20: Best Books of 2012 (Part One)

Steve speaks with a group of librarians about their favorite books of 2012 (and some sneak peeks into 2013).

Liz Burns:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
FitzOsbornes at War by Michelle CooperComing in 2013:Game by Barry LygaKiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers by Kirsten MillerQuintana of Charyn by Melina MarchettaPaper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Kelly Jensen:
Crazy by Amy Reed
Me & Earl & The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Thumped by Megan McCafferty
Something Like Normal by Trish DollerStatistical Probability of Love and First Sight by Jennifer E Smith
The Children and the Wolves by Adam Rapp
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Butter by Erin Jade LangeThe List by Siobhan Vivian
The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis
The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Catch & Release by Blythe Woolston
Coming in 2013:
17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma
Absent by Katie Williams
The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding
When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Kristi Chadwick:
Cold Days by Jim Butcher
Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuireDiscount Armaggeddon by Seanan McGuire
Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy) by Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire)
Angel’s Ink: The Asylum Tales by Jocelynn DrakeIronskin by Tina Connolly
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Coming in 2013:
Chimes at Midnight & Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
Greenlight for Murder by Heywood Gould

Anna Mickelsen:
The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks (#2 in the Lightbringer Trilogy)Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth
Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas (Fitzhugh Trilogy #2)
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
Coming in 2013:
A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson & Robert Jordan
Ever After by Kim Harrison
Anything by Sherry Thomas
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, Marie Brennan

Sarah Statz Cords
Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work by Jeanne Marie Laskas
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace by D.T. Max
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
Always Put In a Recipe and Other Tips for Living from Iowa’s Best-Known Homemaker by Evelyn Birkby
George Harrison: Living in the Material World by George Harrison
Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America’s Indie Bookstores
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Reinventing Bach by Paul Elie
Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Coming in 2013:
American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath by Carl Rollyson
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
My Brother’s Book by Maurice Sendak
Detroit by Charlie LeDuff
Gun Guys by Dan Baum
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others by Stacy Horn

Becky Spratford
The Walking Dead (graphic novel) by Robert Kirkman
The Void by Brett Talley
The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle.
Flesh and Bone (Rot and Ruin trilogy) by Jonathan Maberry
A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand
Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel (Book Two in The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Seed by Ania Ahlborn
Coming in 2013:
Extinction Machine by Jonathan Maberry
NO24A2 by Joe Hill
Locke and Key (graphic novel) by Joe Hill
Dr. Sleep by Stephen King (sequel to The Shining)

14: Liz Burns and Kelly Jensen

Steve speaks with librarians / bloggers Liz Burns and Kelly Jensen.

Read the transcript.

Kelly (l.) and Liz (r.)

Liz Burns blogs about young adult books, TV, and other things that capture her fancy at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy at School Library Journal. By day, she is a Youth Services Librarian for an east coast regional library for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Liz co-authored, with Sophie Brookover, Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect with Your Whole Community (Information Today, Inc., 2008).Three things to know about her: her favorite television show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she used to be a lawyer (but don’t hold that against her) and she loves to read. Liz lives at the Jersey Shore…. and it’s nothing like the TV show. Really. You can follow her on Twitter @LizB.

Kelly Jensen is a librarian, a reader, a writer, a copy editor, and compulsive consumer of all things books and blogs. She lives in a small town in Wisconsin but grew up near Chicago, spending time in rural Iowa and Austin, Texas in between. She enjoys really bad reality television, cooking, traveling, ice cream, and making art. Two crucial facts: she does not eat red meat and has not read Jane Austen. She’s probably the cruelest person you will ever know. Kelly blogs at Stacked and you can find her on Twitter @catagator.

Toddlers & Tiaras

Blog posts/series/presentations:
Kelly & Jackie Parker’s Passive Programming #SubvertALA Presentation
Liz and Sophie Brookover’s book, Pop Goes the Library
Liz’s ALA presentation on ReTelling Stories
“So You Want to Read YA?” series
On Passion & Igniting It

Book Blogs:
Hi Miss Julie
Bookshelves of Doom
Colleen Mondor/Chasing Ray
Book Smugglers
Reading Rants
Clear Eyes, Full Shelves
The Readventurer
Youth Services Corner
YA Love Blog 

Book picks for 2012:
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
The List by Siobhan Vivian
Come See About Me by CK Kelly Martin
Long Lankin by Lindsay Barraclough
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
Grave Mercy