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What are your top 10 reads of the year?
Tracie Tracie (last edited Dec 28, 2012 10:21AM ) Dec 28, 2012 10:09AM
Is Gone Girl on your top 10 of the year?

As 2012 comes to a close, I am thinking back over the books I read and want to compile a list of my top 5. Please add yours to the list.

In no particular order:
11/22/63 Stephen King
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Defending Jacob - William Landay
The Flight of Gemma Hardy - Margot Livesey
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
Object of Beauty - Steve Martin
Nemesis - Jo Nesbo
Shadow Of Night - Deborah Harkness
Wind through the Keyhole - Stephen King
The Leopard - Jo Nesbo

Honorable Mentions - I'm adding these because they are thought provoking and discussion worthy:
The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides
In One Person - John Irving

JO (last edited Dec 31, 2012 07:07PM ) Dec 31, 2012 06:16AM   1 vote
I like this game too, but I really did not keep track until I joined good reads. Here goes in no particular order
Gone Girl
The Book Thief
Among others
Ready Player One
Hunger Games Trilogy
Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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Kelly agreed!

Mar 25, 2013 02:32PM · flag

Best Fiction Books that I read in 2012

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. A Good American by Alex George
3. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
4. Back Roads by Tawni Odell
5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Best Non-Fiction Books that I read in 2012

1. Quiet - The Power of Introverts in A World that can't stop talking by Susan Cain
2. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
3. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Wall
4. All Souls by Michael Patrick MacDonald
5. All Over But The Shouting by Rick Bragg

I only read 15 books and 2 short stories in 2012 so the first four are 5 star reads and I'll list the top six from my 4 star reads:

1. Spilled Blood - Brian Freeman
2. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
3. Kill You Twice - Chelsea Cain
4. Iron House - John Hart
5. Criminal - Karin Slaughter
6. The Black Box - Michael Connelly
7. The Prophet - Michael Koryta
8. XO - Jeffery Deaver
9. The Last Kind Words - Tom Piccirilli
10. Live By Night - Dennis Lehane
#11 is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (good but very overrated)

The two short stories that I read were 5 star reads but I didn't think they should be part of my top 10:
Spitting Devil - Brian Freeman (short story)
Snatched: A Novella - Karin Slaughter (short story)

Joy like your list! will have to try those short stories.
Apr 27, 2013 10:15PM · flag

CD (last edited Feb 26, 2013 07:59PM ) Feb 26, 2013 07:57PM   0 votes
In no particular order other than the first two that are must reads for readers interested in History:

these are from my 2012 reading

1. Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan
2. The First World War by John Keegan
3. Waiting for Robert Capa by Susana Fortes
4. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
5. Paris 1900: The 'American School' at the Universal Exposition by Pietrucha Fischer
6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
7. The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
8. The Black Count by Tom Reiss
9. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
10. the time keeper by Mitch Albom

Didn't get to read as many books as I would have liked in 2012. My top five are as follows

1. The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson

2. Perfect Peace, Daniel Black

3. Shanghai Girls, Lisa See

4. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane

5. Baker Towers, Jennifer Haigh

These are in no particular order. Just books I enjoyed in 2012.
The Paris Wife,Paula Mclain
A Thread of Grace, Mary Doria Russell
Gone Girl,Lisa Genova
A Drink Before the War, Dennis Lahane
Proof, Dick Francis
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, David McCullough
Los Alamos, Joseph Kanon
Several Lee Child Jack Reacher and Robert Parker Spencer books which are all good.

Judy (last edited Feb 26, 2013 07:00PM ) Feb 26, 2013 06:42PM   0 votes
Difficult to Pick top 10 (here goes in no certain order)

1. Thunder & Rain - Charles Martin (tie) Chasing Fireflies, The Mountain Between Us-plus others of Martin
2. One Mountain Away - Emilie Richards
3. The Best of Me - Nicholas Sparks
4. The Escape Artist - Diane Chamberlain
(tied with Her Mother's Shadow, Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, The Good Father, The Midwife's Confession, plus more of Diane-hard to choose)
5. After the Rain - Karen White
6. Accidental Best Seller - Wendy Wax
7. The Book Lover - MaryAnn McFadden
8. Exposure - Therese Fowler
9. Love Anthony-Lisa Genova
10. Where we Belong - Emily Giffin

I'll play. Here are my top 5 this year ( in no particular order)

Gone Girl
The Fault in Our Stars
This is How You Lose Her

Honorable mention: 11/22/63 ( tied for top 5)

Henrietta Lacks
The Dragon Trilogy
End of your life book club
The Camel club series - David Baldacci
Camilla Lackberg books

Jeni (last edited Dec 28, 2012 11:12AM ) Dec 28, 2012 11:05AM   0 votes
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky , The Divergent Series 2-Book Collection (Divergent, #1-2) by Veronica Roth , Being Emily by Rachel Gold , George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 5 Book Set Series, A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin , Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon , Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts , The Bible Jesus Read An 8-Session Exploration of the Old Testament With Leaders Guide and Participant Guide and Video  by Philip Yancey , The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden by Anonymous

Mary (last edited Jan 01, 2013 12:12PM ) Jan 01, 2013 12:07PM   0 votes
Top Favorites for 2012 are:

The Orphan Master's Son
Gone Girl
The Sense of an Ending

The Night Circus
The Dovekeepers
Gone Girl_ did not like the ending

In no particular order:
The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin
Practical Jean by Trevor Cole
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Goya
The Fearsome Particles by Trevor Cole (new favorite author!)
Ru by Kim Thuy
The Sisters brothers by Patrick DeWitt
Natural Order by Brian Francis
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexi
Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner
The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

I concur with 11/22/63 and In The Garden of Beasts nominations.My additions are: The Warmth of Other Suns (Wilkerson), Galore (Crummey), Ender's Game (Card), The Hunger Games trilogy (Collins), and Mothering For Schooling (Griffith & Smith).

My Best Reads of 2012:
Gone Girl - Gilliam Flynn
Wild - Cheryl Strayed
Age of Miracles - Karen Walker
A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood
The Silent Land - Graham Joyce
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Blindness - Jose Saramago
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
Room - Emma Donoghue
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -Stieg Larsson

My favorites of 2012 are
Gone Girl--then I read all of Gillian Flynn books and loved them
Fault of our Stars
The Art of Fielding
Room (though not published in 2012)
The Wild by Cheryl Strayed
One Last Thing Before I GoThe Lonely Polygamist


Any suggestions on books that are similar to Gone Girl? TIA


My top 10 of 2012:

Gone Girl-Gillian Flynn
The Passage-Justin Cronin
The Sisters Brothers-Patrick DeWitt
Zeitoun-Dave Eggers
Mddlesex-Jeffrey Eugenides
The Pillars of the Earth-Ken Follet
Sunset and Sawdust-Joe. R Lansdale
Homicide-David Simon
Ready Player One-Ernest Cline
An American Demon-Jack Grisham

Top 10 /2012 w. rating

1.A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin....(Songs of Fire and Ice #1)....5
2.The Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston (Pendergast #7)....5
3.The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel (Earth's Children #1)....5
4.Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane....5
5.In the Rooms by Tom Shone....5
6.The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly....5
7.Under the Dome by Stephen King....5
8.Four to Score by Janet Evanovich....( Stephanie Plum #4)....5
9.Pale Demon by Kim Harrison (Rachel #9)....5
10.They Thirst by Robert R. McCammon....4

In no particular order:
The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls
Tell The Wolves I'm Home - Carol Rifka Brunt
Room - Emma Donoghue
Me & Emma - Elizabeth Flock
On The Island - Tracey Garvis-Graves
Love Anthony - Lisa Genova
The Sea Of Transqulility - Kalja Millay
Hopeless - Collen Hoover
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
The Light Between Oceans - M.L. Stedmen
Not all from 2012 - but some of my favourites!

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
City of Women - David R. Gillham
Defending Jacob - William Landay
11/22/63 - Stephen King
Breed - Chase Novak
The Prophet - Michael Koryta
The Inquisitor - Mark Allen Smith
Going Home, Finding Peace When Pets Die - Jon Katz
The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson
Do the Movies Have a Future - David Denby

My favorite 10 books that I read in 2012 out of the 52 I read are, in no particular order:

1. Room by Emma Donoghue
2. Sherlockian by Graham Moore
3. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
4. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
5. Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
6. Sons by Pearl S. Buck - sequel to Good Earth
7. House Divided by Pearl S. Buck - sequel to Sons
8. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
9. Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
10.Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

I could only come up with seven books for 2012, many bestsellers ended up being poor reading choices

Some great reads in no particular order:

Half Broke Horse: A True-Life Novel Jeannette Walls
The Possibility of You Pamela Redmond
Behind the Beautiful Forevers Katherine Boo
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Heretic's Daughter Kathleen Kent
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follet
Midwives Chris Bohjalian

I love this game! My top 5 (in the order I read them, not ranked)...

The Art of Fielding
The World to Come
Gone Girl
Casual Vacancy
Ready Player One

Honorable Mention: Looking for Alaska

The Language of Flowers
Heading out to Wonderful
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
The Kitchen House
Turn of Mind
The Night Circus

I agree with 11/22/63 and Shadow of Night and would add the following:

Rules of civility--Towles
In the garden of beasts: love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin--Larson
The summer without men--hustvedt
Thomas Merton, Spiritual Master: the essential writings

The Language of Flowers
The Forgotten Garden
Gone Girl
Discovery of Witches
The Tender Bar
The Boy in the Suitcase
The Art of Fielding
Shadow of Night

My top ten list of 2012:
Gone Girl
This is How You Lose Her
Bring up the Bodies
The Warmth of Other Suns
Rules of Civilty
The Fault of Our Stars
Beautiful Ruins
Homemade Love
Sharp Objects

Top books in no particular order:
1. The Lonely Polygamist (This book was rated the book of 2011 by Entertainment Weekly and also won other awards. I'm surprised it's not mentioned.
2. Gone Girl
3. Molokai
4. Henrietta Lacks
5. Unbroken
6. Shangri-La
7. No Easy Day
8. Killing Lincoln
9. The Dragon Trilogy

1. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
2. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
3. The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
4. Arcadia, Lauren Groff
5. The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
6. Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter
7. Glaciers, Alexis Smith
8. Greengage Summer, Rumor Godden
9. Villette, Charlotte Bronte
10. (A tie between Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, The Borrower by Rebbeca Makkai, White Noise by Don Delillo, and The Stranger's Child by Allan Hollinghurst)

Paradise, Judith McNaught
Gabriel's Inferno, Sylvain Reynard
Gabriel's Rupture, Sylvain Reynard
The Unwanted Wife, Natasha Anders
Taming the Tycoon, Amy Andrews
Gone Girl, Gillian
Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James
Fifty Shades Darker, James
Fifty Shades Freed, James
Maid for the Billionaire, Ruth Cardello

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