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.
sj’s TIP TOP FAVOURITE Books Read in 2012
ALL THE WALTER MOERS!
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.
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.)
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.
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.