~One thing that I learned this year is that the books I loved most were the books I heavily researched and read the reviews for before I spent good money on them. Generally, I saw them on several favorite book lists, not necessarily just the New York Times list.
~Just because it’s a favorite author doesn’t mean you’ll love everything they wrote. I can not believe the only book I couldn’t finish came highly recommended and by an author I have always loved. I may have to give that one another try, because I just can NOT believe I didn’t get through it. I am not a quitter. I am not a quitter. I am not a quitter…
~Anyone can become a best seller when they offer free, or nearly free, Kindle books. That doesn’t make them a memorable bestseller. And I can’t believe I fell for it over and over. But it’s not like I read them back to back. I need to learn to be a quitter without a guilty conscience..
~I should keep a reading journal. My Amazon shopping list does not sufficiently cover what I read. 80% maybe, but that’s not 100. I didn’t realize I had read so much this year, mostly by reading an hour before sleep, each night.
Books I would whole-heartedly recommend to anyone:
~ On Borrowed Wings – Chandra Prasad
~ When We Were Strangers – Pamela Schoenewaldt
~ Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp
~ Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand
~ The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom
~ My Antonia – Willa Sibert Cather
~ The Widow of the South – Robert Hicks
~ Secret Daughter: A Novel – Gowda, Shilpi Somaya
~ Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather
~ The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo
~ Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay
Totally entertaining reads:
~ My Own Country – Abraham Verghese
~ Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel – Jamie Ford
~ The Menopause Thyroid Solution – Mary Shoman
~ The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
~ Catching Fire (The second Book of The Hunger Games) – Suzanne Collins
~ Mockingjay (The third Book of The Hunger Games) – Suzanne Collins
~ Blacklisted From the PTA – Lela Davidson
~ Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist’s Wife – Irene Spencer
~ A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family – Cheryl Tan
~ The Mill River Recluse – Darcie Chan
I just may have had to look these books up, to remember what they were:
~ Lethal People (A Donovan Creed Novel) – John Locke
~ Lethal Experiment (a Donovan Creed Novel) – John Locke
~ Saving Rachel (a Donovan Creed Crime Novel) – John Locke
~ Vegas Moon (A Donovan Creed Novel) – John Locke
~ Maid to Match – Deeanne Gist
~ Close to Famous – Joan Bauer
I just couldn’t finish:
~ In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin – Erik Larson
As I was going through my Kindle archives I see I still have several unread books that I am looking forward to reading, in 2012, and several that I may just hit delete on and forget about feeling guilty….
What about you? What are you looking forward to reading this next year?
My Antonia is one of my all-time favorite books — so great to see it on your list. (And humbling to see Tiger on it, too. Thanks for the kind words!) Wishing you many great reads in 2012. Cheers…
Thank you for stopping by! I can’t wait to read what you write next!