A storm destroys your uncle’s shed and kills his six-year old son. Describe the colour of the sky right before the storm hit.
The day he died, the sky was like any other sky, but bluer. The clouds were the white, fluffy kind where they shape shift into anything you can imagine. When the first drops of rain began to fall, the sky turned ominous. The sky became a blanket of grey, just like the wool of the blanket he slept in as a that time he had scarlet fever. The clouds flashed and banged. I used to tell him that thunder and lightning were just the angels bowling. We spent storms guessing the score: The big ones were strikes, and the smaller ones just knocked down pins. Two close together were spares. But that night, it was a strike that killed him.
What did you think? Would you be interested in hearing the end?
Every year I keep a list of all the books I finished. In 2012, I finished 17 books. They are in more or less the order that I read them in. And here they are:
- Swing Low: A Life by Miriam Toews
- The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
- Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- Free Stallion by Amber Tamblyn (twice!)
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink
- The Last Time As We Are by Taylor Mali
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns by Andrea Gibson
- The Madness Vase by Andrea Gibson
- Every Day by David Leviathan
A few were rereads, like Wuthering Heights, and there was some poetry in there. I think my favourite reads in 2012 was the Hunger Games trilogy, and The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie. Andrea Gibson was my favourite discovery.
What were your favourite reads in 2012? Who did you discover in 2012 that blew you away? Any suggestions for my 2013 reading list?