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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Year in Review

I read a total of seventy novels last year and I managed to review fifty-three of them. I wanted to dedicate a little bit of space for a few top fives (no particular order, these are just listed as they came to me):

Best All Around:
The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy

Best New Release:
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
The Orphan Master's Son – Adam Johnson
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
Philida – Andre Brink
Red Thread Sisters – Carol Peacock/Keeping Safe the Stars – Sheila O'Connor (tie)

Best Middle Grade/YA:
The Hunger Games trilogy – Suzanne Collins
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
Because of Winn Dixie – Kate DiCamillo
The Red Thread Sisters – Carol Peacock
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick

Best World Book Night:
Kindred – Octavia Butler
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
The Things They Carried – Tim O'Brien

And a gratuitous chart of the gender ratio in my reading year, which I think is interesting because while the literary world is said to be male dominated I tend to read pretty evenly along gender line (though I seem to favor female authors over male authors especially in middle grade and young adult lit). World Book Night lines up right along with me as well.

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