So the world didn’t end after all and it’s New Years Eve, which means one thing. No I’m not out on the town getting absolutely rat-assed, I’m sat here reviewing the best books I’ve read this year.
After starting my apprenticeship I vowed to read more and set myself the goal of reading 12 books between May and December, I’ve surpassed that and managed 14, not brilliant but I reached my goal.
My top 5 books from 2012
Despite being a self confessed Apple fan-girl, I knew very little about Steve Jobs when I started the book, by the end of it I felt like I knew him as crazy as that might sound. Steve Jobs is by far the best, most detailed and most honest biography I’ve ever read, in parts he comes across as a real ass. But that’s nice you know, because it shows that as smart as he was he was human like the rest of us. It contains in depth stories and interviews from his friends, family and colleagues, even the ones he didn’t like.
I was initially put off To Kill A Mockingbird because of the hype that surrounds it, concerned it wouldn’t live up to it and I’d only be disappointed by it. When I finally worked up the courage to read it, I wasn’t the least bit disappointed it, I loved it and can see why it’s a classic.
Karin Slaughter was recommended to me by a fellow blogger when I was searching for a good crime novel that kept me interested long enough to find out ‘whodunnit’.
Despite having never read any of Slaughter’s books before I was pleasantly surprised to find I didn’t struggle with any of the history between the characters. Slaughter conveys her characters emotions and feelings so well, making the reader really feel what they are going through. If you’re looking for a new crime novel, take a peek at Karin Slaughters work.
Plus, Karin Slaughter, what a brilliant name for a crime writer.
The Ice Cage had me gripped right away with me reading it over the space of two evenings, leaving me looking forward to the next in the series which comes out at the beginning of 2013.
My heart was racing as I read about Magnus trying to escape Aland and being pursued by his fathers killers, just when I thought the action was over and my heart could relax for a moment, more action! The Ice Cage is a real thriller in every sense of the word.
After deciding to try the Twilight series four years after my original attempt, I was surprised to find I enjoyed it. What surprised me even more was how much more I enjoyed New Moon.
Stephanie Meyer did a brilliant job of making the reader feel exactly what Bella is feeling, just a shame it’s self pity and wallowing. She also really began to develop Bella and Jacob, making them more likeable, just a shame she goes and destroys all that hard work in the next book.
Let Down of the Year
Game of Thrones – George Martin
I was really looking forward to reading Game of Thrones but found the sheer amount of characters an switching point of view each chapter difficult to keep up with. Characters were just introduced out of nowhere, only a few of which were memorable meaning I had to keep looking characters up on the internet to remember who they were.
Now, credit where credits due, some of the characters were brilliant, as were some of the chapters, but other chapters were so incredibly dull and it became a bit of a chore to read.
The entire series of books currently sits on my shelf, but I can’t see me reading them anytime soon.
What of 2013?
I’ve already got the Life of Pi lined up to read as soon as I’ve finishing Breaking Dawn, but in 2013 I want to move out of my reading comfort zone. Reading the Twilight series has taught me (I can’t believe I typed that) that it’s possible for me to really enjoy something I thought I’d hate.
What are you looking forward to reading in 2013?