I absolutely love to read and can lose myself in a good book, even with my boys being their usual crazy selves all around me. I’m not ignoring them, btw- I’m setting an example that reading is a good thing.
Fluff books tend to be my faves- I just want to get lost in a good story. It doesn’t have to be considered a great literary work. I’ll read whatever catches my eye in the library or bookstore, what I can get cheap on the Kindle, or what friends recommend. I like romance, mystery, some supernatural, and YA lit.
I’ve done a recap of my keepers and stinkers of 2009, again for 2010, and yet again for 2011– if you are looking for even more books to read. Books on each year’s list(including 2012) are listed by when I read them, not necessarily when they were published.
Favorite book of the year: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. While the ending doesn’t exactly leave me cheering, this book was full of twists and turns and left me thinking about it long after I was finished with it. I did read her other books and while I liked all, none were quite a “keeper.”
Had me immediately looking for more by the same author: The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain. Lots of twists in this plot, which starts with a letter left by a woman who committed suicide.
Dystopian YA lit to satisify that Hunger Games Itch: Matched trilogy(Matched, Crossed, and Reached) by Ally Condie. Okay, so I haven’t really found anything that sucks me in as much as Hunger Games does, but if you are looking for something along those lines, the Matched series is a good way to go.
Sequels worth reading: Dreamless(Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini and Timepiece(Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire. I had the first in each of these series on my keepers list last year and the second books didn’t disappoint. Both are YA: the Starcrossed series takes a dip into Greek Mythology- if the characters were modern-day while the Hourglass series has to do with time travel.
Best Romantic Series: Edilean by Jude Deveraux. I’ve been a long-time fan of hers and these books are just pure fun. Plus, I love how you get to visit with the same characters over and over, even though the main characters change in each book.
What was that? Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma. This one dragged on and on for me. I kept waiting for a point or an explanation and none ever came.
Took me forever to read because I could not get into it: Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan. Three different generations of women, all telling their stories that are interwoven with each other, as they spend a summer together. Eh. I just couldn’t feel anything for the characters.
I know people love this book but I just can’t: 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I really don’t have a problem with reading smut. But I couldn’t like wimpy Anastasia Steele or ultra-controlling Christian. It read very abusive relationship to me- and I’m not talking about the sex. This hilarious review over on goodreads sums it up and is totally worth the read. But hey, the author is laughing all the way to the bank so what does my opinion matter? Still- I couldn’t bring myself to read the other books in the trilogy.
In 2012, I read 82 books and you can see all my ratings by friending me on Goodreads.