My Favorite Books of 2012

Books I've Read in 2012

When I set out at the beginning of 2012 with the goal to read more, even if it was just a few pages each day, I never knew that I would re-ignite my passion for reading and good books in such a fervent way. I have fallen head over heels in love with books again and have been incredibly inspired by an amazing lot of authors this past year. I’ve recapped my thoughts on each of these books in previous Connect Through Reading posts, but thought I’d share a brief post on my top favorites from 2012.

My new favorite way to read these books is with my Kindle Paperwhite. I have an old Kindle, a nook, plus an iPad with the reading apps on it but this new Kindle Paperwhite blows reading with the other devices out of the water. I love how it’s compact, backlit, easy on my eyes, and convenient to use. It’s a simple e-reader, without the distractions of email, facebook, twitter, etc. If you are looking for a fairly inexpensive (currently $119 on Amazon), yet wonderful e-reader, I have to recommend giving the Kindle Paperwhite a try.

Now, for my top six reads of 2012…starting with my favorite and in order from there (although it was hard to stop at 6!)…


Heft by Liz Moore

1. Heft, by Liz Moore. Read my review here.

2. Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand. Read my review here.


3.  11/22/63 by Stephen King. Read my review here.

4.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Read my review here.

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake Book Review5.  The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield. Read my review here.

6.  The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Read my review here.

It has been such a great year of reading for me. I’ve taken the Goodreads challenge and have set a goal to read 30 books in 2013. Won’t you join me?

What were your favorite reads of 2012? I hope you’ll share them with me here!

Happy reading!

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  1. Christine says

    Hi there. I discovered your blog through Pinterest when looking for good book recommendations and am working my way through your list. I just finished Heft yesterday and thought it was great. It’s actually a book that I think would make a really powerful movie. Thanks for the suggestions and please keep giving them! I’m in grad school right now and haven’t had the time to read for pleasure since Christmas break (where I just read the HP series for the third time) and now I’m making it a priority to read more often again.


    • says

      Thanks for coming here and letting me know! I hope you enjoy the books as much as I did.
      I actually wrote the author of Heft begging her to do a sequel or something. I still miss the characters!

      I’ve been kind of on a reading slump this year, which isn’t like me. But, I appreciate the encouragement and will keep sharing what I read!

  2. Lynne says

    Thanks for introducing me to Goodreads! And I appreciate your recommendations. Loved Gone Girl. My favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Kat Martin, Maya Banks. I like romance and mysteries. Read on!!!!!

  3. Amy L says

    I Loved The Meryl Streep Movie Club. I listen to audio books during my commute to & from work, which makes the drive so much more pleasant.


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