Friday, December 27, 2013

Books You Must Read - Books of 2012

The year 2012 was a little more exciting than 2011 from a few perspectives.  I was a little more adventurous.  I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried a few different genres I wouldn't have normally tried, I did a lot of reading challenges, and even did quite a few book tours.

In addition to all the action going on around the books, 2012 was really the year that I restructured and restylized my blog to where it is now. I spent a lot time reading and when I wasn't reading and reviewing, I was building my blog.

2012 was about testing the waters from a lot of different perspectives.  Here's how it all went.

First and foremost, I decided to finish the Twilight Series by reading New Moon by Stephanie Meyer, then Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer.

Afterwards, I got my nose back into a few classics I desired to actually finish reading.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

H.G. Wells is one of the most prominent science fiction writers right along with Ray Bradbury.  These are probably the two most popular novels that everyone knows him by.  Rightly so, too, because they are well beyond their time.  Very well written, too.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

The Invisible Man by H.G Wells
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Jules Verne was an author I grew up knowing from my father.  My father praised him all the time.  I love his writings, these two were the two that I actually got around to finishing but hopefully I will get to more of his books.  Really, though, Around the World in Eighty Days is my favorite novel.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Laughable Loves by Milan Kundera
Identity by Milan Kundera
Ignorance by Milan Kundera

Some additional literary fiction was definitely in order this year.
Three Junes by Julia Glass
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Kidd Monk

Norweigan Wood by Haruki Murakami
Gardens of Kyoto by Kate Walbert
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zuckoff

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The Age of Miracles by Karen Walker
The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paulo Giordano

This was the year of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and so of course, I read the whole trilogy including Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

This was also the year of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy. I fell in love with this trilogy, but somehow I never got around to finishing it.  When I do get back to the third book I will have to actually reread the first and the second to actually get it.  That's how it is with series, sadly, sometimes.

More so this was also the year I dug myself into some young adult novels, and found out for the first time how big of genre this was in the book blogger community.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Dare Me by Megan Abbott

I am always a fan of nonfiction and this year was no different.  I read a few nonfiction books, that's for sure.
I am Nujood by Delphine Minoui
Night by Elie Wiesel
Theory of Relativity by Einstein
A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
The Culture Code by Coltaire Rapaille
The Tender Bar by JR Moehringer

Ah, Mary Roach is in a league of her own when it comes to science research.  This was the year I got around to reading Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

And as far as the book tours go?  Well it started with one book in particular called Homegrown.  The next was Doxology by Brian Holers. The next ones went as follows: Waiting to Forget by Sheila Welch, Sykosa by Justin Ordonez, Always You by Shilpa Mudiganti, Marked by Jennifer Snyder, Seven Point Eight, A Change of Address, From Zero to Four Kids, Briggita of the White Forest, Ruins of Noe #1, Ruins of Noe #2, Backyard Horse Tales, Destiny Unveiled, Drasmyr,From the Lowest Point to the Highest Point,The Reclaimed,Seeds of Discovery,Shadow on the Wall,Silence of the Lir,The Becoming, The Forrests,         

Aside from the book tours I also agreed to several Review Requests.  One of which was Farsighted by Emlyn Chand.  She led the book club which I attended for The Reader, the very first book I reviewed for this blog, and to whom I was a guest on her website.  The next book review was The Chronicles of Mira. And so onward it went to: The First Day of the Sun, Gaijin,

I also managed a few old favorites of mine, like The Jungle Book by Kipling

All in all this was a fantastic year.  A lot of my sucess in this website was due to this beautiful year of 2012.  I am so proud!  Enjoy all the reading!

Let me know what your recap of 2012 was!

Bookserk by Author

Milan Kundera (4) Jane Austen (3) Stephenie Meyer (3) Suzanne Collins (3) Bernhard Schlink (2) F. Scott Fitzgerald (2) H.G. Wells (2) Herman Hesse (2) JRR Tolkien (2) Jules Verne (2) Khaled Hosseini (2) Paulo Coelho (2) Sam Kean (2) Stieg Larsson (2) Sylvia Day (2) A.G. Howard (1) Adam Johnson (1) Alafair Burke (1) Albert Einstein (1) Alexander Soderberg (1) Alicia Hendley (1) Amanda Hocking (1) Andre Dubus III (1) Ann Patchett (1) Aravind Adiga (1) Azar Nafisi (1) Barbara Kingsolver (1) Becky Aikman (1) Camilla Lackberg (1) Carl Sagan (1) Cat Hellisen (1) Charles Webb (1) Charlotte Bronte (1) Chinua Achebe (1) Chris Prentiss (1) Chrisanna Northrup (1) Christopher S. Stewart (1) Clare Clark (1) Clive Barker (1) Coltaire Rapaille (1) Dai Sijie (1) Daniel J. Levitin (1) Daniel Kahneman (1) Daniel Pink (1) David Foster Wallace (1) David Levithan (1) David Sedaris (1) Debra Driza (1) Domenica Ruta (1) Don Miguel Ruiz (1) Douglas Adams (1) Elie Weisel (1) Emily Bronte (1) Emlyn Chand (1) Enid Shomer (1) Epictetus (1) George Orwell (1) George R.R. Martin (1) Greg Graffin (1) Gretchen Rubin (1) Harper Lee (1) Haruki Murakami (1) Herman Koch (1) JR Moehringer (1) Jane Eyre (1) Jennifer Egan (1) Jodi Meadows (1) John Eldredge (1) John Englander (1) John Kenney (1) John Steinbeck (1) John T Cacioppo (1) Joyce Carol Oates (1) Judy Blume (1) Julia Glass (1) Karen Thompson Walker (1) Karol Jackowski (1) Kate Chopin (1) Kate Walbert (1) Katherine Boo (1) Lauren DeStefano (1) Lisa See (1) Lois Lowry (1) Lou Marinoff PhD (1) Madhulika Sikka (1) Maggie Stiefvater (1) Margot Livesey (1) Marissa Meyer (1) Martha Stout (1) Mary Roach (1) Mary Shelley (1) Meg Howrey (1) Megan Abbott (1) Natalie Babbitt (1) Nujood Ali (1) Oliver Harris (1) Paulo Giordano (1) Poet Charles Swain (1) Poet Margaret E. Sangster (1) Priscille Sibley (1) Ray Bradbury (1) Rebecca Dean (1) Richard Francis (1) Robert Louis Stevenson (1) Robert M. Pirsig (1) Rudyard Kipling (1) Sarah Gruen (1) Sharon Lebell (1) Shirley MacLaine (1) Stasi Eldredge (1) Stephen Chbosky (1) Sue Kidd Monk (1) Susan Cain (1) Susanna Calahan (1) Tara Conklin (1) Tea Obreht (1) Terri Giuliano Long (1) Thrity Umrigar (1) Victoria Hislop (1) Virginia Morell (1) Voltaire (1) Zora Neale Hurston (1)

Bookserk Globally

Bookserk by Publishing House

Harper Perennial Publishing (8) Random House Publishing (7) Crown Publishing (6) Little Brown and Company Publishing (6) Harper Publishing (4) Knopf Publishing (4) Scholastic Press Publishing (4) Vintage Publishing (4) W.W. Norton Company Publishing (4) Anchor Publishing (3) Atria Books Publishing (3) Free Press Publishing (3) HarperCollins Publishing (3) Penguin Books Publishing (3) Riverhead Books Publishing (3) Ballantine Books Publishing (2) Bantam Books Publishing (2) BarnesNoble Classics Publishing (2) Broadway Publishing (2) Harmony Publishing (2) Harper Paperback Publishing (2) Hyperion Publishing (2) Katherine Tegen Books Publishing (2) Simon and Schuster Publishing (2) William Morrow Publishing (2) Algonquin Books Publishing (1) Amber Allen Publishing (1) Amulet Books Publishing (1) Berkley Trade Publishing (1) Blue Crown Press Publishing (1) Createspace Publishing (1) Crown Business Publishing (1) Del Rey Publishing (1) Dover Publishing (1) Ember Publishing (1) Faber and Faber Publishing (1) Farrar Straus Giroux Publications (1) Feiwel Friends Publishing (1) Five Rivers Chapmanry Publishing (1) Gallery Books Publishing (1) Grand Central Publishing (1) HarperOne (1) Hill and Wang Publishing (1) Hogarth Publishing (1) It Books Publication (1) MJF Books Publishing (1) MTV books and Pocket Books Publishing (1) McGraw Hill Higher Education Publishing (1) Nelson Publishing (1) Pamela Dorman Books Publishing (1) Pantheon Publishing (1) Plaza Y Janes Publishing (1) Plume Publishing (1) Pocket Publishing (1) Puffin Publishing (1) Quill Publishing (1) Reagan Arthur Books Publishing (1) Science Bookshelf Publishing (1) Signet Classics Publishing (1) St. Martin's Press Publishing (1) Touchstone Publishing (1) Virago Publishing (1) Washington Square Press Publishing (1)