Each year, I summarize my reading with a list of my favorite books of 2012. It's an idiosyncratic list. Maybe the book made the list because it fit my mood at the time I read it. Who really knows? But, my list won't match any other list out there. Here are my ten favorite books of 2012, in the order I read them.
The Age of Miracles was an amazing, beautiful debut novel by Karen Thompson. This dystopian novel is told by a narrator who was eleven at the time the earth started slowing down. Walker's novel is beautiful in the starkness of some of the statements of change. No one knows what would happen if the world started slowing down, but Walker makes educated guesses that are believable. And, those suggestions become believable told in the matter-of-fact manner by the narrator, revealing the story of one year in her life when everything changed.
What would my list be without a book by Louise Penny? In the latest Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery, The Beautiful Mystery, she examines music as she takes readers into an isolated monastery in Quebec for a story about balance and reflection, another story about evil and good, a story of the soul. I suggested that readers read it carefully, and pour over the words of this magnificent novel. It's a story that soars to the highest heights of passion, and takes readers to the greatest pain, the pain of betrayal. However, you do need to have read earlier books in this series to appreciate this book. So, readers who haven't read these books need to start with Still Life.
Those ten books are my favorites of 2012. Do you have favorite books that you'd like to share? As I said, my list is a very personal one, but they are my favorites.