Preview of 2012 Book Lists #4

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, 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.

Caught in the in-between: Paige’s Favorite Books of 2012. Paige likes YA fiction and romance and authors like John Green, Veronica Roth, and Maggie Stiefvater. So I think she should check out Sara Zarr, Once Was Lost or How to Save A Life. Also Sarah Dessen and other books by John Green, since she liked The Fault in our Stars so much.

Shari Speaks: Best Books, 2012. Shari might like Life After Lucy: The True Story of Keith Thibodeaux by Keith Thibodeaux since she seems to be interested in that particular sitcom.Also, I would suggest anything by Bret Lott, particularly Jewel and A Song I Knew by Heart.

Historical Tapestry, Marg’s Best Books of 2012. Marg should feed her love of historical fiction with The Sand-Reckoner by Gillian Bradshaw and also Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis.

Scott McKnight: Jesus Creed Books of the Year. Mr. McKnight might appreciate a book I read on my Kindle, From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism by Chris Haw and also this YA fiction book about an ultra-orthodox Jewish girl, Hush by Eishes Chayil.

Ignorant Historian: Top 10 Books of 2012. Ronnica, you should read Nicholas Nickleby to feed your Dickens-love and Praying for Strangers by River Jordan just because it’s a good memoir/prayer book.

Nori’s Closet: Best Books of 2012. Nori reads YA fiction, lots of YA fiction, but it doesn’t appear that she has read Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins or Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan. She should.

Miss Page-Turners City of Books: Best I’ve Read in 2012. Sarah is from Germany, and she loves traveling, photography, cooking, and reading. I recommend to her John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines and Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister.

My Wordly Obsessions Best Books of 2012 Round-up. Zeesays one of her favorite books from her 2012 reading was a favorite of mine, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. On that basis of that pick and her other choices, I’m going to suggest Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.

Across the Page: Books Read in 2012. For Janet, I have a suggestion that dovetails with her “movement outward into discovering the natural world”: Exploring Nature with your Child by Dorothy Edwards Shuttlesworth. I read this older title quite a while ago, but I remember it being quite useful and inspiring when I had preschool and primary age children to educate in my home. Also, Janet and her students might enjoy an animal story which made its way into my Cybils reading this year, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

Cakes, Tea, and Dreams: My Favorite Books of 2012. KatieLeigh has an inspiring list, divided into such categories as Most Delicious Memoir and Best Catnip for Anglophiles. I would recommend to her for 2013: Hilary McKay’s fictional family, the Cassons. The first book in the series is Saffy’s Angel. Also, Katie might want to add to her TBR list, Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt, since she enjoyed The Wednesday Wars and the very British cozy novels of Angela Thirkell.

That’s all for now. Come back later for more lists linked in the Saturday Review of Books starting this evening. And consider the book suggestions my Christmas and New Year’s gift to you all. Thank you, readers and book bloggers, for making my TBR list so very long and my reading life so very enjoyable.

4 thoughts on “Preview of 2012 Book Lists #4

  1. I’m paying attention and appreciate the recommendations! I’m always looking for new titles that relate to our interests around here — especially nature.

  2. I definitely have Black Out and All Clear on my to be read list after reading Doomsday Book last year! I don’t recall having heard about The Sand-Reckoner before though. Thanks for the rec!

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