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message 1: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12851 comments What were the best books you read this year?


message 2: by dely (new)

dely | 368 comments I have read some good books this year but the top three I will list here are the one that "touched" me in a particular way.

Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman

Solo by Rana Dasgupta

Beside the Sea by Véronique Olmi

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov


message 3: by Ian (new)

Ian (pepecan) | 87 comments My top 3 reads of 2012 were:

The Yacoubian Building by علاء الأسواني Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry - Egypt, Nigeria and Belgium respectively.


message 4: by Danielle (last edited Dec 26, 2012 09:22AM) (new)

Danielle (daniellecobbaertbe) | 68 comments For me it's more a top 5:

The Absolutist by John Boyne Pavel & I by Dan Vyleta A Different Kind Of Courage Gretel's Story by Gretel Wachtel

Three books actually where war also plays a role.

The series by Simon Beckett on David Hunter was something I discovered this year and loved a great deal. Especially the third book in the series turned out to be a real cliffhanger. Whispers of the Dead (David Hunter #3) by Simon Beckett

Currently I'm listening to Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh and I really like it a lot.


message 5: by Joseph (new)

Joseph  (bluemanticore) | 76 comments The only five star I gave this year was to Amped by Daniel H. Wilson.


message 6: by Lashya (new)

Lashya Wilson | 35 comments I have so many !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But, I believe I'm going to stick with the Title & Theme of this group: "Around the World in 80 Books"::

By Laura Resau, Laura Resau there's the "Colorful Notebook" Series:

01. The Indigo Notebook, The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau . This book was set in Ecuador, if I recalled it properly. I know it was somewhere that speaks Spanish.

02. The Ruby Notebook, The Ruby Notebook by Laura Resau . This book was set in France.

03. The Jade Notebook, The Jade Notebook by Laura Resau . This book was set in Mexico.


I'll post more, later.


message 7: by Kristina Marie (new)

Kristina Marie | 274 comments My favorite reads this year were The Turkish Lover by Esmeralda Santiago, Son by Lois Lowry, Every Day by David Lavithan, and Every Seventh Wave by Daniel Glattauer.

The Turkish Lover A Memoir by Esmeralda Santiago Son (The Giver, #4) by Lois Lowry Every Day by David Levithan Alle sieben Wellen by Daniel Glattauer


message 8: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Lieberman | 45 comments Wow! These are some great titles to put on my list for 2013. Here are a few of mine: David Grossman, To the End of the Land, Ann Patchett, State of Wonder, Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Sons.

To the End of the Land by David Grossman State of Wonder by Ann Patchett The Warmth of Other Suns The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson


message 9: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12851 comments Ian wrote: "My top 3 reads of 2012 were:

The Yacoubian Building by علاء الأسوانيHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieA Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry - Egypt, Nigeria and Belgium respectively."


Those are all high up on my want-to-read list!


message 10: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12851 comments I read a lot of good books this year, but then I read a lot of books, period. These books stand out in my mind:



The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa The Price of Stones Building a School for My Village by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman  by Thomas Hardy The Fault in Our Stars by John Green The Translator A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari The Oath A Surgeon under Fire by Khassan Baiev The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway The Compromise by Sergei Dovlatov The Sword And The Scimitar by David Ball Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

I'm sure there re a few more I'm not remembering.


message 11: by Jovanie (new)

Jovanie | 18 comments Reading a variety of Bushnell Candace novels... really all great, one unique novel led me to discover and browse more novels from Candace Bushnell. Thanks to this, Candace Bushnell has became one of my Most Admired Authors.


message 12: by Susan (new)

Susan | 380 comments Tigers On The Tenth Day And Other Stories by Zakaria Tamer Tigers On The Tenth Day And Other Stories by Zakaria Tamer

This was probably the best book I read last year. If you have an interest in Syrian short stories and can find it in your library, I would recommend this.


message 13: by Sarah (last edited Jun 10, 2013 09:16PM) (new)

Sarah | 662 comments The three favorites of books I have read published in 2012 are
#1 - The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin - the best - really good book
#2 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey - was runner up for The Pulitzer for fiction.

#3 - Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

But I have only read 9 2012 books and plan to still read many more.

My favorite three books read in 2012 are the first three books of the Song of Ice and Fire series in order of favorite first
#1 A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) by George R.R. Martin #2 A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin #3 A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) by George R.R. Martin


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