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Summary of year 2012

Originally posted by audrey_e at Summary of year 2012
2012 was overall a good reading year. I managed to reach the 50 mark for the first time in three years, and that's because I graduated and also included a lot of plays ;).
For the first time ever, there is a significant portion of non-fiction, which makes me happy because it used to be a New Year's resolution of mine that was never accomplished. I intend to keep reading more non-fiction in 2013
Finally, I'm happy that I managed to read books that had been on my list for years, such as Moby-Dick, American Gods, Slaughterhouse-Five or Nineteen Eighty-Four

Best books of 2012:

 

Biggest disappointments of 201 (Not necessarily the worst books of the year, but I thought they would be great books and they turned out to be boring and/or very flawed

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misskelleen
Jan. 3rd, 2013 05:47 am (UTC)
Possession let me down too a bit. I remember getting really excited reading through it in some spots, but at the end feeling pretty blah about it.
audrey_e
Jan. 3rd, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
Agreed.
cyclotomic_72
Jan. 3rd, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I reread Middlesex this year and liked it even more than the first time through, and Vanity Fair is an old favorite. On the other hand, I enjoyed Cloud Atlas. I found the nested stories structure helped me keep track of the different narrative strands. I love big Pynchonesque modern novels, but I often loose track of the narrative strands to the extent that I don't recognize an old one when it reappears. I love Possession. It is one of my desert island books.
audrey_e
Jan. 4th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
I know Possession is very popular, but I thought it was very cliche.

In case you're interested: my review of Cloud Atlas , and my review of Possession.
cyclotomic_72
Jan. 4th, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
What I thought was interesting is that I should find two books I like on your favorites list, but then find another two on your most disappointing list.
iammara
Jan. 3rd, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
I loved possession but it's a) very much a zeitgeist-sort of book about academia in the '80s and b) about 50% parody, which is easily overlooked and which explains the rather hysterical end and the way everything ties together. I didn't care for the end myself, but I appreciated it in context. I love the honest writing though, and the offbeat relationship between the two protagonists really hit a nerve for me. One of my favourite books ever :)
audrey_e
Jan. 4th, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
I thought their relationship was a bit cliche. As for the academia aspect of it, it was actually what I enjoyed the most since I was an English major.

Here's my review of Possession if you want to know about why I did not like it.
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audrey_e
Jan. 4th, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
If you want to know why I did not like them, you can read my reviews:

Possession
American Gods
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