Best Reads of 2012

It's a new year full of new possibilities. Maybe you'll finish that novel you keep meaning to write or you'll visit Japan because you've  had it on your destination list. You also have a new year full of new books to devour and fall in love with.

We can't wait to see what 2013 holds but we wanted to look back one more time at 2012 and share some of our favorite reads of the year. These are the New York Times bestsellers, interesting non-fiction and biographies, escapist middle grade and young adult novels, and graphic novels that we have read and loved.

These books were favorites of several Frisco Public Library staff members, making them extra special. (Just kidding, all of these books are equally loved.)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand

The following are top 2012 picks from library staff members in alphabetical order:

David Black, Youth Services Librarian
Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin Loving New York by Richard Zacks

Lori Carson, Material Services Librarian
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Tre Colvin, Adult Services Librarian:
Pure by Julianna Baggott
The Liberator by Alex Kershaw
Redshirts by John Scalzi

Britney Cossey, Adult Services Library Assistant:
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Gabi Estes, Adult Services Library Assistant:
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

Amy Gideon, Adult Services Library Assistant:
Thirteen (Women of the Otherworld #13) by Kelley Armstrong
Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3) by Patricia Briggs
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristen Cashore
Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver
Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Lisa Kilian, Youth Services Library Assistant:
WILD: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Adam Lamprecht, Adult Services Librarian:
The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma
Blackout by John Rocco
The Pscyhopath Test by Jon Ronson

Anna Mazumdar, Adult Services Library Assistant:
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

Judy Pedersen, Adult Services Librarian:
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War by Madeleine Albright
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona, The Countess of Carnarvon
Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie

Claudia Wayland, Youth Services Librarian:
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
We Were There by Yuki Obata

Gary Werchan, Library Systems Coordinator:
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

What were your favorite reads of 2012? And what are you looking forward to reading in 2013?

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