It's that time of the year again - that is to say, the last day of the year! Without further ado, here are the best books I read in 2012, even though not all of these were actually published that year.
THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF -1 quite
simply gutted me. Each character outwardly seems unlikable from their
initial personality characteristics, but as the author delves deeper
into each of their individual points of view, the "true" characters
begin to emerge. There's not too much to say
about THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF -1 other than that you should absolutely
read it if you haven't already. This book pulls a massive emotional
punch, but just the kind you want to receive. Everything is so
heart-breaking and so authentic and so heart-breakingly authentic that
you emerge from this book feeling almost changed.
Choker by Elizabeth Wood. The
plot is fascinating, grabbing you in from the first page and refusing
to let go, and while it's not the most super unique plot to be floating
around, it's definitely not derivative. Most importantly in a novel of
this genre, there are plenty of plot twists that make you reel in shock
at what just happened. CHOKER
was a fantastic book and there's not really much more to say than that.
From a plot that basically never lets you go to an ending accompanied
by many plot twists that makes you want to put down the book and stare
at the wall, this is a novel that everyone should read - especially fans
of psychological suspense!
Her and Me and You by Laura Strasnick. This is a book that overall got
some rather negative reviews, and I chalk this up to the book's, well,
quirkiness. There's something about this plot that's very, very
different from what you typically see, and that's the kind of thing
that's going to really appeal to some readers and really turn off
others. In my case, it was definitely a case of major appeal. HER AND ME
AND YOU was disconcerting in just the right way to strike me as
completely awesome. It was quirky, it had heart, and
it had an amazing romance that honestly ranks among my favorite YA
romances ever. If you're fans of
quirky books that don't always necessarily get great reviews, I can't
recommend this enough.
Hush by Eishes Chayil. HUSH was truly eye-opening, a novel told through elegant writing that slowly peeled away the layers of this dark, dark story. There are a lot of books out there that cover topics like abuse, ranging
from within a family to external forces, but it provided a unique
look at this issue by telling a story about the not-so-well-known
Chassidim culture. HUSH was a phenomenal story, the rare kind of book that you can only
come across once in a while. It is moving and complex, with an emotional
beauty that will rock even the hardest of hearts. I cannot recommend
this book enough, and encourage everyone, particularly fans of "issues"
books, to give it a try.
Do you agree with any of the books on this list? What are your favorites of this year?