2012 Favorites

As "best of" lists are in the eye of the beholders, instead I offer some of my 2012 favorites, in various categories, in hopes that one or more will speak to someone! Here's to another great year of books in 2013!

Book I think everyone should read: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. You'll either gain insight into yourself, or someone you live with, love, work with, or parent.

Cookbooks that have become staples in my kitchen: Both from America's Test Kitchen, Simple Weeknight Favorites and Slow Cooker Revolution

2 great graphic memoirs: My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf and Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

Series books that satisfied: The Panther by Nelson Demille (John Corey books) and Blackout by Mira Grant (Newsflesh trilogy)

Memoir with a great title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Favorite teen book with Socrates as a character: Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Favorite dystopia (with zombies): This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Favorite dystopia (no zombies): The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Favorite food memoir: Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

Favorite illustrated book about cats, and grief: Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra Cisneros

2 books with strange premises that worked for me: The Mirage by Matt Ruff and Every Day by David Levithan

2 very different women and their survival choices: The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan and The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers

Written by Becker on December 31, 2012


Lisa on December 31, 2012


Great list, Becker, and I haven't read any of them! But why isn't there a book about us extroverts?

Becker on December 31, 2012


Well, Quiet talks about how the world kind of "defaults" to extroverts...and that is what is expected. But maybe one will be written soon, since Quiet was so popular!

Leanne on December 31, 2012


Thanks Becker! I finally jumped in and bought a kindle. I'll put these on my Goodreads list!

Anonymous on January 2, 2013


Isn't Machiavelli's The Prince about extroverts?! Introverts could never pull it off.

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