I found out this morning that participating in Armchair BEA requires daily posts! This is not usual for me, so apologies to everyone for the two posts today. I shall try to make this post suitably awesome to make up for the inconvenience, but that is a lot of pressure!
Today's topic is Best Books of 2012. Oh, good heavens. So many good books! I don't know how to choose between them. So I shall just choose three that I haven't seen reviewed much elsewhere on blogosphere:
This is a very hard category because I have read some fantastic graphic novels this year so far. I am cheating in a way because my review hasn't posted yet, but JUST YOU WAIT. It's coming this week. The book is about this really gorgeous girl who invents amazing things in her sleep because she is that good at science. It is also super colorful and the panels are full of witty jokes if you pay attention, and the cast of characters has people of all age ranges and cultures and sexes, which I greatly appreciate. Girl Genius is also available to read fully online, and I recommend that you do so, stat.
Best Non-Fiction: A Midwife's Tale - The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary
All, non-fiction can be just as fascinating as fiction can be, and Laurie Thatcher Ulrich proves that in this book. She takes a really bare bones diary kept by this woman in late 18th century Maine and brings the whole world to life, using it to draw conclusions about networks, trade systems, SCANDAL (like an old man marrying a woman younger than his youngest daughter and having even more children- oh, yeah), and the rates of premarital sex in the early American republic. So many fun facts!
Best Book To Make You Laugh: Bab - A SubDeb
I loved this book so much, and it is available for FREE online at Project Gutenberg. If you enjoy happiness, you will like this book. The narrator is a budding feminist before the first world war, but she's also slightly ditzy and hijinks ensue. Nothing like early 20th century hijinks, if you ask me.