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.