Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Emily's Best Books of 2012, Part 2

I read so many great books this year, I had to divide them into two categories. Part 1 can be found here, and it includes my favorite books published in 2012.

Isn't this the cutest pillow ever? Thanks to author Laini Taylor(#2 below), I'm obsessed with this website now: 

Best Books I Read This Year 
(that were published earlier than 2012)

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Charlie starts high school alone, but quickly finds a group of friends and learn to embrace his wallflower status.

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Karou is a talented art student with blue hair whose only family is a group of other-worldly monsters.

3. The Name of the Star: Rory is spending her senior year in London, which is fantastic enough, until she sees a ghost that murders people in the spirit of Jack the Ripper.

4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian: Hilarious, moving story of a boy whose dreams are bigger than the Indian Reservation where he lives.

5. Dairy Queen (and it's sequels*): You will love D.J., her milk farm, her boy troubles when Brian Nelson is sent to train with her, and her decision to play football in high school.

6. Anna and the French Kiss: Anna is shipped off to Parisian boarding school, where of course, she falls in love.

7. Princess Academy: Can Miri become worthy of a prince? Does she want to?

8. The Scorpio Races: Desperation drives Puck to be the first girl competitor in the annual and deadly Scorpio races.

9. Wonderstruck: Half pictures, half words, two stories fifty years apart collide in unexpected ways.

10. City of Fallen Angles: I reviewed many in this series by Cassandra Clare, but this way my favorite of the year.

11. Graceling and Fire: That's right, these books are so good, I put them on both lists. They're full of magic, monsters, mind control, and super awesome heroines.

* Reviews coming soon!
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And these are just the YA Books! Don't forget to check out the new Juvenile/Middle Grade section of the blog HERE.

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