There are two ways to handle clichés – avoid them or embrace them. I choose the latter, and what can be more cliché than a blogger who does book reviews picking his best book for the year?
Answer – A blogger posting his New Year’s Resolutions, but that’ll have to wait for tomorrow.
Without further ado, on to the choosing of the not-quite-coveted Brian W. Foster’s Best Book of 2012 Award.
The criteria is simple: the book chosen has to be –
- One that I finished reading during the calendar year of the award.
- Not a book written by me.
- In my opinion, the best book I read for that year.
I find that, for an award such as this, it’s better to get the perspective of time. I tend to write reviews immediately after finishing a book, and both the strengths and negatives remain fresh in my mind. Once I put some distance between the book and me, I can determine if it stuck with me. If I forgot that I even read it, it’s probably not a strong candidate. If, after several months, I look back fondly on it, it deserves consideration.
For 2012, I had two strong contenders.
The runner up for the award is Benjamin Clayborne’s Queen of Mages. You can read my review of it here. I love the premise of the book – magic is introduced into a world where none had existed – and I love that the book is character driven. Overall, a strong contender but edged out by the winner on a purely subjective basis.
And the winner is…
Critical Failures by Robert Bevan. You can read my review here. Longtime readers of my blog will remember that I value the book’s ability to engage me as a reader more than any other quality, and this one was so entertaining that I found it hard to put down. I don’t search out humorous books, but I’m glad I found this one. A good, character-driven story that incorporates laugh-out-loud humor is a great find.