Now you still have 10 days to buy them before Christmas! WINNING!
It is always so hard for me to look back on a year's worth of reading, and narrow it down to just a few favorites. I start with a list of eleventy billion great books, and I swear that I will never be able to cut any of them from the list. After many tears, I get it down to maybe 20, then 15, and finally 10. And I did it. I DID IT FOR YOU. You're welcome, world.
So without further ado!
I will start with the two books that were, far and away, the best things I read this year. FAR. AND. AWAY. I cannot choose between the two. They were:
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
These two books blew my mind, for entirely different reasons. Gone Girl is probably the best psychological thriller I've read in the history of ever. The Night Circus has some of the most outstanding writing and detail work I've seen, along with a romance that draws in even the most mush-resistant reader (ME). Unfortunately for you, I read The Night Circus before I started blogging, but you can read my gushing review of Gone Girl here.
After those two, here are the other 8 that made the cut, in no particular order. (I included links to my reviews for any that I read after starting the blog.)
3. Girls In White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Chick-lit with wry, deadpan humor? Yes. More of this please. Perfect for the late 20s/early 30s set.
4. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
Finally got around to reading this masterpiece. Worth every page. Furthered my already-existing King love.
5. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Deeply heartbreaking, but the writing is beautiful.
6. Gold by Chris Cleave
Phenomenal character development, unpredictable twists, and the Olympics! TRIFECTA!
7. The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond
A frightening premise (child abduction) told from a unique perspective. Richmond does a great job exploring the relationships between her characters.
8. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
(Kind of) dystopian, (kind of) romance, (definitely) raises tons of sociological/cultural questions. Great twist at the end. I'm dying to see the movie now.
9. The Light of Amsterdam by David Park
I know, I didn't pick this as my best book of November, and the book that did get picked isn't on this list. What can I say? It's books, not a math equation. A month later, this book is sticking in my mind longer than most. The setting and the characters are just so well done.
10. Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
My one non-fiction pick of the year. Jenny Lawson is hilarious, and so is her book. She makes me want to taunt my husband with a yardful of metal chickens.
That's all she wrote, 2012!
What were your favorites this year? What should I add to my MUST READ list for 2013?