Writer Tamago’s Top 15 Books for 2012

Let’s do something fun for a few moments. Let’s talk about what things I’ve read this year that I’d recommend to you. These are a wide variety of lengths in a wide variety of format. The only requirement for making the list is that I read the thing this year, so that makes it a haphazard list indeed, but…well, I like doing it. This year seems particularly comics and graphic novel heavy, but there is a fair mix of fiction and non-fiction as well.

Cool things to read under the cut. In no particular order but alphabetical, then…

Bakarella. Cake Pops. If you are craftastic, and like doing things with food, you will find a lot to love in this book that not only teaches you to make cake pops and cake balls, but also has adorable pictures of them.

Bernobich, Beth. Passion Play. Well, this book has been waiting in the stack about a year. It was fantastic, a well-developed character who survives after abuse and moves beyond victim-hood. The world is vibrant, the characters strong, and I am looking forward to the next installment in the series. I owe the author a letter about this one. It’s super good, and if you’re not reading Beth Bernobich, you should be.

Charnas, Suzy McKee. Dorothea Dreams. An oldie but a goodie, Dorothea Dreams is a treatise on life, love, and death.

Defoe, Gideon. The Pirates! In an Adventure with the Romantics. The latest in Defoe’s humorous Pirates! books. Just devoured all of them, and I liked this one the best. How could you not like a book with a Byrobulletin, Byron’s fan letter?

Editors of Clean Eating. Clean Eating 1 and 2. Do it yourself guides to cutting the crap out of your diet.

The Hernandez Brothers. Love and Rockets. I’m just going to recommend the entire series, because I *could* choose a couple of favorite volumes, but you just need to roll up your sleeves and dig in. It’s interesting and multi-faceted, full of characters you love and hate, some of the same characters, epic and small. I’m hardly through it all, but I find it to be a captivating work.

Klages, Ellen. The Green Glass Sea. Two young girls live in the town where scientists develop the atomic bomb. Full of fifties-ness and personal drama. The book deserves a place on your bookcase by To Kill a Mockingbird, say.

Journey into Mystery. The stories this year concerning Young Loki have been fantastic.

Lamplighter, L. Jagi. Prospero Regained. The satisfying ending to the Prospero series. Strong characterizations and unexpected outcomes.

Mignola, Mike. BPRD 1947. I really like the spooky little Russian girl. Oh, and the good story telling.

Myers, E.C. Fair Coin. Myers debut book is fresh, smart, and fast-paced. You really need to read this book.

Naifeh, Ted. Courtney Crumrin. Again, a comic. Little girl learns magic, with attitude and danger.

Rose, Julie. Oleanna. A solid indie offering, Oleanna is a psychological examination of a young woman in 19th century Norway. It’s disturbing in spots, but beautifully written, lush and glowing.

Selznick, Brian. The Adventure of Hugo Cabaret. The pictures here aren’t everything, but the story is well told with pictures.

Vernon, Ursula. Digger. The Hugo award winner. It’ll make you laugh. It’ll make you cry. Dangerously, it’ll make you think. And who would have thought all that about a wombat comic?

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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