Friday, March 30, 2012
Best of 2012 - First Quarter
To this point, these are my favorite novels of 2012 - books that entertained me, made me think, taught me lessons about the world, and kept me up way too late on work nights:
1. State of Wonder - Ann Patchett - an unforgettable drama in the Amazon
2. The Might Have Been - Joseph M. Schuster - baseball and life
3. The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes - read this one very carefully
4. Edge of Dark Water - Joe R. Lansdale - hillbilly noir
5. The Angel Makers - Jessica Gregson - WWI historical fiction
6. The Beginner's Goodbye - Anne Tyler - a deceptively simple tale
7. The Detour - Andromeda-Romano-Lax - a WWII love story/thriller
8. Taft 2012 - Jasons Heller - Taft runs for president in 2012
9. Carry the One - Carol Anshaw - guilt carried for a lifetime
10. The Iguana Tree - Michel Stone - sympathetic look at illegal immigration
So much good fiction has found its way to me that my nonfiction reading has unfortunately suffered greatly. Because I have only read seven nonfiction titles in the last 90 days, I am going to hold off until at least the end of June to post my first nonfiction Top 10 list.
I can't wait to see what surprises me in the second quarter.