ArmchairBEA: Best of 2012

Today is Day 2 of the Armchair BEA. Today’s posting topic is the Best of 2012.  I’m taking this to mean the best books I’ve read so far in 2012, not that were published in 2012.

So far I’ve read 20 books since January 1, so I’m going to pick my top 5.

1. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

As you may have seen already, this is one of my favorite books.  Morgenstern paints such a vivid and wonderful picture of a circus infused with magic.  The characters are fantastic and the story is truly a memorable one.  There is also an online game based on the book: (you can sign in using your Twitter or Facebook accounts, too).

2. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline

A really interesting read and a great look into 80s pop culture.  Interesting to see how we can become so consumed by technology (and scary too!)

3. The Map of Time, Felix J. Palma

A great historical fiction that includes some well-known historical people (H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper to name just a couple).  I really liked the H.G. Wells character and wonder if the real person could have been anything like this character?  (Also, I kept thinking about H.G. Wells from the Syfy show Warehouse 13.. hehe)

4. Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie

This is my favorite animated Disney movie.  But I only read this story for the first time earlier this year.  Well, Disney made it more kid-friendly and softened the character of Peter Pan a bit.

5. The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1), Jasper Fforde

I read this a while back and didn’t really remember anything about it, so I decided to read it again. While it may not be the best piece of literature, it is an enjoyable story and I look forward to reading the others in the series.

(Each title links back to my review on the book).

Today is also the first Twitter party (scheduled for 11pm EST), but I don’t know if I’ll be able to stay awake for it…plus, what exactly is a Twitter party? hehe


14 thoughts on “ArmchairBEA: Best of 2012

  1. The Nig Circus was quite vivid wasn’t it? That atmosphere that Morgenstern created is pret unforgettable. Great picks!


  2. The Eyre Affair is one of my favorite books! Yeah ok, it’s not high literature, but so what! It’s so much fun! It’s smart, witty, and I WISH I could book jump! What is not to love?


  3. The Night Circus, The Map of Time, and Peter Pan are all ones that I want to read! Hopefully I’ll get to them soon! 😀 I didn’t realize Disney had toned Peter Pan down so much, but judging by how they tame down other stories, I’m not too shocked. 😛 lol

    Thanks for sharing your Best of 2012 post with us! 🙂
    My Armchair BEA Giveaway


    1. You’ll have to let me know what you think of each of the books! Yes, they did tone it down a bit, but you’re right: Disney does that with a lot of their films (when they’re based on books/fairy tales)

      Thanks for stopping by!


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