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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Books of 2012

So, I have always identified myself as a in, next to the gym, it is one of my favorite things to do.  When I was younger I would actually get in trouble for reading too much because I would sneak off to read when I was supposed to be doing chores.  I decided at the first of 2012 to start keeping track of the books I read for the year - I have reviewed several, but I like having lists. I was petty surprised at how few books I had read - 10!  Sweet Baby Luke seems to occupy a lot of what previously was my free time.  Also, I somehow ended up with subscriptions to about 10 magazines and it seems wasteful to let a month go by without reading all of them.  Anyway, here is the list, with a basic grade, of the books I read for the year:

1.The Litigators, B-
2.Molokai, B-
3.Dreams of Joy, A-
4.The Woman Who Wasn't There, B+
5.The Weight of Silence, B
6.Sarah's Key, A-
7.These is My Words, B+
8.When We Were Brothers, B-
9.What to Expect When You are Expecting, A-
10.The Light Between Oceans, B+

Although I didn't actually read as many books as I would have liked, I did listen to about 15 books over the year.  I've started listening while running, working out, cleaning, and on my drive to and from work.  I always thought of myself more of a literal reader, but I have loved finding a way to get even more books into my life.   So, here's the list and the grades with a little commentary:

1.Where'd You Go Bernadette, A - Loved the story and especially loved the reader, I think this book may be even better as an audio.
2.Dovekeepers, A+ - I finished this book about six months ago and still can't stop thinking about it.  Again, this is one that I think was actually enhanced by the readers.
3.The Fifth Witness, B+
4.The Chaperone, B+
5. Trapeze, A-
6.Mr. Chuchill's Secretary, B-
7.Beautiful Ruins, B+ - It started as a solid A and ended as a B- or lower, averaged out to be an ok book.  My favorite quote from the book "The smaller the place between your desires and what is right, the happier you will be".
8.Lost in Shangri La, A
9.The Scarecrow, B
10.The Lifeboat, B-
11.Crooked Letter Crooked Letter, B
12.The Great Gatsby, C - I have read the commentary and tried to appreciate this piece of "great literature", but I could not wait for it to be over.
13.Several of the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series, they are mindless and silly, but fun entertainment.
14.Behind the Beautiful Forever, B
15.Defending Jacob, A-

1 comment:

Sheri Kay said...

Monica, I'm glad you posted this! I have been wondering what book I should read next. I will take one of your recommendations.