This article does a great job of explaining a bit of climate science to a non-scientific audience. I think it's incredibly important, as scientists, to communicate our work more broadly, and I always like to see articles that do that well.
In 2012, a mix of unusual causes created conditions where the minimum reached a record low, far below normal. The next year, in 2013, the ice didn’t reach quite so low a minimum extent, and this year looks very much the same as 2013. But saying the ice is “recovering” is, to put it delicately, what comes out the south end of a north-facing bull. You can’t compare two years with a record low the year before that was due to unusual circumstances; you have to look at the average over time.