Books open up a whole new world, a world beyond the reach of my lazy ass – this is one thing I love most about them. At the start of the year, I planned on reading one book a month. Now that 2012 is ending, I’ve overachieved and gone over 40. How bad can that be? Next year, I’m thinking of reading more and maybe rereading some of the good stuff I got.
As inspired by LJ, I’m making a list of the best books I’ve devoured this year. I’d like to thank those who persisted in reading my book reviews and everybody who gave me books to read, particularly My Man who have spent a small fortune just to feed me with words. Thank you, Babe! 🙂
So, here is my list of the best books I’ve read this 2012. If you want to be entertained, go check them out, or maybe you are curious as to what kind of person I am, maybe you can get a clue at my book list. Some say they judge people through their libraries, and while I’ve never measured myself against my books, I think it makes enough sense.
1. Professional Idiot – An insanely good memoir that has got me laughing like crazy, I loved this one for its honesty, wit, and all out radness.
2. The Tiger’s Wife – One for the deep readers, The Tiger’s Wife boasts of good storytelling and layer after layer of rich culture. The Deathless Man remains one of my favorite characters ever!
3. Where she Went – While this story is nothing new, the way the characters were made rocks. Even if I haven’t read the prequel, I got it good. Plus, I enjoyed how it build from a love lost and found again. I actually rooted for the characters despite of the fact I’m a big fan of tragedies.
4. The Descendants – The stark contrast between the setting and the story is fantastic. I describe it as a family comedy drama, phenomenal, isn’t it?
5. Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned – A very cool story with the coolest characters ever, Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned got me so high I seriously wished I can take the characters out of the book and live with them even just for a day. I pretty much worship Fox.
6. Fifty Shades Darker – Don’t roll your eyes, I’m no fan of the story but I do appreciate the packaging of Christian Grey. I mean, he’s fucked up as hell but still every other woman on the planet swooned, great job.
7. The Book Thief – My favorite book this year, simply put, every book lover must read this one!
8. Up Jumps the Devil – The alternative reality presented by the book rocks. Plus I’m a fan of the John Scratch, enough said.
9. The Catcher in the Rye – The classic that gave birth to teenage angst, it is so many things in one: funny, smart, light, fast, insightful, witty, entertaining, and more. Ah, just go check it out!
10. Looking for Alaska – I know this is YA but it’s pretty close to my heart for it inspired me to go seek my great perhaps. This one gave me new realizations and allowed me to rethink so much stuff.
11. Kafka on the Shore – There are only a few things I can compare to the way Murakami weaves narratives. He is simply phenomenal. His writing is like a flowing river, or a good symphony. While i don’t understand pretty much half of the stuff he says, I can’t care any less for his storytelling pretty much hypnotizes me.
12. And then there were None – No fan of mysteries and crimes but the narration and flow of this classic got me hooked. It’s entertaining, fast paced, puzzling, and a lot more; never knew murder can be really enjoyable.
Here’s to more great books next year! 😀
happy new year prinsesa musang!
good for you na lagpas quota ka pa sa iyong goal. sana ganyan din ako sa 2013. and kailangan gogogo na talaga.
thank you hoshi i wish you the same 🙂
personally, i didn’t enjoy the professional idiot. it was nice but it lacked something. maybe because i just finished reading the steve jobs biography then. also, i have read two books by tucker max that are way more awesome (in my opinion).
i love the catcher in the rye too. i think everyone can relate to this book.
the others. i havent read them yet. 😀
merry christmas and a happy new year! and more books to read too! 🙂
i think it’s always hard to follow a great read. i feel that most times. i loved the catcher in the rye, very relevant despite the age. happy holidays din apollo 🙂
overachieve – that’s what you did. so envious. i think i only read one book this year and i cannot remember the name. i have 3 books that i have simultaneously started sitting on my bedstand but never got around to finishing any of them. i should scratch reading as my goal for next year, bec i don’t see it happening anytime soon.
happy new year. happy new goals.
it’s a fantastic year to read for me. don’t worry i’ll just say i covered your reading tasks this year too. 😆 i wish you and your cats the same!
nabasa ko pa lang yung #9 and #11. and of course #7. hohoho! buti naman at ito yung favorite book this year. have you read the god of small things na?
thank you, scud! 🙂 hindi pa but will go check it out.
I’m floored by the amount of books you read. If I don’t know, I would think you have thought you’re the geekiest girl out there.
so i’m not the geekiest girl out there? 😉
I just finished mine. Haha. It was tough, believe me. I wish I can place them all. It was an amazing year to read. Let’s make it more awesome next year. :d
amazing year to read, true! yes, let’s. i actually bought a couple new ones prior to the holidays. haven’t opened them though, still in plastic wrap. i finished a different one last night though: the miracle of suffering. but i’m lazy to write the review yet 😆
If i am going to make a list of enjoyable reads of 2012, i’ll also include fifty shades and john green’s 🙂
why not make a list then? am excited to check yours out!