31 December 2012

Top Reads 2012: The Best of the Rest

I have already given you my Best of Imprint Friday and my Best of Weekend Cooking lists. Here are my Best of the Rest lists.

A few notes:
  • Remember, some of my favorite books (I'm talking about you, Canada) appear on my Imprint Friday roundup.
  • I haven't separated out audio from print or adult from young adult.
  • Click on the links to find my reviews.
  • I failed to keep good records in 2012, so I don't know how many books I read this year.
  • The review indexes on this blog haven't been updated since May. I plan to catch up with those by the end of January.
  • Tomorrow look for the What's in Name reading challenge link-up posts. Regular posting resumes on Wednesday.
Literary Fiction


The Cove by Ron Rash
It's Fine by Me by Per Petterson
The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye
A Possible Life by Sabastian Faulks

General Fiction


The Century Trilogy (books 1 & 2) by Ken Follett
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
Pure by Julianna Baggott
White Horse by Alex Adams
Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr

Nonfiction


Birdseye by Mark Kurlansky
Blizzard of Glass by Sally M. Walker
Coming of Age on Zoloft by Katherine Sharpe
Flesh & Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

Now tell me, which of your favorites did I miss?

20 comments:

Harvee Lau 12/31/12, 8:07 AM  

I put asterisks by the titles of my favorites on my list of books read this year. I liked so many of them I feel badly I didn't put asterisks on more!

JoAnn 12/31/12, 8:19 AM  

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake made my list, too. Fall of Giants is so tempting...

erikarobuck 12/31/12, 8:32 AM  

The Lighthouse Road made my top ten for 2012, too. There are a few books I have not heard of here. Thanks for the recommendations.

Happy New Year!

Tanya Patrice 12/31/12, 9:35 AM  

I loved "Pure" too, and I plan on reading The Cove. I;ll have to check out some more books from your list.

Beth Hoffman 12/31/12, 9:49 AM  

Terrific list! When I read your reviews of The Lighthouse Road and Per Petterson's latest offering, I immediately added them to my "must buy" list. Now I need to make time to read them!

Happy New Year to you and yours, Candace!

Carrie K. 12/31/12, 12:54 PM  

I recently received a review copy of White Horse, so I'm very glad to see it made your list.

Jen Greyson 12/31/12, 1:37 PM  

Wow, I missed quite a few of these this year. Super excited about Pure and Birdseye now.

2012 was the year of the reread for me. Outlander by Gabaldon, Sherlock Holmes...I can't remember what else, but there were quite a few gems.

I'm going to keep better track in 2013 -- I've always wondered how many books I actually read in a year.

Happy New Year.

Sandy Nawrot 12/31/12, 3:27 PM  

The only book I've read here is the Quindlen! Which is kind of bizarre...we usually have very similar reading tastes. I'm going to have to dig into these...

Have a great New Year!

bermudaonion 12/31/12, 5:00 PM  

I missed so many good books this year! I need a reading getaway. Thanks for the great list!

Julie P. 12/31/12, 7:14 PM  

Oh my goodness. I only read one of these!!!

Literary Feline 12/31/12, 8:05 PM  

Such a great list! Several of those titles are on my wish list. I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Laurie C 1/1/13, 9:15 AM  

I brought Birdseye home from the library for my husband (possibly after seeing your review) and he really enjoyed it. I haven't read a single book on your list yet, but I like the sound of a lot of them. I wasn't sure about reading Pure, but seeing as it made your list...

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 1/1/13, 9:58 AM  

Love your Best of lists. Thank you for sharing.

Daryl E 1/1/13, 11:28 AM  

thank you .. a lot of good reading .. happy new year

Amy 1/1/13, 1:25 PM  

Happy New Year! I really enjoyed Pure as well and I'm looking forward to Fuse!

SuziQoregon 1/1/13, 2:03 PM  

I only bookmark a select few "best of" lists. Yours is one of them :-)

Jenn's Bookshelves 1/1/13, 6:43 PM  

Great list, many I haven't had the chance to read yet!

Trish 1/1/13, 9:47 PM  

I go back on forth on whether I should suggest you read Wild. I have Fizzy Jill's voice (or tweets) in the back of my head about how annoying the author is. But the writing really is beautiful.

I hope to read Canada...one day... ;) Happy New Year!

Jenners 1/2/13, 8:46 PM  

We both had Anna Q's book on our lists … I think it is one several lists I've seen.

And just to let you know, I can't seem to click over using your feed link. I have to go to your site from my reader.

wordsandpeace.com 1/3/13, 4:52 PM  

ah, Ken Follett, yes!
you will find my list in this post:
http://wordsandpeace.com/2013/01/03/year-of-reading-2012/

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