Les livres de 2012: round 6 (FINALE)

My in-laws built a Little Library for their yard!
Things slowed down considerably since el bebe was born, but I have a few more books that made it under the wire by the end of 2012. Here goes:

44. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
No! Don't read it. The premise is interesting - time gets all funky when the earth starts rotating slower and slower every day. But man, was this book dull. The characters are thin and I kept feeling like I was kept at a distance from actually getting to know any of them. Also, this might be categorized as a Young Adult book because the characters are adolescent? I'm not sure. Either way, skip it. There are better books to spend your time on.

45. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Loved! Loved. I think I loved Happier at Home more, but probably just because it's easier to wrap my head around a more focused project. I read both on the Kindle via the library and would like to buy both in paper at some point to have at home so I can flip through and underline, add sticky notes, etc. They feel like workbooks to me and I would love to take some colored pens to those pages.

46. The Giver by Lois Lowry
"You never read anything I recommend!" Chris said last week. This is not true, but when he said I could probably read The Giver in 15 minutes, I figured I could throw him a bone. Based purely on the cover of this book, I always thought it was about a homeless man at Christmastime. (What? Who knows.) Turns out it's not!

I liked this book; it read like a short story, something science fictionish but also sort of like a fable. The premise is a society in which everything and everyone is safe and the community is pretty perfect. When they reach age 12, children are assigned an area of expertise to study. Our hero becomes The Receiver of Memories and inherits the memories of the world. Interesting stuff. I can see that it would be a good choice for students in school to read and discuss.

47. Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott
I forget where I heard about this little book but I scooped it up at the library today and finished it in a few hours. I loved it so much; I am definitely planning to buy a copy. It's a book about three simple kinds of prayers to offer up to the universe (Help, Thanks and Wow) and was so lovely in spirit and thought-provoking. A perfect final book to read for the year! I highly recommend and warn you that this is not heavy-handed in terms of religion. Fear not! It's perfectly sane and inclusive of all types of thinkers.

And now here's the whole 2012 reading list with stars next to my favorites...

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins**
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
3. Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins
4. The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter

6. Learning to Bow by Bruce Feiler
7. An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
8. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
9. Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein**
10. Woman on the Other Shore by Mitsuyo Kakuta

11. Bringing up bebe by Pamela Druckerman
12. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides**

13. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout

15. 50 Shades of Gray by E.L. James
16. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

17. Preemie by Kasey Mathews**
18. It's a Boy! by Andrea Buchanan
19. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
20. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
21. How to Rock Your Baby by Erin Bried

22. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch
23. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
24. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
25. Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
26. Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method by Marie Mongan

27. Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel**
28. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
29. Divergent by Veronica Roth
30. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
31. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
33. Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel

34. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
35. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
36. The BFG by Roald Dahl
37. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin**
38. An Inconvenient Wife by Megan Chance
39. Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor (earlier this year, not sure when!)

40. A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates**
41. Peace from the Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant
42. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling**

43. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
44. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
45. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin**

46. The Giver by Lois Lowry
47. Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott**

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