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! 😀