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Old 12-26-2012, 07:34 AM   #46
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Stephen King's The Stand, and close second is the Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:42 AM   #47
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Jane Eyre, never read it before this year. It is an amazing work, and my favorite read of the year.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:24 AM   #48
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Wool Omnibus. No second places if I limit myself to 2012 releases.

Although an older book, my favorite read of the year was Noah Gordon's The Physician.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:56 AM   #49
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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

Me too!

This a great, extremely well researched and written bio of a great inventor and visionary business leader, warts and all.

I happen not to have any Apple products because I can't accept their "walled garden" restrictions, but that doesn't lessen my appreciation of Jobs contribution. His impact and Apple's huge global following cannot be denied.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:55 AM   #50
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Not counting rereads, which actually formed the bulk of my 2012 reading, my picks are Frank: The Voice by James Kaplan for nonfiction, and Dare Me by Megan Abbott for fiction.

Frank is a biography of Frank Sinatra, covering the ups and downs of his life and career until his Oscar win for From Here to Eternity. Kaplan presents a well-rounded portrait of a complex person, and I'm looking forward to the second volume.

Dare Me is a noir tale set in the world of high school cheerleaders. The story is an irresistible mix of competition and friendship and jealousy and murder. Abbott is a fascinating and artful writer.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:23 PM   #51
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I spent a good part of this year reading Edmund Morris' thee-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, and Colonel Roosevelt. I had been meaning to read them for some time. I was very impressed, both with the books and with the man whose life they covered. I had never understood why his face appeared on Mount Rushmore. These books make the reasons clear.

The piece of fiction I most enjoyed this year was Kraken by China Miťville. I loved this book. It's what fantasy can be but so rarely succeeds in being. Funny, original, and with a wonderful lack of all the stuff I hate.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:10 PM   #52
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The piece of fiction I most enjoyed this year was Kraken by China Miťville. I loved this book. It's what fantasy can be but so rarely succeeds in being. Funny, original, and with a wonderful lack of all the stuff I hate.
Sounds pretty good. I'll have to put that on my reading list. I've always meant to read some of his stuff.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:16 PM   #53
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Sounds pretty good. I'll have to put that on my reading list. I've always meant to read some of his stuff.
I've tried a few times, not my style I guess.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:19 PM   #54
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Just got this one. Can't wait to read it.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:29 PM   #55
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For Real Stuff (non-fiction) No Easy Day.. awesome.. for fake stuff (fiction) The Racketeer... first fiction book I have read in 20 yrs.. still adjusting, but the Racketeer was good.. A+... when reading fiction I always think about what kinda pot was this author smoking.. I may want some of the same.. LOL
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:39 PM   #56
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I'd have to say that Jack Of Diamonds by Bryce Courtenay was my number one 2012 release / new read. It's almost a door-stopper, and not in the sort of genre that I'd usually pursue -- but I had promised myself to step out of my literary comfort zone this year, and it resulted in discovering this, which was several leagues ahead of everything else that I read. I highly recommend it. It follows the life of a depression-era boy who loves jazz.
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Yep, definitely a great book. I wouldn't go as far as saying that it's my favourite for this year (in fact, I couldn't say which one it is), but it's indeed a great book.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:28 PM   #58
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For light stuff, it's A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.
For more serious stuff it's A Tree Can Save The World by Sadhguru.
In fiction it's The City And The Stars by Arthur C Clarke
In History it's The Fall of Berlin 1945 by Antony Beevor
And in Adventure it's Man-eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett

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My favorite book I read this year would be either the Wool Omnibus, or The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.
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11/22/63 by Stephen King, LOVED that book.
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