I read a lot of books this year, mostly Alaskan authors so they have overpowered this list! 🙂 I think you’ll enjoy these authors, even if you haven’t heard of some of them yet. My favorites are the books that I think of later, even months or years after I read them; the characters, story &/or the writing style left a lasting impression on me. Most of these were published in 2012.
Favorite Historical Novel: The Detour by Andromeda Romano Lax–lyrical writing, thoughtful story about a lesser-known facet of World War II
Favorite Survival/Suspense: The Raven’s Gift by Don Rearden–riveting, suspenseful story set in a post-apocalyptic rural Western Alaska
Favorite YA: My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson–humor and pathos mix with memorable Native Alaskan teens in a boarding school
Favorite Romances: So many I had to make subcategories, and I still have a stack to read for 2013! 🙂
Historical romance:A Perfect Knight for Love by Jackie Ivie–a Highland hunk, spirited heroine and great humor
Contemporary romance: tie between: The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard–brave firemen, spunky granny, and once-in-a-lifetime love; and The Rancher and the Rock Star by Lizbeth Selvig–Midwestern folksy, touching romance, and fun characters
Paranormal Romance: Shield of Fire by Boone Brux–strong heroes, high stakes, and a touch of humor
Favorite Classic: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury– a master at his best, and an homage to the power of words
Okay, what great books did I miss? Please add a comment.