I’m Linda and I blog over at Curious Notions and vlog in collaboration at Totes Awesome Channel. Last year I wrote a guest post for Danielle listing out my five favorite books read in 2011. I’m honored that Danielle invited me back to write a post for 2012. I love sharing my thoughts on books! So here’s my list for 2012.
My Favorite Books of 2012
What You See in the Dark- This novel sets two interweaving stories together about the making of Hitchcock's Psycho and a small town murder. So beautifully written and the author focuses on the characters sense of quiet desperation- a young Latina singer looking for romance and fame; an actress wanting more; a lonely and bitter mother... The book read like a Hitchcock film where every word is precise and every scene is detailed and full of symbolism and suspense. Be prepared this is a tragic story.
It - I know that people either love or hate Stephen King. I am a huge fan. His stories are about the characters first and foremost and I think he has a lyrical gift. It tells the story of seven kids who discover the source of evil killing children and adults in a small town in Maine. The story moves back and forth between the character's childhood and the present as adults. This is a hefty book and I know that criticism was pointed at the numerous flashbacks & detail that could have (or should have depending on your taste) been decreased. However, I feel like all the detail really added to the story and it never felt overbearing to me.
The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel - The first book in this trilogy was one of my favorite books of 2010 & I couldn't wait to read this one. It did not disappoint. This is not just a story about virals (in the simplest definition, vampires) but rather about humanity, love, friendships and what humans will do to survive and make sense of the world.
The Age of Miracles: A Novel - This is a story of the slow ending of the world as told through the viewpoint of an 11 year old girl. The science fiction aspect is just a backdrop to the coming of age story and I was grateful for that. The novel focuses on the struggles of the young girl as she watches her parents marriage fall apart, her best friend pull away & of course there is a love story.
Thunderstruck - This is the second book I've read by Larson and just as the first, this was fantastic.
This is the interwoven stories of two men at the turn of the 20th Century- one who is working tirelessly on wireless communication & the other who commits murder. And it's just brilliant how they connect in the end. My only criticism would be that sometimes the detailed scientific explanations were a bit too heavy for my taste, although it was all fascinating.
*Disclosure - I am an Amazon affiliate member & I will receive financial compensation if you purchase any of the books above. So please purchase & help a lady out. Lol.
I must have been in a dark mood, seeing that all my fiction picks had rather dreary and haunting subject matter. I read 34 books, 17 of which were non-fiction.
I hope you discover a new author, genre or book from our lists. Or perhaps you've read one or some of these & disagree with our opinions. I'd love to hear what books you'd recommend or thoughts on any of the books we chose above. And thanks again Linda - can't wait to see what your picks are for this year.