The Best and Worst Books in 2012

Day 11: Bookworm

Did you read a book this year that changed your life? What was it? What was it about? Would you recommend it to other people? Additionally, did you read a book that was absolutely terrible and left you wondering why the heck you read it?

I wouldn’t say I read a book that changed my life per se, kind of how Eat, Pray, Love did for me two years ago, but I did read a book series that was very memorable for 2012.

That book series was none other than The Hunger Games trilogy.

The Hunger Games

I actually saw the movie first before reading the books. I didn’t want to do it that way – I was fully intending to read the books first, but when a group of my friends were heading to the movie theater I just had to come.

To be honest, I think it is better that I saw the movie first, because for me it made reading the books all the more enjoyable. Some of my friends were upset with the movie, but I left the theater loving the story and looking forward to reading the books.

And so, in summer 2012 I borrowed the entire trilogy from Mike’s aunt and started reading them. And man, I could not stop. Summer 2012 is a very memorable time because I was also writing my dissertation proposal and studying for comps at the same time. So this was how my schedule was shaping out:

  1. Wake up
  2. Write dissertation
  3. Go to ballroom practice, take dancing break
  4. Go home, perhaps write more dissertation/study
  5. Read The Hunger Games until 3 a.m.
  6. Try to go to bed thinking about the book
  7. Wake up
  8. Repeat

It was actually pretty awesome. What was more awesome was sitting at The Silver Diner with my friend Jon and talking about all of the books, those were some good times.

Considering all the hype the movie garnered when it came out, I’m not going to bore you with the nitty gritty details of the story – I’m sure you all know by now what it is about. But I will most certainly recommend these books to everyone and anyone – they are really compelling stories that will keep you up late night reading them. At least that’s what they did for me anyway.

On the flip side, a book that I started to read but for the life of me could not get myself to even get half way through, let alone finish the whole thing, was 50 Shades of Grey.

50 Shades of Grey

Several of my girlfriends raved about it, saying “OMG Rowena how could you have NOT read this book yet!! It’s so amazing!! Go buy it now!!”

So I went to Target, bought the entire book set, and started with the first one. And my God, did I hate it. The writing quality was so poor, that I couldn’t even enjoy reading the story one bit. And I also hated the story itself. I thought it was a poor representation of the BDSM community – it was pretty terrible and inaccurate actually.

So now I’m stuck with the damn books, that are sitting collecting dust on my bookshelf. Maybe I should try selling them on eBay…

In any case, I read some awesome books, and some not-so-awesome ones. I’m looking forward to next summer when I hope to have some more time on my hands to read for pleasure once more. 🙂

About Rowena Winkler

Passionate Performer, Speaker and Writer by Calling, Dancer of All Good Beats, Yoga Practitioner and Enthusiast, Spiritual Trustee of the Universe, Traveler of Many Distant Lands, Lover of Derek the Logical but Amiable, Mother of Eponine/Dex/Teyla, Architect of Spoken Word Poetry, Trainer in the Craft of Communication, Unapologetic Individual, First of Her Name.
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2 Responses to The Best and Worst Books in 2012

  1. Robert Allen says:

    I will probably end up reading the Hunger Games trilogy at some point, but goodness 50 Shades sounded like trash from the get go lol

    • I would most definitely recommend The Hunger Games – some of the best books I’ve read by far. And yes 50 Shades is trash I don’t know what I was thinking haha. I definitely learned my lesson with that one!

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