Looking Back on 2012 Releases in Young Adult Literature

I’m working on my reading goals for 2013. I want to do a balance of 2012 titles I missed (and I am going by calendar year, not publishing year), older books that I’ve never gotten around to reading, and newly published books I’m excited about or on the fence about. Part of that is looking back on what I’ve read this past year. 

My Top Ten Young Adult Releases of 2012


10. Beta  by Rachel Cohn {review}

9. Grave Mercy  by R. L. Lafevers {review}

8. Immortal Rules  by Julie Kawaga {review}

7. Personal Effects  by E. M. Kokie {review}

6. For Darkness Shows the Stars  by Diana Peterfreund {review}

5. Tiger Lily  by Jodi Lynn Anderson {review}

4. The Raven Boys  by Maggie Stiefvater {review}

3. Bitterblue by  Kristen Cashore {review}

2. Days of Blood and Starlight  by Laini Taylor {review}

1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post  by emily m. danforth {review}

It feels really fantasy and sci-fi heavy. I think a lot of the contemporary or realistic fiction I read this past year was not released in 2012.

Top Ten 2012 Young Adult Releases I Still Need to Read


10. Something Strange and Deadly  by Susan Dennard

9. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children  by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

8. I Hunt Killers  by Bary Lyga

7. In Honor  by Jessi Kirby

6. What’s Left of Me  by Kat Zhang

5. Ask the Passengers  by A. S. King

4. Something Like Normal  by Trish Doller

3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

2. Adaptation  by Malinda Lo

1. Code Name Verity  by Elizabeth Wein

What were your favorite 2012 releases? Any titles that I should make sure and read in 2013? I feel like I’m barely scratching the surface. 

6 thoughts on “Looking Back on 2012 Releases in Young Adult Literature

  1. I have to admit, I haven’t read any of these titles yet either! I have a lot to add to my list. The ones you suggest in the comment above sound good–maybe a starting place! With two positive reviews, The Innocents is definitely on my list now too!

    1. I have eclectic taste in YA! If you pick up any, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST and CODE NAME VERITY are the way to go. Did you read THE INNOCENTS by Frances Segal — it’s my #1 adult pick and I think you’d like it. It’s a retelling of THE AGE OF INNOCENCE set in Jewish North London, and it lives up to the original, which I would have thought an impossible feat.

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