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.
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