Dec 27, 2012

Ten for 2012

Back in January, my monthly intention was to create more time for reading, and then I blew it out of the water by reading eight books that month. I set a goal for myself on goodreads to try and read 40 books this year.

I rocked that too.

As of right now I've read 52 books this year. Fifty-two! I'm a little bit impressed with myself.

There were some not so good ones, but there were also some winners, and after being inspired by Amber's post, I picked my top ten and want to share them with you - in no particular order.

Stay by Allie Larkin  - My rating: 5 stars
Technically, I read this at the end of 2011, but it was so phenomenal it makes the list. The writing was incredible and it almost ruined me for other books. I can't wait for her next book to come out. (February, in case you were wondering!)

Little Bee by Chris Cleave - My rating: 5 stars
This book drew me in from the very first paragraph and stayed with me even after I was finished. Heavy, but incredible.

The Bungalow by Sarah Jio - My rating: 5 stars
You know what a fan I am of Sarah Jio's writing, and this book was no different. This was the first time I was angry after finishing a novel because I wanted there to be more of it.

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs - My rating: 5 stars
This book appealed to me on a lot of levels, but I can't get over how clever the author was by weaving in knitting comparisons to every day life.  I'm also including Knit Two and Knit the Season - they're not a series per say but they all go together and once you've read The Friday Night Knitting Club you'll want to know the rest of these characters' stories.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson - My rating: 5 stars
Word of advice: don't read this book in public - I was in a Barnes and Noble for parts of this and I was covering my face to keep from snorting with laughter. In a word? Hilarious.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein - My rating: 5 stars
When I was looking through my blog archives I was surprised I didn't post a review about this, but then I remembered why: the story was so powerful for me I was afraid I wouldn't do it justice. It's just...amazing. You get entrenched in the spirit of Enzo and...I don't even have words. Trust me, just read it.

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio - My rating: 5 stars
Ohhh, this book. I literally just put a hand over my heart before writing about it because that's the kind of effect it had on me - months after reading it, it still has a place in my heart. I'm actually nervous for Sarah's next book (coming out in May!) because her books get better and better and after this one I'm not sure I can handle it. (Also, I mentioned her twice in my top ten...does this make me her official fan girl?)

A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare - My rating: 3 stars
This is the third book in the author's Spindle Cove series and I thought it was so fun! I don't like the association some people have about romance novels so I wanted to be sure to include one, and this was an easy choice. The two main characters are people you've met in the previous Spindle Cove books and I was so excited to read their story!

The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers - My rating: 4 stars
The opening chapter pulls you in, knocks the wind out of you, and then throws you into the rest of the story, challenging you to keep up. The writing was incredible and the story stays with you.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - My rating: 5 stars
This was technically a re-read because this is hands down, my all-time favorite book ever. I can't tell you how many times I've read it, or how many papers I wrote about it throughout school. It just doesn't get any better than Fitzgerald - his writing breathes life into me. (I might have just sighed thinking about it). If you haven't read this book you must. NOW.

Have you read any of these books? What were your top ten for 2012? Did you set a reading goal for yourself this year?


The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I've read two of them and 4 I want to read!

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I adore The Great Gatsby as well and am hopefully rereading it again soon. I read it for the first time my junior year of HS and a an amazing teacher taught it! I am flabbergasted when people say they hate it.

I've read a lot of these, but not the knitting ones. Now I really want to!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I have ready most of them, but need to check out Stay and The Murderer's Daughter! And like you said, I love that we did this post on the same day!! :) Hello brain twins. :)

Stephany said...

I did this post on Wednesday! It's so much fun to look back. I just downloaded The Great Gatsby on my Kindle and I can't wait to reread. I loved it when I read it in 10th grade so I hope I feel the same 9 years later!

Alli said...

I'm about to finish the second Game of Thrones book and I think I need a break before diving in to the third so I'm thinking of finally reading The Great Gatsby. My favorite book that I read this year was The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen.

Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays to you and Ben!!!!! ah, it's true, I've not shown up at the blogging door of late and realize I must at least wish warm holiday wishes and happy new year to you rockin' bloggies!!!! (and again, how great it was to see you at Nor's wedding and to meet Ben)!!!
So, about your book list which I just read learn about potential new reads to add to the "stack" and also see what ones in common...there are 3! I loved THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN...get tears in my eyes thinking of made me think twice about LITTLE BEE...that book was so hard for me to read/believe precisely because it has so much truth in it (about expats and violence...phew) and yet I'm glad i read it...and then we come to one of my fave novels ever THE GREAT GATSBY. Love the book. Have read it five times at least. Was heartbroken when movie was made starring Mia Farrow....but even got used to that and have seen it as many times...and now, Hollywood will offer a new version.
Also, love the "mix" of books you offer herein. Hmmm...I'm gonna make a pot of coffee and riffle through my stack and see what to read next (tho'I'm still going thru A Karenina and also TC Boyle's THE WOMEN... Happy New Year!

melissa said...

Oh I did this earlier this week too! I've only read two books on your list in the past but enjoyed them both too. There are a bunch more here that are on my 'to-read'... Maybe I'll get to them in 2013! Great list!

Allie said...

So thrilled to be in such great book company! Thank you so much!!! And Happy New Year!

B said...

I didn't ready any of these books but I did just finish "Gone Girl" and it was great!

Kelly said...

I am loving all these best books of the year posts, I've added so many books to my to read list. I also set my goal at 40 books this year and ended up adding to it during the summer bc I was ahead, so I read 50 this year, whew! I just re read Great Gastby too AND I love, love, love Sarah Jio, so happy to hear her next book is coming out in May!

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