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    Default Your Favorite Books of 2012

    It's that time again! Let's list our favorite books of the year.

    They don't necessarily have to be books published during 2012, just the best books you read in the last year. Fiction, nonfiction, whatever. Also, tell us why you loved them.

    I look forward to adding your favorites to my to-read list for next year!

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    Some "Best Books of 2012" lists:

    NY Times Best Books (selected by three of their critics)

    Slate.com's Top 10 Books of 2012


    Entertainment Weekly's Best Fiction of 2012
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    My faves:

    11/22/63 by Stephen King - simply fantastic. Vintage King, and the best book I read all year.
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - so much has been said about this book, all good and all true. A book I truly could not put down.
    The Prophet by Michael Koryta - murder mystery in a Friday Night Lights setting. Excellent plot and tight writing. A great read for suspense fans, and a classic redemption story.
    Keeping the House by Ellen Baker - post-WWII setting, good writing & story, engaging characters, great period detail. Very interesting technique of telling the story from three distinct time periods - and I felt like I was living in the very early 50s while reading this.
    New York by Edward Rutherford - gigantic, rich, ambitious story spanning the birth of NYC in the 1700s as a Dutch colony through current times. Along with Pete Hamill's "Forever", a must-read for anyone calling themselves a New Yorker (or just a fan of the city).
    Dare Me by Megan Abbott - page turning mean-girl tale, complete with a murder.
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    I don't get to read that much anymore so only have a couple:

    I also really liked 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

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    Sin Nombre I read Forever a couple of years ago and I loved it. Have to read it again soon.
    My favorite book for this year was The Likeness by Tana French.

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    Definitely "The Art of Fielding"-- it was one I read the back of and put down several times, but so glad I finally read it.

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    Dragonfly, I loved Forever so much that I re-bought it for my Nook after I lent the hardcover to someone and it disappeared. Now I am planning on rereading it, since I finished New York.

    Another favorite that I read this year was The Hunger Games trilogy -- especially the first and third books. Second one was just okay in my opinion, but the other two were riveting.
    "And as cliche as it may sound, I'd like to raise another round;
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    Thank you for your time...Here's to life!"
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    Add me to the list of those who loved Stephen King's 11/22/63. Fantastic.

    In many ways, Gone Girl was also fantastic, but while reading it I was so disgusted with the people in the book that I can't say I absolutely loved it.

    These books are a few years old, but I read them this year and enjoyed them quite a bit:
    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
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    My absolute favorite of 2012 was Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. The characters were so well drawn and the story was captivating and the end was heartbreaking. I never cried as hard over a book as I did with this one.

    Other favorites of the year are
    11/22/63 by Stephen King - I had never read anything by him before and was blown away by his writing. I was disappointed in the ending, but overall, I really enjoyed the book.
    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys - I read this early in the year and was really touched by the stories of Russian concentration camps in WWII. I felt it should be required reading for high schoolers.

    Others I gave 4 or 5 stars to on Goodreads:
    The Fault in our Stars
    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    If You Ask Me by Betty White
    The Pregnancy Project
    Insurgent
    Born Wicked
    Angelfall
    Ashfall
    MWF seeking BFF

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    Quote Originally Posted by scarlett View Post
    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys - I read this early in the year and was really touched by the stories of Russian concentration camps in WWII. I felt it should be required reading for high schoolers.
    That was the book I meant to download when I instead got Fifty Shades of Gray. You can imagine my shock... I still haven't gone back and read the one I meant to read, but maybe I will do that this week.

    I just downloaded New York based on the recommendation in this thread. I loved Sarum and London but got burned out on that style of story. It's been years, though, so I'm ready for another one.

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    Bookworm, the beginning of New York is a little slow, but stick with it -- it really picks up after the first quarter or so of the book.
    "And as cliche as it may sound, I'd like to raise another round;
    If your bottle's empty, help yourself to mine
    Thank you for your time...Here's to life!"
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