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2012- What were your top books this year?

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Initial post: Dec 21, 2012, 6:45:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2012, 3:08:27 PM PST
Josue says:
I myself have read many great books this year. Around 20+ and two short stories but out of all those there were five that took me to a whole new level!

1- Lonesome Dove still be far my favorite book this year. I read this back in the beginning of the year. My very first western and one definitely worth reading even by those who say they hate westerns.

2- The House at Riverton, the story of a girl who holds a secret about a tragic death so many years before.

3- The Light Between Oceans, just finished this book set in Australia but easily makes my top. What would you do if a boat shows up where you live containing a dead body and a baby crying?

4- Blind Your Ponies. A small city where the hurt come to heal it seems. A story behind each character and a sport that brings them all together.

5- Dynasty 1: The Founding: The Founding (The Morland Dynasty), a book set over 500 years ago and one that starts a series which spans 500 years. Set in England and the first of a series of 34.

There are of course a list of others that I really enjoyed but decided to limit myself to only five.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012, 9:02:32 AM PST
lonbeehold says:
Great discussion thread! I read almost 100 books this Kindle and the Kindle apps make it so easy to read a few pages or a chapter wherever I am. So many to choose from, and hard to limit myself to 5, but these were among my favorites this year:

Flight Behavior I love Barbara Kingsolver's writing. This book takes place in rural Tennessee where monarch butterflies, displaced by drastic environmental changes in Mexico have come to winter. When a brilliant and worldy scientist comes to study why this first time ever event is happening, long buried potential in the main character of the book come to the fore, awakening forgotten hopes and dreams she once had for her future.

The Night Circus This book takes place in the late 19th and early 20th century. Historical fantasy fiction. Les Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams) appears and disappears mysteriously all over the world and only at night and is actually the setting of a competition, at first unbeknownst to the two main players. Not a typical circus story.

Red House An estranged extended family spend a week together at a home in the English countryside. Much of the narrative is told in a stream-of-consciousness style (think Billy Joel We Didn't Start The Fire) from the perspective of different characters. Sometimes maddening but surprisingly effective.

Sacre Bleu Another historical fiction meets fantasy novel, this one focusing on the great French Impressionists

Blue Nights A beautiful book writen by one of my favorite authors, Joan Didion. While inspired by the death of her daughter, the book also deals with the feelings of her own life as she grows into her own old age. A sad but powerful and surely unexpected sequel to her earlier look (also a favorite) The Year of Magical Thinking, inspired by the sudden death of her husband.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012, 10:46:09 AM PST
Josue says:
definitelt gonna look into that first book you mentioned. really caught my attention. i also have the night circus in my tbr pile, looks interesting as well.

you really made flight behavior sound good! never heard of it or the author before thanks!

Posted on Dec 22, 2012, 12:17:37 PM PST
lonbeehold says:
My pleasure! This is such a great discussion title, I'm surprised we're still the only two people in it! ;) Another favoite of mine by that author is The Poisonwood Bible. The Light Between Oceans: A Novel is on my ever-growing TBR list. At least when the stack is virtual rather than physical, danger from the topple of a too high stack is greatly reduced :)

Posted on Dec 22, 2012, 1:19:25 PM PST
Sam Hendrix says:
Best books of the year is always one of my favorite threads. Here are my most memorable reads of 2012.

1. Blue A touching fantasy story of a terminally ill young girl, the relationships between her and her divorced parents. With a beautifully created fantasy world as a backdrop where she escapes the trials of her disease and conflicts with her parents, Blue is a very touching story.

2. The Light Between Oceans An infant is discovered in a boat that has washed up on a remote island. The couple manning the lighthouse raise the child as their own.

3. The Fault in Our Stars This young adults novel tells the coming of age story of two teenagers who meet at a cancer survivors workshop. Wonderfully written and very touching.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012, 3:13:19 PM PST
Esse says:
There was a similar thread posted recently for those interested in additional recommendations:
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