January 1, 2013

.2012 in 12 photos.

.december books.

It's the end of the year and the last month for me to reach my reading goal of 50 books in 2012. Did I make it? Find out:

Genius Wars: Catherine Jinx  This is the third book within the Genius trilogy. The gang is at it again to find Prosper English and put a stop to him once and for all. Jinx takes us on a suspenseful journey while Cadel fights for the lives of his friends and family as well as his own.

Sadako and One Thousand Paper Cranes: Eleanor Coerr    Did you read this book back in middle school when you were younger? I never did and then someone at work said that it was her favorite kids book  and recommend it.  OH MY GOODNESS!!! This is such a touching little read that left me in tears. I'm not even going to tell you what it's about...all I am going to say is READ it and thank me after!!

Coraline: Neil Gaiman  I loved the movie Coraline when it came out and when I finally found out it was a book , I knew I had to read it.  I feel like all my co-workers LOVE Neil Gaiman, so I needed to read it right away. Unfortunately, I found the book to be good but not great. Gaiman is able to paint a picture with his words which I admire. I didn't even have to compare the book to the movie since he used his words to paint me the exact picture he wanted me to see.

Pippi Longstocking: Astrid Lindgren  I never knew the story about Pippi Longstocking all I knew was she had red hair in pigtails and owned a horse.  I LOVED this book and all the little stories about the crazy and lovable Pippi.  I am now a huge fan of Lindgren and am looking to read more of her books.  If you haven't read Pippi Longstocking you should read it and I recommend it to all young girls to read!

The Little Prince: Antoine de Saint Exupery  Yet another book that everyone should read as well as every little kid. The book only took me about an hour to read, I fell in love with it. I smiled and cried all within a few pages. Again, I'm not going to tell you what the book is about. I'm just going to tell you that you NEED to read it!!!

Was She Pretty?: Leanne Shapton  Quick, real quick book about girlfriends and relationships through the eyes of the guy. It has drawings with it as well...it's a cool little book.

The Reformed Vampire Support Group: Catherine Jinx  I was on a Jinx roll this last month! This book was pretty good, a light, funny read. The book follows a group of Vampires who have taken the oath not to drink human blood. One night one of the group members is killed which sends the other members on the hunt. Follow their adventures to figure out who is after them and all the little incidents that happen along the way.

If You Were Here: Jen Lancaster  This is Lancaster's first venture into fiction. However, she doesn't venture that far out, more like puts a toe into the water instead of doing a cannon ball. The story follows a middle aged Chicago husband and wife who move out of the city into Jake Ryan's house in Sixteen Candles. The house needs total renovation which pushes the couples relationship and finances. The voice of the book is the same as Lancaster using in her memoirs. It's a good book and fans of hers will also enjoy this novel.

Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress: Dai Sijie  This was a beautiful, enchanting book taking place in China during the Cultural Revolution. Two boys being re-educated in the country discover a trunk of banned books in which they steal to escape their reality. One boy who falls in love with the little seamstress also uses these books to teach the seamstress about the world and how to be a city girl. Both boys fall desperately in love with the little seamstress while she falls in love with the world and city from the worlds of the forbidden books.


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I'm gonna be honest it was a little touch and go this month. I was nervous about having to read 6 books this month. My co-workers gave great recommendations for young adult and children chapter books to help pull me through to my goal!! One of the many perks of working in a bookstore!! 

Within the next week I will share with you my top 10 favorite books from 2012!