Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Best Books I Read in 2012

I recently saw that the “Fifty Shades” trilogy ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on Amazon’s best-seller list for 2012. While this isn’t a surprise, it still bugs me. I read the first book and wasn’t impressed. I thought the plot was boring and the writing was dim.

It’s great that “Fifty Shades” got people interested in reading who ordinarily wouldn’t have picked up a book in their spare time. I just wish the book they picked up was something better. So, in case you’re looking for something new to read that isn’t so “shady,” here are my favorites of the books I read in 2012.

A sad, sad story that is beautifully written. Smart and touching, it tells the story of a teenage girl living with cancer. Don’t let the “young adult” label fool you – This book is has serious depth.

I read “Gone Girl” this summer and could not put it down. Afterward, I read Gillian Flynn’s previous two novels, “Dark Places” and “Sharp Objects.” While I liked them all, I give “Dark Places” the edge for its intricately woven storyline and shocker of an ending.

“Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles
This book makes you feel like you’ve entered a black and white movie with its snappy narrative and rich details. It follows a young woman and a cast of supporting characters as they make their way through 1930s Manhattan. 

What were your favorites this year? 

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