The 2012 Aaron Book Awards

3 01 2013

I’ve been keeping track of all the books I’ve read in the last year, and my grand total was 30, which I think is pretty good, especially considering I was (and still am, unfortunately) a student.  Here are some mentions I have from my booklist:

Best Book of 2012:  A tie: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Best Young Adult Book:  Every Day by David Levithan
Best Children’s Book:  Watership Down by Richard Adams (better than The Hobbit, you say?  Well, that’s a really tough one… but yes.)
Best Non-fiction Book: The Commitment by Dan Savage (I enjoyed the complexities of Payback but Dan Savage is just hilarious and so heartwarming)
Best Play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare (well, I only read two plays)
Honorable Mention:  Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.  This book (and film) really made me think about life, death, and love and is structured in such a fascinating way that kept me thinking and thinking for days.

Here’s a list of what I’ve read– many are books from BBC’s Top 100 List, which I’ve been choosing from– so you can stalk me better.  It’s organized chronologically:

Hunger Games Trilogy — Suzanne Collins  (before the films came out and everyone went crazy!)
Daaku — Ranj Dhaliwal
Les belles soeurs — Michel Tremblay
Obasan — Joy Kogawa
Generation A — Douglas Coupland
Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth — Margaret Atwood
Hey Nostradamus! — Douglas Coupland
The Mariposa Club — Rigoberto Gonzalez
Great Expectations — Charles Dickens
Money Boy — Paul Yee
Pride and Prejudice — Jane Austen
The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family — Dan Savage
The Da Vinci Code — Dan Brown (it was on BBC’s List and I was bored in box office at work and it was there, I swear!)
A Prayer for Owen Meany — John Irving
A Midsummer Night’s Dream — William Shakespeare
Best Gay Romance 2012 — Edited by Richard Labonté
The Handmaid’s Tale — Margaret Atwood
Winnie-The-Pooh — A.A. Milne
The Wasp Factory — Iain Banks
The Hobbit, Or There and Back Again — J.R.R. Tolkien
Cloud Atlas — David Mitchell
Watership Down — Richard Adams
The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes — Arthur Conan Doyle
Every Day — David Levithan
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk — David Sedaris
The Year of Magical Thinking — Joan Didion
On the Road — Jack Kerouac
Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? — Dan Bucatinsky

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3 01 2013
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