Armchair BEA! Day 2: Best of 2012

Good morning ladies and gents!

So, it’s day 2 of Armchair BEA – how’s everyone feeling? I know that I spent HOURS online yesterday, mostly visiting and commenting. It’s SO much fun, but I admit I needed a break from the computer last night.

Here’s today’s topic:

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!

I’ll start with some of my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year (which sadly is only about 30 books total)… I narrowed it down to my top 6.

In Search of the Multiverse

In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin (best non-fiction)

The first book I’ve read about the possibility of multiple universes, and the first book that really introduced me to physics and quantum physics, which I’m obsessed with now.

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (best YA)

The long wait for Bitterblue was well worth it. I loved being back in the Seven Kingdoms.

Hominds by Robert J. Sawyer (best sci-fi)

This is the first book of The Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, which I fell in love with. It’s actually the book that made me really interested in the idea of multiple universes and hence I set out to read more non-fiction about it, leading me to In Search of the Multiverse.

Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey (best paranormal)

The first book of the Sandman Slim series. It’s awesome – Stark is such a bad-ass.

Maus by Art Spiegelman (best graphic novel)

In all fairness this is the only graphic novel / comic I’ve read so far this year, but it was so great I had to put it on here.

The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander (best historical fiction)

This book was SO GOOD and the ending was such a shock. And it makes me want to learn more about the Romonovs.

So, those are my Best of 2012 books! Have you read any of them? If not, you really should.


As for books that are going to be at BEA that I’m looking forward to… I only had a little bit of time to browse through the website. These are 3 that caught my eye.

The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics by Leonard Susskind – I need this. So you know, if you’re one of the lucky folks at BEA and you see this or you already grabbed it, I would looooooove a copy.

Seducing Mr. Knightly by Maya Rodale – I read and really loved The Tattooed Duke by this author, and this is part of the same series.

The Lands of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin – Apparently this is a companion book to the A Song of Ice and Fire series, with maps and pictures in it. Sounds very cool.


Well, and now I’m desperately wishing I was at BEA collecting a million books to bring home with me. *Sigh* maybe next year…




  1. Great picks! A few of those are on my wishlist already, like the Kristin Cashore series and Hominids … I’ve heard wonderful things!

    Hopefully someone can pick up a book or two for you!


  2. Would you say that In Search For the Multiverse is something a fifteen year old could read? I’m working on a non-fiction involving a new galaxy and planets, and think that it’d be great research material.

    Ohmygoodness, I love Maus! After reading it, I doodled mice dressed in suits all over my assignments and notebooks 🙂

    Have a happy BEA and thank you very much for stopping by 🙂


    1. I wouldn’t recommend In Search of the Multiverse for a 15-year old – I would say maybe for 17 or 18 and up. While it was easy for a beginner like me, it was something I REALLY had to focus on because he introduces complex aspects of quantum mechanics. A particularly bright or science-minded teen might enjoy it, but otherwise I don’t think a teen that young would have the patience.

      Good luck!


  3. OOH! Maps! I hadn’t heard of that one before, I did see Beyond The Walll on NetGalley, but as I haven’t read all the books yet, I didn’t request it… Seducing Mr. Knightly sounds really good as well 🙂 And YAY for Bitterblue!


    1. I know a lot of people didn’t like it as much, but I ended up really enjoying it. Once I got over the fact that Bitterblue just isn’t as kick-ass as Katsa 🙂


  4. This is so cool!!! I love physics! It was my favorite subject in HS. I wanted to be a physicist. But, then in college I found out I had to take ALL this math… I became an urban planner, which I am really happy with…but, I still have physics curiosity! Your two physics books just rocketed (get it, rocketed?) to the top of my TBRs!! Thanks 🙂

    I’m signing up to follow your site by email and Twitter 🙂


    1. I don’t think I could have dealt with such hard math either. I wish I had been able to take Physics in high school, but I don’t think my high school even offered it… I went to a weird school. I’m on a physics kick though, so keep an eye out for more science-y book reviews 🙂


  5. YAY Maus! Wooo woo wooo! Hehe. In search of the Multiverse also sounds super interesting- I read A Short History of Nearly Everything earlier this year and now I’m all over this science shiz!


  6. Wow, such a diverse group of books! I should read Maus- I admit I put it off because I think it will be so sad. I have The Kitchen Boy on my shelf- glad to know it’s so good! And I definitely have Bitterblue on the wishlist 🙂


    1. Maus was really good, and pretty sad, but at the same time you aren’t too caught up in the sadness because you’re thinking stuff about the artwork and his story with his father.


  7. I’ve yet to read Kristin Cashore’s books, but I keep hearing such great things about Bitterblue and it’s making me want to read them NOW. I love that you split these into genres too, creative! I don’t often see non-fiction books on book blogs (I’m probably not looking in the right place, admittedly), so this was a nice change!

    Thanks for stopping by my post!


  8. I’ve not had too much experience with the whole graphic novels thing, but the Maus books are awesome. I looooved The Kitchen Boy, too. I’ve always had a thing for the Romanovs, and The Kitchen Boy played right to it. =)


    1. Hi Melanie!

      No, I it’s not the Austen Mr. Knightley. This Mr. Knightly is a newspaper owner in London (if my memory is correct). It should be pretty good!


  9. Finally just put Hominids and Sandman Slim on hold! Have been wanting to since first seeing your reviews. 😀 I wanted to put Multiverse on hold too, but we don’t have it. While I don’t like science in general, I love learning about outer space and the universe. Books I pick up on the topic though are usually too scientifically written and frustrating for me, so I usually give up. Hmmm. Do you think it’s worth a buy?


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