Best Adult Fiction of 2012

As 2012 comes to a close I thought this might be a good time to round up some of my favourite reads of the year! Today’s post will focus exclusively some of the amazing Adult Fiction that I had the opportunity to devour over the past twelve months. Note: This list includes books that may have been published before 2012. I’m simply focusing on the best adult fiction that I personally read in 2012!

Book Review: The Taker1. The Taker by Alma Katsu
I think this has to be my all time favourite read of 2012! Alma Katsu’s breathtaking story of a mysterious woman cursed with immortality absolutely consumed me! The characters were full of depth and imperfections, and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what would happen to Lanny, Jonathan, and Adair next! The sequel, The Reckoning, (which actually did come out in 2012) was even more fantastic! Check out my review of the novel from earlier this year. Note: Despite how the synopsis of the novel may sound, it is NOT about vampires!

Sutton2. Sutton by J.R. Moehringer
Focusing on the real-life figure of Willie Sutton, one of America’s most notorious bank robbers, Sutton is the perfect blending of historical facts and fiction. What really blew me away about this particular novel, however, was the ending. Right when I thought I had come to understand Sutton’s character fairly well, a twist in the plot had me questioning everything I had read in the book! Check out my 5 star review of Sutton here!

endoflife3. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
I always enjoy a good memoir, but the story of Will Schwalbe’s relationship with his mother as she underwent treatment for cancer still continues to pull at my heartstrings! Throughout the book Schwalbe reflects on the conversations he had with his mother about life, love, and books. Being a bookaholic myself, this particular focus on a mother and son’s shared love of reading made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, even as the tears were rolling down my face. Check out my friend Chelsey’s awesome review of The End of Your Life Book Club here!

one day4. One Day by David Nicholls
It takes a lot for a book to make me cry, but One Day by David Nicholls had me bawling my eyes out like a baby! I fell in love with Dexter and Emma instantly, and really enjoyed getting to see how they changed and grew over the course of the 20+ years that the story covers. Charming and mesmerizing, One Day is definitely worth a read! Note: Avoid the Anne Hathaway movie adaptation at all costs!

soulless5. Soulless by Gail Carriger
Words cannot describe how happy and excited I get whenever I think about Gail Carriger’s Soulless series! I managed to pick up both the first and second manga adaptations of the novels this year and fell instantly in love with them! A humourous, magical, (and sometimes steamy) story about a paranormal Victorian society, Soulless quickly became one of my favourite reads of 2012!

garden6. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Although this book came out in 2008, I still continue to see it gloriously displayed on Staff Pick shelves at the countless bookstores I visit in the area. After finally picking it up myself last month I can see why it’s still so popular! Focused on an old family mystery, The Forgotten Garden is a great historical read with plenty of suspense to keep you entertained!

arranged7. Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
Arranged is a charming and funny story about a young woman named Anne Blythe who finds herself suddenly getting an arranged marriage. I loved the fact that Arranged  was actually focused on a typical young woman trying to navigate the twists and turns of life. Unlike most chick lit heroines, Anne was pretty level headed and able to recognize her faults and failings. Bonus: Anne of Green Gable fans will adore the countless references to the classic series!

berna8. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
I actually have about 25 pages left in this book, but I’m trying to hold off finishing it for as long as possible to make the story last longer! Based on what I have read so far, however, I can tell you that Where’d You Go Bernadette is a sweet and funny story with a great eccentric flair! My friend Chelsey did a knockout job reviewing this book for Indigo so check out her thoughts on Where’d You Go Bernadette here! I think it was actually the most entertaining review I read all year!

So, what books did you most enjoy reading in 2012?  Did you read any of the adult fiction that I’ve listed above? If yes, what did you think about them?


12 thoughts on “Best Adult Fiction of 2012

  1. Great list!! I’ve sadly only read one of them (One Day) and LOVED it as well.. haven’t seen the movie yet but sounds like I’m really not missing anything! 🙂
    I’ve got The Taker and Bernadette on my shelf waiting to be read tho.. might have to get to those in 2013 🙂

  2. I loved One Day back when I read it. And while I did enjoy the movie, it wasn’t nearly as good as the book. I haven’t read any of the others on your list, but I’ve definitely been wanting to read something by Kate Morton for a while now.

  3. Great list! I read One Day (and saw the film) and loved it. My husband gave me the Forgotten Garden for Christmas a few years ago, and I really enjoyed it. I bought Arranged a few weeks ago for my Kindle but haven’t read it yet. Must check out the other books on your list! 😀

  4. Lots of great books on here, Natalie! I too LOVED The Taker, and it was interesting to see how we all started reading it and reviewing it because of each other! Arranged was also really good, and I really should read Sutton, since you and Chelsey have been raving about it.

    Definitely a great year in books…can’t wait to see what you discover in the next year! Happy New Year! 🙂

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