Today's Armchair BEA discussion is the Best Books of 2012. (It's also giveaway day, so be sure to enter to win a SHADOW OF NIGHT prize pack.)
Yesterday I mentioned that two of my favorite books so far are SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT by Sarah Strohmeyer and FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund. My reviews of those books will be posted here on their release dates. But as I received SMART GIRLS through the Amazon Vine program, my review is already visible on Amazon. I hope it gets you excited for this release! You can whet your appetite for Peterfreund's latest with the prequel AMONG THE NAMELESS STARS. (Link via Bookshelves of Doom.)
I'm also a fan of recent literary release BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK, which I haven't posted about yet. The author, Ben Fountain, was my creative writing teacher in college. He's a great guy and has a real gift. Today BILLY LYNN is the Nook Daily Find. Amazon has price matched B&N on the Kindle. If you click on the cover you'll be taken to Amazon, where you can buy BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK for $1.99. I highly suggest you do it. This book for two dollars is an absolute steal.
Three I love and have posted about are GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers (review), SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo (review), and JANE EYRE: A COUNTING PRIMER by Jennifer Adams (review). You probably haven't heard of the board book, but the other two can't be a surprise. I'm often wary of hyped books, but this year the big books have been living up to their press. That makes me a very happy bookworm indeed.
I am excited about a number of books at BEA 12, but nervous to list them because I know I'll forget something. There's Mark Helprin's newest, IN SUNLIGHT AND IN SHADOW. There's THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray and LEVEL 2 by Lenore Appelhans of Presenting Lenore. There's PRODIGY by Marie Lu. THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas. UNSPOKEN by Sarah Rees Brennan. I don't know what books I'll find during the next half of 2012. I'm just eager to read and discover whatever comes my way.