Thursday, December 27, 2012

BTT (#27) ~ 2012 favorites

Booking Through Thursday asks:
"A deceptively easy question for this week (easy to ask but possibly hard to answer):  What are/were your favorite book(s) of the year?  (Bonus points if you know how many books you read.)"
First, let me qualify this post by saying the year is not yet over, and I haven't finished all the books I hope to read.  So far, I have completed exactly 100 books, but I have several in process.  That's less than half the 208 books I read in 2011.  I hope to add at least one or two more to the list this week.  (UPDATE:  I finished 102 books this year.)  The tabs at the top of my blog page show what I've read in recent years, and during 2011 and 2012 I chose my favorites for each month.  Here are my monthly favorites for these two years:

2011 monthly favorites
January 2011 = If I Stay ~ by Gayle Forman, 2009, YA fiction, 10/10
February 2011 = The Art of Racing in the Rain ~ by Garth Stein, 2008, fiction, 10/10
March 2011 = Sing You Home ~ by Jodi Picoult, 2011, fiction (Rhode Island), 9.5/10
April 2011 = Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! : Voices from a Medieval Village ~ by Laura Amy Schlitz, 2007, children's (England), 10/10
May 2011 = The Invention of Hugo Cabret ~ by Brian Selznick, 2007, YA fiction (France), 10/10
June 2011 = The English Teacher ~ by Lily King, 2005, fiction (Maine), 9.5/10
July 2011 = Here If You Need Me: A True Story ~ by Kate Braestrup, 2007, memoir (Maine), 10/10
August 2011 = Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America ~ by Firooyeh Dumas, 2003, memoir (California), 9/10
September 2011 = Epaminondas and His Auntie ~ by Sara Cone Bryant, 1907, children's, 10/10
October 2011 = The Wild Girls ~ by Pat Murphy, 2007, YA fiction (California), 9.5/10
November 2011 = Runaway Twin ~ by Peg Kehret, 2009, YA fiction, 10/10
December 2011 = Turtle in Paradise ~ by Jennifer L. Holm, 2010, YA fiction (Florida), 10/10
2012 monthly favorites
January  2012 = Zeitoun ~ by Dave Eggers, 2009, history (Louisiana), 10/10
February 2012 = Deadline ~ by Chris Crutcher, 2007, YA fiction (Idaho), 10/10
March 2012 = Lone Wolf ~ by Jodi Picoult, 2012, fiction, 10/10
April 2012 = The Breath of God ~ by Jeffrey Small, 2011, fiction (Bhutan, India, USA), 9.5/10
May 2012 = Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story ~ by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor, 2009, memoir (Greece, Turkey, South Carolina, France), 9/10
June 2012 = Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus ~ by Robin R. Meyers, 2009, religion, 10/10
July 2012 = So Far Away ~ by Meg Mitchell Moore, 2012, fiction (Massachusetts), 10/10
August 2012 = Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power — and How They Can Be Restored ~ by Marcus J. Borg, 2011, religion, 10/10
September 2012 = Grandad's Prayers of the Earth ~ by Douglas Wood, illustrated by P. J. Lynch, 1999, children's, 10/10
October 2012 = Toes ~ by Tor Seidler, 2004, chapter book, 10/10
November 2012 = Flight Behavior ~ by Barbara Kingsolver, 2012, fiction (Tennessee), 9/10
December 2012 = TBA (UPDATED) = Jim and Casper Go to Church: Frank Conversation about Faith, Churches, and Well-Meaning Christians ~ by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper, 2007, religion, 9/10
Most memorable book of 2012:
Zeitoun ~ by Dave Eggers, 2009, history (Louisiana), 10/10

2 comments:

Madgew said...

Loved Zeitoun as well. Great list. Happy New Year filled with joy and good health.

Helen's Book Blog said...

I also really enjoyed Zeitoun on many levels. I like that you included last year's favorites as well as it made me remember how much I liked The Art of Racing in the Rain!