Questions About Books: 2012, Part 1

books 2012Syosset R and R tries to follow as many other book blogs as time allows just because we love books and we also like to see how others are doing it.  Recently we saw a blog post onThe Broke and the Bookish called “Julia’s End of Year Book Survey” in which a list of questions about books for 2012 were answered.  The list originated as a survey on the blog The Perpetual Page Turner where it is to be found yearly.  Syosset R and R has circulated some of the questions to our library staff and hope to be publishing the answers that we get back throughout the first half of January 2013.  So our thanks to both of the aforementioned Blogs for the inspiration.  Here’s the first installment of questions answered by Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian:

Best Book You Read in 2012?

wolf_hallbring up the bodiesThere were two: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, read, deliciously, back to back.

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t?

This is How You Lose HerThis is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.  I had loved The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and was very much looking in forward to Diaz’ new book. While the first was heartbreaking it was still somehow joyful and enjoyable, the second was just heartbreaking.  A big disappointment.

Favorite book cover in 2012?

lady-cyclists-guide-to-kashgarA Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson.

Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

summer-without-menThe Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt.  This is a story about a middle aged poet whose husband asks her for a “pause” in their marriage.  She goes back to her hometown to regroup and there she interacts with her aging mother, a neighbor who is a young mother with marital problems and a group of young teenage girls in a summer poetry class she is teaching.  This book has something for most everyone to empathize with.

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Archie Meets Nero WolfeArchie Meets Nero Wolfe by Robert Goldsborough.  Rex Stout, the author of the Nero Wolfe detective novels, is one of my favorite authors.  Reading this latest installment in Goldsborough’s series reboot (after a 19 year hiatus) was almost as good as reading a book of Stout’s that I had somehow overlooked.  It was wonderful to meet up with Archie, Wolfe and the rest of their cohorts one more time.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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