This post was initially going to be my top 5 books of all time, but I think I will need to think a bit more about this, and make it a top 10, before I attempt such a monumental task.
And then it was titled my Favourite 5 Books of 2012, but I couldn't narrow it down from 6 to 5, and so 6 it is.
I have mentioned often on this blog how much I love reading, and I always have. My brothers say that I missed out on my childhood, as I was always reading, but I disagree:)
These are books that I've read this year, they weren't necessarily released this year.
In no particular order...
1. The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
A brilliant story and the reason that I won't be having any lillies at my Wedding.
2. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.
And Catching Fire and Mockingjay that form the trilogy.
Absolutely unputdownable. I was almost run over between the underground station and the hospital as a result of reading whilst I walked. And I may have forgotten to pick Pete's contact lenses up, 2 days in a row, as I was living in Katniss' world for the five days it took me to read all three of these.
3. The Paris Wife, by Paula Mclain.
I love reading novels set in historically correct contexts, and this story about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife intrigued me. Much time googling him after I finished the book confirmed that it really is a true reflection of his character and early years as a writer.
4. Pearl of China, by Anchee Min.
Again, this story is set in politically and historically correct times in China, and tells the story of Willow and her friendship with the American priest in their village's daughter, Pearl. Pearl Buck is the renowned writer and Nobel Prize winner, and again Wikipedia confirmed that this story was a true account of Pearl's life.
Willow's Dad, is my favourite book character of 2012, for sure.
5. Two Women, by Martina Cole.
For absolute unputdownable smut, characters that you feel know personally, and a story that you will find yourself thinking about weeks after you read that final sentence.
6. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls.
Wow, I can hardly believe that this is actually an autobiography! Who grows up in a family environment like this and becomes a best selling author? Another book where the Father is one of the best characters I've encountered, except this man isn't fictional. I've never swung so much between loving and hating a character so much, as in this excellent book.
Happy Reading Friends.
And please let me know of any books that you have loved recently?