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WW Ladies/Men Favorite Books of 2012

Barbara Vey -- December 31st, 2012

There are best of lists popping up all over.  Best books, best movies, best fashions and more than enough worst lists, but we won’t go there.  Rather than name “Best Books,” we’re going with the WW Ladies favorite reads of 2012.  Now this doesn’t mean the book had to be published in 2012, it just means it had to be read in 2012.  In their emails to me, many lamented the fact that they could pick just one and it was a very difficult decision.  Kym absolutely couldn’t make up her mind.  Regardless, here’s what I finally got out of them.

 

Heidi

Heidi

 

Heidi - Gnome on the Range, by Jennifer Zane

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SheilaSomebody to Love, by Kristan Higgins.

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joysann

joysann

 

joysann – This is too hard…  I don’t like to choose. There are just too many books I really enjoy a lot.  Print book: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Audio book: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

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Susan

Susan

 

Susan - The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener
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Kym L

Kym 

Kym –  I can’t do it! I loved Trisha Ashley‘s newest, Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues, just as I love all of hers. Really liked Grace Burrowes‘s Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight and was also thrilled to discover Rena Gregory’s short story in the Five Golden Rings anthology.

 

 

 

 

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Joan

 

Joan –  If You See Her by Shiloh Walker 

 

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Tammy

TammyFifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, I loved the whole trilogy as one story.

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Michael

Michael

MichaelTimeless (The fifth book in the Alexia Tarabotti series) by Gail Carriger (audio book)

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Ashley

Ashley

AshleyOne Night Rodeo by  Lorelei James

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I have to agree that’s it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite book I read this year.  There were many that I enjoyed, but the two I talked about most to people were The Escape Diaries by Juliet Rosetti , a fun romp with an escaped but not guilty convict and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a futuristic adventure that I couldn’t put down.  Neither were all romance, but did have romantic elements.

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Please take a moment to tell me the best book you read in 2012.  It won’t be easy, but I do like to get recommendations, as do all my readers.

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Ready Player One

Barbara Vey -- December 21st, 2012

My son, Andrew, is not my big reader.  His brother, Keith, is.  When Andrew called to let me know he read the most amazing book, I paid attention.  Andrew is an artist, so his  books tend to be smaller and have pictures, but this one was different.

Andrew gave me Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  I immediately wanted to read it because Andrew wanted to talk about it and I love hearing how others viewed the same book I read.  This would be the first book that Andrew and I will have ever had a discussion about.  Movies…all the time, but books…never.

Yes, I know it’s cliche, but I absolutely could not put it down.  I started it at night and finished it the next morning.

When I called Andrew to tell him, he was shocked that I finished it already and he said it took him about a year to read it (he may have been exaggerating just a bit).  I had a bunch of questions and observations and couldn’t wait to hear his side of it.

Ready Player One is listed as science fiction, but it is so much more than that.

I tried to write a blurb about it, but I couldn’t do it justice, so here’s how the publisher described it.

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut — part quest novel, part love story and party virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

It’s the year 2044, and teh real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of the ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world.  For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune–and remarkable power–to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved–that of the late twentieth century.  And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into the happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons.  Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt–among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize.  Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win.  But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life–and love–in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

What did I love about this book?

The hero, Wade, a very ordinary guy in a grim world.
All the references to the 1980s.
The mystery.
The adventure.
And yes, the love story.  Because there is an amazingly sweet love story in this book.

What did I not like about this book?

Nothing.

I would read it again in a heartbeat.  This is the kind of book that screams to have a movie made of it.  I highly recommend it because I want to talk to others about it. What makes this book special is that it’s one of those books that anyone can read.  Male, female, young, old, cranky, happy, there’s something for everyone.  I can’t stop thinking about it and isn’t that the sign of a terrific book?

If you’ve read the book, let me know.  Have you ever had a book recommended that knocked your socks off?  Did you ever get a recommendation from an unexpected source and enjoy it?  Do your kids suggest books to you?

Bottom Line:  So, thank you Andrew for the recommendation and keep ‘em coming.