So, new-ish to Book Hooked Blog this year, I'm doing a list of the best books I read by genre. I figured trying to narrow it down to overall best books of the year, even if I separate fiction and non-fiction just doesn't do justice to what I've read. So I'm going to have a series that'll run through the end of the year (with a few reviews thrown in to start me off in January with a clean slate). Beware, in order to do this, I'll be posting every single day for the rest of the year. Oh and just for fun, I'll also be throwing in a Worst Books of the Year post.
I haven't read enough fantasy in the past to justify an entire list of the year's best, but this year has been an amazing year for me in terms of fantasy. It's become something that Luke and I really connect over and can discuss and read together. And a lot of is actually very good. I had some preconceived notions based on cover art, but I'm finally getting over that. So here it is, the best fantasy and speculative fiction I read in 2012.
This is another that I haven't yet reviewed because it hasn't yet been released. I can't resist a good evil children story and this provided it. I'll be writing a full review in early January when the book is officially released.
And a third that I have yet to post a review of. This one, like Daughter of Smoke and Bone, should be up before the end of the year. It's a very literary tale of a post-apocalyptic world, my favorite kind of speculative fiction.
These last three represent my very favorite fantasy/speculative fiction reads of the year. They are all series that I absolutely devoured. I'm using the first book from each series to represent, but there's no way I could break them into individual books. And the best part? All three series are complete, so you can read the whole thing without any cliff hangers.
Another to-be-reviewed by the end of the year. This is a four book YA series that was recommended by many of the nesties, but was really pushed to me by one of my favorite people, Joyce. Also, shout out to Lauren who loaned me most of the series on ebook so I didn't have to wait for library holds. One final note on the series - Luke has also read them and enjoyed them. They've got good range.
I cannot rave about these books enough. They are technically middle grade, although I think they are equally appealing to teens and adults. These would make amazing read aloud books. They're also amazing to read on your own.
Definitely my favorite series of the year and quite possibly one of my Top Ten Cross-Genre favorites. Like The Queen's Thief, this one has a great potential for cross-over. It's intended for adults, but I think most teens could handle it. Sanderson is a Mormon and his books do not include the typical sex and gore found in lots of fantasy. Bonus: Vin, our main character, is one of my all-time favorite feminist-friendly/amazingly non-sexualized female characters.