2012 Book List

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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  • Reply Lani August 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    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.

  • Reply Poker Shrink August 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

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

  • Reply amanda August 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    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!

  • Reply terrie August 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    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

    • Reply Leigh August 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      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!

  • Reply Troy August 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm

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

  • Reply robin August 26, 2012 at 9:13 am

    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…

  • Reply Pat August 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

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

  • Reply Frank DiBona September 1, 2012 at 1:34 am

    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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