A month ago we revealed our editors’ 30 most-anticipated books of 2012 and asked you to tell us your most-anticipated books of the year by filling out a survey.
Here are the unscientific results—a list of the books our readers can’t wait to pick up in 2012:
The Cove by Ron Rash
Ecco; April 10, 2012
Ecco’s lead title for spring “captures the wondrous beauty of nature and love and the darkness of superstition and fear in this atmospheric and exquisitely rendered novel set in Appalachia during World War I.” The catalog also promises that it is “as mesmerizing as the brilliant Serena.”
The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier
Crown; June 5, 2012
Bernier’s debut is “about motherhood, marriage and friendship, the meaning of one’s work and the facades we construct.” This novel—which has already been praised by J. Courtney Sullivan—takes place over a single summer, when a woman reads the journals of her friend who died in a plane crash.
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Viking; July 10, 2012
This sequel to A Discovery of Witches returns to the saga of Diana the historian-witch and Matthew the geneticist-vampire. In Shadow of Night, the couple investigate the mystery of a magical manuscript in Elizabethan England. A Discovery of Witches was a smart and sexy story with romance, paranormal elements—and lots of good library scenes.
Broken Harbor by Tana French
Viking; July 24, 2012
Tana French’s particular brand of psychological suspense really strikes a chord with readers. Her fourth novel in the loosely connected Dublin Murder Squad Series is narrated by Scorcher Kennedy as he investigates what seems to be an open-and-shut domestic murder-suicide.
The Twelve by Justin Cronin
Random House; August 2012
Since The Passage ended on a terrible cliffhanger, you can just about bet that Justin Cronin’s sequel will be an overnight bestseller. We can’t wait to return to Amy and Peter’s post-apocalyptic, creepy world.
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Harper; November 6, 2012
Barbara Kingsolver is a perennial reader favorite. Her newest novel takes place in a small-town Tennessee. It’s about a woman who must confront “her family, her church, her town, her continent, and finally the world at large.”
Readers: What 2012 books are you excited about that aren’t on the list?