Not much reading happened in 2012. By me. I’m sure others read more.
So begins my annual year-in-review. Let’s start with books.
I spent the time doing plenty of non-reading activities – like playing sports, trying to run, catching up on some TV shows or traveling.
There were a few good books from what I did read, so let’s look at those.
5. This Is A Book (Demetri Martin, 2012) – A random collection of humorous musings and dry wit. When you’re not laughing you will be smiling. If you’re not already familiar with Martin’s deadpan delivery and clever observations, get that way.
4. Nightwoods (Charles Frazier, 2011) – A women living in the woods suddenly has to take care of her troubled niece and nephew after her sister is killed. Someone from the children’s past comes looking for something they have hidden. Lock the door.
3. The Leopard (Jo Nesbø, 2012) – Harry Hole is a detective. Jo Nesbø likes to write crime thrillers about Harry. Trading somewhat off the popularity of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series (as both authors are from Scandinavia – Norway and Sweden), these Harry Hole novels are good in their own right and don’t really need the comparison. If you like crime and mystery novels, you will like this.
2. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card, 1994) – A Nebula Award winner, and now a movie with Harrison Ford in 2013, this tale of a boy whose genius is prized by the military. They want to train him as a military commander to defeat the alien buggers that invaded three generations ago and are coming back. With a surprising twist ending and a relatively short read, you don’t want to miss this story. I also read the sequel, Speaker for the Dead – set 3,000 years after the events of Ender and looks at conflict with a different alien race. Every bit as good.
1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain, 2012) – A great look at how the extrovert ideal has become such a part of our culture that we don’t even stop to realize that it’s the introverts that are just as likely to be good leaders and innovators (in fact, more likely). You don’t have to believe me, just read the book. It will also help you to better relate to your friends, family and colleagues.
Read long and prosper.