Best Books 2012: Young Adult Literature for Adults

Every year, it feels more difficult to declare any group of books for teens to be the “best,” particularly when considering the appeal to an adult audience. Best for whom? Best at what? Nevertheless, in a field crowded with superlatives, these ten stand out. Whether through quality prose or the flawless execution of an ambitious […]

Best Books 2012: Thrillers

By Jeff Ayers Barclay, Linwood. Trust Your Eyes. NAL: Penguin Group (USA). ISBN 9780451237903. $25.95; eISBN 9781101602713. Ray Kilbride cares for his schizophrenic brother, Thomas, who is obsessed with a computer program similar to Google Street View called When Thomas witnesses a murder online, the brothers uncover a deadly conspiracy. An exhilarating and breathtaking […]

Best Books 2012: Mysteries

See Best Books 2012: Thrillers Box, C.J. Force of Nature: A Joe Pickett Novel. Putnam. ISBN 9780399158261. $25.95; eISBN 9781101561157. Fugitive Nate Romanowski’s rogue past returns to haunt him as cold-blooded assassins pursue him over three states, ending up in game-ranger Pickett’s Wyoming backyard. With falconry as a running metaphor, this is a stunningly fresh […]

Best Books 2012: Romance

From historical to paranormal to sassy contemporary and romantic suspense, the top romance of 2012 will make you fall in love with the genre

Librarian’s Best Books of 2012: Ebook Romance

By Marlene Harris, Reading Reality, LLC, Atlanta In a year where two ebook romances won the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards in head-to-head (maybe that should be heart-to-heart) competition against print titles, 2012 was an even better year for ebook romance. And with more to choose, there are even more to love. Choosing five, […]

Best Books 2012: Christian Fiction

Bates, Erin. Her Amish Man. Gallery: S. & S. ISBN 9781451662092. pap. $15; eISBN 9781451662108. A young woman on the run rediscovers her Amish maternal roots and finds love. Bates blends romance and suspense in this fresh take on an overcrowded genre. (LJ 11/15/12) Byrd, Sandra. The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr. Howard […]

Best Books 2012: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Gentle, Mary. The Black Opera. Night Shade. ISBN 9781597802192. pap. $15.95; eISBN 9781597804158. A pair of librettists pit their musical talents against each other in a magical duel that will either save or destroy the world in an alternate 19th-century Naples. Attention to period detail and an understanding of opera make this a one-of-a-kind historical […]

Best Books 2012: Graphic Novels

Bechdel, Alison. Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama. Houghton Harcourt. ISBN 9780618982509. $22. Using literature and psychoanalysis as twin lenses, Bechdel examines her own and her mother’s interwoven lives in a complex, almost dizzying tour de force of storytelling. More than matching her acclaimed Fun Home for its blend of drama, poignancy, and humor, […]

Best Books 2012: Street Lit

K’wan. Animal. Cash Money Content, dist. by Atria: S. & S. ISBN 9781936399253. pap. $14.99; eISBN 9781936399260. Given their author’s unmatched ear for street talk and talent for bringing gritty characters to life, K’wan’s “Hood Rat” stories make up one of the best series in urban fiction. His latest plot will draw readers into an […]

Best Books 2012: Women’s Fiction

By Karen Core Fay, Juliette. The Shortest Way Home. Penguin. ISBN 9780143121916. pap. $15; eISBN 9781101603666. Sean has traveled the world for 20 years caring for others as a nurse, until he is called home to Massachusetts where his family is in crisis. Fay’s third novel offers a poignant look at what happens when a […]