SATURDAY December 29th, will be a special edition of the Saturday Review of Books especially for booklists. You can link to a list of your favorite books read in 2012, a list of all the books you read in 2012, a list of the books you plan to read in 2013, or any other end of the year or beginning of the year list of books. Whatever your list, it’s time for book lists. So come back on Saturday the 29th to link to yours, especially if I missed it and it’s not already here.
However, I’ve spent the past couple of weeks gathering up all the lists I could find and linking to them here. I’ll be posting each day this week and next, leading up to Saturday the 29th, a selection of end-of-the-year lists with my own comments. I’m also trying my hand at (unsolicited) book advisory by suggesting some possibilities for 2013 reading for each blogger whose list I link. I did this last year, and I don’t really know if anyone paid attention or not. I do know that I enjoyed exercising my book-recommending brain.
If I didn’t get your list linked ahead of time and if you leave your list in the linky on Saturday, December 29th, I’ll try to advise you, too, in a separate post.
Parchment and Pen Blog: Sam Storms’ Best Books of 2012. Mr. Storms is a pastor, and his list consists of mostly nonfiction in the areas of theology, Christian living, and biography and memoir. Mr. Storms might like to choose a books or two from this list that I made earlier this year, History and Heroes: 55 Recommended Books of Biography, Autobiography, Memoir,and History.
12 Books to Read in 2013. Mr. R.J. Moeller suggests 12 of his favorite books, mostly classics, for your reading enjoyment in 2013. I’m with him one almost all of his suggestions from Dostoyevsky to Moby Dick, with the exception of Ayn Rand. I would suggest that if he hasn’t already read it, he would like Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, a chunky classic like Moby Dick well worth the time and energy it absorbs in the reading.
CarrieK at Books and Movies does multiple end-of-the-year lists, too: Favorite crime fiction of 2012, Favorite contemporary fiction of 2012, Favorite historical fiction of 2012, Favorite Speculative Fiction of 2012, Favorite Audiobooks of 2012. I’m cheating on Carrie’s recommendations, voting and recommending at the same time in conjunction with her “I’ve Always Meant to Read the Book” Challenge. I’ll just say that I intend to read Bleak House this year, and 1984 by George Orwell and The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro are both must-reads that I have enjoyed in the past. Well, 1984 is not so much enjoyable as thought-provoking and enlightening, but anyway, read both.
Tweendom’s Top Twelve of Twenty Twelve. Stacy Dillon, who has her own Tweendom, says it has been a phenomenal year for books. I’m going to suggest that she check out a couple of other books from 2012 that I read for my Cybils judging responsibilities: Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill and Seven Tales of Trinket by Shelley Moore Thomas are both stellar entries in the middle grade fantasy genre.
The other Carrie at Reading to Know has a list of Favorite Books Read in 2012. She also reminds me that I still need to read Bleak House. Last year I suggested for Carrie, Between Heaven and Hell by Peter Kreeft because I know she’s a C.S. Lewis fan. It’s an imaginary dialog between John F. Kennedy, Aldous Huxley, and Lewis, three famous men with very differing philosophies of life who died on the same day. I also think Carrie would like My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay, a book I very much appreciated when I read it in 2010. I still think she would enjoy those two, plus I’ll give her another tip: Edith Schaeffer’s The Hidden Art of Homemaking.
Devourer of Books lists 26 favorites out of 187 books reviewed in 2012. I’ve not read a single one of her favorites, which gives me a lot of recommendations to peruse but not much information to go on for reader’s advisory. I’m going to suggest a biography I enjoyed this year, Catherine the Great by Robert Massie and for fiction the wonderful Christy by Catherine Marshall.
Ben Myers at Faith and Theology: Best Books of 2012. Mr. Myers says he’s spent most of the year reading Augustine and Shakespeare; I wonder if he’s read A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James Shapiro? If not, he might enjoy the insights there. Also, fyi, my favorite Shakepeare play is As You Like It or maybe Much Ado About Nothing.
The Ink Slinger’s 2012 Year in Review: Nonfiction. Fiction. Oh, this young man has some good reading choices on his list: Dostoyevsky, Marilynne Robinson, George Orwell and several others. I would suggest that now that he’s read Crime and Punishment, he should also read The Brothers Karamazov. I also think he’d want to read the companion/sequel to Gilead, Home by Marilynne Robinson. For nonfiction, perhaps The Ink Slinger would like a book I just finished, Gray Matter by David Levy and Joel Kilpatrick.
Books in the City: Top Ten Books of 2012. Colleen reads her books in New York City, and I haven’t read any of her favorites from this year, although I did enjoy an almost-ran, Little Bee by Chris Cleave. Since Colleen likes books set in Ireland, I commend to her Stephen Lawhead’s Patrick, Son of Ireland and How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill.
That’s ten (or more) lists for today. Come back tomorrow for more, and don’t forget to to add your year-end booklist to the Saturday Review of Books on December 29th.