1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain. This book made me SO HAPPY. It more or less validated my entire existence as an introvert. Anyone who has ever been made to feel guilty because they left a party early to veg out on the couch at home will enjoy this book.
2. Bossypants – Tina Fey. I’m not a huge Tina Fey fan and knew very little about her (other than the fact that she impersonated Sarah Palin on SNL) before reading this book, but after reading it, I wish I knew more about her. I kind of want to be biffles with her and go and sit and drink coffee together even though I don’t like coffee. That’s how much I want to hang out with Tina Fey. This book was awesome.
3. On Writing – Stephen King. I don’t really have many aspirations to be a writer (maybe a book reviewer that actually gets paid, but ya know), but writing advice was only half of the genius of this book. The other half was a miniature autobiography, and it was so cool to get a glimpse of what his early life was like.
4. Desperation – Stephen King. I really liked this one but somehow forgot until just now that I had read it. The Regulators was good too, but I liked Desperation better. Maybe it’s just because I read Desperation first?
5. The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis. I had never read these books before, and I’m SO GLAD that I did this year! They were so amazing.
6. Divergent – Veronica Roth. Recommended by my friend Nicole, who I pretty much always trust with book recommendations since she’s a librarian and all. But I love dystopian and I love kickass female protagonists, so Divergent was yay in my book.
7. Insurgent – Veronica Roth. Devoured this even faster than I devoured Divergent, if you’d believe it. I can’t wait for the third to come out in fall 2013!
8. Just After Sunset – Stephen King. This is the first collection of short stories that I’ve actually ever gotten all the way through (I made it about 90% through Nightmares and Dreamscapes before putting it down about five years ago and I haven’t picked it up since). Some of the stories are meh, but most of them are awesome.
9. The Casual Vacancy – J. K. Rowling. I wasn’t sure about this book immediately upon finishing it, but the more I thought about it and the more I wrote about it, the more I liked it. I’m going to have to reread it again soon and really decide how I feel about it. I imagine the beginning will be a lot easier to follow now that I know who everyone is.
10. The Uninvited – Liz Jensen. This book had me hooked right until the very end, which is where it kind of lost me, but it’s still worth a read if only for the first 95% of the book. It comes out January 2013!by