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2012 Year in Books

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Random Riggs. Fantasy. Young adult.

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

2. Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton. Comics.

“Blasted spam pigeons!”

3. Amphigorey by Edward Gorey. Comics.

“A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.”

4. Bone: One Volume (Color) by Jeff Smith. Comics.

“That’s right, kid. Never play an ace if a two will do.”

5. The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones. Fantasy. Young adult.

“She looked like an avenging angel that had done too much avenging for that day.”

6. Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones. Fantasy. Young adult.

“This is the story of the children of Adara–of Ayna and Ceri who both had Gifts, and of Gair, who thought he was ordinary.”

7. Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones. Fantasy. Young adult.

“My name is Jamie Hamilton and I was a perfectly ordinary boy once. I still am, in a way. I look about thirteen. But you wouldn’t believe how old I am. I was twelve when this happened to me. A year is an awful long time to a Homeward Bounder.”

6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Science fiction. Young adult.

“May be odds be ever in your favor.”

7. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Science fiction. Young adult.

“At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.The hard thing is finding the courage to do it.”

8. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Science fiction. Young adult.

“Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!”

9. Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones. Fantasy. Children’s.

“The note said: ‘Someone in this class is a witch.’ It was written in capital letters in ordinary blue ballpoint, and it had appeared between two of the geography books Mr. Crossley was marking.”

10. 179 Ways to Save a Novel by Peter Selgin. Writing.

“Why learn from our own mistakes when we can learn from those of others.”

11. Little Nothings: My Shadow in the Distance by Lewis Trondheim. Comics.

“Okay. So what conclusion can I draw from this whole trip? That I’m the Man.”

12. Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson’s Magnum Opus by Joseph Vogel. Music.

“Jackson remembered the exact moment the melody came.”

13. Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy.

14. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy.

“If you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you.”

15. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy.

“Stories exist independently of their players. If you know that, the knowledge is power.”

16. Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy.

“Sometimes the truth keeps itself alive in devious ways despite the best efforts of the official keepers of information.”

17. Masquerade by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy.

“It was Agnes’s terrible fate to keep her head in a crisis.”

18. Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy.

“Only those with their feet on rock can build castles in the air.”

19. The Truth by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy.

“Lies could run around the world before the truth could get its boots on.”

20. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy.

“But when you got older, you found out that you now wasn’t you then. You then was a twerp. You then was what you had to be to start on the rocky road of becoming you now, and one of the rocky patches on that road was being a twerp.”

21. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy.

“Noble dragons don’t have friends. The nearest they can get to the idea is an enemy who is still alive.”

22. Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy.

“It was similar to the feeling you get when you’re playing a high-stakes game and your opponent suddenly grins and you realize you don’t know all the rules but you do know you’ll be lucky to get out of this with, if you are very fortunate, your shirt.”

23. Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy.

“Sometimes heraldry is nothing more than the art of punning.”

24. Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia Wrede & Caroline Stevermer

“If the Venetian breakfast was the opening shot of a war, the next few days featured a perfect volley of entertainments. Routs, drums, suppers, luncheons — we received invitations to them all.”

25. Fire & Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones. Fantasy.

“Only thin, weak thinkers despise fairy stories. Each one has a true, strange fact hidden in it, you know, which you can find if you look.”

26. A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones. Fantasy.

“In front of Jonathan, the smooth silvery surface slide away sideways. A small boy with longish nearly red hair looked anxiously in at them. When he saw Vivian, his face relaxed into a fierce grin with two large teeth in it. ‘You got her!’ he said.

27. Jingo by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy.

“It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.”

28. Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones. Fantasy.

“When an irresistible force meets an immovable object, the result is a family fight.”

29. Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones. Fantasy.

“How can you take back words anyway? I mean, once you’ve said them they’ve gone, haven’t they?”

30. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Fantasy. Graphic Novel.

“Never run from anything immortal. It attracts their attention.”

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