Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Book Roundup of 2012

Another year has come and gone and I'm officially shutting the door on the books of 2012.

Without further ado:

1) The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok
2) The State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
3) Stay Close by Harlan Coben
4) Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
5) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
6) When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
7) Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai
8) Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
9) My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
10) The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
11) Oxford Messed Up by Andrea Kayne Kaufman
12) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
13) Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
14) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
15) Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
16) Little Princes by Conor Grennan
17) Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
18) The Black Isle by Sandi Tan
19) Room by Emma Diffenbaugh
20) The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
21) Love You More by Lisa Gardner
22) The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
23) The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade
24) By The Iowa Sea by Joe Blair
25) Wild by Cheryl Strayed
26) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
27) Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
28) Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
29) Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
30) The Odds by Stewart O'Nan
31) The End of Normal by Stephanie Madoff Mack
32) Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler
33) The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay
34) Guilty Wives by James Patterson
35) Home Front by Kristin Hannah
36) Black Belt Librarian by Warren Graham
37) MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche
38) Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs
39) Defending Jacob by William Landay
40) The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
41) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
42) The Most Talkative by Andy Cohen
43) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
44) Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
45) The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
46) The Big Bang by Linda Joffe Hull
47) Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
48) The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perotta
49) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
50) I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
51) Sleep No More by Iris Johansen
52) Cruising Altitude by Heather Poole
53) Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook
54) Everything Was Good-Bye by Gurjinder Basran
55) Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
56) The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
57) The Clover House by Henriette Lazaridis Power

Alright.  There it is.  The list of 2012.  My general thoughts of this list?  This sucks.  Largely, generally sucks.  Last year, I had one book that I wanted to punch myself for having read.  This year, multiple books made me just flat out angry.  I did read a couple very good books but it was a stretch trying to find 5 of them.

Here's a general breakdown:
Fiction: 43
NonFiction: 14
Classics: 2
Audiobooks: 1
Series: 2
For Work: 6
Library Journal: 8
Books That Made Me Want To Punch Myself: 8
Most Overrated: Tie-- Defending Jacob and Fifty Shades of Grey
Most Underrated: By The Iowa Sea

Lessons learned? James Patterson just needs to stop putting his name on anything and everything. I'm not really a fan of the silly chick lit (Sorry Sophie Kinsella).  I very rarely agree with the masses (Oprah, Wild was just not really all that great. Let's be honest.  She just walked.)  What I don't find weak women and emotionally unstable men sexy. At all. I'm more moved by a book where the characters make me cry than the ones that make me cheer.

Top Five: (in no particular order)
1) The State of Wonder
2) Gone with the Wind
3) We Need to Talk About Kevin
4) By the Iowa Sea
5) The Night Circus

So? Do you agree? Do you disagree? Did I miss reading the best book ever?

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