It is (almost) officially the end of our 2012 50 Book Pledge!
Here’s the big question: How did you do?
I am happy to say that I have read 54 books in 2012, with another 2 still on the go! I know from seeing your tweets, blog posts and Facebook updates that many of you reached 50 (and some waaay beyond), so congratulations! If you didn’t quite reach 50 this year that’s okay too. We’ve said all along that 50 is just a number. The main goal is to find time for reading in your life, and we hope that’s what this little pledge does.
Thank you all for chatting about books with us this year. For sharing what you’re reading, for tweeting your #50BookPledge picks and reviews, for asking for suggestions and giving suggestions… We’re so, so happy to have this community of readers! (And you guys have led me to so many great books that I wouldn’t have found otherwise, so thank you for that.)
Get ready guys, we have bigger things coming for the 2013 50 Book Pledge! We’ll do a big reveal in early January… I hope you’ll consider taking the pledge again with us!
In the meantime, I want to share my TOP 5 READS OF 2012! (Note: this was meant to be a Top 3 list, but I seriously could not narrow it down.)
1. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter — Is there anything Jess Walter can’t do? This book has everything you want in a story. It has a love story, a beautiful setting, modern-day characters finding themselves, Elizabeth Taylor. Seriously, this book has Elizabeth Taylor!! It’s just so amazing, and it led me to read another book that I absolutely love love loved, Furious Love.
2. The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson — You guys have heard me talk about this one already. There are so many reasons why I love this book. It has the quirkiest cast of characters, so many historical references, some of the most bizarre plot twists I’ve ever seen (hello elephant!), and it is hilarious. Plus, the tagline is “It’s never too late to start over”. Love it.
3. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon — I can’t believe I waited until 2012 to read this book. Cory gave this one to me to read and I am so, so grateful. It’s a powerful story and I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. If you haven’t read it yet I strongly urge you to pick it up, especially if you are a book lover (which, if you’re reading this, you probably are.) It’s a love story, a mystery, a love letter to literature and Barcelona… It’s just so many things, and all of those things are amazing. (I’m sorry, I’m doing a terrible job at describing this book!)
4. The Round House by Louise Erdrich — This is a coming-of-age story about a young Native American boy dealing with a horrific incident that happened to his family. I won’t get into too many details, but I will say that this book, winner of the 2012 National Book Award, is one powerful story. Note: I had the honour of having lunch with Louise Erdrich this fall and she is one amazing, amazing woman. If you haven’t read her yet, you definitely should!
5. Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick — Thank you Vikki, Liza, and Charidy for recommending this book to me. If you love YA, or if you love books in general, you have to pick this one up. But, warning, it will make you cry. It’s the story of a young girl named Amber who lives in a school bus with her mother and her little dog. Amber is hopeful, optimistic, and just one of those people you hope you meet one day in real life. This is one wonderful book.
6. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani — Ah! I couldn’t do it! I had to name a 6th. I just had a really, really amazing year of reading. (Anyone else feel like that?) Trigiani’s story is so beautifully written and is a classic love story. It will take you to the Italian Alps, to the bustling streets of New York, and inside the hearts and minds of two very unforgettable characters.
How about you? Can you name your favourite books of 2012? For me, one of the best parts of the pledge is that I get to keep track of all the books I read this year, and can make a list like this (even though it’s pretty hard to narrow it down!).
Thank you again for another successful #50BookPledge! I can’t wait to start a new pledge in 2013 and hope you will all join in!
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