Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Best I've Read 2012: The Young Adult Novels

This week is my daily listing of my Top Ten lists (in no particular order - it's hard enough for me to limit it to ten!) of the Best Books I've Read this year in different categories.

Day two is where my heart lies - the Young Adult Novels. This list does not include any YA books I read this year that were beyond the first book in a series (that's for tomorrow). If you haven't read these, you should definitely add to your To Be Read list! Titles link to my reviews.

Books make my best list for one or more of many different reasons: high quality of the writing, the story I needed to hear, a story that should be told to others, the characters I connected with, an engrossing read, an escapist read, maybe it was just the right book at the right time for me, or perhaps just one that I think my students will connect with and enjoy.

Disclaimer: I read a lot of books this year, but there are still quite a few well-received young adult books I didn't get to. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the quality young adult books that came out in 2012. 

BEST I'VE READ 2012: The Young Adult Novels
ENDANGERED by Eliot Schrefer
THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater

UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi
THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas
INSIGNIA by S.J. Kincaid
TAKE A BOW by Elizabeth Eulberg
THE WAITING SKY by Lara Zielin

EMBRACE / ENTICE by Jessica Shirvington
Bonus Graphic Novel:  
PAGE BY PAIGE by Laura Lee Gulledge
Bonus older book that I just discovered:  


  1. I haven't read any of these yet this year, but have a few of them on my shelves. I now doubly feel like cramming them in before the end of the year! There are some amazing sounding books on this list :)

  2. SO many books on your list that I loved too. Under the Never Sky was probably my favorite, but I definitely loved Throne of Glass and Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight too!

  3. I really need to read Endangered and Throne of Glass. I'm glad we have some similar 2012 favorites! :)


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