Top Ten Books I Read In 2012


Recently, a member of my book group called me a ‘book pusher’. I feigned disbelief – “I don’t push books onto people!” I exclaimed. But I do. I do it all the time. Once I’ve read a really good book, I want everyone around me to share the joy.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new ‘top ten’ challenge is posted – anyone can join in. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Read in 2012. Or, in other words, the Top Ten Books I’ve Been Pushing on People This Year.

1. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – my favourite book for the year.

2. Of a Boy by Sonya Hartnett – this book will never leave me.

3. The Forrests by Emily Perkins – unusual and very special.

4. Tigers in Red Weather by Lisa Klaussman – sublime… Where’s the gin?

5. The Dinner by Herman Koch – gripping (you might even read it in one sitting).

6. One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper – Tropper at his best.

7. Love & Hunger by Charlotte Wood – because for me, food, writing and reading always collide.

8. Ru by Kim Thúy – unexpected, delicate, memorable.

9. Mateship With Birds by Carrie Tiffany – I’m still thinking about Little Hazel and her pony-dreams.

10. The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter – you’ll cry.

18 responses

  1. A few of these were already on my TBR – and now i’ve added several more. I’m doing the Australian Women Writers Challenge in 2013 so would like to read Of a Boy as part of that as I have heard so many great things about it. Also, my goal is to read more books in translation and The Dinner sounds extremely interesting. Thanks for the recommendations.
    Here are mine:

  2. Thanks for this list – it’s given me a few to add to my own reading list. I adored Charlotte Wood’s Love & Hunger, but her novel Animal People simply took my breath away at the end. She’s a wonderful Australian writer.

    • Agree – I loved Animal People as well. I haven’t read The Children yet… I’m busting to but saving the pleasure until next year. I used to discover an author and then madly read everything they’d written – now I try to exercise a little more restraint and stretch the enjoyment out over a longer time.

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