Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Worthy 2012 Titles

These are not necessarily books published in 2012 but rather the best of what I have read so far this year. They are listed in the order read from oldest to most recent. They are a random mix of non-fiction, juvenile, romance, mystery, and thriller. #BUTHATSJUSTME.

WIRE TO WIRE in a Occupy Wall Street Library
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin (Erik Larson)
"Erik Larson has once again proved he is a master of narrative nonfiction. This is a page turner set during Hitler's rise to power." (2012 paperback)

Bad Things Happen (Harry Dolan)
"Literate mystery fans, rejoice! Crisp, clean writing and plotting draw you in and keep you hooked. Harry Dolan is an author to watch." (2009)

Steal Like an Artist:10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative (Austin Kleon)
"It doesn't take long to read but it is inspiring and it's better in book format. I've already bought a copy for a friend. This is a great little book!"  (2012)

Wire to Wire (Scott Sparling)
"Intriguing, disturbing, and perfectly balanced, WIRE TO WIRE may change the way you look at the world and your place in it. Read it." (2011)

The Icon Thief (Alec Nevala-Lee)
"A first novel and literate thriller about the Russian mafia, the International Art World, and secret societies that is beautifully written." (2012)

Save Queen of Sheba (Louise Moeri)
"I just had to reread this gem of a story that I remembered from my days of reading juvenile books as an adult. It remains perfect. A wagon train is attacked by Indians and there are only two survivors, David (12) and his spoiled sister, Queen of Sheba (6)." (1981)

After Annie: A Novel (Michael Tucker)
"If you like solid writing, interesting characters, and a good story set in the theater world, you may be willing to put up with the cantankerous Herbie Aaron who is trying to survive his beloved wife's death from cancer. It's worth it." (2012)

Then She Found Me: A Novel (Elinor Lipman)
"Love. Love. Love. Elinor Lipman. She writes charming, literate stories that seem light and airy but underneath - ah, yes underneath - share a message. You want her characters to be your friends." (1990)


  1. I enjoy Lippman's books too. That's a great list.

  2. Darn! I should have listed In the Garden of Beasts, but I have not done the review yet so it was not on the list I was looking at. Can you believe the ambassador's daughter?!? With the head of the freaking Gestapo?!? Truth is stranger than fiction. :D

  3. Hi and happy Tuesday and Armchair BEA to you :) Like your list, it's always fun to read a wide range of books.

  4. So many interesting-looking books that I've never heard of! I love discovering new books so I'm glad I found your post!

  5. Some of my favorites are older titles, too. Sorry it took me so long to find you! Your link at my blog didn't work, so I looked for you on that humongous list, yesterday, and didn't see you. I was probably just going cross-eyed from the sheer quantity. Nice to meet you!

  6. I always read across a variety of genres too! It's so nice to find other eclectic readers.

  7. Elinor Lippman is one author I've been meaning to read for a long time, but never seem to find time for. I should really fix that! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. :)

  8. Ah, they each sound so worthy! Thanks for the heads up on quality literature. (I was getting a little discouraged because of all the vampire/romance stuff I was seeing. Which doesn't mean I'm as pompous as that sounds, I just don't care for those genres.) Anyway, how nice to meet you, and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

  9. After Annie sounds intriguing. I love a love story.

    Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog today. :)

  10. Always appreciate a good mix of genres, really enjoyed looking through your list. I think I found a few new authors among your list.

  11. Havent heard of these, great list of new books for me to check out though,
    Great post!!
    The Book Mystress, x