Now that 2012 has just begun, I find myself looking back on the past year: the meals I’ve cooked, the films that touched me, the time I spent with loved ones, and the great books I read. Therefore, I’m embracing this opportunity as a chance to share those titles with you. So bundle up and stop into your local library to pick up one of these greats!
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – Scholar, Diana Bishop, unknowingly finds a much sought after tome, while in Oxford’s Bodleian library. Who is in search for this tome, you ask? Oh, no one but the world’s most powerful witches, daemons, and vampires – that’s all! This one is a delightful mix of supernatural, science fiction, romance that will surely make you crave the second volume in this trilogy.
The Kid by Sapphire – This extraordinary story chronicles the journey of Precious’ son, Abdul, after his mother’s death. Beware – this one is just as gritty as Precious and will send you on an emotional roller coaster.
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin – Contrary to the implication of the use of the word “autobiography” in the title of this one, it is a fictional tale, though it does read like an autobiography. Pick this one up if you’re intrigued by the circus – it gives a great account of the beginnings of the famous Mr. P.T. Barnum and all from the perspective a very teeny tiny woman, Ms. Lavinia Bump.
The Magician King by Lev Grossman – This follow up to The Magicians is simply fantastic. Pick up book one if you craving an adventure tale with a taste of the traditional English boarding school story with a more adult Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia flavor mixed in. You’ll surely be clamoring for book two shortly after.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson – I couldn’t have chosen a better book to read over Halloween weekend this year. Johnson eloquently unravels a mystery in this one, where Rory moves to London from Louisiana to attend boarding school, only to promptly witness a modern day Jack the Ripper murder, and must decide what to do, while avoiding getting her own throat cut.
I can hardly wait to see what 2012 will bring, in terms of some good reading!