Top 10 Reads of 2012

December 31, 2012 by  •
Top 10 Reads of 2012The past twelve months were a very busy reading and reviewing year for me. Though I’m sure a few slipped through the cracks and didn’t get counted, in looking back at my records it appears I read 192 books (novels, novellas, and collections) this year, and reviewed 116 of those.

And you know what? There were still a ton of books I wanted to read this year but just didn’t manage to get to by year’s end. (Cash Out by Greg Bardsley and The Dark Room by Steve Mosby are two biggies that leap to mind in particular.)

Given the amount I read this year, and with most of it being top-notch, narrowing things down to a Top 10 list was quite excruciating, as you may imagine.

As I have in years past, to make things a tad more manageable I selected my Top 10 only from full-length novels. And I’ll tell you what, even with the herd already thinned of novellas and short story collections (many of which were fantastic!), picking only ten was still a painfully difficult exercise. So much so, actually, that I’ve cheated a tiny bit and counted two books from one author as only one spot on the list. Of course, having too many fantastic reads to choose from is a “problem” I’ll gladly take any day.

So many authors gave me hours and hours of reading pleasure this year through their amazing abilities, and I am grateful to each and every one of you. For writing what turned out to be my favorite reads of 2012, I am especially grateful to Ian Ayris, Andrez Bergen, Declan Burke, Wiley Cash, Peter Farris, Sam Hawken, Chris F. Holm (for whom I cheated and counted two books from his Collector Series as one spot on the list), Grant Jerkins, Roger Smith and James Thompson. Thank you.

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18 Responses to “Top 10 Reads of 2012”

  1. Eric Beetner says:

    So great to see a few favorites on this list (Abide With Me, Last Call For The Living, The Collector series) and a little depressing to see yet more books I need to add to my pile. Elizabeth, you have never steered me wrong so I know everything here is a must read.

  2. Ed Lynskey says:

    Great list. I liked Helsinki White. Thanks
    for the recommendations and your reviews
    on your blog!

  3. Elizabeth, CHEERS, and like Anonymous-9 says… thanks so much for everything you do for writers.

    Abide With Me is superb as Josh says (I’m also looking forward to his next Moses tome!) and how great is Grant Jerkins’ stuff?

    Happy new year and arigato again…

  4. Anonymous-9 says:

    Fantastic list Elizabeth! Thanks so much for everything you do for writers.

  5. I hope to read Declan Burke’s latest real soon. And somehow I have not read Adrian McKinty’s last two. No wonder I go around feeling dissatisfied!

  6. I would also like to note that even though it wasn’t officially published this year, Abnormal Man by Grant Jerkins* was absolutely one of the best books I read in 2012. I really hope it finds a publishing home in the coming year so I can include it on my list officially this time next year.

    *Grant has actually made the list three years in a row: The Ninth Step this year, At the End of the Road in 2011, and A Very Simple Crime in 2010. If for some reason you’re not reading his work yet…GET ON IT!

  7. Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  8. A spot on stellar list. This very morning I was sitting with my son having coffee and talking books, i told him he needed to read Ian Ayris. Told him you had recommended Abide With Me when it came out, and that you had never steered me wrong. You have a knack for ferreting out the best books and spreading the word.

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