My Top 5 Books of 2012

One of my goals for 2012 was to read 40 books. I finished 42. Hurray. My goal this year is to read 45. I read a lot of good ones this year so it was really tough to just pick five. You can see the whole list here on my blog.

My top 5 in no particular order:

  • Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter – This was probably my favorite book of 2012 that I read and the only one that I gave five stars to. I really loved the story and how the author jumped back and forth between so many characters, settings and periods.  It made me happy reading it.
  • The Dog Stars, Peter Heller – I have been reading several post apocalyptic novels over the past year or so by some random chance and I really liked this one – recommended by Courtney (who reads twice as many books as I do). This novel is told from the viewpoint of a man whose brain has been fried by whatever caused 99.9% of the population to die in the world.  At first it is tough to understand, but once you get into it – it is beautiful.
  • The Round House, Louise Erdrich – I have been a Louise Erdrich fan for many years and have read most of her books.  Her latest is by far her greatest.  A great story, beautifully written, suspenseful and also won the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction.
  • Salvage the Bones, Jesymn Ward – This book was recommended by Stephanie Maxwell – fellow blogger, and always reliable for good book recommendations.  This novel is set in the deep south during hurricane Katrina from the viewpoint of a dirt poor 13 year old girl.  Again…beautiful book, very disturbing and was really hard to put down.
  • Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett – Ann Patchett didn’t have a new novel this year – again one of my favorite authors – but I somehow stumbled upon this old one of hers that is actually more of a biography of sorts of one of her friends who is also an author.  Again – beautifully written and really hard to put down.

A couple of other 2012 top books lists to check out:

3 thoughts on “My Top 5 Books of 2012

  1. So awesome that we posted our lists on the same day! Glad Salvage the Bones made your list (it made mine too!). The Round House is in my queue at the library, and this made me excited to read it! Congrats on meeting your 40 goal! Thanks for the link to my blog, too! 🙂 Happy 2013 to you and all the lovely Holzheimers!

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