Happy New Years, everyone! My sister requested a list of my favorite books of 2012 so here it is!
1. Code Name Verity (Elizabeth Wein). This book about female friendship in WWII was my favorite book from 2012. Clearly a huge amount of research went into writing this, but it's the emotional weight of it that gets me every time.
Goodreads Book Description: I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I
look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy
way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing
dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid
SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.
said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough
up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going
to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend
Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of
We are a sensational team.
2. Till We Have Faces (C.S. Lewis, reread). I will freely admit that this book pushes all my buttons like anything. But I do think it's the best and most adult thing Lewis ever wrote. I don't like his SF trilogy, but I adore this book.
Goodreads Book Description: This tale of two
princesses - one beautiful and one unattractive - and of the struggle
between sacred and profane love is Lewis’s reworking of the myth of
Cupid and Psyche and one of his most enduring works.
3. tiny beautiful things (Cheryl Strayed). Best of her Dear Sugar columns. Read those first, and get this book if you want a hard copy of them.
Goodreads Book Description: Life can be hard: your
lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the
bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you
get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the
once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice.
Tiny Beautiful Things
brings the best of Dear Sugar in one place and includes
never-before-published columns and a new introduction by Steve Almond.
Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.
4. Team Human (Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan) - In any other year this book would have been my favorite (not its fault it came out in a year with a lot of other strong contenders). Vampire meta that still manages to be its own spectacularly funny book.
Goodreads Book Description: Just because Mel lives
in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of
the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town;
she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school.
Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him.
It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all
On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or
not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another
friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe.
Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely
romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is
hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.
authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a
witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the
changes that test the bonds of love.
5. Bitterblue (Kristin Cashore) - Cashore takes the world of Graceling and Fire and amps it up a notch. Not a perfect book, but an ambitious and fascinating one.
Goodreads Book Description: The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire
Eight years after Graceling,
Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a
violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors,
who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking
plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and
forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking
outside the castle--disguised and alone--to walk the streets of her own
city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the
thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is
to revisit the past.
Two thieves, who only steal what has already
been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of
Leck's reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that
he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.
What were your favorite books that you read in 2012, and why?
1. Interview with Jennifer Lane, author of Streamline, US giveaway of
signed paperback + bookmark and International giveaway of e-copy, 12/16
2. New Years 2013 Blog Hop, featuring Interview with Morpheus from Splintered by A.G. Howard and Giveaway, 1/1/13-1/7/13 (INT)