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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013 8:51:19 AM PST
Holly says:
Patsy -- "At Home: A Short History of Private Life" is one of the few Bill Bryson books I haven't read. I will add it to my WL as well. Thanks.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 8:49:49 AM PST
Patsy says:
Holly -- Thanks so much for the suggestions, I have added them to my Wish List (will also check out my library to see if they have them). By the way..., if you get Where the Hell Am I? Trips I Have Survived, plan on annoying everyone around you with extremely loud bursts of laughter! I enjoyed At Home: A Short History of Private Life, have you read that one?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 8:10:20 PM PST
Holly says:
Patsy -- I have enjoyed many of the books you listed and think we may have similar tastes. You might want to check out Taming Mighty Alaska: an RV Odyssey and Bill Bryson's books, particularly A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail). Also, "If you Lived Here, I'd know Your Name" is one of my favorite books. She wrote a follow-up called Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: A True Story of Bad Breaks and Small Miracles which has taken a significant drop in price from time to time. Just a couple of suggestions plus I have added "Where the Hell am I?" to my own wish list based upon your enjoyment.

Thanks for sharing!

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 7:59:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2013 11:19:16 AM PST
Top 10 Reads of 2012:
The Light Between Oceans
The Paris Wife
Defending Jacob
11/22/63
The End of Your Life Book Club
Before I Go To Sleep
Gone Girl
Wild (From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Chaperone

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 7:36:07 PM PST
Patsy says:
In no particular order, but these are a few of the books I really enjoyed in 2012:
Where the Hell Am I? Trips I Have Survived One of the funniest books I have ever read.
Dinosaurs in the Attic
The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World
If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska
The Chaperone
Elsie - Adventures of an Arizona Schoolteacher 1913-1916
Kitchen Boy
The Treble Wore Trouble (The Liturgical Mysteries)
A Shot in the Bark: A Dog Park Mystery (Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries)

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 11:13:11 AM PST
TexasMom says:
I have already listed ten books, but forgot one I read in early January that was amazing. There is even a dvd that my library had that my husband and I borrowed. The book is Longitude by Dava Sobel.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 8:45:54 AM PST
lonbeehold says:
Catherine, I loved State of Wonder. So much that I want to read the rest of Ann Patchett's books. Bel Canto is first on the list. I also loved Sarah's Key. I may give audio books a go this year. Certainly safer than trying to sneak in a few more paragraphs at stop lights ;)

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 6:44:27 AM PST
Lannie says:
Many of these were recommended by contributors to the Amazon discussions that I follow...but I include a few independent discoveries to pay it forward:

A Madness of Angels: Or The Resurrection of Matthew Swift by Kate Griffin
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway, son of John Le Carre'
A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness
Frederica by Georgette Heyer
Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, Book 1) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula 1) by Kim Newman
Artifacts: A Faye Longchamp Mystery (Faye Longchamp Series) debut novel by Mary Anna Evans
Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey
Chenda and the Airship Brofman (a Steampunk Novel) (The Brofman Series) by former NPR journalist Emilie P. Bush
Here's to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire: An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit - Oh Look! A Chicken! by popular bloggist Stacey Turis.

There are no angels in the novels with titular angels; Santa Olivia's dystopic setting no more bleak than the story demands; and Artifacts is surprisingly literary for a first-in-series mystery.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 10:09:21 PM PST
Angel's Mum says:
Happy New Year Nisi!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 9:32:39 PM PST
And to you!! Happy New year, all!!!

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 9:08:41 PM PST
Denise says:
Happy New Year, everyone!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 8:35:42 PM PST
Catherine says:
Ionbeehold, didn't you just love State of Wonder by Ann Patchett? I listened to it on Audible. I also loved her Bel Canto. I was commuting 3 hours a day last summer and listened to lots of Audible books. These were two of my favorites.
I left two more books off my favorites for 2012: Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay = Wow!
and The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein on audiobook - one of my all time favorite listens!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 6:26:35 PM PST
Nine bucks now :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 4:48:28 PM PST
Denise says:
Well, I picked up Blue Boy as a freebie back in 2010. Perhaps I should read it!

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 1:18:22 PM PST
My list of 5-star books for 2012 contains EXACTLY 10 books.... So my selection of the 'top 10' will be easy!

In no particular order:
Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum
The Last White Rose
Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle
Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate) (book 4)
The Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless and Timeless (mine was just books 1-3, but that doesn't seem to be available any longer)
Loki
Traveling Between the Lines: Europe in 1938
Chop Suey:A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States
What Would Satan Do?
Blue Boy

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 1:13:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2012 1:18:53 PM PST
Suze says:
Hi....I'm getting some great ideas here! One book I wasn't aware of...Blind Your Ponies is getting mentioned so often I put it on a wish list. Another book being praised is Defending Jacob. I had taken it off my wish list at one point, but now have it back on! Thanks so much. I bought The Light Between Oceans and can't wait to start it! Sometimes books are popular bestsellers for a reason.....because they are really wonderful reads!! I am not sticking with anymore books I don't love.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 1:02:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2012 1:07:07 PM PST
Jose P. says:
My Top 10, ranked:

#10: The Lucky One
#9 The Invention of Hugo Cabret
#8 Blind Your Ponies
#7 Master and Commander (Vol. Book 1) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels) (This one is representing the first 5 books in the series)
#6 An Irish Country Christmas (Irish Country Books Book 3) (This one is representing the first 3 books in the series)
#5 The Snow Child: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Fiction Finalists)
#4 Uncle Tom's Cabin
#3 The Light Between Oceans: A Novel
#2 The Count of Monte Cristo
#1 Emma

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 12:47:45 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2012 12:48:19 PM PST
Jose P. says:
Honorable Mentions:

A Time To Love: Quilts of Lancaster County| Book 1
The trilogy! This first is free today, which means the other two will be free in the coming weeks. It's been an endless cycle.
Very good Amish books.

At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell Book 2)
I love me some Nicholas Sparks. Call them cheesy or cliche'd but I get enjoyment out of them. I've been reading his books since Jan 2010. And this one is a sequel to True Believer.

Les Misérables (English language)
I'd love for this one to have made my list, and I raved about it early on. But the author just love to give too much back story, sometimes a more straight story would be better. What I read of this one I loved, but sadly I didn't make it to the end of the book- I waited for the movie for that, and loved it.

Wonderstruck (Schneider Family Book Award - Middle School Winner)
I love the way this man has chosen to tell his stories. A mixture of illustrations and words. The illustrations must be studied since they are what often tell the story, they're not just pretty to look at.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 11:50:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2012 11:54:12 AM PST
Jose P. says:
I love the mention of Irish Country Wedding. I haven't read it yet myself though. I've only recently read up to the third book in the series. I already have two other bought and ready to be read.
The Night Circus looks very good to me. It's planned to be one of my first reads in 2013.
Water for Elephants. The book was interesting to me at first. It has a lot to offer.
However the way it's told soon became distracting to me, and I couldn't finish it. But the movie was great, the telling was easier on me. (a rare thing for me to enjoy the movie better, has happened only twice recently).
The Maze Runner, I've read the first 3. The prequel I haven't even bought, but I have enjoyed them. I wouldn't place them in my tops, but they do make for interesting reads.

To those mentioning LOTR and Harry Potter. I love those as well. I've read them several times each.
The Hunger Games for me, like Maze Runner, great books- but not top reads.

My list coming soon....

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Reading Mom says:
Thanks, Denise--as you know, I have pretty eclectic tastes :-)
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