12 Books I Should Have Read in 2012

My Christmas holidays were spent with family, friends and my new MacBook. Why is the MacBook relevant to my Christmas holidays, because I spent a lot of time on it. Browsing the internet in the past couple of weeks has been an arrangement of lists of the best books of 2012. I’m a sucker for a good list, but the more I read each article/wrap ups, the more I realized that there were a lot of books that I didn’t get a chance to read this year! So, I present to you…

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*By the way, I’m fully aware of the fact that I can read these in 2013, or any year after that, seeing as how books never go out of style.

The Purchase - Linda Spalding

1. The Purchase by Linda Spalding

I wish I had read this book for many reasons. It was the Governor General Award Fiction Prized Winner and a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize. It was also the book that everyone was talking about! Everyone in my office was raving about what a great read it was and it was flying off the shelves like hot cakes, so I feel I really miss the marked on this book!

Bared to You - Sylvia Day2. Bared to You by Sylvia Day

As you can see in the above picture, I had the best of intentions with this book. It came into my home, hit the bookshelf and there it sat for approximately 5 months. Everyone told me it was a great read, that I would enjoy it, the book even had some of the steamiest TTC subway ads I’ve ever seen, and it continued to gather dust on my shelves. I still think that I’m going to start this series though… Repeat after me Lindsey Reeder, “You’re going to read Sylvia Day. You’re going to read Sylvia Day”.

Inside-Alix-Ohlin3. Inside by Alix Ohlin

I borrowed this book from my friend Monique, I started it and was loving it, but the inevitible happened and a million other books that I needed to read for work became priority and this book took the hit. I should have stuck with it, seeing as how it was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize!

Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

My friend Chelsey (from Chels and a Book) loved this book, she asked me to read it more than two times. She even asked me why my face looked unimpressed when I posted the above photo to Instagram and I was holding this book. For some crazy, inexcusable reason, I still haven’t read this book, even though Chelsey and everyone else has said it’s amazing. I might have to read it just to gain back some friendship points with Chels!

Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walters5. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters

You might have been stuck under a rock if you didn’t see this book somewhere online. It was all over Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and any other social media channel that one can rave about great books. I loved the cover as it looked like a vacation spot, I’d one day like to venture to. Maybe one day, when I head to Italy, I’ll bring this book for my vacation read!

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Confession time, I have not read Gone Girl. Isn’t that weird? I’ve not read the book that every one raved about (in the RHC office, as well as the general public). I don’t know why I haven’t read this book. I have 4 copies on my bookshelf at work, so I have very little excuses, but I just never cracked this one open. I think in early 2013, I’m going to have to jump on the band wagon and read this book, mostly because I want to be a part of all the fun.

N-W Zadie Smith7. NW by Zadie Smith

Oh, how I love me some Zadie Smith. This book came out this Fall and every one and their dog was getting their hands on a copy and yet, I dropped the ball. I messed up friends. I have not read this book. I don’t yet own a copy of this book. Please still be friends with me, I promise, I’m a nice lady.

Y - Marjorie Celona8. Y by Marjorie Celona

I have this incredible urge to write… “Y didn’t you read Y” but that would be cheesy.. I own an ARC of this book. Yes… That’s right, an advanced reading copy. I’ve had this book in my home for way to long without having read the book. I’ve heard that it’s a fantastic read and one of these days, I’m going to finally open and likely regret that I waited so long to read it.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloane9. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane

I can’t think up an excuse as to why I haven’t read a book about books. Those are my favourite kinds of books! I love the cover, it’s simplicity and inviting nature screams, “read me, read me”! It’s also highly focused on the world of Google, which I love since I (like the rest of you) visit http://www.google.ca more than 3 times a day. I will read this book soon and I’m sure I’ll absolutely love it!

Sweet Jesus - Christine Pountney10. Sweet Jesus by Christine Pountney

When I got a final copy of this book, I was thrilled. I took it home with every intention to read it that night, mostly based on the rave review that the books publicist gave it, but, again, it slipped through the cracks. I don’t know what happened that night, but I got it home and I never picked it up again. I promise Ruta, that I will get it together in the new year and finally find out what you meant when you said that I’d love Zeus Ortega.

Dear Life - Alice Munro11. Dear Life by Alice Munro

Who doesn’t love Alice Munro? I don’t know a soul that isn’t moved by her writing. That being said, 2012 came and went with a powerful collection of work from Alice Munro and I didn’t read it. This is probably the book I’m most embarrassed that I didn’t read. I have no excuse for my actions, but I vow that it will get read in 2013. It’s going to happen. I promise.

25bDonoghue.jpg12. Astray by Emma Donoghue

When I read Room by Emma Donoghue, I was blown away by how powerful her writing was and her work, is the kind of work that stays with you for years to come. I also made a pledge to read any work by her following Room and I didn’t hold up my end of the bargain. I highly anticipate Astry to be as equally as gratifying as Room, so this is one that I’m definitely going to need to read in early 2013.

What books should you have read in 2012?

Have a Happy New Year Book Lovers – I hope your 2013 is filled with overfilled bookshelves and endless happiness! 


6 thoughts on “12 Books I Should Have Read in 2012

  1. Abigail says:

    I also have Gone Girl waiting to read. I keep going to read it and then have holds come up at the library. recently finished The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Age of Miracles. Gone Girl is next!

  2. Natalie @ Browsing Bookshelves says:

    I need to read all of these too….except for Where’d You Go Bernadette! I finished that one last night! My boyfriend bought me a copy of it for Christmas after he saw Chelsey’s blurb about it in Chapters haha! You definitely need to pick it up and read it in 2013! It’s amazing!

  3. neednewspace says:

    You simply HAVE TO read both Beautiful Ruins & Mr. Penumbra! They were both absolutely fantastic & in my Top Twelve of 2012! The rest of your list looks somewhat like my TBR list. I still have yet to read Gone Girl and it’s been staring me in the face for weeks! Here’s to a new and longer TBR list for 2013! From all that you tweet, I can anticipate a banner book reading year. Cheers, and Happy New Year!

  4. Chelsey says:

    Ahhh! This is the best idea! Guilty should-have-reads… I am with you there, sister! I have over 100, I’m sure :|. Inside & Mr. Penumbra’s are two of mine as well! Both I started ..and never finished. Not because I didn’t love them, but because I had so many other things going and eventually couldn’t remember where I was in the book. Must start them over this year!
    I await your reviews of these in 2013 :).

    • LR says:

      Since this post went live, I’ve got great responses from people about books I really need to read. So definitely stay tuned for future book reviews 🙂

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