Sunday Salon: 2012 Favorites

Sunday Salon: 2012 Favorites

sunday salonI wasn’t sure if I was going to write a post today but after reading just a few posts, I wanted to write a “favorite books of 2012” post too. You guys are adding so many books to my tbr lists. I love reading your excitement over some of your favorite books.

2012 wasn’t a great year for blogging (or reading). I knew I wouldn’t be able to read as many books this year as I did last and I was right. My stats along with my favorite books read this year are listed below. My favorite books aren’t always books that were published this year, but they are books that I will re-read and buy if I don’t already have them.

248: the number of books I’ve read so far this year. That’s down from the 325 books I read in 2011.

55: the number of books I gave a 5-star rating to.

120: the number of books read that received a 4- star rating.

649: the number of pages that A Game of Thrones contained. It was the longest book I read.

Favorite fictional reads:


  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. What a quiet and beautiful book about the friendship between a housekeeper, her son, and the professor she worked for.
  • No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. In my review of this book, I called it a “celebration of the written word and one man’s dedication to it.”
  • Alcestis by Katharine Beutner. A “fleshing-out” of the Greek myth of Alcestis, a wife who took her husband’s place when Death came from him. I like the book when I first read it and it’s grown on me since.
  • Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung. Another quiet and beautiful tale set in the United States and Korea about family. I love the descriptions of Korea. The book was realistic and I will definitely read Chung’s next book.
  • The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan. This was my time reading a novel by Lanagan but it definitely won’t be the last. The Brides of Rollrock Island is a book that once you’ve finished reading it, you want to immediately start re-reading.
  • There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff. I enjoyed reading this exploration of God as a horny seventeen year old. It reminded me a lot of Douglas Adams’ A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.

Favorite non-fiction reads:


  • How Children Succeed by Paul Tough. It’s a book that I enjoyed so much that I won’t review it until I reread it a second time. Tough shows readers that it’s character traits such as grit, perseverance, and creativity that will help our children succeed, not just academically but in most aspects of life.
  • How Georgia Became O’Keefe by Karen Karbo. This is a book I loved so much. Karbo is a wonderful writer. Her style reminds me a lot of Michael Lee West. When you read their non-fiction, it’s not like you’re reading a book but more like you’re having a conversation with a new friend. You can sit there for hours and just listen.

Favorite children’s books:


  • Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman
  • Neville by Norton Juster
  • Bink and Gollie, Two for One by Kate DiCamillo
  • Blackout by John Rocco
  • Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Favorite Graphic Novels:


  • Ichiro by Ryan Inzama
  • Hades: Lord of the Dead by George O’Connor
  • Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Favorite Cookbook:


Favorite book of poetry:

  • B by Sarah Kay.

Printed books that proved that e-books can’t do everything:


  • Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony. Chopsticks tells the story of two teens from very different worlds who are in love. Every page is a collage that’s made out of various papers and objects.
  • Nox by Anne Carson. Nox is an elegy that Carson wrote to her older brother, a person who was never really in her life. It’s an accordion book in a box that’s just lovely to hold.

How was your reading this year?

40 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: 2012 Favorites

  1. Wow, that’s a lot of books.

    I still really want to read Chopsticks and my library STILL doesn’t have it. So frustrating. I do have Alcestis to read, though. :)

    Here’s to a good 2013!

  2. Just requested Chopsticks. Why haven’t I heard anything about the new Norton Juster book?! And why doesn’t my library have it?!

      1. I finally read Phantom Tollbooth last year and I think you’ll really like it — much fun with words!

  3. I got your Christmas card from the book blogger exchange (thanks!) and immediately requested How Georgia Became O’Keefe. Now that it’s on this list, too, I’m doubly excited!

  4. I’m hating/loving all of these posts too :p SO bad on the old wish list!! This seems even worse than usual lol..But I totally want to read There is no Dog and Chopsticks now!

  5. You had a FAB year of reading if you ask me ;) Way to go! I’d love to read the Karbo book about O’Keeffe.

  6. Some books that I’ve heard of, but none that I’ve read. Definitely some that I want to look at closer. Thanks for the suggestions! And your reading total is still far ahead of mine (more than twice as much in fact).

  7. Ooh, The Housekeeper and the Professor sounds perfect for the January in Japan reading month. Thanks for highlighting it!

  8. I guess 248 books isn’t *too* bad of a total for the year. ;-) I didn’t even crack a hundred. Okay, let’s be real, I didn’t even come *close* to cracking a hundred! There is No Dog is one I should very much have liked to read this year but never got around to it. I’ll have it on the wishlist again for next year, though! No Crystal Stair and Chopsticks are both bound for my wishlist, too!

  9. You read some great books this year! I have yet to read anything by Yoko Ogawa, although I believe I have at least one of her books in my TBR collection. You’ve got me really curious about There is no Dog.

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  10. I only own one of these (the Ogawa) so I have a lot of good reads to look forward to — and yes, my TBR is going to grow with these posts too! I forgot that I want to read The Brides of Rollrock Island. :)

  11. The Housekeeper and the Professor is high on my list to read. I’m glad that you recommend it highly. I haven’t read any of your favorites yet, but there are many of them on my wishlist.

  12. I’ve seen The Brides of Rollrock Island on a lot of “best of” lists this year. I’m definitely going to have to make the time to read in in 2013! I hope that you have an amazing year of reading in 2013.

  13. Everybody seems to have Brides of Rollrock Island on their “best of 2012” list, which also bumps it up on my priority list. I’ve recently added How Children Succeed to my wish-list after seeing it on the NY Times (I think) best-of-the-year list. As a future mom to be I’d love to read your review. There are so many parenting books out there, but this one caught my eye.

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