TGIF: Best of 2012 (Part I)

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TGIF at GReads is a fun feature for recapping the week’s posts (I don’t have any because this is the first post back after a little hiatus) and answering a book-blogging question posed by Ginger.

This week the question is: Best I’ve Read So Far: We’re half way through the year (crazy how time flies!), which top 3 books are the best you’ve read so far this year?

Unwind by Neal Schusterman– This is probably my favorite dystopia read and was one of those books that dealt with big issues like organ transplants and abortion in a balanced, smart way.  I loved that everything was shades of gray, there were no good answers, and that we got to see the bad teenagers find the good in themselves.  Also, very good audio!

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell– Such a delightful rom-com of a book!  The characters are spot-on.  You will want to befriend them all.  It’s the sort of book that I kick myself for checking out of the library.  I know I’ll want to revisit it!!

The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness– This might be the only set of books that I’ve actually pushed people in my real life to read this year.  They’re just that good!

What are some of your favorite reads of the year?  What book should I not wait another minute to get to?

Attachments- Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Set in 1999 in Omaha, Nebraska, Attachments is the story of Lincoln, a 28-year-old man who moves back in with his mother after finishing years of worthless (but fun!) degrees and takes a job at a newspaper as an internet security officer.  His job entails the monitoring of company email, reading the emails of his coworkers to ensure they are not using it for personal reasons and sending memos to those who break the rules.  Lincoln stumbles across a series of personal emails between two coworkers, Beth and Jennifer, but he can’t bring himself to send the two a memo.  First off, they aren’t really breaking any serious rules and secondly, he finds them intriguing and funny, like friends he’s never met.  Soon, he realizes he’s got it bad for Beth, even though he’s never even seen her… but how do you ask out someone whose personal emails you’ve been reading?

Attachments is such a fun read.  It is a love story, but also a growing up and finding yourself story.  Lincoln is such an awesome character.  He’s a geek who loves being a student (something I can relate to) and plays Dungeons & Dragons every Saturday.  He’s incredibly decent and kind-hearted, too.  He befriends an older widow at his office, helps his friends move without complaining, is a devoted son, brother, and uncle, and knows that if he wants to begin a relationship with Beth he needs to be completely honest with her about the whole reading-her-emails thing.  He starts off shy and shut-off from the world around him, happy to depend on his mother for shelter and meals and social interaction.  By the end of the book, though, Lincoln has grown up quite a bit and comes into his own.  It is quite refreshing to see a 28-year-old character that hasn’t got it all figured out yet (something I also can relate to), but who slowly makes his way towards creating his own happiness.

In addition to a loveable main character, this book illustrates a great female friendship in the emails between Beth and Jennifer.  You never really meet either character, but you can see how they support one another and joke with one another and are just plain old good friends to one another.  They’re hilarious and make me miss my old work friends with whom I would exchange instant messages all day.  It’s really lovely to see a healthy and realistic friendship between two women characters!

Then there are some retro-fun times in this book… namely Y2K.  Which will always make me think of New Year’s Eve 1999 and how I was standing out on my friend’s back deck watching fireworks and thinking “I’ll always remember this night because the world didn’t end.  I survived Y2K and will tell my kids all about this significant historical moment.”  And you know, I was 14 at the time, so I felt like hot stuff to be out on my friend’s deck, drinking sparkling cider, staying up past midnight, and surviving Y2K.

The thing about this book is that I think it will appeal to some of you who mostly read YA or who aren’t really into your typical romance novel.  There’s a character growing up.  It is a sweet story about falling in love, but that’s not all it is and there are no sexytimes included.  And it is all very fun and pleasant reading.  I urge those of you who like a story about love and friendship and growing up and who have a weakness for nerdy boys to check this one out.  I think you’ll enjoy it!

Thanks for the recommendations/reviews:
Brandyn recommended this one to me as a change of pace from all the YA I was reading.  Thanks, Brandyn, I really needed a change of pace last week and this far exceeded my expectations!

Dixie @ Gone Pecan alerted me to the fact that Lincoln was a D&D player, which is (sadly) something that clued me into knowing that I would like the guy!

Additional goodies:
So I was surfing the web and decided to google Rainbow Rowell and see what she is up to these days and lo and behold, she’s posted some deleted scenes from Attachments on her blog!  So yes, get to these goodies when you have finished the book!  Also, Rainbow Rowell has written another book which is already out in the UK, but won’t be in the US until 2013.  Adding it to my TBR list…