I enjoyed compiling my list of books read this year and remembering some I had forgotten.
This has definitely been the year of the audiobook for me. I mentioned in my thoughts on audiobooks that generally I still prefer paper books, but audiobooks have greatly enriched my life this year. I generally listen to them while driving or getting dressed and ready for the day, sometimes while cooking, but there have been a few that I have carried around with me because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.
I’ve also read more ebooks this year than before. I enjoy getting free or very inexpensive ones but sometimes have to remind myself that they’re there in my Touchpad or iPhone.
Before I get to my top ten, here are the tops in some categories:
Most balanced and helpful: The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges.
Most philosophical: C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy: reviewed here.
It has been hard to come up with a top ten, but here are the standout reads for me this year, in no particular order. Some are new, some are older classics I’ve reread; some fiction, some nonfiction:
Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer, reviewed here. WWII story set in Denmark, based on true events. A Lutheran pastor thinks the best way to survive the Nazi invasion is to lay low, until he is confronted by the reality of human suffering and must get involved.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, reviewed here.
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon, reviewed here. First of the beloved Father Tim books.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, reviewed here.
What are your top ten books read in 2012?