I’m going to repeat this exercise from last year, in which each quarter I produce an ongoing list of my thirteen favourite books from 2012.
For the months January through March, I read a total of twenty five books, some of which were really, really rather short. I also started quite a few others that I didn’t finish, and finished several that I started in 2011.
So, in the order I preferred them when I wrote the list this morning (and, of course, it may be subject to change), here’s my top thirteen books for 2012 so far:-
A Rope of Thorns – Gemma Files (ChiZine Publications)
The Memory of Blood – Christopher Fowler (Transworld)
Off The Rails – Christopher Fowler (Bantam)
Red Gloves – Christopher Fowler (PS Publishing)
Teeth – Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling (Harper)
Blood and other cravings – Edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor)
A Cold Season – Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books)
The Silver Wind – Nina Allan (Eibonvale)
Gaslight Arcanum – Edited by J. R. Campbell & Charles Prepolec (Edge)
The Thames Horror and other adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Barbara Roden (Calabash)
Chilling Tales – Edited by Michael Kelly (Edge)
Dead Red Heart – Edited by Russell B. Farr (Ticonderoga)
Reign of Blood – Sandy DeLuca (Delirium)
Four novels, one novella, three collections and five anthologies. Edge are the only publisher to appear twice, while looking at things individually Christopher Fowler is listed three times and Ellen Datlow twice.
And, of course, nearly all of these titles were first published in 2011, if not earlier, so it is a ‘best of Pete’s reading’ rather than ‘best of the year’.
It’ll be interesting to see how many of these titles will still be hanging around in nine months time.
(Yes, I did copy and paste the last two points from the corresponding post last year. I’m lazy – deal with it.)