TTT: The Best Reads of 2012

As the year draws to a close, my reading and blogging slow down. Nothing like the festive season to remind you to relax and  spend quality time with the family. The hustle and bustle of 2013 is just around the corner.

2012 was certainly a good reading year. In January I set a goal of 20 books read, not knowing how much I could get done with school and hospital keeping me occupied. So far I have read 73. Today, along with The Broke and the Bookish, I reflect upon the very best books I read this year.

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes – an urban fantasy set in Johannesburg, South Africa, with beautiful cover art and dark and twisty characters. Even though I don’t write many reviews, I couldn’t resist writing one for Zoo City. There is a lot of hate and a lot of love for this book, and it’s very different to anything else I’ve ever read. I fall on the love-side.

Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn – non-fiction books are difficult to read sometimes, and often they’re downright depressing. These journalists managed to address a depressing issue – poverty and illiteracy and modern-day slavery – and still leave the reader with a sense of hope.

The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani – a bold picture of 17th century Iran, this book rings of Khaled Hosseini but is still original and beautiful. History and the Middle East and women – I was sold.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – this book left me speechless. WOW. A completely new look at the paranormal, a hint of romance that is not treacle-sweet, a good dose of action and confusion. And Prague! Oh, wow.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – an amazing YA-novel that had me at the edge of my seat. This one was simply unputdownable, and kept me guessing. I loved the premise too, and I neeeeed to find the next book!

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson – this is a fairytale retelling like no other. I was a Peter Pan fanatic as a little girl, and this point of view was simply beautiful. The writing is literary and lyrical and the story unpretentious.

The Karma Suture by Rosamund Kendal – this was that book for me: the one you identify with at a dark time of your life, the one that changes your perspective. A work of fiction, but certainly based on reality. As far as books about doctors go, this one is the best.

Divergent by Veronica Roth – I’m so glad I finally read this one. In 2011 I discovered The Hunger Games Trilogy, in 2012 it was Divergent. The pace and twists of this book had me enthralled. I loved it.

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green – I adore the POV coming from the imaginary friend, and I became quite attached to the little boy as well. This novel is art, it is creation, it is pure beauty.

Room by Emma Donoghue – some say that it was presumptuous of the author to write this from the child’s POV. I say, he lived through the horrendous events as well, and I find his POV to be genuine and as important. His behaviour and insight at different times are not always congruent, but then what can you expect to stem from the incongruencies of his life? Simply beautifully written, and of course a little sad.

I haven’t cheated on a TTT in a long time, but I have to include these special mentions:

The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne – a Russian history, don’t you just love Romanov-type histories? Along with new life and romance and a sneaking suspicion… I like this one a lot!

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender – this was less about the story and more about the character building, the personal struggles and the stunning writing.


  1. typingtiara says:

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone was my favorite read in 2011!!! Its so lyrical and powerful and just mind-blowing. Definitely the kind of read that renders you speechless.

    Divergent was really awesome too. :]

    I haven’t read any of the other books on your list yet but I plan on checking a few of them out. Especially Tiger Lily and The Knife of Never Letting Go.

  2. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake was my ultimate read this year, I loved it, and yes, mostly for the writing, beautiful! I have just read Divergent and am itching to read the next one -have been trying to get to the book shop to purchase it, but have not managed to get there, today its a must! I read Room this time two years ago, fabulous book, thought it was really well done and as for memoirs of an imaginary friend, have to say, that I was not expecting the twist…! I tried to read Lauren Beukes but couldnt get into it and haven’t tried again. And of course, The Karma Suture is one of my all time faves. Happy holiday reading!

    1. I only got into Zoo City on the third try… you have to be in a certain mood! I’m looking forward to reading Insurgent as well, and of course I have you to thank for Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend 🙂

  3. I’m always hearing such great things about The Knife of Never Letting Go. I really should read it! I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone. ❤

    My Favorites!

    1. It’s really worth it, I hope you’ll read it in the coming year 🙂

  4. readerbuzz says:

    All of these are intriguing titles. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    Here’s my Best of 2012.

  5. As usual I’m finding more books to add to my reading list thanks to you! And I loved Daughter of Smoke & Bone, The Knife of Never Letting Go and Divergent. I’m almost finished with Zoo City too.

  6. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, totally checking that out.

  7. TrishaDM says:

    Room was on my list too!
    I remember you mentioning the Karma Suture before. I still want to get my hands on it! Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend sounds fascinating, as well.

  8. emziixgx says:

    Great list, I have Room in my pile to read still hopefully i’ll get round to it next year.

  9. I also really liked Room, and thought the narrator and narrative structure was captivating! It missed making my TTT by a hair. Zoo City has been on my TBR list for ages…I’ve resisted only because my library doesn’t have it, but maybe in 2013!

    Great choices; thanks for sharing!

    Feel free to check out my TTT here!

    1. I hope that you find Zoo City soon, and that you’ll enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Nikki says:

    Awesome list! There are so many people picking Tiger Lily that I think I am going to HAVE to read it NOW!

    Nikki @ Imaginative Adventure

  11. I still need to read Divergent! Here’s my TTT list:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  12. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend has a very original intriguing premise – I’m definitely going to follow that one up. I read Room a while ago and thought it was brilliant. Here’s my list:

  13. I really loved Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. The scene where he starts to “grow up” made me cry. It was a wonderful book. I haven’t read Room yet, but I am hopefully going to get to it soon.

    1. If Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend made you cry, Room definitely will too. For some reason they feel like similar books, even though they’re completely different.

  14. Yey Daughter of Smoke and Bone, excellent choice 😀 Here is my TTT

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s