Reeeeeeeading summary for 2012! I have to say, I've really become a fan of the handy Nook app on my tablet, mostly because it enables my laziness - I want a book, I tap the screen, it's instantly mine. Technology is wonderful. And more expensive than hitting up the bargain shelves at Half-Price Books, yeeps. But it does save me time and keep me a little more current in my reading selections...I'll take it.
Thirty-five books made it onto the list in 2012, which is quite a victory considering my last three books of the year were the first three books in the Song of Ice and Fire craziness. It's just epic in every sense of the word. These books are BEASTS that don't even fit into a category (well, an Erin category, anyway) - so just know that Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords are well worth your time, but only if you want to embark on this whooooole journey. Word of warning, the series is still in the works, blerg - I hate not knowing how everything is going to go. I'm also concerned with the gaps between book release dates for Mr. Martin, and The Winds of Winter can't get here soon enough. Of course, now I'm obsessed with the show on HBO. March 31 also can't get here soon enough.*
* "Game of Thrones" premiere AND that much closer to 4/15. Not as crazy busy as PwC, but still a little busier than I'd like. Oh, taxes.
On to the rest!
LOVED, GO FORTH AND READ, NOW
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - I think this was my favorite standalone (not in a series/trilogy type thingy) book of the year - disturbing, gripping, couldn't put it down
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - I actually really don't want to see the movie because I just know the book will be infinitely better
Already Gone by John Rector
WEIRD THINGS YOU MAY OR MAY NOT LIKE
The Twelve by Justin Cronin - if I talked you into The Passage last year, then you probably already know about this
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - if you can handle a touch of the fantastic, then go for this one
I DON'T REALLY REMEMBER WHAT EVEN HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK, BUT I THINK I LIKED IT, SO GO AHEAD AND READ THEM
Drinking Closer to Home by Jessica Anya Blau - I remember both laughing and going into sad mode, so there's something here
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
I DIDN'T LIKE THIS AS MUCH AS I THOUGHT I WOULD
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - I really freakin' loved Gone Girl, so I thought another Gillian Flynn book would be a slam dunk...and it was decent, but definitely didn't live up to to Gone Girl. Which I couldn't put down. So as I've already mentioned, go read that one instead.
Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik - Paris, it's amazing!! So why couldn't I get into this book? Yeah, just no.
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
More Jill Mansell books - but they all kinda blended together (Staying at Daisy's, Perfect Timing, An Offer You Can't Refuse), so I don't remember which one I liked the best. Just give them all a British accent in your mind and you're good to go.
BETTER THAN EXPECTED
Nelson DeMille books - The Gate House, The Lion's Game, The Lion. Momma Dale got me started on these, and I was expecting a lesser version of James Patterson - but I really enjoyed them! Action-adventure-spy-movie + sarcastic/dry/witty humor in book form.
ANOTHER PLUS FOR THE E-READER BECAUSE NO ONE KNEW WHAT I WAS READING
Yes, I read the Fifty Shades thing. Meh. Not really for me.
REPEAT OF AWESOMENESSS
I re-read the Hunger Games trilogy in prep for the awesome movie. I'll probably read them again before #2 comes out. LOVE. Will always be a recommended yes.
I love to read.