A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{January 1, 2013}   2012 in Review

I hope all of you readers had a wonderful 2012 and wish you a Happy New Year!

2012 had some ups and downs for me personally and professionally but I read some AMAZING books. It was nearly impossible to pick my twelve favorites (like picking a favorite child or, in my case, cat). So lets have a look at the stats!

The 12 best books of 2012 (in alphabetical order)

  1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  2. Black Heart by Holly Black
  3. The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
  4. The Diviners by Libba Bray
  5. The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
  6. Every Day by David Levithan
  7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  8. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
  9. The Inexplicables by Cherie Priest
  10. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  11. Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
  12. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Best debut novel: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Best audiobook : The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner

Special mention (published in 2011 but it made me feel so much!): The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Best new manga series: Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura (Special mention: Virtus by Gibbon)

Best new comic series: Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staple

Best stand-alone comic: Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Special mention: Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci)

First book of the year: Ganymede by Cherie Priest

Last book of the year: Jhereg by Steven Brust (technically finished on January 1st 2013, but I’m counting it.)

Books read: 120

Most Read authors:

  • Roald Dahl: 6
  • Jim Butcher: 6
  • Shannon Hale: 5
  • Maureen Johnson: 4
  • Maggie Stiefvater: 3
  • Justine Larbalestier: 3
  • Diana Peterfreund: 3
  • Kenneth Oppel: 3
  • M.T. Anderson: 3


  • Audiobooks (8)
  • Fantasy (55)
  • Historical (15)
  • Horror (8)
  • Humour (8)
  • MG (22)
  • Mystery/Suspence (19)
  • Realistic fiction (16)
  • Romance (12)
  • Science fiction (13)
  • Short story collections (3)
  • Steampunk (2)
  • YA (68)


  • GLTB main character (19)
  • Non-white main character (24)

Canadian Authors (17)


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