If my calculations are correct, I have read 34 books in 2012. Here are my picks for the best ones - my favourites, which I would encourage you to read. (Not all were released in 2012)
Absolute favourite book read in 2012.
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords 2 - Blood and Gold by George R.R Martin (2000). This book completely blew my mind. Excellent writing, excellent storytelling, and jaw-dropping surprises. Of course, you would have had to read the previous three books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series to really appreciate this one.
Best Young Adult novel:
Both Hunting Lila (2011), and its sequel Losing Lila (2012) by Sarah Alderson. This was the best YA fiction I have read in a while. The story is gripping, the characters are fascinating and the writing is wonderful.
Best historical novel:
Maid to Match (2010) by Deeanne Gist. This book was beautifully done, very realistic and an all-round lovely read.
Best Christian novel:
Pearl In The Sand (2010) by Tessa Afshar. It has been a few years since I have discovered a book I love this much. It is right up there with Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, which is my favourite novel of all time. Perfection.
Best Tyndale review book:
Trauma Plan (2012) by Candace Calvert. This is a close second to best Christian novel. I loved everything about this book; great story, great lessons and wonderful character development.
Here's hoping 2013 will bring more amazing books, and deliver some more masterpieces we can claim as favourites.