This year I got back into reading. I was such a bookworm as a kid I just sort of lost the care when I started playing games I guess. I got the Twilight books for Christmas and I read through them. Whilst I did enjoy reading them, I felt the need to get the taste out of my mouth and picked up some Pratchett. A few months later, a book in Asda caught my eye, then I really started reading again, joined Goodreads, all that. It’s been great and so I’m able to say the best I’ve read this year.

  1. The Book Thief – Markus Zuzak. This is the book that really got me back into reading. I loved every minute of it, it’s such a touching novel and I would recommend it to anybody. It’s written from the perspective of Death and following the story of a young (not Jewish) girl in Nazi Germany who absolutely loves books. The hardships she goes through and the fun she has is detailed so perfectly, I absolutely loved it and would definitely read it again. I bought it for my nanny’s birthday back in October because I knew she would love it too, and she did.
  2. Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb. Bought for me by a good friend of mine, it took me quite a while to get reading it because I had been reading another series, and a few life events getting in the way, but I finally read it after a bit and I’m glad I did. I couldn’t really say what the story was about, and even if I did, I’m not sure I could do it justice because Robin Hobb’s work really seems to be about the characters rather than the story and I think this is a wonderful thing. Definitely a must read for any fantasy fans.
  3. Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder. Now, Poison Study isn’t the greatest work of literature ever, not by a long shot, but I thought it was a fantastic read. The story was easy to follow, the characters were easy to love or hate, and the settings were easy to imagine. I’m not sure I would recommend it as a young adult read, since there are a couple of graphic scenes, though perhaps. I liked it, and the following two books in the series as well. I will be reading her other work as well. Wouldn’t recommend it if you’re a literature snob 😛 but otherwise, it’s a very nice fantasy read.

In 2011, I am looking forward to finishing the Farseer trilogy and moving onto the Fool’s trilogy of Robin Hobb’s work and finding even more good reads. I’ve got an Amazon wishlist the size of a small island, and I’m slowly building up a collection from the charity shop I work in as I really can’t say no to 25p-50p per book – I have found quite a few from my wishlist in there. I’d also like to read a few history books this year, I love history and I’d like to learn more about it, particularly pre-1700s. We’ll see what I feel like throughout the year and hope the “yay Cataclysm” feeling dies down soon so that I can get back to Royal Assassin.

What books have you particularly enjoyed this year? Make a blog post out of it if you can! 🙂