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Wrap up of 2012

As the final hours of 2012 creep into 2013, it’s a good time to reflect on my book reading experience of the past 12 months.  In many ways I can label it ‘A Year of Firsts’:



End of Year Report Card

I ended the year having read 40 novels in total. The figure might be low in comparison to the eye watering numbers clocked up other LibraryThing members and bloggers but I’m not fazed by this.  A comment recently posted by Laura on her Musings blog struck a chord with me – like Laura, the amount of books I read isn’t anywhere as important as the experience for me. I’d rather feel I was enjoying the books I was reading rather than racing to get one finished so I could get on with the next.

Of those 40

Not everything I’ve read this year has been enjoyable (some of the early Booker prize winners like David Storey’s Saville were a bit on the dull side) but here are my favourites from 2012.

My favourite reads of 2012 

The Siege of Krishnapur by J G Farrell. A Booker prize winner. The subject matter seemed grim (British settlers starving to death during a siege in India) but the writing sparkled. A totally unexpected experience

Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph. A debut novel that was thoroughly engaging. A novelist I want to watch out for the future.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Shame on me for not getting to read this classic until now. But it was well worth the wait

Pure by Andrew Miller. A wonderful historical novel that oozes with the smells of pre Revolutionary Paris

And finally, the outstanding book of the year – Bring up the Bodies by Hilary MantelWolf Hall was brilliant but this was even better.

Beyond the numbers, I’ve been thrilled by the multiple opportunities this year to connect with people who share similar interests whether through blogs or challenges. Thank you to everyone who has followed by blog, or made a comment or replied to comments I’ve left on their site. Thanks also for the many suggestions and recommendations on what else to read. That’s the kind of interaction I really want to see continue in 2013.


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