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Best of 2012: My Favorites

Best of 2012

Happy New Year!

2012 was a tough year of reading for me. I enjoyed many books, but when it comes to my “best of” list, the books needed to be more than just entertaining or elegantly written. They had to spark something within me. That said, some of my choices may seem odd to you but they all meant something to me at the time and they are the ones that I often think about, even now.

Here’s my list, in the order in which I read them:

1.Then Again (audio) by Diane Keaton
2.Wish You Were Here by Stewart O’Nan
3.Heft by Liz Moore
4.A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
5.The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont
6.The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
7.The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
8.So L.A. by Bridget Hoida
9.The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
10.The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye
11. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami (added at the very last minute!)

Looking at this list which is is all fiction with the exception of the first title, I can honestly say that the characters won me over. Each of them complex, richly developed and memorable. If you are looking for a great read, you can’t go wrong with any of these.

Here’s to another year of great reading!

Ti’s Top 5 Books of 2011

This has been a great year of reading for me. I’ve been touched by books in numerous ways but when the end of the year comes along, I find myself overly choosy over which ones make my “top” list. This  year, I am only sharing five. These stories are still floating around in my head and they were all read in 2011.

Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye
The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
Annabel by Kathleen Winter
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam

I apologize for making this so brief, but my Mac died!! I have another laptop in the house, The Boy’s, but he grumbles every time I get on it. Right now I am at The Hub’s office, using this computer from 1990 and I swear it’s running IE 1.0 (or something close to it).

Happy New Year!! Happy Reading!