Today, my husband makes his annual visit to the blog to share his own favorite books of the year. Unlike me, he actually puts his in order (he calls my way “no fun”). So, let me turn the
mic keyboard over to Ben to share his top 7 books of 2012.
(7) The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Though I don’t believe Rowling to be a particularly talented writer, she is one of the best storytellers around. This book is no exception. Her first foray into the adult market is a very dark and disturbing exploration of the politics of human relationships. Nonetheless, it’s a very engrossing read with wonderful characters.
(6) Tinkers by Paul Harding
I read this book a week after our son, Evan, was born. The themes of family, the nature of time, and death seemed very prescient at the time. I think had I read this prior to being a father, I would have had a different reaction to it. But it affected me very deeply.
(5) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Despite being called heartless and soulless for not crying my eyes out while reading, I still found this to be a very emotional read. Since reading this book I have developed a pretty serious man-crush on John Green.
(4) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
This year I devoured the first four books of the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, but the third installment, A Storm of Swords, is in a league of its own. Such rich characters and landscape, combined with intriguing political chess and backstabbing, and of course, a healthy dose of Tyrion Lannister. And then there was the Red Wedding. Damn.
(3) The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
I love baseball. There’s something special about the game, and Harbach got it just right. Henry Skrimshander’s story is heartbreakingly beautiful and moving.
(2) The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
A true story about one of the most significant architectural projects ever undertaken, set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century Chicago, along with the emergence of America’s first serial killer. What’s not to like? This was unputdownable.
(1) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Every now and then a book taps into that ineffable feeling that there is some higher power at work, that there exists something in the world that is so beautiful, so perfect, so hopeful that it leaves you emotionally drained yet wanting it to never end. This is one of those books. A perfect mix of mystery, regret, love, hope, and heartbreak. It’s been a very long time since a book spoke to me the way The Night Circus did.