Books I Read in 2012

Here is a list of the books I’ve read this year with one-sentence reviews. For a more current list and sometimes more thorough reviews, check me out on Goodreads.

  1. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold: (4/5 stars) Very enjoyable spy story whose ending took me completely by surprise but in a well-played out way.
  2. I, Claudius: (3/5 stars) I wanted to love this book but in the end could only like it; as much as it had some really great story lines and was written in a fantastic conversational tone, it still managed to lag often enough I just wanted to get it over and off my list.
  3. 1984: (4/5 stars) A classic book for a reason (though one I had never read before)– the terrifying “future” Orwell portrays seems to always feel right around the corner, if not already in the process of unfolding today.
  4. Smut: Stories: (3/5 stars) I didn’t know there was such a thing as dry, polite, and intelligently written smut but apparently there is and Alan Bennett writes just that in the two stories in this little book that is absolutely perfect for a long beach day.
  5. 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess: (4/5 stars) This book moved me to share my in-depth review on this blog.
  6. The Warrior Heir: (4/5 stars) Wholesome fun with just enough suspense and treachery to keep you turning pages fast!
  7. The Wizard Heir: (4/5 stars) This is turning into a very easily read trilogy (which I am yet to complete– I forgot!).
  8. The Hunger Games: (4/5 stars) A fun little read with a horrible forced ending that hasn’t really lured me into reading the next one.
  9. Never Let Me Go: (5/5 stars) Loved this book, it’s so subtle as it moves towards brilliance.
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird: (5/5 stars) Another classic I hadn’t yet read– genuinely fun to read and emotionally stirring at the same time.
  11. The Invention of Hugo Cabret: (5/5 stars) The format of this book is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced; it’s a beautiful story perfectly moved along with text and scrumptious illustrations.
  12. Save Me: (2/5 stars) I really wanted to like this but it ended up being a) written in way that made it hard to empathize with most of the characters b) way too dramatic worthy of a soap opera on Univision and c) wrapped up way too neat and completely.
  13. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: (5/5 stars) Such a fun book, it is so seamless, suspending belief is almost too easy.
  14. The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes: (5/5 stars) You know, it’s really hard to imagine a comic book that is truly scary and I’ve read some great comics, but this one grips you– draws you in and disturbs you equal parts.
  15.  The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House: (5/5 stars) I’m all in with this series– this one is a little confusing in some parts, moreso than the first but overall it’s just too fantastic a ride to not stick with it.

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