Greetings and Happy Friday! It's hard to believe it's the last Friday of the year, isn't it? I'm still amazed at how fast this year flew by. I have a pretty quiet weekend ahead of me. My boyfriend and I are going to happy hour at my favorite Mexican place, so thoughts of a yummy cucumber margarita are definitely going to pull me through what will likely be a quiet work day!
One of my favorite parts about the end of the year is all the "best of" lists that come out. Best books. Best movies. Best moments. So today I thought I'd share the 10 best books that I read this year (out of the 56 that I have finished thus far)!
Here they are in no particular order!
10. Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio - I love all of Jio's books, but I think this one was my favorite!
9. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh - This book sucked me in right from the get go and was a page turner for me.
8. The Moment by Douglas Kennedy - This was probably the book that I highlighted the most passages of. It's really beautifully written.
7. Looking for Alaska by John Green - This was the 2nd book that I read by this YA author and it did not disappoint. In some ways it reminds me of the movie "Dead Poet's Society". I think any adult would enjoy it.
6. Room by Emma Donoghue - This was probably the most disturbing book that I read in 2012, but I am glad I read it. It took awhile to get used to the narrator since the story was told by a young boy, but it was worth sticking with.
5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - I LOVED this book. It is a YA book, but it so does not fit into that genre in my opinion. It was so beautifully written and was just so good. Read it. You'll love it.
4. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio - This is Jio's first book. It makes me want to visit more of the Pacific Northwest.
3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - This was such a magical and intriguing book. I did not want the story to end!
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - Ok, this book was totally and completely messed up and by the end of the book, I could not stand either of the main characters, but I still love it.
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - I love how this book was told in the form of letters written by the main character. I would highly recommend watching the movie after reading the book!
What were some of the best books you read in 2012?
PS - Happy Birthday to my dear dad! I'll have a margarita (or two) in your honor tonight! :)