I read a lot of good books this year. Several that I read in December while sick in bed are worth mentioning, but for my best of 2012 I just chose four. I know not all of you read 4-5 books a month like I do and I don’t want to overwhelm you with suggestions. If I were going to suggest four books that you read in 2013, these are the ones I have narrowed it down to based on what I read in 2012.
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. I finally picked this book up after years of hearing it listed as a favorite on other people’s book list. I thought it would be dark and depressing, and in some ways it is. But there is so much hope and encouragement in the dark places that it will lift you up and challenge you to look at life differently.
The Likeness by Tana French. I chose this one because it was different from other books I had read. A complex mystery with interesting characters. I can’t wait to read more by this author.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. This is such an interesting book. Thought-provoking and delightful, it examines why people are successful. And I love a good nonfiction thinker book.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I have already recommended this book personally to three people who work with kids in foster care. The main character makes you frustrated and sad, but you root for her all the way and like her in spite of all she does to ruin her life. I loved the way this author introduced the meaning of flowers into this story. It’s something I knew very little about but am now very interested in and I thought it added so much to the story.
What were your favorite reads of 2012? What’s on your list this year? I rarely plan ahead what I’m going to read. Instead I scour the internet for bloggers who write reviews and find what interests me. Then I put piles of books on reserve at the library and read every day. I love to read. Do you?