2012′s best twelve

For the 12th day of the 12th month of 2012 (I love this kind of thing!) I give you my list of the very best books. All twelve of them. (I know, there are really 13, but two for the price of one, sort of thing. Yes?)

All the books I have reviewed have been good, and it’s hard to pick the best. Except for the bestest of the best, because that one stood out by several miles, even back in January. And once we’ve got the twelves out of our system, next year I will have to go for a more restrained list. Always assuming people continue writing great books. Please do.

As always, I only include books published during the year. And here, the VERY BEST is:

Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

Swiftly followed by some alphabetically listed and very marvellous runners-up:

Philip Caveney, Spy Another Day

Joshua Doder, Grk and the Phoney Macaroni

Daniel Finn, Call Down Thunder

Sally Gardner, Maggot Moon

Nick Green, Cat’s Cradle

Barry Hutchison, The Thirteenth Horseman

Wendy Meddour, A Hen in the Wardrobe, and The Black Cat Detectives

Gillian Philip, Wolfsbane

Terry Pratchett, Dodger

Celia Rees, This Is Not Forgiveness

Teri Terry, Slated

That’s it, dear readers. It was a good year, both generally, but also specifically for producing Code Name Verity, one of the best ever.

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6 responses to “2012′s best twelve

  1. Code Name Verity was wonderful. Thank you for introducing me to it.

  2. Wow. When you look back over the year like that, we really do have lots of brilliant writers around, don’t we?

  3. Oh goody. Not only did you pick my VERY favorite for the year, but as I live in the U.S. and haven’t yet seen some of the others here, I’ll have loads of good reading ahead. Thank you for that holiday gift.

  4. A great list! I’m still behind on the last ones! Loading up the Kindle. Merry Christmas to our favourite witch.

  5. Wonderful choices. Saving Code Name Verity for holiday reading…can’t wait.

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