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2012 in Books

Another year is behind us. The year 2012 was a good year in reading for me since I had a whole summer of nothing to do but read. According to my Goodreads page, I have read 41 books, compared to the 11 read in 2011. Here’s a list of the English titles and a one sentence review:

When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom: Sometimes hard to get through but really good.

The Help by  Kathryn Stockett: Thought provoking and a breeze to get through. 

Blade of Fortriu (The Bridei Chronicles, #2) by Juliet Marillier: The worst thing I read by Juliet Marillier.

The Hunger Games Trilogy: I don’t think a person can actually unlike it. 

Solo by Rana Dasgupta: Different, but good different.

Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore: I wished it would be funnier, like it was supposed to.

The White Queen (The Cousins’ War, #1) by Philippa Gregory: I called it “the book that just does not finish”.

Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally Condie: Mediocre in the beginning but it does pick up towards the end.

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler: Classic Anne Tyler.

Havana Salsa: Stories and Recipes by Viviana Carballo: I learned about Cuba in the 1940s, but that’s about it.

Graceling (Graceling, #1) by Kristin Cashore: Amazing in the beginning but just okay towards the end.

Enchanted (Woodcutter Series, #1) by Alethea Kontis: Just a classic fairy tale, nothing more and nothing less.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R. R. Martin: Just the beginning of a very long but very enjoyable journey.

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) by George R. R. Martin: Another gem and not even a little bit less good.

Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1) by Simene Elkeles: Young adult romance at its most typical.

Paper Towns by John Green: I can’t decide if I love it or just like it; somewhere in between.

Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate: Who would’ve thought such a good plot and angels could be boring?

The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons: It’s so sad sometimes but also very well written.

Marked (House of Night, #1) by P.C. Cast: It would’ve been a great read if I was, like, 15.

The Magus by John Fowles: Sometimes physically painful to get through but surprises never keep coming.

Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues by Trisha Ashley: I love small town chick lit but it’s not that well written.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare: Good beginning to a supposedly great series.

The Consequences of Love by Sulaiman Addonia: Not the best written piece of literature out there, but the story is a must read.

Seducing Cinderella (Fighting for Love, #1) by Gina L. Maxwell: I don’t read much of this genre, so I don’t really know what to say other than it’s blah.

Improbable by Adam Fawar: I don’t read a lot of this genre either, but it’s really fast paced and fun.

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1) by Katie McGarry: Another story of two problematic teens falling in love, but a better version.

Silver Girl by Erin Hilderbrand: I love the story, the characters and Nantucket.

Between by Jessica Warman: Surprising to see a different story line in a young adult book, and it really works.

Groundswell by Katie Lee: Just takes a fairy tale romance and shatters it and your hopes and dreams with it.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie: I like what this book is about, but it’s not that awesome.

Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: I adore Marquez and I don’t think I can unlike anything he has written.

I think the best book amongst these was A Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games Trilogy. I hate sounding so predictable, but there is a reason these books are tremendously popular. They are really, really good. 

The worst book was Groundwell because it’s just plain bad. By no means was it the most boring though. The most boring is a tie between The White Queen and Blade of Fortriu

Can’t wait to read even more in 2013!


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