What I Read: 2012

For Christmas last year, my hubby gave me what I consider my most-used and loved present, a Kindle Fire. I posted excitedly on Facebook when I received it. A friend jokingly replied, “If he loved you he would have got you an iPad. Oh well, at least he likes you … Maybe next year.”

Yes, a Kindle Fire is a far less expensive gift than an iPad, but given my family’s frugal nature, that makes it all the more perfect a present. It does everything I need it to (Facebook, e-mail, Angry Birds), with no monthly data fee. There seems to be a wireless network available most everywhere I go.

Plus, I’ve been able to read far more than motherhood would otherwise allow, and have yet to pay for a book thanks to free titles on Amazon and access to a vast selection of e-books through the Fargo Public Library.

It also helps me keep track of what I’ve read, which is why I can compile this list for you. Here’s a recap of my literary (I use that term loosely) consumption in 2012:

“For One More Day” by Mitch Albom
“Stay Tuned” by Lauren Clark
“Winning the Wallflower: A Novella” by Eloisa James
“The Carrie Diaries” by Candace Bushnell
“Absolutely Organize Your Family: Simple Solutions to Control Clutter, Schedules and Spaces” by Debbie Lillard
“The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson (1)
“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
“Scenes of Suburban Mayhem” and “The Summer Son” by Craig Lancaster (2)
“Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer
“Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” by E L  James (3)
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs
“Shopaholic Takes Manhattan,” “Shopaholic Ties the Knot,” “Shopaholic and Sister,”
“Shopaholic and Baby” and “Mini Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella (4)
“The Postmistress” by Sarah Blake
“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg
“I Don’t Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother” by Allison Pearson
“Wild” and “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar” (5) by Cheryl Strayed
“Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom
“The Dressmaker” by Kate Alcott (6)

(1) I read book one of the trilogy, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” in late 2011.
(2) Lancaster is a noted Montana author, and happens to be married to my best friend. Check out his book “600 Hours of Edward.”
(3) Yeah, yeah, I know.
(4) I’d read “Confessions of a Shopaholic” YEARS ago, but recently discovered that Rebecca Bloomwood’s story continued. Yes, this is escapist chick lit. I admit it.
(5) I only read half this book, not because it wasn’t good (the writing is beautiful, the letters and advice compelling), I just ran out of time!
(6) In progress

First up in 2013 is “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. I’ve heard great things about that book. I’m also hoping to read “Torch,” a novel by Strayed, and a borrowed copy of “Have a Little Faith” by Albom rests on my nightstand. I’m looking forward to the release of  Lancaster’s sequel “Edward Adrift” in April.

Happy New Year, and happy reading!

What did you read in 2012? Any recommendations for 2013?

3 thoughts on “What I Read: 2012

  1. My favorites on your list were “Water for Elephants” and “The Help”. The rest on your list I haven’t read, but will use this post as a source for my next top reads! I can’t seem to put books down – it’s my obsession. Thankfully, you went with the Kindle Fire; I’ve had nothing but trouble with the Nook.

    • Marie, I definitely recommend “Wild.” Best thing I read all year. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” were also really good. Sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your Nook … can B&N help you out at all?

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