So, time has come to recap on my reading in 2012 and choose the best 10 books I’ve read. This year I didn’t read much from January to May and then got my reading hangover in August/September, but I’m back on track, reading as much as I can and, most importantly, enjoying it. Just lately I’ve also realised I crave for more writing than reading, but that will have its own post in the future, I hope.
It was not easy, but here they are! Books and Reviews’ favourite reads in 2012:
The novel is a cozy reading, a character study of a woman moving and trying to adapt to the Southern traditions, clearly influenced by Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.
I decided to read this play after hearing Gemma Arterton played Hilda on the West End. This quote explains human nature, desires and happiness in a surprisingly concise way.
Rachel Weisz is rumoured to be nominated for the 2013 Academy Awards in the Best Actress category thanks to Hester, the main character in this play. Totally deserved.
Morton’s novels are catching, easy to read and cozy. Furthermore, they inspire you to write your own stories.
Finally! I got to read the first in the Millenium series and I fell in love with the style, plot and characters. I will start the second installment in January.
I knew I had to read Forster and Li‘s constant praise of his works gave me the final push to face one of England’s best writers. His musical prose is worth a second reading.
THE book everyone should read. A study of human nature and desire, modernity, capitalism, love and ambition. Tthroughout the years I’ve developed an uncanny love for Daisy Buchanan.
P.D James and I share the same opinions and criticism when it comes to the original Pride and Prejudice. This sequel to Austen’s novel in the form of crime fiction fits perfectly with the feminist crime reader in me.
Remember last time you read a book and admired the main character as if you were a child again? If not, try this novel and fall in love with the perfectly flawed Jenny Cooper, her intelligence, stubbornness and hard work. Plus, she’s said to have great hair.
Those who know me can easily associate my name with Atkinson. I’m obsessed with her novels, her writing, her style, her imagination, her perfect characters, even the design of her books!
Surprising fact 1: No Margaret Atwood read this year (otherwise we know she would have made it to the Top Ten)! I’m really shocked I haven’t read anything by Atwood this year, so I’ll try to [over]compensate in 2013.
Surprising fact 2: This years’ list (vs. 2011) includes both male and female authors, but I must admit, even those written by men have strong leading ladies.
Surprising fact 3: Not all of them are crime novels! I am partly surprised since there are times when I feel as if I only read about crimes. This list is the living proof I don’t!