I really can’t believe 2013 is just about here. I read so many wonderful books this year and I’m already looking forward to so many upcoming releases. (More about that at the end of this post)
Because I read way too many books I totally loved, the easiest way I could think of to keep this post from turning into a book itself was to put the ABSOLUTE best titles in a hat and pick ten.
This list is in no particular order:
The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot, reviewed on April 6, 2012
“I couldn’t believe that this is Sophie’s first book. It reads like it’s written by someone with years of writing experience and dozens of novels under their belt. It flowed perfectly for me so there was none of the staleness that I sometimes encounter in books of the historical genre. Each character has their own distinct characteristics from the sisters to the husbands and on down. You can tell the amount of research that went into the book. It was full of rich detail. When you read the book, you’ll be transported. To me, that’s what a book is all about.”
“Frieda is a completely imperfect heroine and I loved her. Hands up if you’re tired of reading about perfect people ALL the time! *two hands way up, waving like crazy* She’s 27, sleeps with the wrong men, has some jobs that will take her nowhere and she’s an artist who doesn’t paint. Then she finds an ad in a paper that completely changes her life – she meets Gladys. Gladys is a ghost. And, that’s all I’m telling!”
“This book was amazing from start to finish. Kaia is wonderful writer who really knows how to put her reader in the thick of things with descriptive passages of the people and places. I enjoyed reading about all the vivid characters who sprang to life all through the book, each one important to the plot. Hannah, the main character, is wonderful and I enjoyed watching her grow and get the life she was meant to have. I was most drawn to Hypatia, the last librarian at the Great Library and found her utterly engrossing. I don’t think I’ve read about anyone quite like her before.”
“Now I come to this – how do I write a review for a book that left me mind blown with my jaw on the floor and not give away any spoilers? I can’t. So, I’ll say this. It tells the story of Tara’s journey to find her ex boyfriend who was part of a boy band called Idol Hands. It’s written in diary format. It’s excellent. It’s the first book by Cynthia Hill and I’m already looking forward to her second.”
“The book is absolutely wonderful, touching, heartbreaking and yes, sometimes even happy. The prose is beautiful and sometimes I re-read parts just so I could relive them. All in all, it’s the story of strength and overcoming anything that’s thrown at you, even in a world that is ever changing.”
“The Queen’s Vow by C.W. Gortner is an absorbing and utterly time consuming book. And, I mean that in the best possible way. I could scarcely put it down as it was so rich in detail that the more I read, the more I became pulled in, immersed and lost. What a wonderful place to be set adrift.”
“The further into the book I read, the more I began to adore the cast of characters. From Mr. Tiffany to Clara and all her friends at the boarding house, the ladies and men she works with, each one is important to the story and Susan brings them to life beautifully – even the minor characters. You can tell they are all meaningful to her. She is one of the foremost writers of historical fiction today.”
“Juliet Grey is an absolutely master at bringing 1700′s Versailles alive. Her descriptions of the palace, people, clothes, etc., are rich with details. I enjoyed the development of each character – she gives even the minor player distinguishing features that make them important to the story. And, the major figures in the book are so multi-dimensional, it gives the reader a chance to love or hate them at their will. ”
The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan, review coming in 2013
I’m not able to post my review for The Painted Girls until January. I will share this, however – I liked it even better than her first book and I didn’t think that would be possible. Quite simply, it’s a must read.
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, review not written
I don’t always write reviews for books I’ve read and this is one of those rare occasions. Even if I HAD to review the book, I’m not sure I could. It was amazing in every way. Sometimes, really long books tend to get boring or repetitive but not so for A Game of Thrones. I love the HBO mini-series so much and love the book even more. I’m really looking forward to reading book 2 in the New Year.
So those are the books as chosen by the ever trustworthy hat method. There are so many more books I could add to the list. I’d love to hear your best books, too. Comment with your favourite of 2012 or share the link to your own post.
Tomorrow, I will share the top five releases I’m most looking forward to in 2013. I practically salivating thinking about them.
In closing, I want to thank all the wonderful authors, publishers, blog tour coordinators, etc., who sent me books this past year. I wouldn’t have a blog if it weren’t for you all! And huge hugs to everyone who reads my blog. I never in a million years thought anyone would care about ‘just another blog in the blogosphere’ but you all make it worthwhile.