We’ve read all the year-end best of lists, and we totally agree with the critics. The Fault In Our Stars and Son deserve to be on so. many. lists. But we also wondered what some of our favorite authors read and loved this year. So we asked them. And they were happy to share. If you’re looking for something to pick up over the holiday break, may we recommend one of their suggestions.
Malinda Lo raved about The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth: “It’s beautifully written. It’s complicated. It’s rooted in a very deep sense of place. And it told an often-retold story (coming out, coming of age) in a very real, very honest way.”
Stephanie Perkins loved Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor: “It’s simply the best depiction of war that I’ve ever read in novel-form. This is not good versus evil, black versus white. Everything is grey. It’s a fantasy, but it’s very, very real.”
Cynthia Leitich Smith couldn’t put down Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: “Lush, gorgeous historical setting that reads like fantasy. Compelling romance, a strong, vibrant heroine. Assassin nuns. I mean, really. Think about that. Nothing could be more fascinating, and the concept is executed to perfection.”
Rachel Cohn was blown away by Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick: “This novel based on humanitarian Arn Chorn Pond’s experiences as a child soldier with the Khymer Rouge is both heartbreaking and harrowing. Beautifully written, it’s a terrifying journey that’s ultimately also incredibly life-affirming. It will resonate with you forever.”
Michael Northrop was impressed with Endangered by Eliot Schrefer: “It’s a wonderfully written and gripping story, and really kind of a masterpiece of empathy. The subject matter and setting are fascinating—and, of course, the bonobos are totally adorbs!”
Aimee Agresti loved Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz: “I absolutely adored SPELLCASTER. The romance between sassy Emma and dreamy Brendan was so engrossing, they’re right up there with Bella and Edward on my list of all-time favorite YA couples. Add Shultz’s trademark wit and a seriously strong heroine and you’ve got a book you just can’t put down.”
Now we want to know, what was your favorite book of 2012? Leave us a note in the comments!