My Best Books of 2012

As 2012 draws to a close it is time to reflect on all the wonderful books that have entertained and challenged our minds in 2012…

…and shine a spotlight on my Best Books of 2012.

In 2012 I awarded 7 books my overall 5 star rating here at Booklover Book Reviews. That means they received a 5 / 5 for both The Story and The Writing.

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My Best Books of 2012 were:

A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer DuboisBitter Greens by Kate ForsythThe Importance of Being Earnest and other plays by Oscar WildeThe Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson tradeBeautiful Ruins by Jess WalterThe Street Sweeper by Elliot PerlmanThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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My Best Books of 2012 span a range of genre, from science-fiction through to classics, which makes it very hard to pick one absolute favourite. But, of these, I have found myself recommending The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson and The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman most often.

It has been a high quality reading year for me in 2012, as evidenced by the fact that I also awarded 14 books an overall rating of 4.5 stars:

The Informationist by Taylor StevensMemento Mori by Muriel SparkThe Eyre Affair by Jasper FfordeComedy in a Minor Key by Hans KeilsonThe Book of Lost Fragrances by M J RoseThe Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth PetersLove in the Years of Lunacy by Mandy SayerGillespie and I by Jane HarrisShine Shine Shine by Lydia NetzerA Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne JoinsonWhat The Zhang Boys Know by Clifford GarstangBlood Zero Sky by J Gabriel GatesTug of War by Ross CollierThe Scream by Laurent Graff

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I note that there are some wonderful books I read in 2012 that I will not get around to publishing reviews for until 2013, such as Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I highly recommend these as well.

What titles did you include in your Best Books of 2012 list?

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10 Comments

  1. Tony – yes, Street Sweeper is something special. So glad I made time to read this epic.

    Diane – do try and find time for both of those titles. I listened to Gillespie and I in audio and thought Anna Bentinck’s narration was first class. I will be trying to find time to read some more of Jane Harris’ work in the year ahead.

    Marce – yes, it’s a mixed list. Quite a few 2011 and 2012 releases. I need to read more from my TBR like!

    Nrlymrtl – I know exactly what you mean. I am purposely spacing out my consumption of the Peabody series and since I have only read the first 2 of the 19 (?) books published so far, I will have that to look forward to for many years to come.

  2. I love Elizabeth Peters’ Ms. Peabody books. I haven’t read the entire series, but I kind of don’t want to rush finishing the series as I want to enjoy the books for sometime to come.

  3. What an interesting list (love looking at these as I get to add new books to my list). Street Sweeper and Gillespie and I are (2) in particular I want to read.

    Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year.