21 December 2012

Books we've loved reading in 2012

The National Year of Reading has been filled with discussions about books and reading, and we'd like to finish the year off by sharing s few of the many books enjoyed by Libraries ACT staff in 2012. Some are new titles, and some old favourites - all are worth taking a look.

Happy reading.

  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith. American girl misses her plane and meets British boy at an airport. Their connection over the course of an international flight ends when they reach London, or does it?
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain. Discusses the nature of introverts, the differences between introverts and extroverts, how our culture can impede or empower introverts, and the stories of ‘successful’ introverts like Dale Carnegie, Vincent Van Gogh, JK Rowling.
  • Drink, Smoke, Pass Out - By Judith Lucy. Second volume of her memoirs (following on from The Lucy Family Alphabet) in which she “reviews the major paths of her life and, alarmingly, finds herself on a journey.”
  • I Want My Hat Back - Jon Klassen. Wonderfully illustrated and humorous picture book about a bear who loses his hat and asks a succession of animals whether they have seen it.
  • Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons. Published in the 1930s, the story of a family and their workers on a farm in Sussex.
  • The Maze Runner - James Dashner. First book in a young adult dystopian sci-fi series where a group of kids are stuck in a place called The Glade which is surrounded by a maze.
  • Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller. This novelisation of the Trojan War – complete with battles and love story - won the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction.
  • The Cat’s Table - Michael Ondaatje. This story of a young boy travelling to England in the 1950s is described as “a spellbinding story about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood, and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage.”
  • The Sisters Brothers - Patrick de Witt. Sisters is the family name of brothers, Charlie and Eli, who feature as henchman in a story of the ‘Old West’.
  • The Hare With the Amber Eyes - Edmund de Waal. Award-winning memoir which tells the story of a once wealthy European Jewish family, and their collection of Japanese netsuke miniature sculptures.
  • Dreaming in Colour - Kaffe Fassett. Autobiography of textile designer Kaffe Fassett, whose one-person show featured at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
  • Jamie: King of the Kitchen: The Man Who Revolutionised the Way Britain Eats - Stafford Hildred. Biography of celebrity chef and nutrition campaigner, Jamie Oliver.
  • Knitting: Fashion, Industry, Craft - Sandy Black. A history of knitting, not a book of patterns, which traces the development of knitting through domestic handcraft to high-end fashion.
  • The Phryne Fisher Mysteries - Kerry Greenwood. Australian series featuring the 1920s detective and her friends and enemies.
  • Agatha Raisin series - M.C.Beaton. Retiring early from her job in public relations, Agatha Raisin moves to lives in a little village in the English Cotswolds where she finds herself becoming an amateur detective.
  • The King’s Daughter - Christie Dickason. Historical novel about Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of James VI, King of Scotland, England and Ireland, and Anne of Denmark. Life in the Jacobean court is fraught with political and personal conflict.
  • Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett. In England in the 12th century, a cathedral is built amidst the turmoil of political unrest.
  • The Key - Simon Toyne. Book 2 in a trilogy. Journalist Liv is caught up in “events that defy explanation and hunted by someone she believes might be trying to kill her.”

  • The Rook: a novel - Daniel O’Malley. The first book by Australian Daniel O’Malley stars a supernatural agent who has lost her memory and only has one clue about who she is – a letter that tells her that her body used to belong to someone else.