Tag: Best of 2012

My Top Five Reads of 2012

Posted December 27, 2012 by Michael @ Knowledge Lost in Top 5 / 0 Comments

top-5I’ve already done a post about 2012 but I wanted to do another. The typical top five post of the best books you’ve read in 2012 but because I split my books into released in 2012 and all others, I think I need two top five lists here. So here are my top reads for the year;

Top Five Reads Released in 2012

5. Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan

4. Dare Me by Megan Abbott

3. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

2. The Fault in our Stars by John Green

1. Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Honourable mentions need to be made to Colour of Milk, The Yellow Birds, The Cocktail WaitressTigers in Red Weather, The Dinner and The Age of Miracles.

Top Five Reads in 2012

5. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

4. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

3. Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

2. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

With honourable mentions to When Gravity Fails, The Little Prince, Factotum, He Died With His Eyes Open, The Devil All the Time, The Master and Magarita and Ethan Frome.

Now it’s your turn to let me know of your favourite books, the new releases and the older books. It doesn’t matter; just what you discovered and loved.

The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon

Posted October 10, 2012 by Michael @ Knowledge Lost in Historical Fiction / 0 Comments

The Colour of Milk by Nell LeyshonTitle: The Colour of Milk (Goodreads)
Author: Nell Leyshon
Published: Fig Tree, 2012
Pages: 176
Genres: Historical Fiction
My Copy: eBook

Buy: AmazonBook Depository (or visit your local Indie bookstore)

Mary is a sharp tongued fifteen year old farm girl who has a strong desire to learn how to read and write. “In this year of lord eighteen hundred and thirty one” you follow the journal of a poor and disabled girl who should have no rights going against the odds to achieve what she always wanted; the ability to read and write.

The Colour of Milk is written in a personal journal over the four seasons of a year. Mary is the youngest of four daughters living in the house of a man who really wanted sons; she cops the worst from him; his anger and frustration finds her being given to the local vicar to act as his domestic servant and care for his invalid wife. It is the vicar that she pesters to teach her to read and write and eventually he does. This book follows the growing relationship between the two as she begins to learn.

Mary is a spirited girl and her natural honesty often gets her into trouble but she is a wonderful character and the relationships with her family and the vicar, along with battling against her sex and class makes this an eccentric little book. There is a simplification and beauty to the prose of this book, and with the quirky character of the narrative, makes this pure joy to read.

I will admit it did take me a little bit to get used to, the lack of punctuation really though me off but the fact that it’s a journal of a girl learning to write I had to accept the fact that I shouldn’t expect perfection in the writing styles of a girl still learning to write. I have to say this is an adorable little book that gave me great pleasure in reading. Elegant and beautiful in a very simple way.

2012 Man Booker Long List Announced

Posted July 26, 2012 by Michael @ Knowledge Lost in Literary News / 0 Comments

The 2012 Man Booker long list was announced today. Here is what the judges thought were the best books of the past year;

  • The Yips by Nicola Barker (Fourth Estate)
  • The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman (Sceptre)
  • Philida by André Brink (Harvill Secker)
  • The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon Books)
  • Skios by Michael Frayn (Faber & Faber)
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday)
  • Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (And Other Stories)
  • Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
  • The Lighthouse by Alison Moore (Salt)
  • Umbrella by Will Self  (Bloomsbury)
  • Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil (Faber & Faber)
  • Communion Town by Sam Thompson (Fourth Estate)

How many of the books have you read so far? I haven’t read any of them.

ArmchairBEA 2012: Wrap Up

Posted June 9, 2012 by Michael @ Knowledge Lost in ArmchairBEA / 0 Comments

It’s been fun to have a week of writing about books and book blogging and sharing them with the rest of the ArmchairBEA people. I’m hoping everyone has found new book blogs to follow and have had an enjoyable experience. I know I’ve neglected my book reviews and reqular posts for this week and I’m hoping none of my readers are too upset with this fact. I’ve had a lot of fun (even if I wrote these posts in advance) and I’m hoping you did too.

Please be sure to check out my other ArmchairBEA posts as well and regular blogging will commence again tomorrow. Thanks.

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ArmchairBEA is a virtual convention for book blogger who can’t attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention. Banner by Nina of Nina Reads and button by Sarah of Puss Reboots