2012 Mid(ish)-Year Review: Armchair BEA
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Today is giveaway day at Armchair BEA, so make sure you head on over and try to win some free books and other goodies!
Those of us not sponsoring a giveaway are asked to write about our favorite books of 2012.
I rarely accept books for review because I have discovered that I hate reading on a deadline, so I mostly read from my own shelves or from my local library. So when I say "My favorite books of 2012," that means books that I read in 2012. I don't think I've read any that were published this year.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King was fantastic. I do enjoy King's work, so I liked reading "behind the scenes" of some of his stories. I can't say that I've read any other writing manuals, but King's advice seemed to be pretty straightforward and simple enough to follow. Says the non-writer.
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese is a great big story like I rarely take the time to read any more. I loved getting lost in Ethiopia. Verghese brought the sounds and smells of the country to life for me.
I re-read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee in April and I loved it just as much this time around. I came away with a new appreciation for Jem. Don't you love how you get something different from a book every time you read it?
I haven't written a review yet, but I was surprised by how much I loved Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. My aunt finally talked me into reading it by promising to do a read-along with me and I had so much fun texting with her about it! My emotions about Rhett and especially Scarlett were all over the map, and I still don't know whether I grudgingly admire them or admiringly hate them.
I'll give an honorable mention to The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss because I loved the physical book itself so much. I could just love on that book all day.
What have been your favorite reads of 2012?
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