Children's Books Read to My Daughter
- Stormy: Misty's Foal by Marguerite Henry ****
- Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry ****
- The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler ***
- Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah ****
- Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman ****
- V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton ****
- The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith ****
- Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son by Anne Lamott ****
- Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale ***
- Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory ****
- Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen ****
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ****
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ****
- The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan ****
- The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes ****
- Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews ***
- Starburst by Robin Pilcher ***
- Make, Take Murder by Joanna Campbell Slan ***
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn ****
- Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt ****
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ****
- The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber ***
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ****
- The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith ****
- The Age of Miracles by Karen Walker Thompson ***
- Ready, Scrap, Shoot by Joanna Campbell Slan **
- Escape by Barbara Delinsky ****
- I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron ***
- Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult ***
- Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs ***
- The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs ***
- Knit Two by Kate Jacobs **
- The Litigators by John Grisham ***
- Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green **
- Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella ***
- Blue Nights by Joan Didion ***
- The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge **
- Home Front by Kristin Hannah ***
- Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan ***
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Chery Strayed ***
- One Summer by David Baldacci **
- Friends Forever by Danielle Steel **
- A Good Woman by Danielle Steel **
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling ****
- I've bolded all the four star books. It's funny how different they are -- everything from juvenile horse books to YA dystopia to mysteries that take place in Scotland.
- The books that used my brain the most this year were probably the Julian Barnes novel (short, but lots of sentences that made you think about time and memory) and the nonfiction Anna Quindlen book. She has a marvelous vocabulary and it felt like a wise book. I posted a short review here.
- I still really enjoy the Isabel Dalhousie series by Alexander McCall Smith and hope he continues his two books per year pace of publication!
- I won't read any more of Joanna Campbell Slan's scrapbooking mystery series; I barely skimmed the last one I borrowed from the library.
- I'd like to buy and reread Tell the Wolves I'm Home. It was a library book and I ended up skimming some of it so I could return it.
- I'd like to read more books in 2013 and more books that are high quality or challenging reading.
- Most of the books that I gave low ratings to were audio books. In part this is due to the lack of variety of available audio books through Overdrive and partially because I know I can't pay attention to anything too deep while I'm simultaneously driving my car, so I tend to choose less demanding things.
If anyone reads this post besides me -- what did you love (or hate) in 2012? What do you hope to read in 2013?