February 2, 2013 22 Comments
The first month of the year, I read a lot of good books, but I also abandoned two.
Books that stood out:
Definitely Rubbernecker, a great new thriller by Belinda Bauer. I very much enjoyed reading this story of a young man with Asperger’s who dissects a body and finds a secret.
But just as good was the Dutch book Alles wat er was, All There Was, by Hanna Bervoets, a post-apocalyptic literary story about a group of people being locked into a school building after something apocalyptic happened outside.
This is what I read
Click on the blue links to go to the review
Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer. Thriller, 5 stars
Star of the Sea by Joseph O’ Connor. Historical fiction, 4.5 stars
Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka. Contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars
The Book of Why by Nicholas Montemarano. Contemporary fiction, 4 stars
The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont. Contemporary fiction, 4 stars
The Power of Habit by Charles Dugitt. Non-fiction, 4 stars
Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell. Chick-lit, chick-lit, 4 stars
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. Contemporary fiction, 3 stars
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Classic, children’s fiction, 3 stars
Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman. Thriller, did not finish
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke. Science fiction, did not finish
Alles wat er was / All There Was by Hanna Bervoets. Science fiction, 5 stars.
Ik en jij / I and You by Niccolò Ammaniti. Contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars
Een liefde in oorlogstijd / The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy. Historical fiction, 4 stars.
Alleen maar mijn moeder / Only My Mother by Trees Roose. Memoir, 4 stars.
Wissel / Change by Sabine van den Berg. Contemporary fiction, 4 stars
Game by Anders de la Motte. Thriller, 4 stars
De zoetheid van perziken / Peaches for Monsieur le Curé by Joanne Harris. Contemporary fiction, 4 stars
Reviews of books I read before January
The Uninvited by Liz Jensen. Science fiction (apocalyptic), 5 stars.
The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern. Chick-lit, 4.5 stars.
May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes. Contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars.
Reach for a Different Sun by Jenni O’Connor. Mystery, 4 stars.
Incognito [Dutch] by Henk Rijks. Contemporary fiction (Dutch), 5 stars
Last to Die [Dutch] by Tess Gerritsen. Thriller, 4 stars.
Uit naam van de aartsengel [In the Name of the Archangel] by Olaf J. de Landell [Dutch] Historical fiction, 4 stars
Here are what I think are The Best Books of 2012.
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What was YOUR favorite book in January?