Toward the end of 2012, I figured out I’d read something like 25 books in 2012. I know for many that’s not much, but for me, I was pretty surprised. The big thing for me in 2012 was the re-discovery of books on CD from my local library. I ended up doing a lot of “reading” in the car.
I thought I’d share some of my favorites in three different categories. I’ll start with Fiction. I think it will make sense to break these into three posts ~ with a potential fourth for the books I’m looking forward to in 2013.
Sophie Kinsella has consistently been a favorite of mine. I have really enjoyed the majority of her books, and one thing I like about her is her heroines are smart and her books always have a clever twist. I’ve Got Your Number was no exception. In a rather unbelievable series of events, a young woman ends up with a cell phone that does not belong to her and manages to maintain hold of it for a few weeks. You go along with the unlikely premise just to see how it’ll turn out. Ms. Kinsella does not disappoint.
Starters by Lissa Price was conceived of during the Swine Flu outbreak a few years ago. Ms. Price explored the idea of a world where the most at-risk receive immunization against a deadly outbreak. The “healthy” are killed and the youngest and oldest of society survive. Add the science fiction twist of the super-elderly being able to inhabit and rent the bodies of the young in order to recapture their youth for a short period of time and you have the makings of a very interesting story. I was captured by both the idea and the execution. Looking forward to the sequel for this one.
Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson starts out with a young woman who awakens in an insane asylum and slowly regains her memory of how she ended up there. She also has a very strange perspective of the world that makes you understand why she thinks she belongs there. Not a perfect story, but I really empathized with her character and believed in her pain and confusion.
I also really enjoyed Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie, Divergent by Veronica Roth (but couldn’t get into Insurgent), Legend by Marie Lu, and Delirium by Lauren Oliver (but also couldn’t get into the sequel Pandemonium).
It may be terrible for me to say that some series I would almost rather see as a stand-alone. I guess you can’t take a “utopian” society, turn it on it’s ear, and just leave it there. But I think it takes some artful writing to successfully see that journey to completion. Divergent and Delirium may end up getting there, but so far I’m not as gripped by the second books as I was by the first.
Stay tuned for my favorites in Non-Fiction, Jewelry, and the books I’m excited about so far this year.