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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:38 AM

The Best Books of 2012 According to Goodreads

This is a good resource for those looking for some new books to read. Remember, it is a reader chosen list, not a list compiled by book critics.

http://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2012

The page is laid out nicely with each genre being shown by the winning book, then you can click on that book to get the list within that genre.



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Response to Lex (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:48 AM

1. The fact that "Fifty Shades Freed" won for romance pretty much negates the results for me

How ANYONE could give a "Fifty Shades" book an award (unless it's "worst drivel of the year") tells me all I need to know about the taste of these readers.

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Response to mainer (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:17 PM

2. I don't expect everyone to have the same taste in books as I do

but there are some very good books listed on there so no, the whole book list is certainly not negated for me. I don't read any "romance" novels so I don't even care about that category.

I tend not to be the type to throw the baby out with the bath water, however. Many of the books in other categories I found to be excellent books.

YMMV.

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Response to mainer (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:06 AM

3. Same here. I stopped reading books years ago. They are on par with

 

television shows, which I mostly stopped watching years ago. Movies pretty much the same. My wife and I just work for there is nothing else to do.

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Response to plethoro (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:29 PM

6. You stopped reading books entirely?

I can understand not reading various genres, or only reading one or two genres, but there really are a lot of very good books out there. I have found that many novels that are hugely hyped aren't as good as others think, so I've learned to dig a little deeper to find the ones that I like.

But not reading at all? Oh, my.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:06 PM

7. Pretty much...I read parts of the Art of War by Sun Tzu

 

every night, and I've read quite a few diabetic books. But fiction? No. I don't have the time to read even if I could find something worthwhile. The last thing I read in fiction was most of the Philippa Gregory books: The Red Queen, The White Queen, etc. and I enjoyed them. But every other fiction book I started, I threw away after a few chapters. I used to read at least one fiction book a week. My wife would read a fiction book every two days. Now neither of us read--neither does our daughter. I have a Pandigital and my wife has a Kindle--both lie idle. But I am glad you are still reading and are able to enjoy it.

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Response to plethoro (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:43 PM

8. I cannot imagine life without reading, both fiction and non-fiction.

For me, no matter how busy my day has been there are always little bits of time to read.

I have noticed that because I've read so very many thousands of books over my lifetime that I am pickier than ever about what I'm willing to spend the time on.

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:59 AM

4. Thank you

I found two non-fiction books that look interesting.

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Response to PADemD (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:17 PM

5. You're welcome. One great book on that list

if you read fiction is by Louise Penny and is "The Beautiful Mystery." In fact, I recommend all in her Gamache series, in order.

http://www.louisepenny.com/


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