Obvious as it is, I read a lot of books 2012. More than I’ve ever read before. I’ve watched my list of read books (on goodreads) grow with an alarming rate, much to my enjoyment. The reason why I began this book challenge was so that I could read more books, because there are millions, billions of astounding books out there, life stories and tales, made up or not, that I won’t ever read. I think, considering the minimal effort you have to put in, it’s a real shame. My book challenge will soon end (to my great distress) and while I do have read lots of books, some of them were more memorable than others. Not necessarily good books that have blown me away, also books that I’ve detested or simply found worth remembering.
Journey to the center of the Earth by Jules Verne
Oh gods, how I hate this book. I regret picking it up so much. This is the book I talk about when people ask me of the worst book I’ve read. It’s horribly boring, with a plot that doesn’t get fulfilled or have a true goal.
Carrie by Stephen King
This book made an impression on me. I can’t believe it’s Stephen King’s debut novel because its simply awesome, a perfect story of horror, cruelty and its consequences, also the lengths people would go to satisfy their desire for revenge.My bafflement of Stephen King writing about menstruation remains. A great introduction to horror in general which I would recommend to almost anyone.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Sometimes, I think of it and rage about it all over again. In contrary to “Journey to the center of the Earth”, it’s not hate, just energized ranting. Still, it’s the book I enjoy ranting about the most (I can’t explain this properly). It’s just that I don’t understand how the author thought when she wrote it, since its incomprehensible. However, I stick to my belief that it had potential.
the Perfume: the Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
This could be the strangest book I’ve read. I mean, I still haven’t been able to fully let go of the orgy thing…I simply don’t know what to about say. While Grenouille indeed is creepy, I didn’t expect quite that ending. It’s one of few books that I couldn’t predict an ending to, at all. It was too odd and unexpected, particularly considering the plot and development of it.
the Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Dude, I absolutely loved this book. The magic still hasn’t worn off though it was a while ago I read it. While Todd’s worry of Viola can be somewhat bothersome, Manchee still breaks my heart. I think this counts as a YA novel, so I feel slightly childish when stating it’s one of my favourite series, but seriously, I’ll keep trying to force people to read this. It’s simply too good, and proves that some YA books has greater imagination than most adult fiction does. Definitely a favorite of mine that I’ll keep in my bookcase.
Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto
2012 shall be known as the year I read and watched Kamikaze girls. I think this is the most humorous book out if this list. What I love about it is the concept, the tenacity of the characters and their originality. Vibrant and forceful, this books give a sneak peek of the Japanese society and two girls with completely different views and opinions, that will clash. This novel keeps you interested all the way through with the main characters supple narrating and quirky comments, all tied together with a Rococo perspective.
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
In addition to all the books I’ve read for the challenge, this autumn I read a whole lot of books that I haven’t written about. Dark Matter was one of them, and I read it for a course called “literature and literature studies” which can be explained rather simply by stating “you read books”. Anyhow, it’s one of the few horror books I’ve read (sadly). I love to read those books, but sometimes they scare the wits out of me. This didn’t really manage to rile me up close to the ending(I quote: “It could open doors. It could get inside”), albeit remaining creepy and slightly menacing through the story. Also, I was positively surprised due to my reluctance of the authors other books.
My library, which I wouldn’t have made it far without. Thank you library.
Opinions? Is there something I should read for this year? Tell me all about it.