Jan. 1st, 2013

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2012 was actually a surprisingly good year for books. I read more than I had for a while, and most of it was quite good. In terms of volume, I think it may have been that I started really taking books out of the library more regularly; I thought I disliked the pressure to read by a certain date, but it motivated trying to get through things, certainly. In terms of content, well, I guess I just got lucky. ^_^

List of books read for 2012: )

Best: The Fault in Our Stars. This teenagers-with-cancer story really could have failed to work properly, and be a sappy, sentimental mess, but it really did come together. Hazel and Augustus and their world seemed very real, funny and sad.

Most recommended: This would be the Magician King, but that's book 2 in a series; it's also potentially TFiOS, as above. But let's say The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Fun, fast, full of pranks and well-phrased feminism.

Worst: Again, I was lucky this year in avoiding reading anything that was truly terrible. Probably the worst thing I read was Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, though.

Most surprisingly good: Hmmm. I actually had more disappointing surprises than good ones, but I think Tokyo Vice turned out to be a better and more affecting book than I'd have predicted. Lots of interesting stories and insights, and there really is growth on the part of Adelstein. It probably helps that I miss Japan a lot these days.

Most disappointing: Not that they were bad, but I was disappointed with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and You Killed Wesley Payne, both of which were supposed to be quite good, and neither of which really made an impact with me. Particularly Wesley Payne, but my expectations weren't as high, so I'd say they're about the same in terms of relative disappointment.

I still have more books to review from this year to catch up on, but I'm looking forward to getting down some very good stuff in the year to come. ^_^

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