Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Best Books 2012 edition (IMO)


Has your reading changed over the years?  I was looking at my Top (10) list of books I read (10) years ago; this is what the list looked like.

In 2002 I read 87 books. My top 10 were:
  1. The Lovely Bones; Alice Sebold
  2. Eden Close; Anita Shreve
  3. Blindness; Jose Saramago
  4. Tuesdays With Morrie; Mitch Albom
  5. Whispers & Lies; Joy Fielding
  6. Snow Island; Susan Towler
  7. Gold Coast; Nelson DeMille (audio)
  8. Salem Falls; Jodi Picoult
  9. All the Names; Jose Saramago
  10. Chasing the Dime; Michael Connelly (audio)
Here's my 2012 Top Books Read lists:

Top 10 Fiction
  1. East of Eden; John Steinbeck
  2. A Sense of an Ending; Julian Barnes
  3. The Beginner's Goodbye; Anne Tyler
  4. The Spectator Bird; Wallace Stegnar
  5. Tell the Wolves I'm Home; Carla Rifkin Brunt
  6. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry; Rachel Joyce
  7. A Grown Up Kind of Pretty; Joshilyn Jackson
  8. The Bartender's Tale; Ivan Doig
  9. Translation of the Bones; Francesca Kay
  10. Heft; Liz Moore
Top Non Fiction
  1. Lot's of Candle's Plenty of Cake ; Anna Quindlen
  2. A Moveable Feast; Ernest Hemingway
  3. No Buddy Left Behind; Terry Crisp
  4. Quiet; Susan Cain
  5. Say You're One of Them; Akpan
Top Audio Books
  1. The End of Your Life Book; Will Schwalbe
  2. Defending Jacob; William Landay
  3. Live By Night; Dennis Lehane
  4. Winter of the World; Ken Follett
  5. Canada; Richard Ford
Top Kids Picture Books
  1. The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye; Jane Yalon
  2.  A House in the Woods; Inga Moore
  3. If You Spent a day With Thoreau at Walden Pond; Burleigh and Minor
  4. It's Okay to Be Different; Todd Parr
  5. How to Babysit a Grandpa; Jean Reagan
Most Disappointing Books Read
  1. Fairy Tale Interrupted; Rose Marie Terenzio  (NF)
  2. Home Front; Kristin Hannah (fic-audio)
  3. Dark Side; Belinda Bauer (fic)
  4. Blue Monday; Nicci French (fic)
  5. Beautiful Ruins; Jesse Walter (fic-audio)
Have you read any of these and felt differently about them?

22 comments:

  1. I'm sure my reading has changed but I haven't kept records for as long as you have. Your lists are great!!

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  2. I read half the books on your 2002 list, and your 2012 list. I trust our similar taste enough to look into the other halves ;-)

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  3. i read 95 books this year. I loved The Lovely Bones but read it a few years ago.

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  4. I started the blog in 2008 and had a journal before that, but it didn't go back all that far and I wasn't consistent with writing stuff down, so I can't compare. I'd have to say that my preference for heavier reads has grown though.

    Great list. Mine posts New Years day.

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  5. I like how you organized your reading into these lists. It's interesying Saramego was listed twice in your top ten. I loved Blindness. I want to read Quiet, which I own, and Anna Quindlan's "Candles" book.

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  6. I started keeping reading lists a couple of years before I started blogging, but didn't rank them in any way. My reading has changed a lot over the past years of blogging - it's made me more open to exploring new genres. I'm still a sucker for a good nonfiction or sci-fi read (my go-to books in days of yore).

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  7. Can I say, I haven't read a single book on either the 2002 list or the 2012 list. I feel so behind right now, I really want to read a few of these.

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  8. Our lists overlap a bit -- look for mine tomorrow. I lost track of my stats this year, but I plan to be better in 2013

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  9. I've kept a reading journal since 2001, but didn't start making my Top Ten lists until I started blogging. Blindness was one of my favorites back when I read it, but I've never gone on to try anything else by Saramago. I'm anxious to read the Quindlen book, as I love everything she's written. Maybe I'll get a copy with one of my B&N gift cards. I've been holding out for the paperback, but I don't think I can wait much longer! :)

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  10. I wish I had kept some sort of reading journal or started blogging years ago. I have no idea what my favorites per year are until I started the blog in 2010-ish (my first post was in 2008, though!); well done on keeping such a great record!

    Yay for Harold Fry! I just loved that book to pieces, as I did with A Moveable Feast. Hemingway is just incredible and I love most of his stories. I need to get back to his work next year, it has been a while.

    Happy New Year, Diane!

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  11. I hate to say I have read only a few of the books you have on your top books list. It's nice to know what I can still pick up for a good read!

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  12. I need to look into more of these books on your top picks list! I agree with you 100% on not wasting your time on books you don't LOVE. Life it too short and there are too many awesome books out there!

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  13. I liked a lot of the same ones you did (but we disagreed on The Sense of an Ending) and I love the idea of comparing your previous top books to this years!

    Wishing you all the best in 2013!

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  14. The Lovely Bones and Tuesdays with Morrie remain all-time personal faves! I liked the comparison. Maybe I'll steal it for a post.

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  15. My reading tastes have changed a little. At least I think I'm expanding my range of books and most of that has happened since I started the blog in 2009. Harold Fry was the only book on your 2012 list that I read and yes, I enjoyed it too.

    The Lovely Bones and Eden Close are both favorites of mine, although I think I read Eden Close in the early 90s. I agree on Home Front, very disappointed with that book. However, I loved Beautiful Ruins and I also enjoyed Blue Monday.

    I wish I had a complete list of what I read 10 years ago but much of it has vanished into time. That's one of the reasons I joined goodreads, so I could track my books.

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  16. Salem Falls and The Lovely Bones are such great reads, aren't they?

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  17. I read 4 of your 2002 books (I started writing them down in 2003) and only 3 of your 2012. I, too, enjoyed Blindness, but haven't read anything else -- even though I have several of his books (library sales are a wonderful thing). I'm surprised by Blue Monday (I liked it) and Beautiful Ruins (I've seen mainly positive reviews). Hmmm

    Happy New Year!

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  18. Great to see Heft and Tell the Wolves I'm Home on your list. Ken Follet is one of those authors I've always wanted to try - I need to get to him in 2013. Thanks for sharing so many books with us in 2012. I look forward to following you next year.

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  19. I so wanted to put Sense of an Ending on my top list too but there were so many good books this year I had to leave it off. Looks like you had a really good year!

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  20. Looks like you've embraced so many new genres now!!! I am loving this list because I have a few of them to read on my shelves and some I have read and loved!!!

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  21. I know my reading has changed, more Jane Austen and WWII to be sure! ;)

    Great lists, but I haven't read a single one of those books.

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  22. Yay for A Moveable Feast! I love that book.

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