Simone: Sight Reading – Daphne Kalotay
Jouke: The Age of Voodoo – James Lovegrove
JeroenW: The Desert Spear – Peter V. Brett
Renate: Faces in the Crowd – Valeria Luiselli
Jesse: The Little Friend – Donna Tartt
Ester: The Bad Book Affair – Ian Sansom
Aviva: In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist – Pete Jordan
Pleun: How to Eat Out – Giles Coren
Martijn: Hounded – Kevin Hearne
Sophie: Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (pulp cover)
Nicki: American Gods – Neil Gaiman (“author’s preferred text “edition)
Tiemen: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke
PTRL: American Elsewhere – Robert Jackson Bennett
Tom: A Young Scoundrel – Eduard Limonov (English translation by John Dolan, but no longer in print)
Lynn: Dear Life – Alice Munro
Lilia: The Colossus Rises (The Seven Wonders Book 1) – Peter Lerangis
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Simone: Sight Reading – Daphne Kalotay
Reviewed by Ester
After reading only three pages of Andrew Kaufman’s Born Weird, I pronounced this would be one of my favorite reads of 2013 – with an exclamation point! A bold statement, but fortunately for me, I wasn’t wrong.
The Weird siblings all got a special power at birth from their grandmother, but these blessings turned out to be curses. When grandmother (“The Shark”) decides it is time for her to die in two weeks, Annie is the chosen one to get all the siblings together, so their “Blursings” can be lifted the moment grandmother takes her final breath. Not an easy task, because after their dad died, all of them went their own way and haven’t been in contact with each other since.
What happens when Annie gathers them up, one by one? And will they get to “The Shark” in time for her to lift their “blursings”?
This book is probably not for everyone, with all its strangeness, and well, weirdness, bordering against the impossible and improbable many times. But there lies the strength of Kaufman: within the absurdity he nails the reality of family ties, relationships and being (only) human.
So, in conclusion, what you get is a ridiculously funny, ludicrous-but-true-in-spirit account of an incredible road trip the Weird siblings and you are not likely to forget.
Well, here we are, the last post of ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2012! I hope you have enjoyed our recommendations – they have all been made with passion and a lot of pleasant memories of the joy that each book has brought us.
Part Blogmistress is traditionally reserved for those of us that work on this blog. Sadly you won’t find Hayley’s Top 5 here anymore though, since she left us earlier this year (she does write for us now and again though!). Still, Ester and myself (Sophie) are trying to fill the void as best we can! Ester has taken over Tweeting duties, and besides prettying up your feed there with her calendar model shoots she also buys the books for the Manga/Graphic Novels, Film & TV, Animals/Nature, Horror and Philosophy sections, and the merchandise and calendars, in The Hague. I have worked on this blog since the beginning, and I write the monthly News Mailings now. I also buy the books for the Romance, Military, Military Fiction, Crafts and Audio Books sections in The Hague.
We would love to hear about your favorite reads of 2012, too. Please mail email@example.com with your choices and a picture of yourself (optional). We will post your list at the beginning of the new year and send you an ABC Gift Certificate (so don’t forget to include your home address with your list!).
All of us at ABC hope you have a wonderful holiday this week!
ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.