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My Top Ten of 2012 - Amy B.

After the ApocalypseAmy B. of Maplewood managed to narrow her list of adult, young adult and graphics down to her Top Ten of 2012:

After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh.  A wonderful book: bleak and witty. It is sticky brain food, and I love it. Plus, zombies.

Siddon Rock by Glenda Guest.  Siddon Rock combines the stark imagery of the Australian red rock outback with delicate and haunting cameos of the small town of people who have built a community there.

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley.  Your year's best sci-fi/action/thriller/comedy!

I Hunt KillersI Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1) by Barry Lyga.  I don't know if it was the really appealing main character or the icky "my dad was a serial killer" aspects that I loved more.

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony.  You will need to read this twice. Really.

Every Day by David Levithan.  This is a tender ode to love. Don't let the strange premise throw you off - David Levithan is deft with the magic pen, and makes you believe.

Ask The Passengers by A.S. King.  A.S. King is the Queen of thoughtful young adult fiction, and a beautiful author.

The Year of the BeastsThe Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci.  Cecil Castellucci has a way with words and Nate Powell has a way with pictures. Putting them together in this short and intensely powerful story was a double whammy, reminding the reader that being 15 can bring on the wildest transformations. Year of the Beasts is a brilliant thing indeed.

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney.  Ellen Forney does an excellent job of detailing the ups, downs, and rock bottoms of mental illness. Her graphic novel is sexy, sharp, reassuring, and ultimately cathartic.

Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie.  Sherman Alexie continues to mixes up all kinds of emotions and then spread them around like butter. He ties up endings with a flourish. And then he writes another story that does it all over again.


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