My favorite books of 2012

Winter break and the holiday season are both coming. This means free time and the need to buy presents for other people. Luckily, books are good for both of these things.These – in no particular order – are the books that I read and most enjoyed this year:

A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones books 1-5) – George R.R. Martin

If you haven’t read any of these, start now – it’s going to take a long time. The Game of
series may cause you to neglect your relationships, your classes, and your health because you can’t stop reading. By comparison, this makes The Lord of the Rings look like a children’s tale. Books 1, 3, and 5 are the best, while 2 and 4 felt, in many ways, like something that you had to slog through to get to the reward that turned out to be in the next book. Martin sometimes goes on far too long, with entire chapters about monotonous and slow characters whose names aren’t Tyrion Lannister (Brienne of Tarth is particularly painful). But it’s all worth it. Just don’t get too attached to any of the characters. If you don’t like reading, watch the TV series, where season three starts on HBO this Spring. Winter is coming.

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