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The Best Books I Read in 2012: Part 1 July to December

I was soooo close to completing my GoodReads Challenge of 100 books in 2012. I read 94 to be exact. I blame my kindle breaking on my inability to finish the last 7. Luckily, my new one is in the mail on its way to me. I read a lot of really great books this year. Here are some of the best.

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien: I re-read this after seeing the movie. There was just so much in the movie I didn't recall reading about. Oh, that is because it is not actually in the book. Peter Jackson took a little creative liberty in his films. Both are good, but the Hobbit is much more of a simple tale than the movies. It's a classic. 

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: I have a thing for books about Dragonlore. Seraphina is probably the most unique piece of literature written about dragons that I have ever read. The title character lives in a world where dragons can take human shape and she must hide who she really is. 

Watersmeet and The Centaur's Daughter by Ellen Jenson Abbott: I really like this series. It is really refreshing to read a series for teenage girls in which the heroine faces much greater problems than who she should date. In fact, any sort of romantic interest is not introduced until book 2. Seriously, girls need stronger literature role models. Think Hermione Granger and Katniss Everdeen vs Bella Swan and Anastasia Steele.

The Copper Sign by Katia Fox: When I was in high school, I took a metal working class. Since then, I have had secret dreams of being a jewelry designer or blacksmith. This piece of historical fiction is about a female blacksmith in the Middle Ages. The author did a ton of research on the techniques, and at least for me it proved to be an interesting read. 

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant: My mom has been harping on me to read this book for years. It follows the story of Dinah, Leah and Rachel of the Bible. It is a fascinating retelling of a familiar story and shows the strength of connection between womankind. 

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: This book was recommended to me by my friend Christy, and by recommended, I mean she would not stop mentioning it on facebook and her blog. While I don't think I loved it as much as she did, it is still worth a read. It follows a young scholar discovers that you can't escape your families past. Mainly, this book made we want to visit Oxford and take up rowing. Perhaps, not the intended results, but that is what I focused on.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: Picked as a selection for the now debunked book club of AMS bloggers, this book about being a woman in Afghanistan both before and after the Taliban is heart wrenching. 

This year, I am going for a much more modest 75 books. Don't forget to follow me on GoodReads!

What was your favorite book of 2012?

Images from Good Reads

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