Monday, January 7, 2013

2012 Reads.

My goal this year was to read 24 books (I actually read 25).  Some were amazing, some were NOT.  Making this list, I found that I clearly have a book type.  Out of my 25, four were by John Grisham, three were by David Baldacci, and four were by Michael Connelly.  Reviews of The Confession and Calico Joe by John Grisham.




This year, I also discovered the beauty of autobiographies with with Rob Lowe's and Andre Agassi's memoirs.  I definitely like reading first hand accounts rather than biographies that someone else has written.  You get a much more personal feel when it's written by the subject himself.  Reviews of Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Open.


I read less Chick Lit this year than in the past, but I still got some in.  Reviews of While We're Far ApartSisterhood Everlasting, and Where We Belong.


I also got sucked into the Hunger Games trilogy, which was so, so good.  

Then there were some books that really had no category.  Reviews of Boy AThings I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married, and Room.


My absolute favorite book of the year was 11/22/63 by Stephen King (review).  I've never read a book like it, but I desperately hope that he writes more books of the non-horror genre so I can read them!

And the award for my least-favorite book of the year goes to Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner.  I have loved some of her books in the past, but the two I read this year weren't nearly as good.  Or maybe it's just my tastes changing.  Best Friends Forever was particularly disappointing.  I actually was miserable reading it, but I was determined to finish it!  My advice-- don't pick it up unless you want to read an uber-cheesy story with cliche characters and no real resolution. 

I've set my goal for this year at 30 books (which might be a little ambitious considering that there won't be nearly as much air travel this year...).  But I'll get it done somehow.  Did y'all read any great books in 2012 that I need to add to my 2013 list??  I'd love your recommendations!


  1. Recommending: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Two amazingly beautiful books.

  2. We have similar book styles! I love several of the ones you've read and have several of these on my "to read" list. I look forward to follwing you!

    You should consider joining this online book club I'm a part of!

    Signups for a book swap are going on now too if you're interested!