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So for day 2 we’re talking about our favourite reads of this year, or potentially highlighting some reads from BEA that we think could become favourites in the latter part of 2012. I’m doing to do a couple from both categories, just talk about a couple of books I enjoyed this year (that were also published this year) and then mention a couple of books I’d be excited about if I were actually at BEA! So here goes…firstly, some favourite reads of this year.
To be honest it would probably be hard to list all the books I’ve really enjoyed so far in 2012 so I just tried to choose a few different ones! The Girl In Steel Capped Boots is an Australian novel, about a city girl named Lena who works as an engineer. She’s a recent graduate and is sent to the Pilbarra in far northern Western Australia to oversee a project building a sort of conveyer belt that will make it easier to load the iron ore onto the container ships for export. She’s one of 4 women in a camp of 400 men and faces prejudice and rudeness and basically has to think clever in order to gain the respect of the men under her command. It’s a very funny book and I loved it! Bitter Greens is also an Australian release, a retelling of the story of Rapunzel and the first person who ever told it. This book is so rich with imagery and description, it’s an engrossing story. The rest of the books are probably quite a bit more well known by overseas bloggers: The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight and The Fault In Our Stars are two popular YA releases. TFIOS was my first John Green read and I know that I definitely have to read more of his work! Me Before You by Jojo Moyes I mentioned in my introduction post yesterday – this is a wonderful book, one of those ones that will challenge opinions on a very contraversial and delicate topic. And Painter Of Silence, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize this year is a beautiful story of a deaf and mute boy in post WW2 Romania.
Now, some titles that I think might become favourites in the latter part of 2012. I checked the autograph signings at BEA and I looked at the catalogue on the Edelweiss website and basically just chose a few books that I am super excited about and can’t wait to read!
I probably could’ve included many, many more but I thought I should keep it relatively concise! I chose a mix of YA and adult fiction because I enjoy both and like to try and mix up my reading!
I can’t wait to read everyone else’s posts today because although I have an out-of-control TBR pile, I am always on the look out for new recommendations and finding new books that sound amazing!