2012 has been an outstanding year for new fiction – in the first few months I read more 4.5+ star books than I did in the whole of 2011. The positive reviews just keep on coming…..
Here are my favourite books of the year so far:
An original, thought provoking look at the way we perceive historical fiction. Focusing on a mission to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, the chief of the Nazi secret services during WWII, it is gripping and informative. Books don’t get better than this!
An epic book that analyses the way we record history. It combines the racism faced by black Americans and the horror of the Holocaust in a complex, but thought provoking plot. Some of the scenes are disturbing, but all are necessary. This is an emotional read that I highly recommend.
The premise doesn’t sound that exciting, but this quiet story about a girl and her uncle, who is dying from AIDs, is packed with emotion. Family secrets and relationships combine to form a beautifully story that will stay with you for a long time.
A fantastic love story set during WWII. The central character is a young female parachutist who we see develop as she undergoes training and then performs dangerous secret missions in France. It is wonderfully entertaining and packs an emotional punch.
Atmospheric and emotional book about one family preparing for the arrival of hurricane Katrina. It is a powerful insight into the lives of a family who have little in common with me, but I loved the way I was made to understand their problems and motivations.
A wonderfully entertaining book about what it means to be a family. Focused on a morbidly obese man, this book manages to avoid stereotypes to produce a heartwarming story that will keep you guessing.
Balancing on a thin line between fairy-tale and reality this is an atmospheric book set in the Canadian wilderness. The book begins with a childless couple building a snowchild in their garden. The next morning their snow sculpture has disappeared and they catch a glimpse of a real child running through their garden. Are they imagining it?
Combining reality television with the ruthless world of the professional kitchen this dark book is as shocking as it is entertaining. It’s not for the squeamish!
This short book is a wonderful piece of historical fiction. It is atmospheric, engaging and packs an emotional punch. I recommend giving it a try!
You can also find recommendations for other outstanding books on my posts predicting the Orange and Booker Prize longlists.
Have you enjoyed any of these books?
Can you recommend any other books that you think could make my “Best of 2012” list?