Well friends, the end of the year is upon us and what a year it was. Movie goers and avid young adult readers celebrated the end of a vampire phenomenon and the beginning of a dark, futuristic life where kids kill each other for sport. New authors made our blue skies turn Grey, while others left this world, leaving behind stories that will undoubtedly provide literary pleasure for generations to come.

This is our tribute to 2012.

THE BIZ:

2012 was the year of the naughty book. Women all across the country cried the battle hymn of erotic fiction and publishers and indie book authors listened. Mommy’s across the country begged for books depicting billionaire “Alpha” men tripping over their Prada loafers to win the love of the young, gorgeous and often insecure girl, only they wanted it masked by a cover that made dirty books appear clean. Now grandma could peek at these 18 and over BDSM fantasy worlds without feeling shame from judgmental eyes…and she did, trust me.

The publishing world also saw the rise of the Indie author. From Fifty Shades to Beautiful Disaster, independently published authors were finding themselves becoming literary celebs. Some earning large and fiercely devoted followers, some garnering coveted publishing deals.

Lastly, while throngs of women sat their rumps on marble mall floors, some for days (even weeks…I shutter), while wearing their Team Jacob shirts, just so they could to spend two hours saying good-bye to sparkly vampires, I sat back snickering, thanking the universe for the end to Twi-hard mania. Many were sad to see Kristin Stewart awkwardly attempt to act her way out of the Twilight quad-rilogy, while the rest of the adult world breathed a sigh of relief.

THE TECH:

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The E-Book had a banner year as well. Although the numbers are not officially in, it is clear the e-reader is winning the war against paper. There are a few out there that are still holding tight to the pipe dream that they will forever have access to the traditional tactile reading experience, but soon actual books will be as rare as the two dollar bill. Sad but probably true. I too was once a hanger-on-er until I realized that there was a world of digi-books just waiting to be discovered.

THE LOSS:

Sadly, we lost some truly remarkable authors this year. Writers that paved the way, fought diversity and created dreams for children to carry with them through adulthood. To those we lost, we are beholden to the brilliance you have gifted us and we will treasure your work eternally.

You will be forever missed.

In Memoriam

Helen Gurley Brown – Author Sex & the Single Girl; Editor Cosmo for 32 Years
Gore Vidal – Novelist; Essayist, Screenwriter; and Playwright
Maeve Binchy – Irish Novelist
Stephen R. Covey – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Donald J. Sobol – Encyclopedia Brown Series
Nora Ephron – Screenwriter; Essayist
Ray Bradbury – Novelist
William Lee Miller – Historian
Jean Craighead George – Author “Julie of the Wolves”
Maurice Sendak – Children’s Author
Doris Betts – Author
Adrienne Rich – Feminist Writer
Andrew Breitbart – Conservative Journalist/Writer
Jan Berenstain – Co-Author of Berenstain Bears series

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AMAZON’S TOP 10 CUSTOMER FAVORITES OF 2012

  1. Fifty Shades Freed: Book 3 Fifty Shades Trilogy – E.L. James
  2. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  3. Fifty Shades Trilogy – E.L. James
  4. Bared to You
  5. No Easy Day: A Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden Mark Owen
  6. The Marriage Bargain – Jennifer Probst
  7. Reflected in You – Sylvia Day
  8. The Racketeer – John Grisham
  9. Defending JacobWilliam Landay
  10. The Innocent -David Baldacci 

NEW YORK TIMES 5 BEST FICTION BOOKS OF 2012

  1. Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel
  2. Building Stories – Chris Ware
  3. A Hologram for the King
  4. NW – Zadie Smith
  5. The Yellow Birds – Kevin Powers

GOODREADS LISTOPIA: 10 FAVORITE TEEN BOOKS OF 2012

  1. Insurgent (Divergent #2) – Veronica Roth
  2. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) Cassandra Clare
  3. Pandemonium (Delirium #2) – Lauren Oliver
  4. Rapture (Fallen #4) – Lauren Kate
  5. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  6. Reached (Matched #3) – Ally Condie
  7. Hallowed (Unearthly #2) – Cynthia Hand
  8. The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) – Richelle Mead
  9. Spellbound (Hex Hall #3) – Rachel Hawkins
  10. Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) – Kristin Cashore

We hope…no scratch that…we know 2013 will be amazing and we are thankful everyday for your continued loyalty and viewership.

Happy New Year!

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