Best Books of 2012
By Jessica Severson Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013
If you only read one book last year it was probably Gone Girl or Fifty Shades of Grey. Those were the big stories of 2012 in the world of books, but there was a lot more going on out there in publishing. If your resolution for 2013 is to read more, here are some of the best books that might have gone under your radar last year.
With Twilight and The Hunger Games as runaway hits, more and more grown-ups are turning to Young Adult fiction for a good, fast-paced read. YA is usually full of emotion and plot and are great for a quick read or a good cry.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green follows a young terminal cancer patient who falls in love.
- The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker is set in a world where the earth’s rotation has gone wrong and where daily life starts to fall apart.
Want to be a more ambitious reader? There’s plenty out there for you.
- If you love long books set in historic time periods, you probably already read Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, but you may not have gotten around to the sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. If you want to relive the adventures of Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn, you should definitely start on this series.
- If your tastes tend more towards the avant-garde try Zadie Smith’s new novel, NW, which follows four Londoners and experiments with style and tone.
- It seems like every detective has a series these days, and one of the most popular is the Harry Hole series from Norway’s Jo Nesbo. The rumor is there won’t be many more books in this series so hurry up and snag the most recent entry, Phantom.
- If the courtroom is your scene, the big winner of 2012 was Defending Jacob by former prosecutor William Landay about a DA whose son is accused of murder.
- To get a different spin on the crime novel check out Dare Me by Megan Abbott, where murder and mayhem isn’t so far-fetched for members of a cutthroat high school cheerleading squad.
For books that tell a real-life story you have some real winners.
- If you know anyone who’s read Wild by Cheryl Strayed, they’ve probably already told you about it. It’s the kind of book people can’t stop talking about. It also follows a long line of memoirs about self-discovery set in the wilderness.
- For something more touching, readers have been raving about The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Schwalbe writes about the last years he spent with his dying mother where they bonded over books they’d read together. A great book club pick.
You’ve only got a few months left before the Summer of 2013 book push comes, it’s a great time to catch up on the best of 2012!
Jessica is a blogger, a lawyer and a lifelong reader based in Boston, MA. She is the founder of Red Letter Reads http://www.redletterreads.com a book review site for busy readers. Her personal blog is Don't Mind the Mess http://dontmindthemess.com