1. Bed - David Whitehouse
Real and surreal all at once. Heartwrenching and honest, which I love.
2. Boxer, Beetle - Ned Beauman
As my review started: A nine-toed gay Jewish boxer in the late 1930s and a 21st century collector of Nazi memorabilia - how was that not going to be a great book?
3. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
So easily one of the best best books I read this year, and my most recommended. So stunning, and everyone should read it.
4. Pandaemonium - Christopher Brookmyre
My first shot at Brookmyre and it was mental. This story went in all sorts of crazy places.
5. Gillespie and I - Jane Harris
Glasgow 1888, and a story that I hadn't anticipated in any way at all. Constant twists and a narrator that you just don't know if you can trust.
6. Tales from the Mall - Ewan Morrison
After six and a half years working in retail, Morrison's Tales from the Mall is full of anecdotes and stories that I can relate to. Since reading this book I haven't been shopping in quite the same way.
7. Filth - Irvine Welsh
Aww, this book just filled me with so much glee. And I mean it. This was just so much fun, in a Welsh kind of way. Bad polis made for a great read.
8. Skellig - David Almond
I didn't review this here, but I read it and I loved it.
9. Nothing is Heavy - Vicki Jarrett
A speedy read, because the story pulled me along so fast - another novel that creates surreal circumstances for its likeable characters.
10. Fremont - Elizabeth Reeder
Heartbreak seems to be a theme of the year, but here it was constant, in the sweetest of ways.
11. A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
Stunning, stunning. Definitely in the top three this year. And so pretty!
12. The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber
Haven't finished this book yet, but wow, it's brilliant. At over 800 pages it's a bit of a brick, but so easy to read because it's so good.
There we have it. And now I'm off to pack for two weeks in Thailand. Happy New Year and see you in 2013.