Best Books of 2012

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Best Books of 2012
Tue, 01-01-2013 - 6:13pm

Do you have a list of favorites? I do and many of them are not from 2012, but I read them (or reread them) this year. Do you have a list of worsts? (I don't. I have a short lists of books I didn't finish, which may mean I didn't read them in the right mood.) Here's mine:

Best Books I Read in 2012

Fiction - adult

1. Farthing by Jo Walton

*2. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

3. The Healer’s War by Elizabeth Scarborough

4. Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie

5. Earth (The Book) by Jon Stewart

*6. Among Others by Jo Walton

7. Somewhere Beneath These Waves by Sarah Monette

8. The Heidi Chronicles and Other Plays by Wendy Wasserstein

9. Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler

10. Elfhome by Wen Spencer

11. Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler

12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman

13. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

14. A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman


Fiction ~ya

*15. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

16. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

17. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

18. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

19. Where Things Come Back by J C Whaley

20. Partials by Dan Wells

21. Anything But Typical by Nora R Baskin

*22. Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

*23. Foiled! By Jane Yolen

24. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

25. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

26. The Diviners by Libba Bray

Non- fiction

27. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

28. Wendy and the Lost Boys by Julie Salamon

*29. My Wonderful World of Slapstick by Buster Keaton

30. Buster Keaton Remembered by Eleanor Keaton

31. Prophet’s Prey: My Seven- Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints by Sam Brower

* The Best of the Best


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Mon, 01-07-2013 - 10:32am

The best book I read in 2012 must be "Me before you" by Jojo Moyes! Absolutely loved it!!

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Mon, 01-07-2013 - 3:08pm

Oh gosh... I loved "The Night Circus" and I've got "Among Others" on digital hold at the library. Now I can't wait to read it! LOL

Some of my favorites I read in 2012 were...

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
New York to Dallas by JD Robb
Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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Mon, 01-07-2013 - 4:00pm

 My reading challenges got lost with the changes and it's the first year for ages that I didn't keep a separate list. So here are the books that I can remember that I really enjoyed:

 1. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

 2.The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

 3.The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

 4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 5. The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry

 6. Good Graces by Lesley Kagen


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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 4:35am

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Good call for the best books list. I like your selection. The best book I have read so far this year is A Tale Of Two Cities. Though I also love Breadcrumbs.

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Sun, 03-10-2013 - 4:01pm

My favorites that I read in 2012:

Christmas Jars, Jason Wright
The Giver, Lois Lowry
Legend, Marie Lu
Divergent, Veronica Roth
Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi
Timeless, Gail Carriger
Shadows in Flight, Orson Scott Card
Aztec, Gary Jennings
Roadside Crosses, Jeffery Deaver
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man’s Fears, Patrick Rothfuss

Knight in Rusty Armor, Robert Fisher
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, Michael Lewis
The Blind Side, Michael Lewis

A Complaint Free World, Will Bowen
How to Get What You Really, Really, Really, Really Want, Dr Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra
Secretariat: The Making of a Champion, William Nack
My Stroke of Luck, Kirk Douglas
Invincible: My Journey from Fan to NFL Team Captain, Vince Papale
Every Day a Friday: How to be Happier 7 Days a Week, Joel Osteen