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December 28, 2012

Holiday Road Trip 2012

Kate Hart

Today's the last day of YA Highway's special "Holiday Road Trip" - a week-long blog hop collecting all your favorites of the year - and since the holidays kept me from participating, I'm doing a Friday speed run through all five days.

(Picks are from my 2012 reading, not things released this year!)


Best Book Of The Year: 
The Fault In Our Stars - John Green

Most Unexpectedly Delightful Book Of The Year: 
The Monsters of Templeton - Lauren Groff

Book I Wanted To Hate But Couldn't Because Game Recognize Game* : 
Tender Morsels - Margo Lanagan 

Book I Can't Get Out Of My Mind: 
Everybody Sees the Ants - A.S. King

Best "New To Me" YA Author: 
Marcelo In The Real World - Francisco X. Stork


Best Sequel**:
Days of Blood and Starlight - Laini Taylor

Books Not Normally In My Wheelhouse That I Still Enjoyed*:
Graceling - Kristin Cashore; White Teeth - Zadie Smith

Best Book Cover:
Insurgent - Veronica Roth; Meant to Be - Lauren Morrill; The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater; Unspoken - Sarah Rees Brennan; Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

(apparently I like silhouettes.)


Best "I Want To Go To There" Setting in a Book:
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (bedtime reread)

Favorite YA Characters:
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater; The Diviners - Libba Bray


Best in YA Films/Television:

Best Music to Write To/Be Inspired By

New in 2012

Cat Power - Sun; Polica - Give You the Ghost; Grizzly Bear - Shields; Horse Feathers - Cynic's New Year; Caveman - Coco Beware

New to Me

The Antlers, The Head and the Heart, Wye Oak, Dessa, S. Carey


Most Anticipated Book Releases in 2013:
Charm and Strange - Stephanie Kuehn, Starglass - Phoebe North; Nobody But Us - Kristin Halbrook, Mila 2.0 - Debra Driza; Taken - Erin Bowman; Fault Line - Christa Desir; Just One Day - Gayle Forman; The Lucy Variations - Sara Zarr; 17 and Gone - Nova Ren Suma;

Begin Again - Sumayyah Daud, Fates - Lanie Bross; Hemlock 2 - Kathleen Peacock, Infinityglass - Myra McEntire, Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins; Untitled (Raven Cycle #2) - Maggie Stiefvater; Leap of Faith - Jamie Blair

Most Recommended (By You):
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches - S. C. Gwynne; The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater; The Fault In Our Stars - John Green; Marcelo In The Real World - Francisco X. Stork; My Name Is Not Easy - Debby Dahl Edwardson

It's not too late!
Link your own post(s) in the comments at YA Highway,
or check out our year-end retrospective for more new year fun!

* These topics lifted with admiration from Roxane Gay's end of year reading list
** I have not yet read Insurgent.


  1. I LOVE your pie graph, especially the 50 Shades bit, hahaha. PERKS was so good, and I love your cover picks - particularly The Raven Boys (my favorite) and Unspoken (love, love silhouette covers)!

    I just finished Days of Blood & Starlight, and omg was it good. Now I waaaant the next one! Lots of sequels (as usual) on my 2013 list, but I'm also really looking forward to TAKEN, BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR, and a host of others, including some of the books you listed.

    And yeah, I need to read TFiOS. I have it's currently stuck in my book tree. I will once we take it apart in January! :)


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