Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books (aka Bookish All-Stars) of 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Last month I made up my mind to hold a poll for which books topped everyone’s lists in 2012. The Bookish All-Star project was sadly a fail, but undeterred I have decided to combine my favourite all-star reads with this week’s serendipitous topic: my top ten books of 2012. For fun, each book has been named winner of a different category.

Best of the Best – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green:

BAS_TFIOSI am in love with John Green’s writing and this book is far and away his best yet. This book had me in a sobbing, blubbery mess and even had me tearing up days later, which is why I also dub it the best tear-jerker of 2012. If I could afford to give this book to everyone I know, I would.

BAS_GMBest Teen Fiction – Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers:

Assassin nuns, medieval costumes and weapons, and killer (pun intended) romance… Do I really need to say more?


Best Picture Book –

This is a tie between Nightsong by Ari Berk; illustrated by Loren Long AND The Stamp Collector by Jennifer Lanthier; illustrated by Francois Thisdale:


Not only is The Stamp Collector a beautifully illustrated book, but it is also an important books that encourages freedom of speech. While Nightsong isn’t a political book by any means, it is a stunning book that left me in awe.

Best Fantasy – Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel:

Oppel’s The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein continues to charge forward at full steam. It’s dark, disturbing and wholly entertaining.


Best Historical Fiction – Gilt by Katherine Longshore:

Scandalous, intriguing and chock-full of salacious historical tidbits, this book tells of the ascent and fall of young Catherine Howard.

Best Re-telling – Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson:

I was mesmerized by Anderson’s reimagining of my favourite children’s classic, Peter Pan. It’s more grown-up and much more melancholy, but it’s insightful and just as magical.


Best Middle-Grade Fiction – Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy:

This lighthearted read with its spunky heroine was great fun to read. For both current middle-graders and not-so-current middle-graders, it does a great job of capturing the ups and downs of middle-school life.

Best Laugh-Out-Loud Read – Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer:

Classic chocolate milk-through-your-nose Colfer. He always makes me laugh, and the last Artemis Fowl book is no exception.


Best Sequel – Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver:

Oliver’s beautiful story-telling skills get a heavy dose of adrenaline to create a heart-stopping sequel. I CANNOT WAIT FOR REQUIEM!

Which books topped your list of 2012 reads? Share your answers in comments.

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