My Own Personal Book Awards 2012

Last year was the first year I decided to post some of my favorite books in the form of awards, and I really enjoyed thinking back on everything I’d read over the year.  So, I’ve decided to do it again.

Just like last year, the books are in no particular order in the categories below.  I have a heck of a time deciding on a favorite in any category, since I choose each one for different reasons.  You can be sure that i would recommend any of them.

So, without further ado…

Favorite Reads of 2012

1. The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman

This book is magical.  I didn’t know what to expect when I started it, and I couldn’t predict what would happen next page after page.  It’s rare to have no idea where a book is going, but love every second of it.  The characters are so rich, the world so complete and compelling, the mythology believable…I’ve never wanted to be a ghost more in my life.  This one passed the litmus test for wondrousness:  I forced my mom to read it as soon as I was done.

2.  Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline

Great literature, this book is not, but rarely have I been so enamored of a world.  It was clear from page one that this book was meticulously researched and a true labor of love for Cline.  If you grew up in the 1980s, there will be so many shout-outs in this book you’ll be grinning from ear to ear.  I’m not sure if non-geeks will love this book as much as I did, but I’d love to get everyone to read it.  In fact, I made my mom and my husband start reading it before I was even done.

3.  Past Perfect
by Leila Sales

The cover of this book drives me nuts.  It tells you NOTHING about the story.  It certainly doesn’t do justice to how fantastic this book is.  It’s funny, and different, and quirky.  The characters are realistic and accessible, the romance is sweet and heart-pounding, the setting is unlike any other.  Historical re-enactment, people!  Trust me, if you love contemporary, you will love this book.

4.  The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

This book had me under its spell from page one.  I swear, it has magical properties.  The way Morgenstern weaves her breath-taking world around you, keeping you on your toes with jumps through time, and multiple POVs…I felt like I was being led through a Viennese Waltz by a skilled partner.  Beautiful, exciting, enchanting.

5.  Sacre Bleu
by Christopher Moore

To say that this book is about the color blue is madness, and yet it is.  Moore sheds his unique light on the Impressionists of Paris, intermingling their lives, and peppering the world with a supernatural mystery.  I listened to this one as an audiobook, which I would highly recommend.  The reader’s command of French added to the atmosphere of the book.  If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, Moulin Rouge, or The Night Circus, I’d give this one a try.

Five Books That Made Me Feel Like a Hack as a Writer in 2012

1.  The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

If I could write like Morgenstern, I’d charge you all admission just to read my blog.  The gorgeous language, the complexity of the construction, the imagination…I just…there are no words.  This book is straight-up beautiful.

2.  The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman

If Gaiman doesn’t make you feel a little bit like a hack as a writer, you’re probably not reading very carefully.  He is a rare talent that I suspect will go down as one of the greats.  There will be college courses dedicated to his works down the road, mark my words.  The turns of phrase, the language, the genuine affection for the characters that is so evident in his words.  A sparkling gem of a book.

3.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

The pace of this book is quite slow, especially at first, but I still found myself curious about what Riggs was up to.  The way he balanced the modern with the historic was delightful, and the descriptions made me feel like I was there.  I feel like I can’t say too much about this book without giving it all away.  The secrets are worth the effort.

4.  Sacre Bleu
by Christopher Moore

Oh to be as effortlessly hilarious as Christopher Moore!  He brings so much life and fun to a historical setting.  I usually don’t read historicals because I like a more casual tone and humor–not drawing room comedy humor–but I always know Moore will deliver.

5.  Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor

The first page of this book made my jaw drop.  Not because it was so shocking, but because the language and style was so tremendous.  I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I loved this book.  It took a turn in the middle I didn’t expect, and didn’t love, but it was so beautifully written I stayed with it.  Tremendous world-building, and amazing characters unlike any you’ve encountered.

Favorite Female Characters of 2012

1.  Mel from Team Human
by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier

You guys, I’m so annoyed.  I had all this stuff written below all of the books on the rest of this list, and WordPress ate them.  I can’t even remember what all I said, and I’m too tired to go through and do it again.  Just know that they are all awesome books and if you want to know why I like them, just ask.  Color me frustrated!!!

2.  Chelsea from Past Perfect by Leila Sales

3.  Hannah from 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

4.  Shelby from Purity by Jackson Pearce

5.  Emerson from Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Favorite Male Characters of 2012

1.  Joey from Rotters by Daniel Krauss

2.  Oliver from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

3.  Biff from Lamb by Christopher Moore

4.  Marco from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

5.  Josh from The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Best Love Stories of 2012

1.  Samantha and Jase from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

2.  Min and Ed from Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

3.  Celia and Marco from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

4.  Chelsea and Dan from Past Perfect by Leila Sales

5.  Cinder and Prince Kai from Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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One Response to “My Own Personal Book Awards 2012”

  1. punkycoletta says:

    Thanks for sharing! I keep on meaning to pick up a copy of ‘The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,’ but I keep forgetting. I hope this will help me remember to finally do it. I have heard it is really good.

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