I read 37 books in 2011. I know this because I use www.goodreads.com to track my reading. For 2012 my goal is to read 50 books. According to goodreads I’ve already read two since I finished Fly Away Home on the 1st of January (and I actually did read a whole book in one day on January 2nd) so basically I’m off to a good start. If you are a goodreads “friend” of mine you will see that my choice of books is very eclectic, really all over the place. So as I was looking through my choices for last year it got me thinking “What if I could only recommend 10% of these to a friend? Which would they be?” That would be 3.7 books, I’ll round up to 4 to make it even. I have to warn you that one of my standards of a good book is that it move me in some way – it can move me to tears or to laughter so some of these will have you laughing out loud and some will have you bawling into your paper back!
- Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern Day Slave, an International Art Dealer and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall – this is non-fiction, a memoir of this gentlemen who befriend a black, homeless
- Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office: A Memoir by Jennifer Lancaster – this is the first in a series by this lady and while the series gets pretty old pretty fast the first few – and most specifically this one, the first one – literally had me laughing out loud on airplanes and other public spaces.
- I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb – the story of identical twins, one is a paranoid schizophrenic. It is so well written however it is rather long, almost 900 pages, and very heavy to carry around so this would be a great one to load on your iPad or Kindle.
- Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe – okay so really this one was hard for me to pick. I kind of wanted to make #4 Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand or Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum but those are all really heavy and dark and while very good reads I wanted to give you something that was just plain fun! This book is exactly that. And if you are my age, or within 5 year give or take (that would be 34 – 44 years old) you will really appreciate all the stories he has to tell!
So that is it. My top 10% of books from last year. I hope you’ll pick up one or two (or maybe even all four!) This year if I make my goal to 50 books I’ll give you 5 for 2013!