Favorite work by a new to me Author
The "Dear God, Why did I put up with Reading this Book" Award
Stories that I can't get out of my mind
Everybody has Everything by Katrina Onstad is a story that so many of us experience everyday: how could it be forgotten? The End of the Whole Mess by Stephen King from Wastelands is a short story that manages to combine sentiment, wit, and the end of the world all in twenty pages. I don't think I've ever read a novel of his but wow is he good at short stories. The Matter of Seggri by Ursula K Le Guin in The Birthday of the World--for me--is quiet literally unforgettable. It made me think and see things in a new ways until my head hurt, and it was a pleasurable pain at that. I'm partial to Sara Zarr (okay, honestly: I'm in love with her) so year I remember Story of a Girl very well.
The Best Book I Read in 2012
There are three books in the running: The Arabian Nightmare by Robert Irwin, Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown and Soon I will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman. I've said enough about each of these books already so follow the links for more: read them all. They are all great.
So what's coming next year? I won't be surprised if there is a good bit of science fiction, and books in a series. I've also singled out ten books that I absolutely must read this coming year if only because it seems I've been avoiding them for a long time. They are all really big and scary looking with lofty reputations. If I were to make a new year's commitment--which I'm not--it would be to make certain I get through those ten before 2015.
Happy New Year.