2012 was not a great reading year for me and I think to some extent that was reflected on the blog. I really feel like 2012 was the year of same, same same. So many dystopias published with the same types of characters, similar story arcs, same plot points. 2012 was also the year of the cancer novel and let me tell you, that really started to wear on me as the year went on. Even those books (which I admittedly loved towards the beginning of the year) started to read the exact same to me. It's a case of too much of a good thing I think, at least for this reader.
But, amid all that "sameness" there were a few novels that stood out to me as memorable, as books I want to re-read (if I haven't already). Those books are as follows (in alphabetical author order):
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews One of the first "cancer" novels I read this year and it still stands out. The interesting format and the stand-out characters and the quest of the two boys to do something different for the girl dying of cancer made me fall hard for this book.
The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes Midwest set featuring girls I didn't always like but I enjoyed their storylines as the book continued. There was something so ordinary about these characters (in a good way) and the consequences of their actions just felt real to me.
If I Lie by Corrine Jackson This book was so much more than I expected in such an amazing way. It wasn't a romance and it wasn't just a story about a girl being attacked and castigated by her classmates. It was a story of a girl finding herself between all the people who wanted to see her lost. It was also a timely reminder of the good and bad things of military culture.
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King This book is simply put, wonderful. If you haven't read it yet, do it. A.S. King proves that she is a master of her craft in this book.
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan A gorgeous tale of love gone wrong. Seal women, an island that comes alive in the mind (you will feel like you are living on Rollrock Island) and the people who populate it make up this beautiful story. It's probably my favorite book in terms of its writing which is just... lovely.
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry One of my favorite contemporary YA romances this year. Echo and Noah stole the show.
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund The first Diana Peterfreund book I ever read and wow, what a beginning. This book is utterly sensational and lovely and romantic and it has a world that rang true with depth and vision. Elliot North is what every girl YA character should be: strong.
Runners-up: The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine, Suddenly You by Sarah Mayberry, Wild Man by Kristin Ashley, and This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers.
I'd love to see what YOUR favorite books of 2012 are so leave me links to your posts in the comments. I'm sure I missed some great books this year.