No matter how deep we go into the Digital Age, it seems sitting down with a good book will never go out of style. Here are NeXt’s top 10 books of 2012:
1. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green: This is a breathtaking, page-turning, heartbreaking book about one girl’s struggle with cancer. Green, author of “Looking for Alaska,” has created yet another masterpiece.
2. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs: The best Fantasy novel of the year, “peculiar” and full of both metaphorical and literal magic. It seamlessly incorporates beautiful antique photographs into the plotline, making it unique and memorable.
3. “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Steifvater: This is the first book in a promising new series by a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author. It is marvelously wrought with characters you will fall head-over-heels for; its only flaw is that you will have to wait for Book No. 2.
4. “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys: The powerful tale of a Lithuanian girl aimed at fans of “The Book Thief,” this book is perfect for lovers of historical fiction.
5. “My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece” by Annabel Pitcher: With the exception of “The Fault in Our Stars,” this is by far the most tragic tearjerker of the year. Heartbreakingly realistic, it will make readers laugh and cry with abandon.
6. “Never Fall Down” by Patricia McCormick: Yet another example of an exemplary historical novel that has come out in 2012. It tells an unforgettable true story about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
7. “Born Wicked” by Jessica Spotswood: This book belongs to a unique genre, historical fantasy. While it may be better for younger teenage readers, it is still one of those page-turning, can’t-put-it-down stories that are hard to find in the Young Adult section.
8. “Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4)” by Kami Garcia: The perfect ending of a fantastic series. Fans should not skip this epic conclusion.
9. “Grace, Gold, & Glory: My Leap of Faith” by Gabrielle Douglas: The autobiography of this famous Olympian gymnast is surprisingly well-written and truly fascinating. A must read for those who prefer nonfiction.
10. “Reached (Matched Trilogy #3)” by Ally Condie: Another great conclusion to a very popular series. Those who have started the trilogy should be sure to catch this book.
Nora Wolcott is a sophomore at Williamsville South High School.