Best Books of 2012

It’s that time of year again. It seems like just yesterday I posted my Best Books of 2011 picks and my Book of The Year selection, and it’s already time for the Best Books of 2012 list here at The Well-Read Wife.

The following are my 10 favorite books of 2012. Click the title to see my review of the book. These are in no particular order.

1. Love Slave by Jennifer Spiegel, 304 pages, Published by Unbridled Books

From My Review: “Spiegel does an awesome job of capturing the essence of the 1990s. From the clothes to the music to the general attitude of the time period, reading the book made me feel young again.”

2. Swimming Home by Deborah Levy, 157 pages, Published by Bloomsbury USA, UK edition published by And Other Stories

From My Review:Swimming Home is about what happens when you allow a stranger in to unravel the seams of an already deteriorating family structure.”

3. Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody by Fanny Merkin (aka Andrew Shaffer), 224 pages, Published by Da Capo Press

From My Review: “The laughs literally do. not. stop. I started underlining the jokes and funny references throughout the book and quickly realized I was marking up the entire book.”

4. Spin by Catherine McKenzie, 432 pages, Published by William Morrow Paperbacks

From My Review: “If Bridget Jones’s Diary and High Fidelity had a literary baby, the result would be Spin.”

5. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice, 416 pages, Published by Knopf

From My Review: ” Fun, dreamy, and thought provoking – The Wolf Gift leads readers on a journey as told through the eyes of Reuben Golding, a young reporter who after being bitten by a strange beast is undergoing a terrifying transformation.”

6. Overseas by Beatriz Williams, 464 pages, Published by Putnam

From My Review: “I really hope Beatriz Williams writes another book in the world of Overseas. It was one of those books that made me sigh when I finished it, because I didn’t want it to end. Readers who enjoy stories of romance against the odds such as The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger will devour Overseas by Beatriz Williams.”

7. The Angel by Tiffany Reisz, 416 pages, Published by Harlequin MIRA

From My Review: “If you are looking for Erotic Fiction with a literary touch, Reisz is the author for you. Nora is not only sexy and adventurous but she is also smart with a biting wit…and whip. The Original Sinners is the most exciting and original Erotic Fiction series out there…”

8. Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose, 304 pages, Published by William Morrow Paperbacks

I haven’t had time to publish my review of this one yet. But I think it’s pretty obvious that I think everyone on planet Earth should read this smart, witty book about a blogger dealing with an overbearing boss, an anonymous hate blog that’s targeting her, and ethical issues regarding her work: It’s the Mandy’s Blogger Book Club Fall/Winter selection.

9. The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye, 304 pages, Published by Unbridled Books

From My Review:I thoroughly enjoyed Peter Geye’s debut novel Safe From The Sea and his follow up surpasses the magnificence of his debut. The Lighthouse Road once again displays Geye’s immense talent for making the setting of the novel an element as important and fascinating as the characters themselves.”

10. Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon, 400 pages, Published by Ballantine

From My Review: “Alice Buckle is one of the wittiest and most earnest heroines I have encountered in contemporary fiction. I highly recommend Wife 22.”

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  1. Beth Hoffman says

    I love how eclectic your list is! I’m hoping to read The Lighthouse Road within the next few weeks.

    Joyous holidays to you and yours, Mandy!

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