My Top 12 Books for 2012
My Favorite Books from Each Month of 2012
I have loved to read for as long as I can remember. I know when a child and there was work to be done my mother would complain that I always had my nose in a book. For me reading provides relaxation, entertainment and escape from everyday life. AS an adult I often let myself have reading time as a reward for doing certain chores. For instance, I'll clean the house for an hour and then read for an hour. Of course sometimes if the book is especially good those times get a bit uneven.
For the past few years, since my retirement from the corporate world, I have been reading 50-60 books a year. On this page I am featuring the favorite book I read from each month of 2012.
I hope you enjoy hearing about my choices, and perhaps you might want to try one for yourself. If you have a good book to recommend, please leave me a note in the guestbook at the end of the page.
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My Top Books for 2012 - a list of my favorites
I love to read and since my retirement I try to read at least a book per week. Each month one of the books is one that I read for the book club I belong to, but the others are ones that I choose. Many are the latest books from my favorite authors but others are books that were recommendations from friends. Here are my top picks from each month of 2012.
I will be adding to this list as the year progresses.
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Calico Joe by John Grisham
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin
Unbroken by Laurne Hillebrand
How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donahue
Firefly Beach by Meira Pentermann
Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini
Blossom Street by Debbie MaComber
East of the Sun by Julia Gregson
Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah
This book was recommended to me by my sister. She gave me her copy but it set on my shelf for several months before I got around to reading it. When I finally started to read it I couldn't put it down. Kristin Hannah really made the characters come to life in this book about a woman and her daughters, an untold secret and a Russian fairy tale. This gripping story alternates between the past and the present and the tells of the relationships within the family.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.
I really enjoyed this book.
James Patterson - Private Series
James Patterson is one of my favorite authors. His books always provide and interesting, though quick read. If I want to escape from reality, James Patterson will take me into his world.
The Private series is a fairly new series by James Patterson. The main character is Jack Morgan, a former Marine, who starts a worldwide investigation firm. I have read three books in this series and each one has been very good. They are quick moving and full of mysteries. I enjoy trying to guess the outcome. Several of the books on this list are due to come out in the next year.
This book is full of murder mysteries including one where Jack Morgan himself is a suspect.
This books is due out in Jan 2013.
If the police can't help you turn to Private. This investigation firm, run by former CIA agent Jack Morgan, is a global organization with the skills and power to get the answers.
This book is due out in December 2012
I read this book in April and really enjoyed it. It takes place in the near future at the 2012 Olympic games in London. Very interesting!!!
Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay
I love historical fiction, particularly when they are well researched books. It is a great way to learn history in an entertaining format. This book was our March book club selection and I enjoyed every minute of it. It tells of a young woman journalist in the present day, living in France who discovers a disturbing story in her families history and a 12 year old girl in wartime Paris. The book alternates between occupied France in the 1940's and the present day.
Calico Joe - John Grisham
If you enjoy baseball and enjoy books about relationships, you are sure to love this book. It was a rather short book but totally delightful. A fun read that also has a serious side.
Books by Steig Larsson - Millenium Trilogy
We read the first book in this trilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for book club. It is not a book I would have normally picked up, but after about the first 50 pages I was hooked. I found myself very caught up with the characters in the book and wanted to read more. I now have the second book on my shelf waiting to read.
This is the first book of the trilogy. A very interesting book with some really great characters. I love the character development in this book.
Mrs. Kennedy and Me - Clint Hill
This book is a biography by Clint Hill, the secret service agent for Jacquelyn Kennedy. I takes you from the election in November of 1959 through the year after President Kennedy was shot. It gives you a real inside view of the life of Mrs Kennedy during her White House years. You follow her day to day life, her travels and see the enormous respect that Clint Hill had for the first lady. A very interesting perspective and especially interesting for those of us who lived through those years.
If you love biographies this book is a must..
Unbroken - Lauren Hillebrand
This moving story follows the life of Louis Zamperini through his boyhood challenges, his days as an Olympic runner and his trials during World War II. It is a unforgettable story of a man who survives despite all odds.
Firefly Beach - Meira Pentermann
I picked this book when it was recommended on the daily Kindle book list I get online. Sometimes these books are really good and I am introduced to new authors I might not have read before. Firefly Beach was one of the best Kindle books that I have read this year.
This is the story about a young woman who goes to a cottage in Maine to escape and ends up on a mission to dig up a long lost secret.
The Kite Runner
This story is about two young boys who grew up in Afganistan and the choices they made and were made for them in life. It shows how these choices effected their relationships. Very interesting book.
Blossom Street - Debbie Macomber
If you want a good light hearted read, just pick up a Debbie Macomber book. She is always good for a feel good type of read and the Blossom Street series is no exception. I enjoyed the books I have read in this series and plan to read more over time.
Another Blossom street book.
Fun reading Blossom street book.
East of the Sun - Julia Gregson
This book was recommended to me by my friend Anna, who lives in the UK. The author lives in the same area as she does and Anna has read two of her books. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by Julia Gregson.
East of the Sun is a delightful book in the historical fiction genre. It is about three young woman who travel to India from the UK in the 1920's. The three woman end up taking very different paths in their lives and yet all come together during crucial time. A great book about relationships, friendship, and life in India in the early twentith century.