The Snobbery’s Naughty and Nice List 2012 Edition (Part V)

So I saw a comment in my twitter feed last Wednesday (the day the previous installment was posted), where someone was wishing that people would stop posting Best Of lists.  The bitchy contrary part of me immediately said (yes, out loud) “MAKE TEN MORE LISTS!!!!”  Now (and partially because Em is totally a bad influence) I’m trying to come up with increasingly ridiculous lists.  You might see some.  OR YOU MIGHT NOT.  You might also get a round of posts full of foul language after my dad makes me go see The Hobbit next weekend.  I DON’T KNOW YET.  You’ll have to wait and see.

ANYWAY, this post is going to cover things I read this year that I loved that didn’t make it onto the last list.


Mrs Claus with the Naughty List


sj’s TIP TOP FAVOURITE Books Read in 2012



Susie DMed me in August, telling me she’d suggested my name to Tara as someone who might be interested in a blog tour she (Tara) was setting up for the upcoming Labyrinth of Dreaming Books.  “Have you/would you be interested in reading Walter Moers?” she asked.

At that point, I’d never even heard of him, but City of Dreaming Books sounded like something that was right up my alley, so I said I would be THE MOST INTERESTED, SEND ME ALL THE BOOKS! (um, paraphrasing)

I fell in love with CoDB within the first few pages.  Like, hard.  And then I got angry.  Because I couldn’t believe that NO ONE HAD BOTHERED TO TELL ME ABOUT THESE BOOKS BEFORE NOW!  There are very few authors who can write something that feels like it was written expressly for me.  The further I got into that book (and then subsequent books), the more I realized I was reading the exact sort of thing I’d ask someone to write for me – y’know, if that sort of thing were okay.

Walter Moers has been added to my list of “ZOMG, CAN’T WAIT MUST READ NAO!” authors.  There aren’t many on that list, so I hope he realizes what an honour it is to be there.  Hee.  Also, there are two other books already translated into English that I haven’t read yet, but I’ll be buying those for myself right after the holidays, when it’s okay to spend money on myself again.

Unless someone wants to buy me presents, then you can get me The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear and Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures.  Just sayin’.


My New Favourite Thursday Next Novel by Jasper Fforde

I’ll admit that I’m a little bit of an asshole about this.  Not EVERY BOOK can be my favourite, but every time I finish one of these I say “Nope.  That one’s my favourite.  Forget the rest, this one is the best.”  I REALLY MEAN IT THIS TIME!  Which kind of surprised me, because on paper, this book should have been one of my least favourites in the series.

It didn’t have ANY of the stuff I loved about the last few books, and it was set entirely in Swindon, which should have been the kiss of death…but somehow it wasn’t terrible.  No, in fact, it totally rocked.

I cried, I laughed, I wanted to punch things.  Isn’t that what we all hope we’ll get from our books?  That kind of emotional response, something that just makes you glad you know how to read?

By the time I got to the last page, I had a huge smile on my face and knew there was no way I’d be able to review it impartially.  Do me a favour, if you hate these books, please don’t tell me.  I get wildly irrational, and wouldn’t be able to pretend to be nice to you anymore.

He spent his life immersed in books to the cost of everything else, even personal relationships. “Friends,” he’d once said, “are probably great, but I have forty thousand friends of my own already, and each of them needs my attention.”



Obviously this summer wasn’t my first, tenth, or even twentieth time reading through Tolkien.  It was, however, the first time I’d attempted to read it with a group.  It was also the first time I’d actually tried to commit my thoughts on these books to writing.  Everyone that participated gives me warm fuzzies.  Thank you, so much for joining, for reading, for drinking along with the movies, for writing your own posts, and just for showing up to keep me from talking to myself.

Truly.  Thank you.  <3

(If you didn’t participate in the group read/watch, but are still interested in reading the posts and comments, click on the Puttin’ the Blog in Balrog menu right below the header.)


friends rule

So, this is a bit of promotion for some friends I love dearly and am incredibly proud of.  Volcanoes is Nicole‘s third book in her Grace Murphy series, and it’s her best yet.  I can’t review it because I’m FAR TOO CLOSE to it, but I can tell you that I love Grace (even when she’s an idiot) and I’m incredibly happy just knowing these books exist.

…AND THEN!  The lovely Amy had a book of poetry published this year!  AND IT’S SO GOOD!  I don’t usually read poetry but Amy made me want to read more.  No, seriously.

Go buy both of these books.  Or not.  But I think you should.


That’s all for today!  These are the books I loved the very very most in 2012, I hope you all had just as many new reading loves this year, too.  Thanks for reading.

20 thoughts on “The Snobbery’s Naughty and Nice List 2012 Edition (Part V)

  1. I am about 1/3 of the way through “Shades of Grey” by Jasper Fforde, and I consider him to be the find of the year. Now that I’m not completely distracted by other things, I can give him my full attention. I expect we will be close friends.

    ITA on Grace Murphy and Out of True. The works themselves are fantastic. That I actually know the authors is the cherry on the chocolate sundae.

  2. Well now. I think All The Walter Moers just got added to my reading list. And…the description of Grace Murphy #1 has something in it that’s really making me cringe, but your recommendation is enough to get me to at least give it a shot…

  3. This made me cry IN MY CAR AT LUNCH TODAY.

    Thank you, my most amazing and supportive and wonderful friend. So so much.

    (I had to return the Fforde the other day because it was due before I got a chance to read it but I promptly re-requested it. I WILL READ IT DAMMIT!!!)

  4. I have a feeling I know who’ll be winning EOTW ;)

    Heh, I rather enjoyed The Hobbit, but that’s mostly because of Martin Freeman and his adorableness as a hobbit. And apparently Benedict Cumberbatch’s shadowy silhouette appeared. And also I got to see and hear him as Khan in the Star Trek preview and there might have been a flurry of half-restrained wavy arms and barely suppressed squee-ing at that. Not denying or confirming.

    Anyway. What were we talking about?

  5. I’m really looking forward to getting to Walter Moers someday. Weird story: I was introduced to Walter Moers by my 3-yr old. After trying to ditch me in the library one day 6 or so months ago, I finally found her with a gigantic book in her hands and she’s trying to tell me she wants it “its a good book” (it was “Rumo”). I looked at the cover and told her it actually did look good but we had to put it back. She does that any time she ditches me at the library now – runs and finds one of those books.

    Know that I know they have your official seal of approval, they just went way up the list!

    • Hee! My kids are always bugging me to let them read/read the Dreaming Books books to them! They like the illustrations (he does them all himself, except for in A Wild Ride Through the Night), but I think parts would be too scary for them still. I think my 13 year old would like them too (he can handle the mild swearing), but really – they’re like kids books for grown ups.

      If you read them, definitely let me know what you think. Y’know – when you’re done with your giant current reading project.

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