Top 5 Favorite Reads of 2012 – So Far

27 04 2012

I’ve already finished 53 books this year.  So much for slowing down.  Here are my top 5 reads so far:

#5 – The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry – The protagonist is a young woman who is most likely an undiagnosed case of Asper’s.  After her parents are killed in an accident, she has to learn to take care of herself with a little help from her dead relatives who she conjures up by cooking their favorite recipes.

#4 The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern – A wonderful tale, part historical romance, part paranormal and part mystery.  We follow two separate threads of a magical circus, waiting for them to intersect.

#3 Fallout by Ellyn Hopkins – I have been devouring Hopkins YA prose stories.  They have so much truth in them and their rhythm creates a torrent of emotion propelling the reader through to the end.  Fallout is the third book in the Crank series – telling the story of the children born of the Crank addict featured in the first two books of the series.  Raw and compelling.

#2 Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis – I’ve become an Appalachian Trail Memoir addict.  This is probably my favorite of all the stories.  A college age woman takes time to hike the Appalachian Trail.  While she learns much about hiking, she learns more about herself. 

#1 Washington – A Life by Ron Chernow – I wrote previously about how this epic book was changing my perspective on our first president.  Chernow tells us that his goal is to make Washington more than the wooden character he has been.  He does that.  Through the pages, we learn the truths of his life.  Honor propelled him to make the right choices even though passion flowed through his veins.  He was always striving for more, and never leaving behind his faith in God.  I wept bitterly at the end, when the medical techniques of the day contributed to his death.  My family later made the trip to Mt. Vernon to see the historic home of truly our greatest president.  An intimidating book, certainly difficult to get through for the average action focused reader, but the thing you will learn about Washington, the Revolutionary War and our Founding Fathers will change the way you think about our nation.






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