Top 5 Read for 2012

My #1 read for 2012 is easy. The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum which I wrote about back in April about 2 weeks after I had finished it.  I’ve been singing its praises for months.

Numbers 2-? in no particular order. I can’t really say 5 since I’m including a couple of series. (Yes, I know that’s cheating.)

The Fables series of graphic novels. I read #1 through #17 over the past 11 months and while they probably went on past their prime, I love fairy tale re-told.

97 Orchard: an edible history of 5 immigrant families by Jane Ziegelman which also happens to be the 1st book I read in 2012 (finished on January 11th).

Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls by Jane Lindskold which is straight up science fiction which I don’t always read. I wish she written another novel with the same characters or at least in the same universe.

Complete stories of Theodore Sturgeon (v.6-8) and currently reading volume 9 – these are a fascinating look at a prolific writer. I’ve read the first 8 and we’re still only in the late 50s. I like how sometimes he seems so far ahead of his times and then sometimes he’s a total product of his age.

Other books that stood out were Ruined by Paula Morris (although it was a re-read) for book club. The centerpiece of this YA novel is a ghostwalk and while I don’t think the conclusion is entirely successful, it’s a great introduction to New Orleans carnival traditions for non-natives. And, also, re-reading (for the 3rd or 4th time) Chopin’s the Awakening and then having our book club meeting in Grand Isle where it’s partially set. Don’t worry no one walked out into the gulf for good.

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2 thoughts on “Top 5 Read for 2012

  1. We picked up the poisoners’ handbook in vacation in nyc at strand books and both loved it. I read it on jury duty in the basement of tulane and broad.

    Recommended it to my cousin who’s a detective down da bayou…

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