I’m seemingly a day late and a dollar short on this post considering most other “year in review” book posts have been out there for weeks. But hey, I was still reading. This is a list of my favorite reads of 2012, not my favorite books released in 2012. Some are old, some are new, and about all they have in common is that I read them in the past 12 months. They are listed in no particular order. Hope you enjoy this. Happy Christmas Eve.
The Meaning of Marriageby Tim and Kathy Keller
On the Shoulders of Hobbitsby Lou Markos
A Praying Lifeby Paul Miller
The Myth of Certaintyby Daniel Taylor
Unbrokenby Laura Hillenbrand
Gates of Fireby Stephen Pressfield
When Helping Hurtsby Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
The Hunger Games Trilogyby Suzanne Collins
Congrats, you get a 3-for-1 just for making it to the end! This trilogy makes the list on the merit of being the most fun. I found myself sucked into these stories and carried along like no other books I read this year. They are truly gripping, even thrilling. The characters were just the right blend of sympathetic and dastardly. The action was more than exciting. But it was the setting that made these books stand out. From the grim grit of District 12 to the Romanesque splendor and empty pomp of The Capital, the landscape provides a beautiful background on which the story develops. These were eminently enjoyable books.