2012 Book of the Year

Welcome to Wednesday’s new look #GTime #BookClubWednesday. This is now a regular slot in place of the irregular reviews I did last year.

Today’s #5aday is dedicated to 2012’s books & of the 20 that I reviewed, it features my top 5 of the year & my ultimate #GTopSpot winner.

All 5 of these books are great reads for very different reasons and all of them made me think about life from a different perspective.

  1. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – Hilarious, feel-good drama.
  2. Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson – Gripping. Dark. Witty. Addresses race issues in America’s deep south.
  3. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – You’ll quickly get absorbed in the lives, loves & fears of the characters.
  4. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga – A shocking tale set in India portraying extremes of life between rich and poor.
  5. A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen – Cat lovers will enjoy. Opened my eyes to life as a busker/big issue seller.

5 vividly written books which will keep you engrossed from start to finish but which will be crowned Ginger’s 2012 Book of the Year?

Today’s #BookClubWednesday #GTopSpot goes to #1 The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. G x

The Hundred Year Old Man

Here’s the full list of the books that I read/recommended in 2012:

  1. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – Charming, dry, vivid.
  2. Saturday by Ian McEwan – High paced, highly descriptive and highly emotive.
  3. Headhunters by Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett – Different to the Harry Hole series but equally enthralling & unpredictable.
  4. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga – Shocking story of an entrepreneur, philosopher & murderer surviving in India.
  5. A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen – Sad but heart-warming true story of life of a Big Issue seller & his street cat.
  6. The Snowman by Jo Nesbo – Had this since last summer but was keen to read others first. Gripping. Worth the wait.
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James – Kinky romance. Corny but perfect beach read. Ann Summers is now cashing in!
  8. The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst – Complete antidote to Fifty Shades. Literary. Vividly descriptive.
  9. The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell – A very easy read, perfect for holiday. Made me cry and laugh out loud.
  10. The Leopard by Jo Nesbo – The next instalment from the Norweigen crime writer. The best of the series so far.
  11. Gods in Alabama, Joshilyn Jackson – Love, murder & betrayal – this is a fast read yet you won’t want it to end.
  12. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller – Memoir from 70s war-torn Rhodesia. Enchanting & vibrant.
  13. The Devil’s Star, Jo Nesbo – The 3rd in the series, the plot is full of twists & turns. A thrilling page-turner.
  14. Solar, Ian McEwan – Surprisingly different to previous work, this is a hilarious but dark & serious story.
  15. The Poison Tree, Erin Kelly – Love how the story unfolds through flash backs. Mysterious & beautifully written.
  16. Born To Run by Chris McDougall – A must read for all keen runners. Inspiring, educational and entertaining.
  17. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant – A beautiful love story filled with tragedy. The untold Old Testament story.
  18. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo – Quite difficult to get into but gripping and leaves you wanting to read more Nesbo.
  19. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo – Dubbed the next Stieg Larsson, Nesbo’s storytelling is compelling, thrilling and chilling.
  20. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – Sunday Times Book of the Year. Charming & funny story set around baseball.

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