The Best NOT Shitty Books of 2012

I know this is expected from a part-time librarian, but I have to say this. Contrary to popular belief, reading is in fact NOT boring. 

Reading is only boring if you’re reading a shitty book.  If it has characters you don’t care about, a plot that’s implausible, and/or terrible writing, then it is *probably* a shitty book.  Although, some books are so bad they’re good (I’m looking at you “Fifty Shades of Grey”).  

Anyway, I want to recommend you the best NOT shitty books that I read in 2012.  And by “best NOT shitty” I mean these are books that I couldn’t put down, and by “I couldn’t put down” I mean I’d stay up til 2 or 3 am reading them, a la: 

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The Best NOT Shitty Books of 2012

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

To sum it up: that bitch cray

To sum it up: that bitch cray

“Reached” by Ally Condie

The writing is kind of poetic and elegant.

The writing is kind of poetic and elegant. 

“The Silver Linings Playbook” by Matthew Quick

A fairly short novel, but you really root for Pat

A fairly short novel, but you really root for Pat

“The Sandcastle Girls” by Chris Bohjalian

One woman looks for answers about her grandparents and delves into the past to see how their love affair began.

One woman looks for answers about her grandparents and delves into the past to see how their love affair began.

“The Red Book” by Deborah Copaken Kogan

A lot can change after college, or a lot can stay the same.

A lot can change after college, or a lot can stay the same.

“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgernstern

I kind of want to make love to her writing.  And by kind of I mean really.

I kind of want to make love to her writing. And by kind of I mean really.

“Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” by Jenny “The Bloggess” Lawson

I liked this book so much I bought it. That's a recommendation in itself.

I liked this book so much I bought it. That’s a recommendation in itself.

“When She Woke” by Hillary Jordan

Imagine if you couldn't hide any of your indescretions. What color would your sins be?

Imagine if you couldn’t hide any of your indiscretions. What color would your sins be?

“Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen

Neither the movie or book disappointed.

Neither the movie or book disappointed.

And finally:

“The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins

Katniss can totally kick my ass and I would so be ok with it.

Katniss can totally kick my ass and I would so be ok with it.          

I think I liked this better than the first.

I think I liked this better than the first.

*sidenote: I left off  “Mockingjay” (the third book in The Hunger Games series) because I hated it.  Read it and you’ll understand. 

If you make any kind of resolutions this year, make one to read more. Remember: 

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Happy 2013.

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4 thoughts on “The Best NOT Shitty Books of 2012

  1. Yes! Someone who agrees with me about Mockingjay! I got here from your comment on The Bloggess (out of sheer curiosity to see your list of non-shitty books) and I’ve got to say I like your reading choices. :)

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