We are now just about 2 weeks from the end of 2012, against all odds I should read at least 100 books before the clocks tick over to a new year, so it should be easy to pick the best 10. Not so! I have read a lot of rather fun, silly, ridiculous books containing improbable crimes and even more improbable sleuthing and solutions. They were fantastic in their own way. But I've decided to pick the 10 books that will stay with me as being really enganing and wonderful. More than a few were as a result of the challenge with Kateri so that's good news for our shared picking skills.
So without further ado...
1. Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
I think I've now suggested this book to about 20 people. I adored it, as did Kateri. It's easy to read, it's engaging, eminently quotable, funny, brilliant, moving and you should go read it. (This was our October Choice)
2. The Man Who Cycled the Americas- Mark Beaumont
This was one of the books that I borrowed from mum just before she went into the hospice. I didn't get around to starting it until after she passed away so it was a little emotional to read before I even got to the content. In saying that I found the book to be enthralling, it was like being inside Mark's head- seeing his demons, his triumphs and how his perspective changed as he travelled North to South.
3. Wishful Drinkings- Carrie Fisher
Honest, Revealing, Hilarious. Carrie Fisher is brilliant.
4. Stardust- Neil Gaiman
Dreamy, Fantastical, Dramatic. I loved the movie, turns out I loved the book more. I found myself whimsically dreaming about the places in the book, about ships, castles and forests that move and try to misdirect you. Oh, Neil Gaiman you are a wizard with words. (Our July Challenge Read)
5. Blade Runner- Oscar Pistorius
I am a little bit in love with Oscar Pistorius. To read about his life, how he doesn't see his lack of lower legs as any real disability. He actually says he has two disabilities but many more abilities. And after the Olympics and Paralympics it is very clear that he has many, many abilities. Chief among them his ability to render me mute and unresponsive to any other stimulus. He is my official crush of 2012.
6. Millenium Trilogy- Steig Larsson
Yes, Yes I know that I'm about a million years behind on this (although, I have owned the books for ages and ages) but they really did rock. They were just complicated enough to have each of the threads keep me interested. Characters that I wanted to know more about and just the right level of complete improbability of coincidence. If you've not read them I recommend them over those other literary wonders (Twilight, Shades of Gray etc). (Book 1- The Girl who played with Fire was the January choice for our challenge)
7. My Cousin Rachael- Daphne DuMaurier
It's not as good as Rebecca. But that shouldn't come as a surprise, Rebecca is amazing. But it has a similar tone and feel and I loved reading it before nodding off to sleep each night. Lovely. (The November Challenge read)
8. I Captured the Castle- Dodie Smith
A book that lay on my shelf for far too long. This was one of those books I read in a couple of sittings and lost myself in it entirely. (The March Challenge book)
9. A Woman of No Importance- Oscar Wilde
Surprising. First that I'd never read it before and Second how much of it seemed familiar because almost everything that Oscar Wilde ever wrote has been quoted. But the story was short and simple but beautifully crafted. (Our May challenge read)
I'm not going to post a number 10, I'm hoping that one of the books I read between now and the 31st December will fill that slot. That's the goal anyway. That or I'll read lots of lovely crime novels to make me laugh.