Since I began working at CCPL this year, I managed to expand my already mile-long reading list to one I may never fully catch up with. While finding time to read everything has been a challenge, each book has been an adventure. Here are some of my favorites for the year.
I caught up on some of the latest crazes, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Hunger Games. I relished The Phantom Tollbooth and its delightful wordplay. I even indulged my inner child with some Fancy Nancy and Eloise books.
I read a slew of graphic novels and manga. Of the new arrivals to the library, I most enjoyed Kimi ni Todoke, Kamisama Kiss, and Pandora Hearts. I also enjoyed re-reading MARS and YuYu Hakusho, while impatiently waiting for more D. Gray-man and Black Butler.
Americapedia:Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom gives a review of how American government works, and also a quick, easy-to-understand rundown of many of the issues we’ve been dealing with for the past few decades–the stuff they don’t talk about in school. It does a pretty good job of keeping a neutral stance through it all, even though it covers many controversial issues. Even better, as you probably guessed from the title, they do it all with a sense of humor.
Holy Cow! An Indian Adventure is a woman’s chronicle of her time spent living in India. While laughing at her hilarious accounts of her adventures in traveling the country and experiencing different aspects of India’s many religious groups, I sympathized with her struggles with culture shock and homesickness. Her stories reminded me of similar experiences I had while living in Japan. A great read for anyone who has traveled abroad or hopes to someday.
Kate Locke’s God Save the Queen is a heady blend of some of my favorite things: steampunk, feisty heroines and non-sparkly vampires. It’s an action-packed mystery story set in an alternate version of Victorian England that has been taken over by vampires and werewolves. Bonus points to the author for making the evolution of supernatural beings sound science-y and plausible. I’m looking forward to the next book!
I’m currently working on Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible, which talks about the history of American clothes and fashion, while also giving fashion advice and plenty of examples of different iconic styles through the decades. Next up is Expletive Deleted: A Good Look at Bad Language, which is bound to wrap up my reading adventures of 2012 with a bang.