Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: My 2012 Top 10 List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish list meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

MY TOP 10 PICKS OF 2012*

Books Published in 2012
Astray, by Emma Donoghue
Edenbrooke, by Julianne Donaldson
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan
When Women Were Birds, by Terry Tempest Williams

Books Published before 2012
Atonement, by Ian McEwan
City of Thieves, by David Benioff
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
Once Was Lost, by Sara Zarr
The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt

Reflections. In putting together this list, I realized that I have a hard time writing reviews of my favorite books! I also realized that, though I read a pretty good mix of adult literary fiction and YA, most of my favorite books are literary fiction. This year there are only two YA books on the list, The Fault in Our Stars and Once was Lost, and they are both contemporary YA – not a dystopian among them. One nonfiction book managed to make it onto the list this year, When Women Were Birds, which is a collection of memoir essays. And even a short story collection made it, Astray. Edenbrooke is a Regency-type romance, and the rest are literary fiction.

Ian McEwan. There are two Ian McEwan books on this list, as you might have noticed, Sweet Tooth and Atonement. Each of the five books of his I’ve read so far have been amazing (four of the five got five stars from me). So, I’m thinking I will do a little Ian McEwan project in 2013 to attack his back list.

Honorable Mentions. The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins; Precious Bane, by Mary Webb; The Hollow City, by Dan Wells; Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, and The Middlesteins, by Jami Attenberg.

My favorite. If I was absolutely forced to pick my favorite book of the year, the winner would be The Night Circus!

*Disclaimer. Note that there are still two weeks left in the year, and it is possible that I could read a book worthy enough to unseat one on this list.

What books did you love this year?