I’ve re-read all 37 of my Reading Notes from 2011, and I have to say, I read a lot of books that disappointed me over the year. That’s a bit sad. Hopefully 2012 will be a bit more satisfying in the book-reading department. In the meantime, here are my favourite lines from my top picks of the year. If I have to pick the very, very best, from the 6 finalists, it would have to be How to Make Gravy. Those non-fictions! They get me every time.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION:
Pig Boy by J C Burke – “This book grabbed me from the start. The last two nights I have sat up far too late because… I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN.”
Gone by Michael Grant – “The premise of Gone is that, suddenly, every single person 15 or older vanishes. The children, who it becomes apparent are not all perfectly normal children, have to find a way to survive in the ‘Lord of the Flies’ type world they are left in. Added to this, they soon realise that as each of them reach their 15th birthday, they, too, will disappear. I really enjoyed this book because it leaves you guessing throughout. I also liked it because a lot of the things the children do once all the adults are gone seem like very plausible choices.”
How to Make Gravy by Paul Kelly – “I feel privileged to have read this book. I feel satisfied and fed. This is a beautiful book… that you should read.”
Delete this at your Peril by Bob Servant – “A harmless, pointless, fun, little read. Well worth the dollar.”
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey – “This book offers up a conundrum. It is beautifully written, but it tells an ugly tale. Nevertheless, it made me laugh and it offered hope, so I’m glad I read it. The characters are complex and flawed. The small town setting is stiflingly realistic. The dialogue between Charlie and Jeffrey is laugh out loud funny.”
The Affair by Lee Child – “He kills people with his bare hands and he is totally and utterly irresistible.”
So, now on to my 2012 reads. I am saving a few pages of the book I started on Boxing Day – to finish on Sunday – so you won’t have long to wait for the first review of 2012.