Friday, January 18, 2013

The Good Books Of 2012

This year I did not quite make it to my lofty goal of reading 100 or more books a year.  I tried, but life got a little busy!  I managed to read 83 books.  My scrapbooking has fallen way behind, and I would not say my house is in perfect condition 99% of the time, but there is no way I could not read.

Give up reading?  It would be like giving up coffee.  Not going to happen!  Finding a really good book that just makes you fall into it, when you think about it as you fall asleep and first thing when you wake up, is a treasure I can't do without.

Being an compulsive list maker, I write all the books down.  Being a tad nuts, I give a three star rating to the books I'd read again, and one lone 4 star rating to the book of the past year that joins the ranks of the few I'd grab in frantic zombie apocalypse packing.

My Three Stars List:
5. Good Morning, Killer
8. Stories I Only Tell My Friends
9. Emily of New Moon
16. Emily Climbs
17. Emily's Quest
19. Call Me Irresistible
20. Honey Moon
22. The Preacher
23. She Came to the Valley
24. The Doctor's Sweetheart
28. Timeless
31. When Angels Mourn
36. Girlchild
38. The Time Travelers Wife
41. A Duty to the Dead
43. After the Golden Age
44. Madame Mirabou's School of Love
47. Robopocalypse
55. The Passions of Emma
57. A Test of Wills
59. An Impartial Witness
62. The Taker
63. A Perfect Blood
69. Heading Out to Wonderful
73. Kill You Twice
74. Criminal
75. When Venus Fell
83. True Sisters

And my favorite book of 2012: Earth Abides by George R. Stewart.  Written in 1949, it is a haunting tale of the end of civilization due to a deadly illness, and how the survivors start over, forming a community and trying to get the hang of a new way of life.  My husband had read it before, and loved it.  I'm so glad he talked about it nonstop, piquing my interest!


  1. Wow, that is a lot of books. I love books and yet I rarely read. :( I am too sleepy in the evening once the kids go to bed.

    1. It's gotten easier to find the time and the energy as the kids got older!

  2. The only one on this list that is also on my list is Stories I Only Tell My Friends. I, too, enjoyed it three-star's worth. :)

    1. I loved it! Three stars and I passed it on to my sister to read, and she loved it too. It was in the running for my favorite book of the year.