HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 33 – Best of 2012

Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a roundtable discussion with our guests around an engaging and interesting topic — Best Books of 2012!

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Best Books of 2012


Our guests this episode are Stephanie Hall, Kelli Smith and Megan Johnson. We discuss the Goodreads Choice Awards Best of 2012 selections along with our other recommendations from 2012.

Books mentioned

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  • Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
  •  Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  • Winter of the World by Ken Follett (sequel to Fall of Giants)
  •  Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Harlan Coben
  • Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
  • Garment of Shadows: a Mary Russell novel by Laurie R. King
  • The Yard by Alex Grecian
  • Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
  • Wind Through the KeyHole: a Dark Tower novel  by Stephen King
  • Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead by  Darynda Jones
  • Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
  • Redshirts by John Scalzi
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (a 2011 pick, but still good)
  • The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King (techincally a 2011 book that we are still talking about)
  • Wool by Hugh Howey
  • Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James
  • Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  • Lover Reborn by J. R. Ward
  • Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
  • The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter
  • The Twelve by Justin Cronin, sequel to The Passage
  • The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
  •  George by Alexander Dumas (similar to The Black Count, classic book)
  • John Quincy Adams by Harlow Giles Unger
  • L. A. ’56: A Devil in the City of Angels  by Joel Engel
  • The Walking Dead Volume 16 graphic novel
  •  American Vampire Volume 3 by Scott Snyder
  • Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
  • Soulless by Gail Carriger
  • One More Day by David Levithan
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  • Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter (book 5)
  • Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
  • UnWholly by Neal Shusterman, sequel to Unwind
  • America, Again by Stephen Colbert
  • The Dakota Cipher by William Dietrich
  • A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (book 3 in A Song of Ice and Fire series)

Your turn to talk

Continue the conversation about the Best Books of 2012. Have you read any of the books we recommend? What can you recommend? Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group at our Best of 2012 discussions for Fiction and Non-fiction.

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Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.