2012: Year in Review

# of posts: 149
# of books read: 139

Favorite books of 2012

Middle-grade fiction
In a Glass Grimmly
Liar & Spy

Young adult fiction
The Fault in Our Stars
Where Things Come Back

Adult fiction
Gone Girl
The Family Fang

Adult nonfiction
Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Favorite jackets of 2012
Me & Earl & the Dying Girl
Unholy Night

Least favorite books of 2012
Girl Land

Happy New Year, y'all!


SIX: Birthday Haiku

Oh, Turkmenistan:
please don't get any older.
You're perfect as-is.


The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland: Review Haiku

Don't try to figure
out the metaphysics: just
sit back and enjoy.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente. Feiwel & Friends, 2012, 272 pages.


Gone Gone Gone: Review Haiku

Damaged boys figure
out loss is both personal
and universal.

Gone Gone Gone by Hannah Moskowitz. S&S, 2012, 288 pages.


Son: Review Haiku

A fitting valedictory
for Lowry's love letter
to feelings.

Son by Lois Lowry. HMCo, 2012, 400 pages.


Wallflower in Bloom: Review Haiku

Dance away a couple
hours with Cook's well-worn
formula. Cha-cha-cha.

Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook. Touchstone, 2012, 272 pages.


Starry River of the Sky: Review Haiku

Grace tries her hand at
magical realism
with an Asian twist.

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin. Little Brown, 2012, 304 pages.


The Last Dragonslayer: Review Haiku

Old-fashioned honor
meets a media-savvy
foundling with a heart.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. Harcourt, 2012, 296 pages.


In a Glass Grimmly: Review Haiku

"Fractured fairy tales"
doesn't begin to describe
this kickass novel.

In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz. Dutton, 2012, 192 pages.


Princess Academy, Palace of Stone: Review Haiku

A primer on
political theory and
revolution, for teens.

Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale. Bloomsbury, 2012, 336 pages.


Legends of Zita the Spacegirl: Review Haiku

The hero's tour takes
an unexpected detour.
Ah, celebrity.

Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. First Second, 2012, 224 pages.


How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You: Review Haiku

The short answer? Yes.
The long answer? Also yes,
with handy pictures.

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman. Andrews McMeel, 2012, 136 pages.