Friday, December 28, 2012

My Favorite Books of 2012

Below is a list of the Top Books I read this year!

Thank you for reading my blog. I really appreciate your time, comments, and recommendations! Hoping that 2013 is filled with peace, fun, and good books to read! =D

Favorite Fiction:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I was so into this book, that I told myself that I just had to finish it so that I could get on with the rest of my life. 

A Book That Had Me Thinking About Another Way to Parent:
Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman
Wow! This was an eye-opening book about a different way to parent.

Favorite Cooking Memoir:
Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
A well-written memoir by a serious chef.

Best Distraction to Read During the 2012 Presidential Election:
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
Fun, readable, and interesting. Oh yah, and it took my mind off all of the dirty politics of fall 2012.

Favorite Memoir (General):
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
A warning though: there are disgusting parts about her toenails falling off, and another very graphic and disturbing description of a horse's death that made me cry and cry and cry.

Made Me Sigh and Think About Living in China:
Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China's Other Billion by Michael Levy
Ah, China. What can I say??

The Most Disturbing Book I Read this Year:
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Super disturbing, especially in light of the recent school shooting.

Book That Changed My Eating Habits:
French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters by Karen Le Billon
After reading this book, I pretty much stopped eating between meals except for an afternoon gouter (snack) of fruit and cheese.

Best Book about the End-of-Life:
The End of Your Life Bookclub by Will Schwalbe
A wonderful, tender book about family relationships, books, and caring for one's parent.

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