Ah! I forgot to post my annual top seven reads before the year changed! Well, here we are. 2013! OH MY GOODNESS MY BOOK IS GETTING PUBLISHED THIS YEAR! I can hardly believe it’s almost here, but while we wait, let’s talk about some books I really enjoyed last year that I didn’t write. 
I  read so many freaking good books in 2012, I ended up having to go by category. I read pretty widely, so if anyone is looking for a good read and has specific tastes, I can usually point you in a good direction. These are all books that I think have a good chance of being enjoyable to anyone, no matter your general tastes. They’re just great books! 


Picture Book: BOY AND BOT by Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino

The mark of a good picture book to me is one that my kids want again and again and one I don’t mind reading again and again. This one takes the cake! 


Middle Grade: WONDER by R. J. Palacio
Just a book the every person in the world should read, if only to remind us that we all could do with a little more compassion. 
Middle Grade Fantasy: A TALE DARK AND GRIMM by Adam Gidwitz
Gidwitz pays hommage to the Brother’s Grimm with a fractured fairy-tale that doesn’t hold back. Brutal and shocking and I loved it! 
Young Adult: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green

I’ve never cried and laughed so hard at the same time. I didn’t think it possible, but apparently it is. 

Young Adult Fantasy: CHIME by Franny Billingsley

Just gorgeous. All I have to say. 


Non-Fiction: IN DEFENSE OF FOOD by Michael Pollan

Completely changed the way I think about food and eating in general. Somehow we’ve managed to complicate one of our most basics needs until it’s practically killing us. 
QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING by Susan Cain 
 I’m not necessarily a “quiet” person, but I do have introverted characteristics that I’ve always thought of as weaknesses. This book changed the way I think about myself, others, and society in general.




One comment

  1. CHIME is the only one of these I’ve read, but some of the others are on my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendations! They all look good.

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