I had a wonderful year in reading, and while my numbers are small by many comparisons, it’s not a competition or contest and I have read more consistently and enjoyed more this year. I added many more audiobooks to my book count, and have listed separately, in no particular order my favorite reads and listens of 2012. I got it down to an even dozen without really trying.
Books I read:
The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy
Not your typical World War II story, this is so much more, and yet so scarily historically correct.
These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen
Three NYC roommates learn so much about themselves and maturing.
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
I knew very little about the genocide of the Armenian people, this book gripped me and held me from page one. I thank the author so much for teaching me, and entertaining me.
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio
I can depend on Sarah taking me away in her books,and this did not disappoint,sad and yet full of love and hope, one mother’s love is felt decades later.
Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck
I was never a fan of Hemingway, and yet this story has me entertaining re-reading some of this works. I’m looking for more great works from this debut novelist.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (review to come)
I had to read this one, so much talk, so many sales as I work, and yes YA is not just for teens. This book is so honest and so as a young person thinks, and I loved it. Read with a box of tissues.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (review to come)
Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters, is the kind of woman that can influence others. She has exceptional taste in books, and when she said read this one…I found a way to do that. The two main characters are people one would never expect to meet and become friends. Louisa and Will become much more, and they show each other how life can be. I laughed and cried, and learned to we should each live well.
Books I listened to:
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarity
A story of two women, one very young and impetuous, one more mature but not without dreams. I think I love the 1920’s now.
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
A dubut novel, a story of a small town, a small church and many secrets. Wonderful words, brilliant audio production.
Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
Her first book, narrated by someone not the author but so well done. I have fallen in love with the southern language that Joshilyn writes so well.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
An 18 year old Victoria ages out of the child welfare system, she had been fostered in more than one home, and one that stayed in her heart. A beautiful story of a woman trying to find herself.
A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
I had a paper copy of this book, but after meeting Joshilyn I knew I would rather listen to this book. I loved the story of three women in one family and the mission to keep Mosey innocent past the age of 15. Trust me, listening to a Joshilyn Jackson book is like a lovely day day on a porch, rocking away, sipping sweet tea, and the South is a place of great tales.
I read/listened to a total of 54 books this year, my goal was 50. My total for 2011 was 30 books, so a nice increase. 18 of those read were audio books. I had hoped to read 10 books from my ever growing shelves of books owned before 2012. I only managed 2…yes two. While some books were from previous years I hadn’t owned them. Still much work to do on this front. Of my favorite books 7 of 12 are from authors I hadn’t read before. I discovered I really do enjoy Historical Fiction more than I thought. In one year I listened to all but one of Joshilyn Jackson’s books on audio. I think I’ll cry when I finish that one, so I hope she’s got something else coming soon!
Thinking about new goals, and many wonderful books coming out in 2013!!