Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012: A year in books

At the beginning of 2012 I set a Goodreads goal to read 30 books in 2012, and I made it!  Here they are:


The first book I read last year in January was Under the Tuscan Sun (as I was under the gorgeous Andalusian sun in Spain).  So from the bottom right corner in the photo, the books go from right to left, bottom to top, in the order they were read; ending with Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs - my last read of 2012.  Can you tell which of these books were beach reads?

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My top five from these thirty are as follows (in no particular order):

1. A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson) -- This one now has a spot in my top 5 favorite books (of all time).  If you like science-y things, you'll love it.  If you don't consider yourself a science fan, I think you'll still like it.

2. The Help (Kathryn Stockett) -- I could not put this book down (even though I was en route to Valencia with gorgeous surroundings)! Read it before you see the movie.

3. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) -- Reading this book in June is ultimately what made me decide to say goodbye to Spain and buy a plane ticket back to Wisconsin.  It can be applied to all sorts of "life dilemas" and situations.

4. The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg) -- Great read.  Always had my attention, and its contents are helpful and applicable to everyday life.

5. Three Cups of Tea (Greg Mortenson) or Make the Impossible Possible (Bill Strickland) -- My motivational books this year.  Read them to be inspired to make a difference in the world!

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I'm kicking it up a (small) notch, and in 2013 I'm going to read 32 books!  Five of these must be in Spanish, another five must be from the books I've got in my downtown apartment, and maybe I'll make myself read two in French (Max may have pressured convinced me to do so!).

What was the best book you read in 2012?  Have you set any goals to read a certain number of books in 2013?
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