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Fran's 2012 Best List

Generally, of course, everyone comes up with a Top Ten Books of the Year list, but obviously I have never been one to follow the rules. Those of you who've been around for a while recognize this, and you shake your heads but you put up with me anyway. Thank you!

So this year, because (as usual) I've read a ton, I figured I'd give myself THREE Top Ten lists -- Local, Paperback and Hardback -- so I'd have a total of 30 slots. Greedy, yes, but remember, I read a lot, and I pinky-swear that these are not all the books I've read through the year; I actually muttered and scribbled and scratched off titles and rearranged things for weeks. And of course none of these deals with my non-mystery reading, which I do from time to time to clear my head.

So then. Turns out I didn't have a full 10 for Local and Paperback, so I not-so-cleverly shoved all my empty slots into the other Hardback section, and that raised an issue, but that's for the next post. Anyway, here are my Local and Paperback Best of Lists for 2013. These are in alphabetical order by author, since I can't actually rank them. I love them all.

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Fair Game Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780441020034
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Published: Ace Books - March 6th, 2012

Local HB

 

 

 


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The Conviction Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451606720
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Published: Touchstone Books - June 12th, 2012

Local HB

 

 

 


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House Blood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802119940
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - June 19th, 2012

Local HB

 

 

 


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The Mirage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061976223
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Published: Harper - February 1st, 2012

Local HB

 

 

 


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Seawitch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451464552
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Published: Roc - August 7th, 2012

Local HB

 

 

 


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Beautiful Ruins Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061928123
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Published: Harper - June 12th, 2012

Local HB

 

 

 


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Darkness Bound Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455500154
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Published: Forever - February 28th, 2012

Local Trade Paperback

 

 

 


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Ties That Bind Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312941994
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - July 31st, 2012

Local Trade Paperback

 

 

 


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Night Seeker Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425250327
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Published: Berkley Books - July 3rd, 2012

Local Trade Paperback

 

 

 


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Shaded Vision Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780515150353
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Published: Jove Books - February 7th, 2012

Local Trade Paperback

 

 

 


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Shadow Rising: An Otherworld Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780515151169
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Published: Jove Books - October 30th, 2012

Local Trade Paperback

 

 

 


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Etiquette for an Apocalypse Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780984893003
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Published: Brackets Press - March 29th, 2012

Local Trade Paperback

 

 

 


The Last Policeman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594745768
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Published: Quirk Books - July 10th, 2012

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Dare Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316097772
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - July 31st, 2012

 

 

 


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A City of Broken Glass Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765327345
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Published: Forge - July 17th, 2012

 

 

 


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The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345504982
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 16th, 2012

 

 

 


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Gone Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307588364
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 5th, 2012

 

 

 


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Spilled Blood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781402798122
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Published: Silveroak - May 2012

 

 

 


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Broken Harbor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670023653
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Published: Viking Books - July 24th, 2012

 

 

 


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The Right Hand Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316198462
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Published: Mulholland Books - November 13th, 2012

 

 

 


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Shadow of Night Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670023486
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Published: Viking - July 10th, 2012

 

 

 


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A Question of Identity Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781468300505
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Published: Overlook Press - November 8th, 2012

 

 

 


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Trickster's Point Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451645675
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Published: Atria Books - August 21st, 2012

 

 

 


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The Black House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781454901273
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Published: Silveroak - October 2nd, 2012

 

 

 


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The Retribution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802120441
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Published: Grove Press - September 2012

 

 

 


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The Boy in the Snow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670023691
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Published: Viking Books - November 8th, 2012

 

 

 


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Cover of Snow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345534217
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 15th, 2013

 

 

 


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Ratlines Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616952044
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Published: Soho Crime - January 1st, 2013

 

 

 


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Something Red Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451660074
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Published: Atria Books - September 18th, 2012

 

 

 


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Valley of Ashes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446511360
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 14th, 2012

 

 

 


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Year Zero Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345534415
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Published: Del Rey - July 10th, 2012

 

 

 


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Off the Grid Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399158049
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Published: Putnam Adult - August 2nd, 2012

 

 

 


Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399159015
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books - April 17th, 2012