I did it.
I read 52 books in 2012. That bests my 2011 total of 48 and more than doubles my 2012 total of 23. This year, I’m raising the bar a little bit and set a goal of 55 books. I actually have two books in progress right now which should see me logging two books in by the end of this week putting me ahead schedule.
If you want to be more frequently updated about what I’m reading, you can visit me on Good Reads.
But, without further ado my ten favorite books of 2012 (in no particular order).
1) The Wool Omnibus-I listed these books separately in my Good Reads listing, but the Wool Omnibus is made up of five separate novels of varying length describing life in a post-apocalyptic underground silo.
2) First Shift-by Hugh Howey. This is the prequel to the Wool series and I may have liked it MORE than the the books in the omnibus.
3) 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I read Under the Dome this year and I was disappointed, but this book absolutely did NOT disappoint and I’d absolutely consider re-reading it which is saying something considering it is 850 pages.
4) The Divergent series by Veronica Roth-A real BAMF female main character, a little romance and a post-apocalyptic Chicago makes for great reading.
5) The Twelve by Justin Cronin. Sequel to THe Passage and seriously fantastic.
6)Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close- by Jonathan Safran Foer. I fell in love with Oskar and his amazing need to solve the mystery of his Dad. It was amazing and touching and I can’t bring myself to watch the movie despite loving Tom Hanks because I’m afraid I might not love and I don’t want to do that to myself.
7)What Alice Forgot-Laine Moriarty- A suburban housewife faints during spinning class and loses her memory. Her last memory was being madly in love with her husband and pregnant with her first baby, but that’s not the world she wakes up into. It IS Chic Lit (which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea) but I thought it was a good narrative on the importance of investing in your marriage.
8) The Adoration of Jenna Fox-Mary Pearson-another book with a dystopian bend. Jenna Fox awakes one day in a house she doesn’t know without memories and a body that seems like hers but not. The book is an interesting commentary on medical ethics and how far is too far.
9) The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman-This book is heartbreaking. Deeply heartbreaking, but it’s so beautifully written I couldn’t help by love it. It was really moving and beautiful and worth the read despite how much crying I did during the process
10) Fifty Shades of Gray-E.L. James-Before you disown me, let me explain. As a teenager, I read tons of romance novels and, um, smut. Tons. My mother semi-encouraged this habit by subscribing to a mail order romance book club (she wanted the purple wine glasses they offered as a premium). I read my weight in romance novels and then stopped. This is the first smut I’ve read in more than 2 decades and I am not embarrassed to say it was fun to read this. If you haven’t, yet, read the series, I’d recommend reading no further than book 1 as they get kind of worse as they go on.