Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Armchair BEA Day#2--Best of the Best

Never fear fellow Armchairers....I registered!!  All is good.

Today's topic from Armchair BEA is:
Today’s suggested posting topic is “Best of 2012”:

Share some of your favorite books so far this year, and/or the the books being promoted at BEA that you hope will end up among your favorites for the year!

Sheila from Book Journey just Tweeted that she is standing in line at BEA  to receive an advanced copy of "The Twelve" by Justin Cronin.
I really liked her, but now?   Now I am filled with a jealous rage.  Why?  Because I just checked and the book doesn't actually come out until October 16.  I don't know if I can wait that long.  (I purchased it to be delivered on that day and then I had to buy a cookbook to make myself feel better for having to wait some more).
I loved the first book in the trilogy, The Passage, and have been waiting for this 2nd book since the minute I read "the end" (or rather 'to be continued') in the first one.
(haha.... I still like Sheila. Her enthusiasm for reading is amazing)
So, that is one book being promoted at BEA that I hope will end up among my favorites!

Some of my personal best (having read them in  2012, not that they were published in 2012) are:
(all descriptions are from Goodreads)

A Grown up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women's shared past--and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.

It by Stephen King 

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they were grown-up men and women who had gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back to Derry, Maine to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name. What was it? Read It and find out...if you dare!

11-22-63 by Stephen King

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed forever.

If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you?
Would the consequences be worth it?

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

Three Day Town by Margaret Maron

Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant are on a train to New York, finally on a honeymoon after a year of marriage. January in New York might not be the perfect time to visit, but they'll take it. The trip is a Christmas present from Dwight's sister-in-law, who arranged for them to stay in an Upper West Side apartment for one week. While in New York, Deborah has been asked to deliver a package to Lt. Sigrid Harald of the NYPD. Sigrid offers to swing by the apartment to pick up the box, but when they reach the apartment, they discover that it is missing and the doorman has been murdered. Despite their best efforts to enjoy a blissful getaway, Deborah and Dwight soon find that they've teamed up with Sigrid and her team to catch the killer before he strikes again

Henry's Sisters by Cathy Lamb

From the acclaimed author of "Julia's Chocolates" and "The Last Time I Was Me" comes Lamb's most heartwarming novel to date, as three sisters reunite during a family crisis.

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder.

No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter—and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death.

When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary. CC de Poitiers was electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire village, as she watched the annual curling tournament. And yet no one saw anything. Who could have been insane enough to try such a macabre method of murder—or brilliant enough to succeed?

With his trademark compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find the dangerous secrets long buried there. For a Quebec winter is not only staggeringly beautiful but deadly, and the people of Three Pines know better than to reveal too much of themselves. But other dangers are becoming clear to Gamache. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is coming for Gamache himself.

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

I am red now. It was her first thought of the day, every day, surfacing after a few seconds of fogged, blessed ignorance and sweeping through her like a wave, breaking in her breast with a soundless roar. Hard on its heels came the second wave, crashing into the wreckage left by the first: he is gone.

Hannah Payne’s life has been devoted to church and family. But after she’s convicted of murder, she awakens to a nightmarish new life. She finds herself lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new Chromes—criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime—is a sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red for the crime of murder. The victim, says the State of Texas, was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father, a public figure with whom she shared a fierce and forbidden love.

A powerful reimagining of The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke is a timely fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated, and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith and love.

Those are just a few, but they are ones that I've really enjoyed. 

Most of my reading is done in a big easy chair in my living room, so  having to think of my 'bests' brings up great memories!  These books, cup of hot coffee and a cookie or two.

What are some of your favorites for the year?


Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

The Twelve is making alot of reader's best lists!!! I'll have to check it out.

Here's my Armchair BEA Best of 2012 post and my giveaway post for today!

Kristina said...

Not familiar with some of these but have seen The Twelve on a lot of people's lists today.

The Housework Can Wait said...

I haven't heard of The Twelve yet, but now that I have, I'm going to have a hard time waiting for it too! Maybe Sheila will decide to give her copy away...to me ;-)

Great list! Here's my Best of 2012!

ibeeeg said...

When She Woke is being added to my list of books to read. It sounds like a book that keeps you reading from start to finish.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I laughed when I read this.... "you liked me"... past tense....LOL.... our friendship destroyed over The Twelve!

You need to come to BEA next year - I would love to meet you!!!

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