Back in October I did a list of my favourite books for the first three quarters of the year. The year now being well and truly over, I can give a final tally of the books I enjoyed the most.
I read a total of 150 books in 2012, and as the ongoing figure was 91 back in October it seems a hell of a lot of them were read in the last quarter. I blame the long nights and lack of anything decent on TV, or I would but I don’t have a TV.
And some of these books were very short, with lots of chapbooks and novellas in the mix.
In the order I preferred them when I compiled the list just ten minutes ago (given a different time and mood, the rankings might alter), here are the thirteen books that gave me the most pleasure in 2012, with new entries shown in bold:-
Knock Knock – S. P. Miskowski (Omnium Gatherum)
Onion Songs – Steve Rasnic Tem (Chômu Press)
The Faceless – Simon Bestwick (Solaris)
Motherless Child – Glen Hirshberg (Earthling)
A Rope of Thorns – Gemma Files (ChiZine Publications)
Deadfall Hotel – Steve Rasnic Tem (Solaris)
The Chosen Seed – Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)
The Wrath of Angels – John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)
Bluegrass Symphony – Lisa L. Hannett (Ticonderoga)
A Book of Horrors – Edited by Stephen Jones (Jo Fletcher Books)
Dadaoism: An Anthology – Edited by Justin Isis & Quentin S. Crisp (Chômu Press)
I Am a Magical Teenage Princess – Luke Geddes (Chômu Press)
The Orphan Palace – Joseph S. Pulver Sr. (Chômu Press)
It breaks down as eight novels, three collections and two anthologies. Chômu are top dog with four titles, and it could so easily have been five with Anna Tambour’s Crandolin just eased out. Solaris also ‘over achieved’ with two titles on the list. Individually, having dominated the list all year, Christopher Fowler has been pushed out, and the new king of the hill is Steve Rasnic Tem with two titles.
To reiterate previous comments – (1) several books I read but didn’t take into consideration as I’ve already read them at least once before 2012, and (2) by my count six of these books weren’t first published in 2012, so it is a ‘best of Pete’s reading in 2012’ rather than ‘Pete’s best of the year’ (a not too subtle distinction).
And, of course, I only read a fraction of what was published.
When I have time, I’ll draw up a ‘best of the year’ list of books read by me and first released in 2012. Several of these titles will be removed from the list and some previously listed will come back.