While it’s fun to count down the books I liked best in 2012, it’s also interesting to look at the reviews that received the most page views. Some are new, some are old, but all tell me something about my blog’s readership and what people like to see.
10) The World We Found – Thrity Umrigar
That The World We Found was one of my top reviews of 2012 isn’t a surprise — after all, I hosted a readalong and discussion on my blog. However, it’s very nice to see that my review this book (which I loved!) resonated with my readers.
9) The Dovekeepers – Alice Hoffman
The Dovekeepers was a novel that received mixed reviews. Some felt it was way too long and meandering; others absolutely loved it. I fell into this latter category; I thought it was beautifully written, with amazing characters and a rich sense of history. Seeing this review on here was a bit of a surprise because I’ve strayed away from reviewing most historical fiction, but I believe that the literary aspect is what drew readers to this one.
8) Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de RosnayI waited a long time to read and review this book, so I was surprised and thrilled when it actually lived up to the hype and my expectations. With the release of the movie and the general continuing popularity of Sarah’s Key, it makes sense that this review is on this list.
7) Catherine the Great – Robert K. Massie
My review of this Massie’s biography of Catherine the Great was pretty glowing, and for good reason. It’s an amazing read from beginning to end. I was happy to see that readers appreciate the history and biographies I review, as they continue to fascinate me so you’ll be seeing more of that in 2013.
6) Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai
I loved seeing this review on the list because the book is an older one, but so good. Fasting, Feasting was beautifully written and made me want to seek out more of Desai’s work. I also loved seeing another South Asian review on this list, as it means my readers love these books as much as I do.
5) The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obreht
Another surprise here — I liked, but didn’t love The Tiger’s Wife, and I’d assumed the hype around it had died down. It’s good to see so much literary fiction on this list, though, as I continue to want to read more and more of it.
4) Pandemonium – Lauren Oliver
I’ll admit I was shocked to see Pandemonium on this list; I’d always assumed that my YA reviews were the least read ones on my blog. That’s why I’ve been reviewing more YA over at a site I write for professionally and just doing mini-reviews here. I’m assuming most of this traffic came from searches, rather than my regular readers, but it’s interesting to note.
3) Secret Daughter – Shilpi Somaya Gowda
This is definitely the oldest review on this list, but Secret Daughter has a special place in my heart so I’m so glad to see that my readers agree with me. It’s also the third South Asian novel on this list. I put less of an emphasis on reading South Asian literature in 2012, mostly because I simply had less time to read and had to be more choosy. Seeing this list reinforces my resolve to read more South Asian literature in 2013.
2) Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Absolutely no surprise here — Gillian Flynn’s third novel is one of the bestselling novels of 2012. It’s a great one, so I’m glad people love it as much as I did.
1) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
I’ll admit it — I was SHOCKED that this was the number one review of 2012. It’s a great book and completely deserves that spot, but it proves how eclectic my readers are. I’m so looking forward to the sequel, and to reading more offbeat books like Miss Peregrine.