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The Best Novels of 2012

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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    John Green More
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    Gillian Flynn More
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    Junot Diaz More
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    The Round House

    Louise Erdrich More
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    The Yellow Birds

    Kevin Powers More
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    Hilary Mantel More
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    M.L. Stedman More
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    The Twelve

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    The Middlesteins

    Jami Attenberg More
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    Lauren Groff More
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    Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

    Ben Fountain More
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    Richard Ford More
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    Veronica Roth More
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    Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Maria Semple More
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    Defending Jacob

    William Landay More
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    Stephen King More
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    The Dog Stars

    Peter Heller More
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    Alif the Unseen

    G. Willow Wilson More
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    In the Shadow of the Banyan

    Vaddey Ratner More
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    Tell the Wolves I'm Home

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    Lauren Oliver More
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    The Age of Miracles

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    Phantom

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    The Long Earth

    Stephen Baxter,Terry Pratchett More
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    Jess Walter More
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    American Dervish

    Ayad Akhtar More
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    Broken Harbor

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    Shadow of Night

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    A Hologram for the King

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    Ken Follett More
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    Mortality

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    The Casual Vacancy

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    Odd Apocalypse

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