Goodreads says I’ve read 49 books this year.  That would be a painful number, if I wasn’t taking a reading break from the 5oth to share my top 10 for 2012, in some semblance of order:

The Snow Child

The History of Love

The Panopticon

The Story Sisters

The Invisible Circus

Dandelion Wine

The Night Circus

The Art of Fielding

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop


These are the books I lived with this year.  The ones I stayed awake to finish, the   ones I read  in sweatpants, before I got dressed ‘for real’, the ones where I read bits aloud, sometimes to myself. Some made me laugh, some made me cry, the best did both.

Sarge read a few of them first and then threw them at me.  Most of them are now on his side of the bed because I’ve said: Dude, you hafta read this.  No, really.  They were good enough that I felt the need to use the word ‘Dude’.

As for next week’s/year’s reading I’m going to go back on my memoir/bio/nonfiction kick, I think.  After I read the fiction I bought with my Christmas vouchers.  And I’m also going to concentrate on the other books already in my house before buying any more, and if I do buy, I shall buy local. And I’m getting much better at using the library.  However, it would seem that I still need work on bringing books back after I check them out.  I can’t help it. They’re so pretty.

What were your top books of the year?

What will you be reading next year?

book tree

P.S.  I know I’m a little late, but check out The Mary Sue for more book trees.

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