I finally sat down and took a look back at all the books I read in 2012. It was definitely a good reading year!
I read a total of 64 books in 2012, plus 2 that I did not finish (one of which I spent a week on!). The type breakdown is:
- Adult Fiction = 26 books
- Memoir =3
- Nonfiction (not memoir) = 1
- Middle-Grade Fiction = 15
- Teen/YA Fiction = 18
- Picture Books = 1
That's a few less books overall than last year, but 3 of the 64 were more than 800 pages and each of those took me more than 3 weeks to read!
Now comes the tough part - choosing my favorites! I enjoyed everything I read this year (except for one of the books that I did not finish). You might conclude that means I like everything, but really, that's just because I tend to choose what I read carefully, based on what I like and reviews from people whose tastes are similar to mine. My book groups make sure I don't get stuck in any ruts!
So, my Top Ten Grown-up Books Read in 2012 are (not in order):
- 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
Great Books for Kids and Teens).
And, for a little extra fun, here are a few superlatives (thanks for the idea, Tanya!):
Best Book of the Year and Best Book by a New-to-Me Author:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Best Book from an Old Favorite Author:
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Best Audio Book of the Year:
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, an award-winning middle-grade audio book.
Best Memoir of the Year:
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
Best (and Only!) Nonfiction Book of the Year:
The Big Burn by Timothy Egan
You can also check out how I did on my 2012 Reading Challenges.
What were YOUR favorite books read in 2012?