So here goes, in a not-quite-random order. I have linked the books to my original reviews.
1. Le Petit Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) - I'm not counting this as a re-read, since it was my first time reading it in the original French.
2. Compassion and Solidarity (Gregory Baum) - for it's ability to change the way I look at the world.
3. The Best Laid Plans (Terry Fallis) - for sheer, laugh-out-loud humour!
4. Alone in the Classroom (Elizabeth Hay) - for the beauty of the storytelling.
5. Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John (Jean Vanier) - for a combination of beautiful writing and a profound message.
6. Cool Water (Dianne Warren) - for it's ability to evoke a sense of place.
7. Skim (Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki) - for taking me back to high school.
8. In Praise of Slow (Carl Honoré) - for validating my own opinion
9. The Beggar's Garden (Michael Christie) - for re-instating my love of short stories.
10. After Tehran (Marina Nemat) - for her courage in telling her story.
And if I may do so, I would like to give honourable mention to Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harries, for pure, guilty pleasure!
A few random observations on my reading in the past year:
- I hit a real reading slump in January and February. I was re-reading old favourites, and not blogging, which put my post-count way down for the year.
- My top 10 list is very balanced this year - 4 non-fiction; 1 short-story collection; 1 graphic novel; 3 English novels; and 1 French novel!
- I suspect that giving up fiction for Lent pushed up my non-fiction count for the year (but that was one of my goals at this time last year).
- Still lots of Canadian authors on my top 10 list!
- In July, I decided to participate in the 5th Canadian Book Challenge at The Book Mine Set (my 3rd year participating); but to increase the challenge (and to give me an excuse to re-read old books), I decided that I would attempt to re-read and review 13 Canadian Books. 6 months in, and I've only managed to re-read 3, so I'm going to have to push myself to finish the challenge this year. I guess that is the point of a challenge!
So here's to happy reading in 2012!