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Best Books of the Year: My personal Top 20

2012 Juli Frantje-Haus Selfpic.

(After a popular list last year [Link]…)

…here are the 20 very best books I’ve read in 2012:

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20: JASON SHIGA, „Bookhunter“, Graphic Novel, 2007.
Bookhunter

19: GAYLE FORMAN: „If I stay“, Young Adult Novel, 2009.
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

18: DAVID MARKSON: „The Last Novel“, (postmodern) Novel / Lists / Trivia Collection, 2007.
The Last Novel

17: SHARON M. DRAPER: „Out of my Mind“, Young Adult Novel, 2010.
Out of My Mind

16: OCTAVIA BUTLER: „Kindred“, (Fantasy) Novel, 1971.
Kindred

15: JOHAN HARSTAD: „Buzz Aldrin, what happened to you in all the Confusion?“, Novel (Norway), 2005.
Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?

14: KRISTEN D. RANDLE: „The only Alien on the Planet“, Young Adult Novel, 1995.
The Only Alien on the Planet

13: DANIELA KRIEN: „Irgendwann werden wir uns alles erzählen“, Novel (German), 2011.
Irgendwann werden wir uns alles erzählen

12: TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: „A Streetcar named Desire“, Play, 1947. […alternative / runner-up: HENRIK IBSEN: „A Doll’s House“, Play (Norway), 1879.]
A Streetcar Named Desire and A Doll's House

11: ARNO GEIGER: „Der alte König in seinem Exil“ (Austrian) Alzheimer Memoir, 2011.
Der alte König in seinem Exil

10: SARAH LEAVITT: „Tangles. A Story about Alzheimer’s, my Mother and me“, Graphic Novel, 2010.
Tangles : a story about Alzheimer's, my mother, and me

09: ARNE BELLSTORF: „Baby’s in Black“, Graphic Novel (German), 2010.
Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles in Hamburg

08: SCOTT SNYDER: „Batman: The Court of Owls“, Graphic Novel (and good start for new „Batman“ readers):
Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls

07: STEWART O’NAN: „The Odds. A Love Story“, Novel, 2012.
The Odds: A Love Story

06: JOACHIM HELFER, RASHID al-DAIF: „Die Verschwulung der Welt“, Essay (German / Persian), 2006.
Die Verschwulung der Welt.

05: ALEXIS M. SMITH: „Glaciers“, Novel, 2012.
Glaciers

04: JOE HILL: „Locke & Key“ series, Graphic Novels, 2008 to 2013.
Locke and Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

03: MARLEN HAUSHOFER: „The Wall / Die Wand“, Austian novel, 1962.
Die Wand

02: GERBRAND BAKKER: „The Detour / Der Umweg“, Dutch novel, 2010.
Der Umweg

01: RUTH KLÜGER: „Still alive. A Holocaust Girlhood remembered“, Memoir / Essay, 1992.
Weiter leben. Eine Jugend.

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For a complete list of books I’ve read in 2012, please go here [Link].

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In comics, I’ve also enjoyed Guy Delisle’s travelogues / non-fiction graphic novels „Burma Chronicles“ [Link], „Pyongyang“ [Link] and „Jerusalem“ [Link], the „New 52“ DC comic books featuring „Wonder Woman“ [Link], „Green Lantern“ [Link], „Swamp Thing“ [Link] and the „Birds of Prey“ [Link] – and large parts of Naoki Urasawa’s „Pluto“ [Link]

…and „Honey & Clover“ [Link], a „Scott Pilgrim“-like, bittersweet / comedic coming-of-age manga series about five friends at an art school.

Here’s a collage of my notable graphic novel discoveries in 2012:

Wordpress Graphic Novels Best-of 2012.

Have a good 2013! More to come!

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Underdog Literature, February 2012: 15 fresh or artsy, off-the-wall titles

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Here are 15 graphic novels that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

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01: GREG RUCKA, „Stumptown“, 144 pages, 2011.

02: KEN DAHL, „Monsters“, 200 pages, 2009.

03: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, „Fortune and Glory: A True Hollywood Comic Book Story“, 136 pages, 2000.

04: ALEX ROBINSON, „Box Office Poison“, 602 pages, 2001.

05: YOSHIHIRO TATSUMI, „A Drifting Life“, 856 pages, 2009.

06: GIPI, „Notes for a War Story“, 128 pages, 2006.

07: SARAH LEAVITT, „Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, my Mother and me“, 127 pages, 2010.

08: ANDERS NILSEN, „Don’t go where I can’t follow“, 244 pages, 2007.

09: EMMANUEL GUIBERT, „The Photographer“, 288 pages, 2003.

10: PAUL HORNSCHEMEIER, „Mother, come home“, 128 pages, 2003.

11: MANU LARCENET, „Ordinary Victories“, 128 pages, 2003.

12: FUMI YOSHINAGA, „Ooku: The Inner Chambers“, 216 pages, 2009.

13: PETER MILLIGAN, „Enigma“, 208 pages, 1995.

14: EROYN FRANKLIN, „Another glorious Day at the Nothing Factory“, 206 pages, 2009.

15: JONATHAN HICKMAN, „The Nightly News“, 154 pages, 2007.

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Here are three books that got great reviews, but left me disappointed:

01: AMIR; KHALIL, „Zahra’s Paradise“, 272 pages, 2011.

02: RAINA TELGEMEIER, „Smile“, 224 pages, 2009.

03: FUMIYO KOUNO, „Town of evening calm, country of cherry blossoms“, 104 pages, 2004.

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…and finally, here are seven books that I read – and that were really good:

1: 4 of 5 stars: JASON SHIGA, „Empire State: A Love Story (or not)“, 144 pages, 2011.

2: 4 of 5 stars: JASON SHIGA, „Bookhunter“, 144 pages, 2007.

3: 4 of 5 stars: JEFFREY BROWN, „Clumsy“, 224 pages, 2003.

4: 4 of 5 stars: JOE KELLY, „I kill Giants“, 184 pages, 2009.

5: 4 of 5 stars: PHILIP GELATT, „Petrograd“, 248 pages, 2011.

6: 4 of 5 stars: RANDALL MUNROE, „xkcd: Volume 0“, 120 pages, 2009..

7: 5 of 5 stars: FÁBIO MOON; GABRIEL BÁ, „Daytripper“, 256 pages, 2011. [best read of 2011, I’ve wrote about it here (German, Link)]

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