Sunday, 10 February 2013

10 on the 10th - Best books of 2012

Here are my 10 favourite books from 2012. It was hard to choose just 10 out of the 70+ books I read last year, but several of them are series so it's really 19 books.
At least 5 are also films/TV shows, but I have only seen 'War Horse' and a snippet of 'The Secret of Crickley Hall'. Given the choice between a book and a film, the book will always win hands-down for me

1. The Girls with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
and the 2 follow-on books. They are exciting, fast-moving, and slightly gory. I enjoyed them a lot

2. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs.
One of the first free books I downloaded onto my Kindle. It was very moving and highly shocking. One that everyone should read.

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I devoured the 3 books in 4 days during my summer holiday, then re-read them at a more leisurely pace last month. Brilliantly gripping.

4. The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potsch
This is the first of 3 books set in 17th Century Germany. At heart they are just great detective stories, but the setting and the unusual characters give them a twist. I have just downloaded the third installment and am excited to get reading.

5. All Soul's Trilogy' by Deborah Harkness
The first of these is 'A Discovery of Witches' and I read Part 2 'Shadow of Night' in the summer. I am eagerly awaiting the 3rd.

6. 'Peaches for Monsieur le Cure' by Joanne Harris
If you enjoyed 'Chocolat' you must read this as Vivianne returns to the village of
Lansquenet-sous-Tannes. I just love Joanne Harris' ability to spin a tale.

7. The Secret of Crickley Hall' by James Herbert
I have never reads a James Herberty before, but this classic ghost story is a real page-turner

8. War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo
I read it to check whether it would be suitable for my ten-year old as Michael Morpurgo's target audience has a very wide range. It was too emotionally charged for me (I was sobbing on a cross-Channel ferry) so I figured it would be too much for him.

9. 'The Forgotten Garden' by Kate Morton
A complex novel with multiple narrators, a love story and a twist in the tale. Everything you want from a good book.

10' The Girl with the Pearl Earring' by Tracy Chevalier
I've never seen the film, but I loved the hostorical accuracy of this book about the artist Vermeer.

This is brought to you in association with Shimelle Laine's 'Ten Things on the Tenth'


Alison said...

I'm glad you mentioned the Joanne Harris book...I hadn't realised it was a sequel..I shall look out for that one!
Alison xx

Carolyn Phillips said...

Some of these are on my very long to read list.

Amy said...

I am going to have to take note of a couple of these - particularly the Joanne Harris. The Girl with the Pearl Earring is lovely, I too enjoyed the historical accuracy.

Amy said...

PS, Don't rush to see the film, it does not do the book justice in any way.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Oooh. An interesting list. I'll have to check out some of the ones I haven't read yet.

Jimjams said...

Some great choices there ... and some interesting ideas for my to-read list! TFS