2012 Book List

August 24, 2012  |  blog

Almost a year ago, I wrote up a list of books we had been reading. I figure I’d share what’s been on our Kindles since then.

- Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
Rich Luhr recommended this in the comments of my last post about what we’ve been reading. I enjoyed it, but found the action to be a little repetitive.

- Cannery Row
We read this while we were in Monterey. A great book. We later saw the movie, which didn’t stand the test of time for me.

- Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
I know I’ve mentioned it a few times already, we LOVED this book. What a page turner.

- The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
I read this on my own, Brian moved on to the Game of Thrones series. This book moved at a slower pace than the Garfield book, but was really quite memorable.

- Extreme Fear (Macsci)
I read this book after reading an article by the same author: What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447. Fascinating and scary.

- The Mind’s Eye (Vintage)
I tend to latch on to topics in my reading. First it was presidents, then it was the human brain. I preferred definitely the Fear book to The Mind’s Eye.

- Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
I’m not a runner, but found this to be an interesting read.

- Defending Jacob: A Novel
Finally some fiction. District attorney’s son who is accused of killing a classmate. Easy and entertaining.

- 11/22/63: A Novel
Stephen King novel about time travelling to save JFK. Awesome book.

- Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath
I needed a little more JFK after the Stephen King book. This one is quite shocking.

- Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness
Janie recommended this one to me. I really enjoyed it.

- Ready Player One: A Novel
I was blown away by the first half of this book. It felt like the next Hunger Games. The second half was a little disappointing.

- Gone Girl: A Novel
A twisted page turner. Good fun.

- The Fault in Our Stars
I’m about halfway through this one. Teen cancer love story. I’m expecting a sad ending.

Meanwhile Brian has been reading the Game of Thrones series:
- A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One
- A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)
- A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
- A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
- A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5)

Any must read recommendations out there? xoxo


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  1. I’m adding Destiny of the Republic to my list! I wish I could contribute to your list but my reading time has been nonexistent these days. Hopefully that will change soon.

  2. Interesting mix. My Kindle will be one year old in December, wonder if I dare blog the entire list I have acquired on it . . .

  3. Love this list! I just bookmarked Cannery Row and Destiny of the Republic for future reading. I recently finished the Game of Throns series and right now am in the middle of 1491, a book about the history of the Americas before Columbus. Always looking for new book recommendations- thanks!

  4. State of Wonder…Ann Patchett…..Bel Canto…Ann Patchett…..The Marriage Plot:A Novel…Jeffrey Eugenides….when on earth do you read, my dear girl?…..oh, and Lost Memory of Skin…Russell Banks…xoxo

    • We read every night before bed. Once I figured out I needed glasses I suddenly was able to read more than just a couple pages!

  5. Did you ever read A Visit From the Goon Squad? From 2010/2011 – won 2011 Pulitzer for Fiction. By Jennifer Egan.

  6. will definitely order some from your list.
    I can’t remember when I read what but loved cutting for stone, enjoyed the steve jobs bio, everything john irving, blood butter and bones. to name a few…

  7. Thanks! I’m saving this list for the dark days of winter.

  8. Since you a dog people, I recommend “The Art of Driving in the Rain”. This book is narrated by a dog who is dying. His owner is a race car driver. So sad and yet so uplifting. This book has stayed in my mind since I read it.

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