Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Armchair BEA: Best Books of 2012 (So Far) and a Surprise Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday, Armchair BEA friends!  Today our task is to highlight those books that we're most looking forward to from BEA. But ... well ... I'm finding that difficult to do because I'm kind of not exactly there and I haven't been keeping up on the pre-BEA buzz of the new titles.

I did hear that there's a new Barbara Kingsolver novel (Flight Behavior) and that Louise Erdrich has a new book (The Round House) and that Chris Bohjalian's The Sandcastle Girls is coming out in July.

(OK, so maybe I will take a quick peek at the BEA catalog after all.  Oh, look at that. There's a new collection of short stories by Alice Munro, too.)

Never mind me. What I had intended to post about today was my picks for Best Books of 2012 ... so far.  As is the case when I do this list at the end of the year, this includes those books that I read this year but that may have been published in earlier years. In some cases, they may have been published in many earlier years.  I think I've only read one book published in 2012, come to think of it.

Here are 7 books that are certain to be among my favorites read in 2012:

A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage, by Beth Kephart 

Father's Day: A Journey Into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son
by Buzz Bissinger 

The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes  

The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey 

The Storm at the Door, by Stefan Merrill Block 

The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger 
(because I am the last person in the world to read this.) 

And now, for the surprise giveaway. Caught up in the spirit of Armchair BEA, I just decided to do this today, so this probably goes against all Armchair BEA rules and whatnot. I also don't know the first thing about that Rafflecopter thingamabob that's on other people's giveaways, so we're just going to have to do this the old-fashioned, boring way: by leaving a comment on this post, on this blog, by telling me you'd like my one very gently used paperback copy of This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman. 

From the publisher's description: When the Bergamots move from a comfortable upstate college town to New York City, they’re not quite sure how they’ll adapt—or what to make of the strange new world of well-to-do Manhattan. Soon, though, Richard is consumed by his executive role at a large New York university, and Liz, who has traded in her academic career to oversee the lives of their children, is hectically ferrying young Coco around town. Fifteen-year-old Jake is gratefully taken into the fold by a group of friends at Wildwood, an elite private school.
But the upper-class cocoon in which they have enveloped themselves is ripped apart when Jake wakes up one morning after an unchaperoned party and finds an email in his in-box from an eighth-grade admirer. Attached is an explicit video she has made for him. Shocked, stunned, maybe a little proud, and scared—a jumble of adolescent emotion—he forwards the video to a friend, who then forwards it to a friend. Within hours, it’s gone viral, all over the school, the city, the world.
The ensuing scandal threatens to shatter the Bergamots’ sense of security and identity, and, ultimately, their happiness. They are a good family faced with bad choices, and how they choose to react, individually and at one another’s behest, places everything they hold dear in jeopardy.

(If you want to leave a comment but don't want to be entered in the giveaway, that's fine ... just say so.)  Also, make sure I know how to contact you (i.e., leave me an email address). 

I'll confess that this wasn't my favorite book that I read this year - but that doesn't mean it won't work for you instead.  

I'll pick a winner this Saturday, June 9. 

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Miss Page-Turner said...

I heard great things about SNOW CHILD. I read THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE, but liked the movie better. Have you seen it?

Here are my favourite reads of 2012 so far.

Book Dragon said...

I remember when this came out...a not true story that could be true! a little scary too.

Please throw my name in the hat :)


bookdragonslair at gmail dot com

I like your list, several of which I have on my tbr list. I enjoyed The Time Traveler's Wife much more than I thought I would

Book Dragon said...

Oh, forgot to say there was a link up for giveaways at Armchair BEA Central.

Bonnie Regan said...
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Liviania said...

I love Beth Kephart! I've never read any of her nonfiction, however.

Beckie said...

Nope i havent read time travellers wife either lol n i love time travel books x
Please can i be entered as i think it might be an interestin read a bit different x
Thank for doing this :)

Hoot said...

I love the Night Swim when I read it. I would love to read This Beautiful Life

hootowl1978 at gmail dot com

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I absolutely love The Time Traveler's Wife, it is like a favourite of all time for me (I have read it like 5 times already). Definitely the best of your list ;)

Poof...books! said...

So appreciative of your naughty side and your giveaway. Quite a wide range of books, really enjoyed visiting your blog.

Poof...books! said...

So appreciative of your naughty side and your giveaway. Quite a wide range of books, really enjoyed visiting your blog.

Marg said...

I was just listening to an interview with Buzz Bisinger today. His book sounds very interesting!

No need to enter me into the giveaway.

brookea_2006 said...

This sounds great. Put my name into the drawing!

brookea_2006 at yahoodotcom

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

Happy to give it a go & TY for jumping in w/ your gvway :)
faithhopecherrytea at*gmail.*com

stacybuckeye said...

I'd love to be entered :)
stacybooks at yahoo

Alyce said...

I haven't heard much about this one, but I'll take a shot at it. :)
akreese at hotmail dot com