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Best Of 2012 The Best Novels of 2012  

Barbara Gaston
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List Rules 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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1
43 4
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

2
29 10
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Gillian Flynn

3
17 3
The Round House is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Louise Erdrich

4
15 2
The Yellow Birds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Kevin Powers

5
16 3
This is How You Lose Her is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

6
14 2
Bring Up the Bodies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Hilary Mantel

7
13 3
The Light Between Oceans is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

8
10 1
the Twelve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Justin Cronin

9
11 3
The Middlesteins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Jami Attenberg

10
12 4
Arcadia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Lauren Groff

11
15 7
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Wal... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

12
7 1
Canada is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Richard Ford

13
7 1
Insurgent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Veronica Roth

14
6 1
Where'd You Go, Bernadette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

15
11 6
The Dog Stars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Peter Heller

16
6 1
The Dark Tower: The Wind Throu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

17
6 1
Defending Jacob is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
William Landay

18
8 4
Pandemonium is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Lauren Oliver

19
7 3
Tell the Wolves I'm Home is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Carol Rifka Brunt

20
6 2
In the Shadow of the Banyan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

21
5 1
Alif the Unseen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
G. Willow Wilson

22
10 7
The Age of Miracles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Karen Thompson Walker

23
8 5
A Hologram for the King is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels of 2012

24
8 5
Shadow of night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Deborah Harkness

25
7 4
Broken Harbor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Tana French

26
5 2
Beautiful Ruins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Jess Walter

27
5 2
American Dervish is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Ayad Akhtar

28
3 0
Phantom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Jo Nesbo

29
3 0
The Long Earth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett

30
12 10
The Casual Vacancy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
J.K. Rowling

31
7 5
Mortality is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Christopher Hitchens

32
4 2
Winter of the World is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Ken Follett

33
2 0
Wool Omnibus Edition is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
MarkB added Hugh Howey

34
0 0
Odd Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels of 2012
Dean Koontz