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New Year’s Wishes and Favorite Books from 2012

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Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.

The last few weeks have kept me from the computer, but not from reading.  I’m finishing several books in preparation for the New Year, the Long Awaited Reads Month and the TBR Double Dog Dare.   I’ll be joining one new challenge in 2013, plan to continue with the 6th Canadian Book Challenge, and hope to read along with several on-going events including the Literature and War Readalong.

As for what I have read in 2012, here are some of my favorites:

Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand

John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk

Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Baker

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Osama by Lavie Tidhar

Possession by A.S. Byatt

Pure by Andrew Miller.

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I seem to be developing quite a taste for historical fiction, something that is new to me.  Have you discovered a new to you genre this past year?  A genre that you find yourself drawn back to?

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My Favorite Books of 2010


The year has flown by and there have been some unforgettable books along the way.  Fiction and nonfiction, young adult books and picture books, a great wild mix of things.  Here are my favorites, along with links to my reviews.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.  The 2009 winner of the Man Booker prize.  This is a fictionalized biography of Thomas Cromwell,  his rise to prominence in the court of Henry the Eight and my introduction to Hilary Mantel.  I went on to read A Place of Greater Safety, also a favorite for 2010.

The Negro Speaks of the River By Langston Hughes, Illustrated by E.B. Lewis.  A beautifully illustrated poem.

The World More Full Of Weeping by Robert J. Wiersema.  A novella that’s a fantasy, more a ghost story, chilling and very evocative.

The Rock and The River by Kekla Magoon.  A young adult novel about two brothers during the civil rights struggles in the 1960’s.

The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon.  A novel that has the philosopher Aristotle as its central character.  I loved Lyon’s creativity and willingness to take risks with this book.

The City & The City by China Mieville.  A science fiction/ police procedural/mystery/thriller unlike anything I’ve ever read.  I am in awe of China Mieville’s intelligence.

The Thousand Autumns of  Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell.  A beautiful, historical mystery.

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.  A novel that weaves together history, politics and culture.  I think I will reread The Poisonwood Bible in 2011.

Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch.  A book made up of many voices, each clear and distinct.  I think Clinch is a consummate American novelist.

Room by Emma Donoghue.  So many have read this book and been marked by it, there is little I can add.

Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye.  A first novel about family, memory and how we change and grow.  I look forward to more from this author.

The Tiger by John Vaillant.  On the trail of a Siberian tiger that has turned into a killer, Vaillant covers natural history, regional history and introduces the reader to the people that live in the remote area of eastern Russia.

Corrag by Susan Fletcher.  A novel based on the massacre at Glencoe, Scotland that took place in 1692, wonderfully written.

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal.  De Waal, having inherited a collection of small Japanese objects decides to uncover their history.

This is an odd, eclectic assortment.  That is how I read and that is what I love.

Happy New Year everyone!

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