I’m posting my list along with many other people around the web. You can find a complete list at The Broke and the Bookish, a new-to-me blog. This is a list of my ten favorite books of 2012. Unfortunately I just started using Goodreads again and I can’t really remember everything that I read this year.
This Cake is For The Party by Sarah Selecky - This book is a collection of short stories and I loved every single one. I would happily read an entire book based on each of the main characters in her book. Keep an eye out for this Canadian author.
The Quiet American by Graham Greene - I love Graham Greene and this book was one of my favorite that I have ever read. I have seen the movie a few times and I couldn’t help but hear Michael Caine’s voice narrating the story as I read. This book definitely put me on the fast track to trying out more novels by Greene.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - The format of this was slightly strange but the book was so interesting that I didn’t have any trouble with it. I couldn’t put this book down and I read it very quickly.
The Heart Of The Matter by Graham Greene - Another Graham Greene book. It’s only the second book of his I have read, but if I had read more, no doubt they would all be on the list. I love the locations of Greene’s books and I feel like they are accurate portrayals of a certain place at a certain time because he traveled extensively as a writer.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green - This is a beautiful young adult novel about adolescents with cancer. The author really got the facts down about what it’s like to have a fatal illness. The book brought tears to my eyes.
The Twelve by Justin Cronin - This is the second book in a trilogy and it was a continuation of the epic adventure started in “The Passage.” It’s the story of what happens when a virus wipes out most of civilization. Cronin’s writing is excellent and although this book isn’t the type I usually read, I was completely drawn in by the storytelling.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - I re-read this book for the first time in years. I still loved the story and the writing. I think that the book made me think more than it had previously.
Blue Nights by Joan Didion - I absolutely love Joan Didion and this book was just as beautiful and haunting as her previous memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking. Didion says that she writes in order to understand and I just love her matter-of-fact style and her choice of words. This book conveys sadness in a way that feels very real.
Life After College by Jenny Blake - I have a girl crush on Jenny Blake. She is really nice and I bought this book after reading some of her blog. I have emailed her a few times and she always writes back to me! This book isn’t just for recent college graduates. I like to think that there is something in it for everyone. The book is divided into sections such as work, relationships, money, organization, etc. You can just read the beginning and then skip around to the sections as you decide what areas of your life to work on. I enjoyed this book so much that I bought my brother a copy!
The Clinton Tapes by Taylor Branch - I checked this book out from the library thinking that I would just skim it and read certain sections. Monica Lewinsky, anyone? I was pleasantly surprised that this massive book was so reader friendly that I read it cover to cover. It helped me understand Clinton’s presidency better and brought me up to date on what happened with our country when I was too busy with school to pay attention.
What were your favorite books this year?