Monday, December 17, 2012

a ranking of the year's books*

I've ranked the books I read and reviewed this year, although there are only 25. Not sure why I didn't read more this year, but it wasn't for lack of material. I think this was one of my better years of reading as far as the quality of novels was concerned. A lot of these books really made an impression on me and several will be among my favorites of all time. I'd say that everything starting at Under the Banner of Heaven and above is worth a read. The others were not my favorites, but that's not to say other people haven't found them absolutely delightful. In fact, there are apparently millions of people enjoying the Fifty Shades books. If you're looking to give a book as a gift, I think Swamplandia and Cloud Atlas would be fabulous. Several of the sci-fi options would make good gifts for teens. To see my reviews just click on the "books" label at the end of this post and they'll all pop up.

swamplandia
 
the round house

gone girl

ready player one

oryx and crake

cloud atlas

all you need is kill

the sparrow

the last werewolf

john dies at the end

warm bodies

this book is full of spiders

1Q84

wool

when she woke

after you'd gone

bringing up bebe

honolulu

under the banner of heaven

the year of the flood

the leftovers

revolution

ghostwritten

shantaram

fifty shades of grey


*I chose not to write about certain events today because there's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said. Suffice to say every time I hear of it or see it, I feel nauseated. I can't comprehend that we live in a place where something like this could happen to the most precious members of our society. Arming teachers is not the answer, people. Let us look to Australia and Japan as examples of what should be done right now.

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