2012, we hardly knew ye. As the year draws to a close, I confess I’m looking forward rather than backward. 2012 is a year I’m more than happy to consign to history.
2013, you will be mine!
However, it seems obligatory to do some sort of year wrap-up, so here’s a few of my favourite things (apart from whiskers on kittens):
My Favourite New Books of 2012
Bloody brilliant. Mantel is SUCH a good writer particularly with voices and small details. She doesn’t drown you in historical guff, she just adds flavour here and there so you BELIEVE.
I’ve told everyone I can that Steampress are the kiwi publishers to watch now. They’re putting out fiction that is better and more original than anything the big boys are doing. Mansfield with Monsters was a perfectly done literary mash-up. One did not know where Mansfield ended and Monsters began, and one loved it.
I mean, really.
Steampress again, those sneaks. This title was up there with the best in YA fiction, one that I hope gets a wider audience this year because it was SO GOOD.
Best New New Zealand Publishers
Clearly, the aforementioned Steampress. But also Book Island, a lovely little Kapiti Coast publisher bringing gorgeous European children’s books to NZ (in english translation). In both cases it’s wonderful to see innovative and creative people taking a punt and doing it so well. Publishing is not easy work, so please do support them when you can.
Most Fun Review to Write
Well, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, of course. I hope you all enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
So, there’s a few thoughts from yours truly. Of course I’d like to hear your thoughts too – comment away! Or go outside and enjoy the sunshine, your choice.