What a year, what a year!
I feel like I read a lot at the beginning of the year and then not so much near the end. The last few months of 2012 were pretty busy which is ironic because when faced with the prospect of having both children in school full time, I was worried I wouldn't have enough to do. It's funny how that works, isn't it? Here is the annual wrap up of all I read this past year.
- The Twilight Saga; The Official Illustrated Guide (hey- don't judge)
- Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
- Gunn's Golden Rules by Tim Gunn
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
- The Host by Stephenie Meyer
- Ceasar's Way by Cesar Millan
- The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
- Austenland by Shannon Hale
- The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
- Empire Falls by Richard Russo
- Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik
- Entwined by Heather Dixon
- Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
- The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
- The New Year's Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (so good I read it twice!)
- Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
- Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
- Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
- The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
- Drift by Rachel Maddow
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
- The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin
- Ranger Confidential by Andrea Lankford
- The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
- Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin
Still, I feel like that is a pretty good list. I had forgotten about some of these. I have said it before, but I'll say it again: this blog is mostly for me to keep up with what I've read and to make it easier to recommend books to others. It has also been really fun for me to write these reviews. I pay more attention while I read, marking the spots I want to mention on the blog and I love talking about a good book. If you are a regular reader, I hope you are enjoying reading my ramblings about these books. I hope it has even been a place for you to find something new to read.
So many of these books were absolutely wonderful and normally it would be difficult to pick a favorite, but this year one does actually stick out to me. If you haven't read it yet, I cannot recommend Shadow of the Wind strongly enough. There would probably be twenty ties for second place, but that one definitely wins the gold medal.
So what about you? What was your favorite book of 2012?