books of 2012

I read 12 books in December, partly because some were fast reads, but also because some were so addictively good!  The ones in bold are ones I would definitely recommend reading.

  • The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey
  • 7 by Jen Hatmaker – great book.  Hilarious and thought-provoking.
  • My Reality by Melissa Rycroft – sometimes you just need a good, silly book with glossy pictures.
  • A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter – this was a book of my grandma’s so I first picked it up because I love old books and loved that it was hers.  But a friend encouraged me, too, that the author is really good.  I loved this book.  It’s a bit like Anne of Green Gables, but I actually liked it more.
  • Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter 
  • The Vow by Kim and Krickett Carpenter – the movie was better (kind of cliched writing).
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (young adult)
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (young adult) – such a sweet, sweet book.  I read this in an hour or so, but it’s definitely worth picking up.
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (young adult)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth – like Hunger Games but so much better (less angsty, more action).  I just picked up the sequel and I can’t wait to start reading!
  • Enclave by Ann Aguirre – another dystopian society book, much like Hunger Games.  Not as good as Divergent but still great.  Recommend!
  • Outpost by Ann Aguirre – sequel to Enclave.  Tore through it in about a day.

In total I read 70 books this past year.  My favorites were:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (if you read no other books this year, READ THIS ONE.)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis (nonfiction)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Charles Lenox series by Charles Finch
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber (memoir)
  • The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds that Changed Basketball by Gene Wojciewchowski (nonfiction)

What were some of your favorite books from this past year?  I love recommendations!


12 thoughts on “books of 2012

  1. Man, I need to take notes from you! I have a baby-led weaning book that I really NEED to read ASAP but I just can’t get myself motivated to! I used to be a huge bookworm but that fell by the wayside years ago!

  2. I loved Book Thief too but probably lovedStill Alice even better (isn’t it funny how our tastes vary?). 7 by Jen Hatmaker sounds good – I need a funny book. Right now I’m reading Mudbound – outstanding book. Happy New Year!

  3. And all this time I thought The Vow was a Nicholas Sparks book! Derp on my end!

    I am going to add The Book Thieff to my wishlist 🙂

    I have seen a lot of people list reading books as part of their 2013 goals (saying they hardly read) and the numbers they list are so much lower than what you read. You are rockin’ it!

    I really liked Second Wind (a book about a woman who runs a marathon on each continent) this year 🙂

  4. One of the best books I read this year was The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. There’s kind of an Upstairs/Downstairs element – since you like Downton Abbey, you’d probably enjoy it.

  5. I can’t believe we haven’t discussed 7 yet! More than thought-provoking for us – definitely life changing…following along with reading Radical 2 years ago
    I do like fiction…but I find that there are so many nonfiction that I want to read it’s hard to set them aside for fiction! But every once in awhile I need a mind break!
    We’re dying to read Chronicles of Narnia 🙂
    Best books of my year were definitely 7 and The Well-Trained Heart
    I’m putting your dystopia books on my list! We tore through Hunger Games earlier this year

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