I didn't read as much as I wanted to, this year and I still have a stack of books on my pile just waiting to be read. Luckilyy, while my reading list was short, it was packed with awesome. Here is a short list of my #bestreads2012
The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Caroll
There are some books that you read at exactly the right time in your life. This happened to be one of them. The book is funny (the ghost is a gourmet chef and watches the food network obsessively), crazy (the angel of death manifests in a fried egg), and deeply philosophical at the same time (Caroll has some wise words about love). I'm not sure I'll ever wrap my head around it completely.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne Valente
I haven't read a book so full of imagination in a long time. It is now one of my favorite books ever. I smiled, and I laughed all the way through, but it was also spiced with very adult sadness, tragedy, and blood. Fairyland is not a forgiving place. Valente perfectly balanced the tale to appeal to both young kids and adults. The end made me teary, and hopeful, and happy at the same time. I'm looking forward to more adventures in fairyland. This is also a book that would be a delight to read aloud.
Lavinia by Ursula LeGuin
This book destroyed me and it took a few days to recover. It is a historical novel, written from the point of view of a minor character in one of Virgil's poems. The writing is musical, almost hypnotic, capturing the feel of a poem. It also a tragedy. I think few people could have pulled this off with such grace.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
This novel is a YA that doesn't read like it was written down, or made simpler for the audience. This was the most fun I had reading a novel in a long time. I tore through it in a couple of days. Taylor's dialogue is awesome, the characters are engaging, intriguing. The book is not what I expected it would be. Taylor pulls no punches, and throws her characters into the absolute worst situations possible.
So those are mine. What books surprised you this year?