Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2012 books + giveaway

I've done a lot of reading this year.  My goal was to read 40 books throughout the year and I managed that.  Next year I hope to read as many if not more. 

I always enjoy reading other people's thoughts on books and ratings.  I write recommendations down as people post them on blogs or Facebook or whatever and I add books to my library queue and to my "To Read" shelf on Goodreads.  I thought I'd share my 2012 book list for those of you who are interested. 

Here's the list of the books I read this year and the rating I gave them on Goodreads.  I also included the average rating each book received on Goodreads in case you are interested. 

Title, Author, My Rating, Average Rating
  • Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane, 3, 3.96
  • Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher, 4, 4.06
  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, 4, 4.01
  • Reflected in You (Crossfire, #2), Sylvia Day, 3, 4.37
  • Bared to You (Crossfire, #1), Sylvia Day, 3, 4.19
  • Where We Belong, Emily Giffin, 3, 3.87
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed, 3, 3.99
  • Rules of Civility, Amor Towles, 3, 4.02
  • Night Road, Kristin Hannah, 3, 4.14
  • Insurgent (Divergent, #2), Veronica Roth, 4, 4.3
  • Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far, Bristol Palin, 3, 3.33
  • The Principles of Running: Practical Lessons from My First 100,000 Miles, Amby Burfoot, 4, 3.45
  • Lock and Key, Sarah Dessen, 3, 4.03
  • There's Something About St. Tropez, Elizabeth Adler, 3, 3.46
  • The Fault in Our Stars, John Green, 5, 4.55
  • Still Missing, Chevy Stevens, 4, 3.96
  • Riven, Jerry B. Jenkins, 4, 4.04
  • The Giver (The Giver, #1), Lois Lowry, 4, 4.11
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards, 3, 3.53
  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy, 3, 3.93
  • Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3), E.L. James, 3, 3.92
  • The First Husband, Laura Dave, 3, 3.55
  • If I Stay (If I Stay, #1), Gayle Forman, 3, 4
  • Where She Went (If I Stay, #2), Gayle Forman, 3, 4.19
  • Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2), E.L. James, 4, 3.95
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1), E.L. James, 4, 3.6
  • You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other), Vanessa Williams, 3, .58
  • The Book of Jonas, Stephen Dau, 3, 3.73
  • Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1), Marissa Meyer, 3, 4.04
  • Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money, Geneen Roth, 2, 3.52
  • The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern, 2, 3.99
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Beth Hoffman, 3, 3.87
  • Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, Stephanie McAfee, 3, 3.43
  • Paper Towns, John Green, 3, 4.15
  • Looking for Alaska, John Green, 3, 4.27
  • The Rules of Inheritance, Claire Bidwell Smith, 4, 4.19
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot, 3, 4.06
  • The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1), James Dashner, 4, 3.98
  • Sarah's Key, Tatiana de Rosnay, 3, 4.07
  • The Underside of Joy, Seré Prince Halverson, 3, 3.84
  • Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Makes Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, William D. Lassek, 3, 3.43
  • Crossed (Matched, #2), Ally Condie, 4, 3.56
because I'm feeling happy this morning and because I like to read and because it's close to Christmas and because I already have a new hardback copy of the book I'd like to give away one of my favorite books I read this year.  There were several that I would highly recommend, but one of them is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  I will mail this book to a random commenter on Friday.  Just tell me a book you've read lately that you've loved.  Feel free to share on other social media sites or blogs for extra entries, just leave a comment to let me know you did.  Thanks!

Happy Tuesday!


RLR said...

I've read books with my kids and books for Bible studies - not a lot of pleasure reading this year. One that I have really enjoyed is 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess (Jen Hatmaker). I'm not quite finished, but it has been a great read so far.
Hoping to get through The Giver over break. My son just read it, and sometimes I read a book that he is reading/has read so we can discuss it.

RLR said...

The book arrived today - thank you! But I sure wish you'd had more comments on this post!

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