What I Read in 2012

Its a good thing I log the books as I read them because otherwise I'd swear I must be missing some, but the truth is I only managed to read fifteen books this year. Not very impressive. In my defense I did write two books. And, if you count all the books I've read my kids this year - all the Wimpy Kid books (over and over), The Secret Science Alliance, Hardy Boys and Dan Gutman out the wazoo - this would look a whole lot better. But whatever. Here's what I did read:

1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

2. Paper Towns by John Green

3. All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab

4. Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield

5. The Blind Side by Michael Lewis

6. The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

7. Want To Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman

8. The Giver by Lois Lowry

9. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larrson

10. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (re-read)

11. The Dead and The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer (re-read)

12. Feed by M. T. Anderson

13. The Talbot Odyssey by Nelson DeMille

14. Word of Honor by Nelson DeMille

15. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

There were four adult titles, one of them non-fiction, and eleven YA. Two books were re-reads (and still so good I know I'll read them again). There was one "did not finish" on the list (and, no, I'm not going to say what it was).

I think the book I was most surprised by was The Truth About Forever. I shouldn't have been - there's a reason Sarah Dessen's books are so popular - but I'm not usually drawn to romance-y books. But this was really good, with well developed characters and a realistic and reasonable pace to the romance element. I read a fair number of book reviews where the reader complains (justifiably) about insta-romance in YA novels...well, this is how to do it right.

As for my favorite read this year...I would actually recommend almost every book on this list. There was only one that was kind of "meh" - not terrible though - and even the DNF I'd probably have enjoyed at a different time.

At the end of last year, I said my reading resolutions were to "read more books, pick whatever speaks to me and end the year with another book on writing".  One for three. Maybe this is why I don't bother with resolutions.