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message 1: by Louise (new)

Louise | 154 comments *SNIFF* I only got one book for christmas, so I persuaded my husband that I could get myself a 6 month Persephone Books subscription (Simon's fault!!) and ordered :
The Persephone Book of Short Stories
Dimanche and Other Stories
Midsummer Night in the Workhouse
Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary
Every Eye

So now I feel better :-)

My top 5 books for 2012 are (in random order):
Snow Crash
Flappers And Philosophers: The Collected Short Stories Of F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Brief History of the Dead
The Enchantress Of Florence

message 2: by Ruthiella (last edited Dec 27, 2012 06:34PM) (new)

Ruthiella | 272 comments I read a lot of good books in 2012. These are 10 off the top of my head that I really enjoyed:

Any Human Heart by William Boyd
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obrecht
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Fortnight in September by RC Sherriff (a Persephone title!)
The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The City and the City by China Mieville
The Colour of Milk by Nell Lashon
White Oleander by Janet Finch
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

message 3: by Becky (new)

Becky Yamarik | 74 comments So I read 46 books in 2012. . . seems like a small number. Oh well. . . the books I gave 5 stars to were:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (yay Gavin and Ruthiella!)
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
People who Eat Darkness by Richard Parry
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
East of Eden by Steinbeck
Please Look After Mom by Shin
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
Home by Toni Morrison
Thinking Fast and Slow by Kahneman
The Tiger by Vaillant
Paris 1919 by MacMillan
Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

message 4: by Ruthiella (new)

Ruthiella | 272 comments Sarah wrote: "Read 81 books in 2012 - not enough to clear my (ever increasing) TBR! The stand-outs that I read over the year were:

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Red Tent b..."

@Sarah: I read The Distant Hours in 2011 and really liked it. I have been meaning to pick up something else from Kate Morton ever since.

message 5: by Elizabeth☮ (new)

Elizabeth☮ some of my favorites from this year include:

Running the Rift - powerful and moving.
Wonder - a book everyone should read.
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - beautifully told love story.
Tell the Wolves I'm Home - my absolute favorite this year. i love it.
The Yellow Birds - this doesn't seem to be to everyone's taste, but i found the tone powerful and the prose excellent.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - again, not to everyone's taste. but i found the format interesting.
The One and Only Ivan - i read this with siani and we found it quite moving.
Albert of Adelaide - a really interesting book with a great group of characters - all animals of course.
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend - good imagination here.
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power - disturbing and engaging.

that's the most new releases i've read in a while! i have other recommendations, but these are 2012 titles.

message 6: by Don (new)

Don | 15 comments I now have 2 full years on Goodreads and I love being able to look back at what I've read, and see my ratings. I am a slow reader but I also listen to audiobooks so I read 58 last year. (71 in 2011! I traveled a lot that year and listened to a lot of books at work.)

I'll be happy to challenge myself to 52 books this year and anything over is gravy!

My top 5 read in 2012:
How I Became a Famous Novelistby Steve Hely
The Family Fangby Kevin Wilson
Talulla Risingby Glen Duncan
Some Kind Of Fairy Taleby Graham Joyce
The Snow Childby Eowyn Ivey

message 7: by Suzan (new)

Suzan Jackson (suejackson) I FINALLY got around to my 2012 wrap-up on my book blog:

My Top Ten (grown-up) Books Read in 2012:

Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

With Honorable Mentions for (no it's not cheating!):

Breathless by Dean Koontz
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

(you can check out my top ten list of kids/teen/YA books read in 2012 at Great Books for Kids and Teens: )

All in all, a very good reading year - looking forward to another in 2013!


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