As 2012 quickly draws to a close, it's a good time to look back on what sat on my nightstand this year. Here's a few that stood out, some very much out of my comfort zone:
11/22/63: Just the sheer size of it (849p) would have put me off. However, I hadn't read Stephen King in a long time and I heard so many good things about it. I'm glad I picked it up, because it grabbed me from the first page and kept going. One of King's best.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: Yes, I'm serious - gory but fun. Seth Grahame-Smith intertwines history with some gruesome campiness. Who knew the entire Roanoke Colony was wiped out by bloodthirsty demons??
Gone Girl: I just finished this yesterday. One person I knew hated it, another loved it except for the ending (no spoilers!) but I thought it was wonderful from beginning to end. Full of twists and turns, Gillian Flynn keeps you wondering where the evil truly lies.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption: Non-fiction? Occasionally. Non-fiction about World War II? Unlikely. I actually listened to this one in the car. Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit) really knows how to write a true story that reads like fiction and actor Edward Hermann's reading brings it to life.
The Devil in Silver: Victor LaValle crafted a gripping story that mixes Alfred Hitchcock and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Great psychological thriller set in a city psychiatric ward. Need I say more?
But enough about me - what were your favorites this year?