is almost completely in the history books, so it’s time to look back upon my reading for the year and highlight my favorites along the way. It’s been a great reading year. Not since adolescence have I read as many books in one year as I have in 2012. As of this posting, I read 108 books (there is a slim chance that I’ll finish #109, but I’m not banking on it) and that’s with only reading three books the entire month of December. This is double the New Year’s Resolution I made in 2007 that prompted me to start blogging. I have to say this made 2012 a fantastic year for me. I have no illusions of keeping that pace up for 2013. 80ish reads per year is about perfect for me, but I challenged myself to read 100 books this year and I did it. I hope that your reading year was just as full of good books as mine.
While compiling my list, I decided only to include those published in 2012. As amazing as Faithful Place and Ready Player One are, I decided to highlight the best of what 2012 had to provide. Below I have listed 15 books I loved in 2012 in the order in which I read them. My top picks of the year in audio and print are highlighted at the end.
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron (Algonquin Books)
The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney (Penguin Audio/Putnam)
The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy (Crown)
American Dervish by Ayah Akhtar (Hachette Audio/Little, Brown and Company)
The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont (St. Martin’s Press)
A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer duBois (The Dial Press)
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye (Amy Einhorn Books)
I Couldn’t Love You More by Jillian Medoff (5 Spot)
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Macmillan Audio/Henry Holt and Co.)
Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick (Algonquin Books)
Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck (NAL Trade Paperbacks)
Broken Harbor by Tana French (Viking)
The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro (Algonquin Books)
Safe House by Chris Ewan (AudioGo/Minotaur Books)
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books)
Audiobook of the Year
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (Harper Audio/William Morrow) is an wonderful example of how an audiobook can enhance the reading experience of an already great book. Lorna Raver and Nick Sullivan certainly set the mood and I’ll never forget the experience when Mark Bramhall begins his narration. It was euphoric relief. The whole package is why I love audiobooks.
Print Book of the Year
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Crown) is the book that kept me on the edge reading like a mad fool. Then, when it was all over, I evangelized this book to anyone who would listen to me. Hearing about their experiences while they read was my reward. This book was smart, entertaining, and communicable. I loved it.
Happy New Year! Here’s to the most prosperous and bookish 2013 for one and all!