimer that I have in fact been choosing from books that were not released in 2012. Oops! But these books were all ready by me in 2012, as you can see in this handy list from Goodreads!


Superlative Blogfest: Head of the Class

by sarahenni on December 17, 2012

So excited today to participate in the Class of 2012: YA Superlatives Blogfest, hosted by Jessica Love, Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, and Tracey Neithercott. It’s always fun this time of year to reflect back on what awesomeness the books of 2012 held… and I just can’t resist a list.

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And if anyone is interested, here is the list of books I’ve read in 2012!