PW Names the Best Books of 2012

We still have no work email. Our office is still dark. But a weekly magazine is a weekly magazine, and my tremendously dedicated colleagues have found a way to get our Best Books issue live on time. I am so proud to be part of this team.

I will let the selections speak for themselves:

Those of you who follow me on Twitter may recall my agony as I tried to whittle the SF/F/H list down to five. It couldn’t be done, so I petitioned for an extra two titles. I really could not have left any of those books off, not in good conscience. This genre is big! We need the big-six novels and the small-press collections, the SF thrillers and the ethereal fantastic. I’m pleased as punch to be able to give these books their due.

As soon as I get back to the office I’ll post my personal, unofficial “honorable mentions”. In the meantime, I’m off to start reading 2013 starred books in hopes of getting a head start on next year’s list!

9 thoughts on “PW Names the Best Books of 2012

  1. Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

    The top 10 list just left me scratching my head – not a single title was on my radar, and I can’t say this changes that. Zero interest as far as I’m concerned.

    The SF/F/H list seems a little heavily weighted towards YA fiction, but that does seem to be the trend. The Killing Moon is definitely on my TBR list, and I’ve had an ARC of Wonders of the Invisible World waiting for me since late September. As for the rest, I think The Weird definitely goes on my watch-list.

    1. Rose Fox Post author

      Interesting that you see the SF list weighted toward YA; I wouldn’t file any of those books in that category. There’s a separate section for YA and children’s books.

  2. Natalie L.

    The Shape of Desire was such an *interesting* book. I don’t know that I liked it much when I was reading it but after I finished it I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

  3. Laer Carroll

    When you and your friend recently took a much-deserved vacation in France (as I recall) you must have had some slight concern about the problems of traveling away from home. Then you return to the US and must brave a superstorm in your own backyard!

    Kudos to you and PW and all the people braving this horrific event – and still delivering to the rest of us your amazingly prodigious Best Books lists.

  4. Laer Carroll

    I’ve just finished the lists of the literary areas I love & must mention something PW does very very well: interviews. Not terribly long, but terribly perceptive for the most part. A working writer who wants to know more than the bare essentials of our craft finds them an indispensable tool to broader one’s horizons. Kudos.

  5. patrickg

    Was Sandy why there were only 7 SFF entries, and only 4 of them novels, Rose? Or is that a comment on the SFF titles published in 2012. I must confess, I was selfishly disappointed to see it so slim compared to the voluminous “fiction” section.

    1. Rose Fox Post author

      We do about 100 books over all our categories, fiction and non. That doesn’t leave a lot of room within each individual genre! Usually I get only five each for SF/F/H and romance. I wish it were more, but that’s what the honorable mentions are for.

      If you want a broader selection, look at the books that get starred reviews every month; those are the ones we draw from when creating the best books lists.

      1. patrickg

        Ah that explains it, Rose. I wish they’d give you some more! Is there a way to see starred reviews without paying for subscription? I wish PW had some kind of subscription models for interested readers like myself.

        1. Rose Fox Post author

          I keep meaning to post lists of starred reviews but I’m way, way behind. Working on catching up, though!

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