Dec 31, 2012
Today's Ramsey County Library staff's Top Ten of 2012 is from Carol J. of Mounds View. "Very few of these actually came out in 2012--I admire anyone organized enough to read a book in the year it came out! But I loved these anyway."
My Top Ten of 2012:
How to Be a Woman  by Caitlin Moran – Part memoir, part rant; all hilarious and thoughtful and brilliant and important.
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas - Insightful and complicated Australian novel about a group of friends and family and the drama that ensues when one of them slaps another's child at a backyard barbecue.
Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn - The book everyone was reading this year--I thought it totally lived up to the hype. Dark, surprising and funny.
Wickedly Charming  by Kristine Grayson – An imaginative and charming retelling of fairy tales tucked away within the trappings of a mass market romance, complete with shirtless male torso.
Wild Thing  by Josh Bazell -This sequel to Bazell's equally gripping Beat the Reaper follows the further adventures of Dr. Peter Brown, a.k.a. Pietro Brnwa, mob hit man turned cruise ship doctor. Virtually impossible to put down.
Blackout  and All Clear  by Connie Willis - Novel about time traveling historians is subtly romantic and beautifully evocative of what is must have been like living in London during World War II. A delight.
I Want my MTV  by Craig Marks, Rob Tannenbaum - I love a good oral history, especially when the people interviewed are as honest and outspoken as in this one, which is filled with fascinating insights into the music industry and many, many hilarious quotes.
Code Name Verity  by Elizabeth Wein - Gripping, suspenseful, and chilling, this young adult novel is a great story of friendship, but also of parts of World War II that we don't necessarily always hear about.
The Cranes Dance  by Meg Howrey - Snarky, hilarious and poignant, I utterly adored this novel about an NYC ballet dancer and her relationship with her mentally unbalanced dancer sister.
Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Dynasty  by Nile Rodgers - From growing up in Beat-era Greenwich Village to producing some of the best-selling albums of the 1980s, Rodgers tells his amazing stories with a lot of humility and a lot of humor but no self-pity and no arrogance.