The Best Books We Read in 2012

We read a wide variety of excellent books this year. I hope you find some memorable reading on this list. We’d love to hear what books were the best you read this year. I’m already adding some of these titles to my list of books to read next year. Brenda


11/22/63 by Stephen King (George)

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (Chris)

Alien Diplomacy by Gini Koch (Denise)

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Courtney)

Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe (Chris)

Canada by Richard Ford (George)

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Brenda)

Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (Chris, Pam)

The Confession by Charles Todd (Brenda)

Dear Life by Alice Munro (Chris)

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Joy)

Doc by Mary Doria Russell (Pam)

Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Brenda, Pam)

Every Day, by David Levithan (Chris)

The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein (Courtney)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Brenda, Joy)

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (Brenda, Chris)

Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King (Pam)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Beth, Chris, Courtney)

Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles) by Kevin Hearne (Denise)

Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar (Joy)

The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe (Joy)

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley (Pam)

Illuminations: a Novel of Hildegard von Bingen by Mary Sharratt (Pam)

John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk (Brenda)

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Joy)

The Last Policeman by Ben Winters (Brenda)

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Courtney)

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin (Joel)

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (Courtney)

Room by Emma Donohue (Courtney)

The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Brenda, Chris)

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (Courtney)

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (Joy)

The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes (Joel) 

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Joy)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Joy)

The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (Pam)

A Simple Murder by Eleanor Kuhns (Brenda)

Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (Brenda)

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Chris)

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan (Chris)

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman (Joy)

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Courtney)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (Chris)

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (Chris, George)


Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis (Brenda)

America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t by Stephen Colbert (Joy)

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell (Courtney)

Death at SeaWorld : Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity by David Kirby (Beth)

A History of the World in 100 Objects, by Neil MacGregor (Joel) 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (George)

I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship: Hilarious, Heartwarming Tales About Man’s Best Friend from America’s Favorite Humorists by Wade Rouse (Courtney)

Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World by Mark Frauenfelder (Denise)

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks by Ken Jennings (Brenda)

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen (George)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (Joy)

Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Courtney)

The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, by Anne Marie O’Connor (Joel) 

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt (Brenda)

This Machine Kills Secrets: how WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information by Andy Greenberg (Denise)

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham (George)

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant (George)

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Brenda, Courtney, Pam)

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans (Joy)


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