What I Read in 2012

These are the books I read in 2012, a list which swelled enormously after I was picked to judge YA Fiction for the 2012 Cybils. I've put the Cybils entries at the bottom of the list, in alphabetical order.

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Across the Universe, Beth Revis
Between Shades of Grey, Ruta Sepetys
The Golden Bowl, Henry James*
This World We Live In, Susan Beth Pfeffer
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Imaginary Girls, Nova Ren Suma
The Death Cure, James Dashner
Life: An Exploded Diagram, Mal Peet
Monstrous Beauty, Elizabeth Fama
The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
Small as an Elephant, Jennifer Richard Jacobson
The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
Inside Out and Back Again, Thanhha Lai
Gathering Blue, Lois Lowry
Where Things Come Back, John Corey Whaley
Wither, Lauren DeStefano
The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi
Black Heart, Holly Black
Delirium, Lauren Oliver
Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
Pandemonium, Lauren Oliver
Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore
Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake
Incarnate, Jodi Meadows
The Immortal Rules, Julie Kagawa
Hex Hall, Rachel Hawkins
Beauty Queens, Libba Bray
Insurgent, Veronica Roth
Legend, Marie Lu
Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson
Lola and the Boy Next Door, Stephanie Perkins
A Game of Thrones, George R. Martin
The Kill Order, James Dashner
Matched, Ally Condie
Blood Red Road, Moira Young
A Clash of Kings, George R. Martin
Girl of Nightmares, Kendare Blake
Carter Finally Gets It, Brent Crawford
Carter's Big Break, Brent Crawford
Unraveling, Elizabeth Norris
A Storm of Swords, George R. Martin
The Drowned Cities, Paolo Bacigalupi
A Feast for Crows, George R. Martin
The Crown of Embers, Rae Carson
Crossed, Ally Condie
A Dance of Dragons, George R. Martin
Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor
Cybils entries:
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green (read earlier this year)
The List, Siobhan Vivian (read earlier this year)
34 Pieces of You, Carmen Rodrigues
A Beautiful Lie, Irfan Master
A Soldier’s Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero, Marissa Moss
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, Kat Rosenfield
Amplified, Tara Kelly
Beneath a Meth Moon, Jacqueline Woodson
Boy21, Matthew Quick
Cape Town, Brenda Hammond
Catching Jordan, Miranda Kenneally
Chopsticks, Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite, Lianne Simon
Crazy Dangerous, Andrew Klavan
Creeping with the Enemy, Kimberly Reid
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip, Jordan Sonnenblick
Desert Fire, Helene Prevost
Driven, Lisa Nowak
Endangered, Eliot Schrefer
Faking Faith, Josie Bloss
Fangirl, Ken Baker
Fighting for Dontae, Mike Castan
Fish in the Sky, Fridrik Erlings
Flirting in Italian, Lauren Henderson
Four Secrets, Margaret Willey
Getting Over Garrett Delaney, Abby McDonald
Getting Somewhere, Beth Neff
Gilt, Katherine Longshore
Graffiti Moon, Cath Crowley
Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator, Josh Berk
Happy Families, Tanita S. Davis
How to Save a Life, Sara Zarr
I Hunt Killers, Barry Lyga
If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor, Barbara Ehrentreu
If I Lie, Corrine Jackson
In Honor, Jessi Kirby
Island Danger, Margo Sorenson
Life is But a Dream, Brian James
Life on Hold, Beverly Stowe McClure
Life on the Edge, Jennifer Comeaux
Lost Girls, Ann Kelley
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
My Book of Life by Angel, Martine Leavitt
My Life in Black and White, Natasha Friend
Never Fall Down, Patricia McCormick
No Crystal Stair, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Normalish, Margaret Lesh
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shephard, Leslea Newman
Overnight Sensation, Hal Eisenberg
Perfect Escape, Jennifer Brown
Personal Effects, E.M. Kokie
Pieces of Us, Margie Gelbwasser
Pinned, Sharon Flake
Pretty Amy, Lisa Burnstein
Reality Ali, Christine Marciniak
Replay, Robin Brande
Riley’s Pond, Harley Brooks
Rock On, Denise Vega
Second Chances, Brenda Chapman
Tap Out, Eric Devine
The Book of Blood and Shadow, Robin Wasserman
The Boy Recession, Flynn Meaney
The Boy Who Delivered the Wind, Thomas L. Peters
The Butterfly Clues, Kate Ellison
The Downside to Being Charlie, Jenny Torres Sanchez
The Edge of Ready, L.B. Tillit
The Jade Notebook, Laura Resau
The Lynching of Louie Sam, Elizabeth Stewart
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Emily M. Danforth
The Princesses of Iowa, M. Molly Backes
The Punk Ethic, Timothy Decker
The Right & the Real, Joelle Anthony
The Rivals, Daisy Whitney
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Jennifer S. Smith
The Storyteller, Antonia Michaelis
The Taming, Teresa Toten
The Theory of Everything, J.J. Johnson
Under the Moon, Deborah Kerbel
Untraceable, S.R. Johannes
Wakefield, Erin Callahan and Troy H. Gardner
Wanderlove, Kristen Hubbard
Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler
You’re So Sweet, Charis Marsh

*Congratulations, Henry James. You broke me. I can no longer sit down to read 40-page essays dissecting the two pages of dialogue that came before. I no longer care about the Prince or Charlotte or Maggie or Adam Verver (and you better believe I had to look up their names on Wikipedia). I figured the whole affair plot would make this like Anna Karenina or Les Liaisons dangereuses, but instead it is just plain boring. I no longer can submit my brain cells to shrivel up while I slog through just...one...more...chapter, solely so I can save my pride and move on to another book. I'm done. UNINTERESTED. Maybe I'll come back another time, until then, you get an asterisk.

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