Thursday, December 27, 2012

Kellee's (59) Favorite 2012 Books

As 2012 comes to an end, I started to think about all of my favorite books I read in 2012 and realized that I cannot get them all in one post. I've read more than I've ever read before and I am so proud of my number: 385+!!! Today, I am happy to share with you all my favorite 2012 books that I read in 2012. Next week I am going to share my favorite books that I read in 2012 that were published in a different year. For each post I separated them into categories so that hopefully it will be easier for you to find the just right book for you. Happy reading!
**All of these winners are based completely on my opinion and is only based on the books I read in 2012, not all books published in 2012.**

Best Young Adult Realistic Fiction Novel
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Runners-up: Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown 
and From What I Remember… by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas

Best YA Sci-Fi Novel
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Best YA Sequel
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Runner-up: Black Heart by Holly Black

Best YA Humor
The Infects by Sean Beaudoin
Runner-up: Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Best YA Graphic Novel
Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians, #4)
Hades by George O'Connor
Runners-up: Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci & Nate Powell, Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
and Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch

Best YA (Contemporary) Historical Fiction
Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie
Runner-up: Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

Best YA Suspense
This is Not a Drill by Beck McDowell

Best YA Poetry
October Mourning by Leslea Newman

YA Novels that Surprised Me
 The Last Free Cat
Cadillac Chronicles by Brett Hartman
The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake

Best Middle Grade Realistic Fiction
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Runners-up: Audition & Subtraction by Amy Fellner Dominy, See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles, 
My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer by Jennifer Gennari, and The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

Best MG Sci Fi
Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner
Runners-up: Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss and Darkbeast by Morgan Keyes

Best MG Sequel
Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan          

Best MG Fantasy
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Runner-up: Neversink by Barry Wolverton

Best MG Mystery
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
Runner-up: Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

Best MG Historical Fiction
For What It’s Worth by Janet Tashjian

Best MG Humor

Best MG Short Stories
Guys Read: Sports Pages edited by Jon Sciezska

Best MG Graphic Novel
**It was obviously the year for MG GNs - so many great ones!**
Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
Runners-up: Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, Drama by Raina Telgemeier, 
One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale, Princeless Vol. 1 by Jeremy Whitely, Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre, 
 Mal & Chad: Food Fight! by Stephen McCranie, Victory by Carla Jablonski,
and Amulet Vol. 5: Prince of the Elves by Kazu Kibuishi

Best Children’s Chapter Book
Marty McGuire Digs Worms by Kate Messner
Runner-ups: Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst 
and Bink and Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo & Allison McGhee

Best Children’s Graphic Novel
Cow Boy by Nate Cosby & Chris Eliopoulos
Runners-up: Squish: The Power of the Parasite by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm 
and Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes by Jarrett Krosoczka

Best Fiction Picture Book
Tie: Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman & Dan Yaccarino, This is Not my Hat by Jon Klassen, 
and Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds
Runners-up: Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen and 
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo & David Small

Best Nonfiction Picture Book
Here Come the Girl Scouts! by Shana Corey & Hadley Hooper
Runners-up: Alex the Parrot by Stephanie Spinner & Meilo So, 
Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson & Raul Colon and Silent Star by Bill Wise

What were your favorite books published this year? 

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