1. Say to this Mountain (Ched Myers) - this was one of my elective books for the Lay Worship Leader course that I am taking, but had a very profound impact on me. I've found myself turning back to it on a regular basis since I read it back in March.
2. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking (Susan Cain) - as an introvert myself, this book gave me a new lens through which to view the world around me.
3. 419 (Will Ferguson) - my favourite fiction read of the year, and deserving (in my opinion) of the Giller Prize that it won.
4. Still Alice (Lisa Genova) - cliché, I know, but I enjoyed this book and keep on recommending it to people I meet.
5. Mornings in Jenin (Susan Abulhala) - a beautiful, heartbreaking book that again changed my perspective on the world - in this case, the situation in Palestine and Israel.
6. Little Bee (Chris Cleave) - another cliché, but a book that manages to be funny and heartbreaking at the same time.
7. In One Person (John Irving) - people either love John Irving's books or hate them. I happen to be in the faction that loves them. So of course, his latest is going to be on my list.
8. Adventures in Solitude (Grant Lawrence) - a memoir about growing up on the west coast. Solitude vs. loneliness. I am a big fan of solitude.
9. Death Comes to Pemberley (P. D. James) - one part Jane Austen, one part P. D. James - who wouldn't love this book!
10. Arranged (Catherine McKenzie) - I discovered this author this year and read two of her books - I'm not usually a fan of "chick-lit", but books like these keep me coming back to the genre to give it another try.
A few notes:
- I struggled a bit to come up with this list. My 2012 reading was filled a lot with reading for the course, interspersed with fluffy books to give my brain a break. But I still managed to read some gems this year!
- I think that this is the first year that a non-fiction book has placed in the #1 position on my list. And in the #2 spot. I have been doing more non-fiction reading this year than usual (given the course), though with only 3 out of my top 10 being non-fiction, I don't think that they were proportionally represented here.
Happy New Year to everyone, and may your 2013 be filled with lots of time for good books!