Quirky’s Reads: 2012 In Review


So 2012 was a special year for me. I joined GoodReads and became obsessed, I received my Kindle so I had a greater access to books (more about this issue in another upcoming post), my partner and I made successfully endured a year of long-distance lovin’, I became the main breadwinner for my family, and of course, I started this blog! I also read a lot in 2012- I don’t kid, I read a great deal.

I read 148 books with a combined total of 49,000+ pages! I feel a bit proud of it. I didn’t do it to push myself excessively, I just did it to escape the mundane things of every day life.

So that being said, I want to share with you some of the books that moved me and some that made me scratch my head a bit.

My FAVE Five


I loved these books! These 5 grabbed my attention the fastest, hands down. I ate these up and cried when finished. Some were special for different reasons.

Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo
I read this book some time over the summer. I thought it was some dystopian thing and was intrigued to find it a sort of fantasy- different reality sort of book. It was well worth the risk and read. Even now… I sit here thinking, which Grisha would I be? You really should give this a chance! Plus the author is super nice and when I tweeted her, she replied back in a very kind way.

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
I work in the visual arts field and to find a book where one’s social status is determined by one’s ability to perceive certain colors, and therefore derive a certain amount of pleasure from this sight is fascinating. I hope the second one comes out soon.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Being born with a fire to be the best or unnaturally good at something? Count me in! Cashore did such a great job on this book and series. Graceling is the first book and set in a particular world where people with 2 colored eyes are special in sometimes deadly ways.

Looking For Alaska by John Green
I was introduced to this by another friend as well, and it had me in tears. Green writes in such a beautiful way that I can’t help but crave the story, its words, phrases and characters. Alaska was beautiful, haunting and broken, and somehow, deep down I think we all recognize some sort of brokenness in ourselves as well.

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
OK- from this list you can pretty much tell that I like fantasy things or books that take us away from the real world. Bones of Farie is a sort of faerie + dystopian fusion where elves or the fae aren’t really nice… and everyone gets super powers in the future!

Honorable Mention Five


These books were almost perfect. I enjoyed them a great deal but there was just something, small, that compelled me to give these stories 4 Page-Turns.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Witches and vampires are supposed to be enemies right? But they fall in love here with some very funny results. The book wasn’t bad, it was quite good actually, but man, it dragged for a bit!

Divergent by Veronica Roth
After the Hunger Games I was dying for some serious dystopian fiction. This book is brilliant over all, though the main character irked me some. The best part? Roth is a young 20 something author!

The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Passage is a contemporary, literary, dystopian novel. It is a serious, adult look on a different future, who we are and vampires. My Review of The Passage.

A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield
Finally, a non-fiction! This book is an amazing history of the color red and the legacy that it inspired.

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
Written in true Atwood style, The Penelopiad is a great view of the Illiad from Penelope’s perspective. It’s heartbreaking and quirky but definitely amazing. My review of The Penelopiad.

I Didn’t Last 10 Pages Five


Not all of these are bad. Some I couldn’t stand but some were just victims on a bad day when I was in an intolerable mood.

Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Blackman is a British author with an amazing concept, but man, I found her execution to be off. I was given this by a friend who doesn’t read much so that they liked it means something. Yet, I couldn’t stand it. A+ concept but a C for the execution. At least I managed to finish this one.

The Palace of Tears by Alev Lytle Croutier
Didn’t finish this one. I made it to chapter 3 and then flipped to the back and fell asleep. I’m no napper and I somehow, managed to fall asleep! Maybe I don’t like French history or Orientalism. I dunno.

Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country by Rosalind Miles
I love Arthurian books. I am fascinated by the legend, particularly from a female perspective. Mists of Avalon? Awesome. This one? Not so much. It’s way too long, tedious and Gunevere is an unlikeable character in the worst case scenario, or boring in the best case. And what’s going on with Merlin as a sex-crazed misogynist?

Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
I made a mistake with this book. It isn’t Rankin’s fault, I picked this up from a free pile at work and thought it would be a good short read (it’s only 150 or so pages) and hot damn I disliked it. Like I said, I don’t know if it is the book’s fault so much as it is totally not my style or similar to my genre preferences.

So tell me, what are your favourite books of 2012? Which made you cry? Laugh? Which made you pull out your hair? Share the love (or hate).



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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  4. Heather says:

    We read almost the same number of books! That’s a lot of reading. Haha!

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