Top 5 Anticipated Reads of 2012

Welcome to the final day of the 2011 best-of blog circus! I hope you’ve had as much fun as I’ve had–these past five days have made me feel a little bit like a character from High Fidelity (the book, not the movie version; I could never be John Cusack). Up today, my top 5 anticipated reads of 2012!

5. Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

YA sci-fi by an author with big, gorgeous tattoos, a graduate degree, and multi-colored hair. How could I not be excited? Plus, the cover was just released, and it’s purple and pretty! Yes, I’m shallow. Sorry.

4. Level Two by Lenore Appelhans

This is a dystopian tale by the blogger behind Presenting Lenore. Her reviews are great–objective and thoughtful–and the buzz behind Level 2 is already quite large. It deals with characters in the liminal space between life and death. I’m a fan of liminality. Lookin’ forward to it.

3. Crewel by Genn Albin

Yet another YA sci-fi title (are you noticing a trend yet?) with quite a bit of buzz. Crewel deals with women recruited into a secret society who stitch up time and space. A kind of atropos thing. It sounds complex and creative. Very psyched.

2. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

I adore Diana’s killer unicorn books–they were surprisingly meaty, with good philosophical weight. Now she’s doing sci-fi. Apparently, it’s a Jane Austen retelling. I don’t know from Austen, but it’s got a gorgeous title, a gorgeous cover, and an intriguing premise. I expect more excellence from one of my favorite YA authors.

1. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

I met Rachel on goodreads, and I’m very happy to call her my friend; we’ve sort of bumbled through the beginnings of our publishing journeys together. She’s a ridiculously sharp reader, lucid reviewer, and generally hilarious person. I had her read a short story of mine once and she quickly challenged me on the neurological implications of my premise. That’s the kind of writer she is–deep, thoughtful. When I found out that she wrote a book about dragons, I was beyond psyched. Fantasy tends to be hit or miss for me, but I have faith that a writer like Rachel will do it right.

Plus, I already bought her book. As she knows, because I sent her the following image several months ago:

Check out what other books peeps are looking forward to in 2012!

[Caroline Richmond] [Corrine Jackson] [Erin Bowman] [Kaitlin Ward] [Kate Hart] [Kathleen Peacock] [Kirsten Hubbard] [Kristen Halbrook] [Kristin Otts] [Lee Bross] [Lindsey Roth Culli] [Phoebe North] [Sarah Enni] [Stephanie Keuhn] [Sumayyah Doud] [Veronica Roth]