Moving provinces and being in an intense Master’s program meant that 2012 was a bit slow on the book front. While in 2011 I read 42 books, I only managed to get through 30 in 2012, and that includes a few embarrassing pop. literature titles (50 Shades of Grey and Twilight anyone?).
However, there were still some gems among those 30 books. Here are the best books I read in 2012.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
This trilogy (blogged about here, here, and here) is so compelling I could hardly put the books down. The first is my favourite, but the other two are definitely worth reading.
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
An unusual premise dealing with a group of dignitaries and government representatives held hostage, this novel is beautifully written and crafted. Looking forward to reading other work by this author.
True Grit by Charles Portis
Even though I saw the (Cohen brother’s) movie first, this book was still so much fun to read. The young protagonist is precocious and charming and stubborn, but incredibly likable and seeing the narrative through her eyes is at times exciting, hilarious, and sad. An absolute riot of a read.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Jeffrey Eugenides can really do no wrong. I might have loved this book more than the average reader as it deals with an English student and her friends as they navigate post-secondary and graduate into the real world. A relatively straightforward premise, but Eugenides makes it a page-turner.
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
Another western, though written much more recently, this book won a heap of well-deserved awards. The story of two contract killers who are at once lovable, brutal, and sad. A fabulous protagonist whose intelligent mind is juxtaposed with the brutal acts of violence he commits.
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
This book was recommended to me and I had no idea it was science fiction until I took it out of the library. The story of a group of people, including half a dozen Jesuits, who travel to a distant planet after intercepting the sound of music coming from it, this books reads like the best literary fiction. An incredible interplay between science and religion, this book had me doubting my atheism.
Happy new year everyone! I’m going to try to be a better blogger in 2013.