I ended up reading 83 books in 2012, the vast majority of them middle grade. In a strange twist, the first and last books I read were by Nora Roberts.
Middle grade and young adult books are in purple. Books I’ve reviewed are marked with an (R) and linked. If it made my list of favorite MG/YA reads of 2012, it’s starred.River’s End by Nora Roberts The Tempest by William Shakespeare The Finishing Touches by Hester Browne The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart Love, Come to Me by Lisa Kleypas The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson* Nicola and the Viscount by Meg Cabot The Next Always by Nora Roberts Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau (R) Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow by Nathan Bransford The Mediator #1: Shadowland by Meg Cabot Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier The Pricker Boy by Rheade Scott Whinnem The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman Across the Universe by Beth Revis Artemis Fowl: Book One by Eoin Colfer Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez Heist Society by Ally Carter Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Moonlight in the Morning by Jude Deveraux The Pleasure of Your Kiss by Teresa Medeiros My Wicked Little Lies by Victoria Alexander A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle The BFG by Roald Dahl (R) Kid vs. Squid by Greg van Eekhout Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann Eight Keys by Suzanne Lafleur The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts The Fourth Stall Part II by Chris Rylander (R) When Passion Rules by Johanna Lindsey The Dead Gentleman by Matthew Cody (R) Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu (R) Katana by Cole Gibsen The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger (R) The Seventh Level by Jody Feldman (R) The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy* (R)
A Farewell to Charms by Lindsey Leavitt* (R) Tempest by Julie Cross Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver (R) Split Second by Catherine Coulter A Night Like This by Julia Quinn The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood Heartwishes by Jude Deveraux Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (R) The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (R) Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen (R) Endlessly by Kiersten White* (R) I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter (R) Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little (R) Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist* (R) Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot The Billionaire’s Curse by Richard Newsome (R) Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale Basye (R) The Second Spy by Jacqueline West (R) Cinder by Marissa Meyer* (R) All-American Girl by Meg Cabot The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (R) The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck The Paradise Trap by Catherine Jinks (R) The Unwanteds: Island of Silence by Lisa McMann (R) Stranger in the Moonlight by Jude Devereux Science Fair by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (R) A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger* (R) Once and Always by Judith McNaught The End of Infinity by Matt Myklusch* (R) Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon (R) Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann Reached by Ally Condie* (R) A Million Suns by Beth Revis* (R) Until You by Judith McNaught Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris The Prince of Ravenscar by Catherine Coulter The Last Hope by Nora Roberts