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Monthly Archives: December 2012

As the year draws to a close, I see a lot of places posting their best books of 2012. I’d never even heard of any of the books on the New York Times’ list, and I wasn’t really interested in any of them either; but then, my tastes could be considered a bit eclectic if you’re being kind, or full of that genre crap if you’re not. 😉

Anyhoo, I don’t read a whole lot of books the year they come out, but the ones I did read this year were really good. So, here’s my own list of the best books of 2012:

Adult book:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

A fascinating scientific exploration of introverts and their role in society. A good read for anyone, as it explains the introverted mindset and biology, as well as a little about how it differs from the extroverted mindset and biology. It also explores the extroverted ideal of American society. I feel like I understand myself much better after reading this book(what an introverted thing to say!)

Teen Book:

The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This is the funniest tragedy I’ve ever read. It’s about teens with cancer, and I laughed all the way through the first 3/4 and sobbed through the end. Normally, I refuse to read books that I know will have to end badly for someone(war stories, cancer stories, etc.), but I fell in love with the characters in this book even as hey fell in love with each other, and in the end, their loss was mine too. Totally worth the sob-fest at the end.

Picture Book:

Chloe and the Lion
Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex.

Possibly one of the most entertaining picture books on the market for mom and dad. Lots of dry humor on the writing/illustration process. An excellent book for pre-school age on up, and hilarious!

So, there you go.  Happy holidays and happy reading!

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