The older I get, the more often I find myself starting books and not finishing them.
It used to be that if I started a book, I would finish it, no matter what. But these days, with so many options, and so little time to give to reading, if a book doesn’t grab me pretty early on, it goes back in the pile. And even if I get halfway through and it isn’t holding my attention, it goes back in the pile.
I feel a slight twinge of guilt about this, always. But, so be it.
I didn’t find an over-the-top favorite this year. A beautiful book to vie for a place on my top ten list. Of course, that can’t happen every year, that list is only for the exceptional standouts.
But there were a few that came very close. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Fault in our Stars by John Green, Nightwoods by Charles Frazier, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. All excellent.
There was also When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams, non-fiction, but beautiful just the same. And I also bought several of Mary Oliver’s books and read her poetry for the first time. To be honest, I hadn’t expected to love it as much as I did. Oh my. Silly me.
So let me ask you this question: What was your favorite book of 2012?
Because you know, there’s still time, and I’m still looking.
Reverb 12/Cultivate 2012:
What was the best book you read in 2012, and why??