|12-08-2012, 11:02 AM||#31|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Device: Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle 3, Sony PRS-505, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S II
My 2012 reading list has been heavy on urban fantasy and young adult, so most of my favourites will come from those genres, too.
Best and/or most enjoyable books read in 2012:
Those were the books I've given five stars this year on Goodreads.
Both Stroud's Bartimaeus series and Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series were this year's discoveries for me, so I read and loved all the books in each series this year, but the rest were worth "only" four stars.
I went into The Casual Vacancy expecting to be disappointed, after seeing a lot of critical reviews - I'd preordered it but once it arrived, I left it just lying around for a couple of months before even bothering to pick it up. But I ended up genuinely loving the book - it was absolutely one of this year's highlights for me.
Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant series has quickly become my favourite currently on-going series (and will be in my top three of all time for a long time, I suspect), so the latest in that, Kingdom of the Wicked, was my most anticipated book of the year - and it didn't disappoint; quite the contrary.
The Raven Boys was an unexpected delight - I'm usually not keen on teen romance, and I've been associating Stiefvater with that (and The Raven Boys is very much a young adult book and there is some romance), but when a number of friends couldn't recommend it highly enough, I decided to give it a go - and I'm so glad I did.
Mullin's Ashen Winter was the sequel to last year's Ashfall, which I'd liked a great deal as well, but for me, this second book was even better.
Worst books read in 2012
The absolute worst was a self-published book I'd picked up for free on Amazon, but out of published books (and ones that came reasonably highly recommended/hyped, at that):
1632 was an excruciatingly awful read in all ways. (*hides from all the people here who love the series*) I found the writing/style incredibly bad, but most of my problems were with the content. I pretty much only persisted due to the trainwreck factor - reading on in horrified fascination.
For Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians, I'm ready to admit I'm not in the target age group - but I love plenty of books aimed at middle grade readers, so I don't have an issue with children's books as such.
Shatter Me and Article 5 were both pretty heavily hyped YA dystopias which I disliked for different reasons - Shatter Me had a dull plot, which didn't help, but the very stylised language didn't work for me at all, while Article 5 was just plain dull and full of stupid characters.
Overall, the majority of books I read in 2012 were in the "average" to "pretty good" category. I tend to pick books I expect to like, so while a lot of them ended up a bit meh, there weren't many I actively hated.
|12-09-2012, 11:02 AM||#32|
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: third planet from the sun
Device: Kindle Paperwhite (first gen), Kobo Aura HD
* Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
* 11/22/63 by Stephen King
* Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey
* When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
* To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
* A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
* Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
* Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella (I hate chick lit novels, I have no idea why I read this one)
* The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
* Looking for Alaska by John Green
* The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
* The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
|12-09-2012, 11:11 AM||#33|
The Dank Side of the Moon
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Denver, CO
Device: Kindle2; Galaxy SIII; Xoom; Kindle Fire
I think Tim O'Brien is a candidate for 'one shot wonder'
|12-11-2012, 11:23 AM||#34|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Device: jetBook Lite, Libre Color
I did a lot of rereading this year, choosing old favorites; the best rereads were
First-time reads I enjoyed were
|12-12-2012, 07:24 AM||#35|
Join Date: Dec 2009
Device: Kindle4NT/iphone/ipad/ipad mini
The best (tie):
- Wool omnibus
- When Christ and the Saints Slept
- Armagedon (Leon Uris)
|12-12-2012, 07:32 AM||#36|
Join Date: Sep 2009
Device: Kobo Aura HD, Paperwhite 2, Kobo Aura H2O
I hardly remember what I've read but "The night circus" by Erin Morgenstern was quite good.
|12-12-2012, 07:58 AM||#37|
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Norfolk, England
Device: NOOK ST GlowLight
Looking back over the books I've read this year, let me pick out a few:
Unsurprisingly, The Lord of the Rings is in top place.
Runners up (non-series):
The Man Who Used the Universe by Alan Dean Foster
Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
The Book of Kells by R A MacAvoy
Worst? The ones I abandoned.
Bio of a Space Tyrant by Piers Anthony. I used to like his stuff, but since it was pointed out, his sympathetic depictions of paedophiles (in many of his books) is too much.
The Stoneholding by James G NAderson and Mark Sebanc. "Too much of an attempt to be epic, an entirely unconvincing world, and far too much back story shoved in willy-nilly."
Sabazel by Lillian Stewart Carl. Halfway in I just didn't care about anyone or anything in the story.
Net Force 'by' Tom Clancy
|12-13-2012, 11:32 AM||#38|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: New York City
Device: Sony 350
Books I really liked:
Destiny of the Republic
A Country of Vast Designs
Grand and Sherman
Books I was disappointed with:
Out of my League
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