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The Best Novels of 2012

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List Criteria: Novels released between January and December of 2012.

The best novels of 2012 include several debut books by authors whose names we'll likely be hearing for a long time to come. Other great books from 2012 include offerings by established novelists who keep fans coming back for more with each new novel. What do you think is the best novel of 2012? Be sure to vote for your favorites and vote down any fiction novels you just didn't like (not everyone loved everything in 2012, for sure).

Discovering a great novel is a gift. The best fiction books manage to capture our interest from the first page, and keep it throughout the story. When we're done with a truly awesome novel, we feel almost let down. Then, as bookworms do, we immediately seek out the next big novel to read. This list includes a compilation of some of the greatest novels from 2012, so hopefully if you're looking for a new page turner, you can find it here.

One novel that turns up on almost all best of 2012 books lists is the mystery 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn. No spoilers here, but there's definitely a twist. Other notables for 2012 fiction-wise include 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green, 'The Age of Miracles' by Karen Thompson Walker and 'Canada' by Richard Ford. Also in 2012, 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling released her first ever fiction novel for adults, 'The Casual Vacancy.' Reviews for the book were decidedly mixed, so does it deserve a place of honor on this best novels of 2012 list? You be the judge, with your votes.

What were the best novels of 2012? Take a look here and see for yourself.

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    Gillian Flynn

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    The Round House is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    Louise Erdrich

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    Kevin Powers

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    Hilary Mantel

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    The Twelve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    Justin Cronin

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    The Middlesteins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    Jami Attenberg

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    Lauren Groff

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    Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Wal... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
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    Richard Ford

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    Veronica Roth

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    Defending Jacob is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    William Landay

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    Where'd You Go, Bernadette is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
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    The Dog Stars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    Peter Heller

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    Lauren Oliver

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    Tell the Wolves I'm Home is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    Carol Rifka Brunt

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    In the Shadow of the Banyan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
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    Jess Walter

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    Alif the Unseen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    G. Willow Wilson

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    The Age of Miracles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    Karen Thompson Walker

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    A Hologram for the King is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
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    Shadow of Night is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    Deborah Harkness

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    Broken Harbor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    Tana French

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    Ayad Akhtar

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    Phantom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    Jo Nesbo

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    The Long Earth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett

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    Mortality is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    Christopher Hitchens

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    Hugh Howey

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    Odd Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

    Dean Koontz

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