Best books I read in 2012

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What did I ever do before Goodreads?
I love being able to keep track of what I’ve read and what I want to read. I can’t tell you the number of times having access to my “to-read” shelf has helped me when browsing through bookstores. And while scrolling through the 50 books I read in 2012, I remembered how many of them I loved and have since become favourites.
Here are some of the best books that I read in 2012:

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
(I also judged it by its cover)

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
(I also thought about seeing the film version)

Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
(Gabrielle taught me some things about writing)

Hot Art by Joshua Knelman

M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio by Peter Robb
(Part of my Caravaggio reading list)

Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon
(Also part of my Caravaggio reading list)

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
(Neil can do no wrong)

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
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Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
(Speaking of Stephen King, have you read On Writing yet?)

The Wealthy Freelancer by Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage and Ed Gandia
(This book taught me how to stay focused)

Rules of the Red Rubber Ball by Kevin Carroll
(This book makes a great gift)

The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb
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The Emperor of Paris by C.S. Richardson
(I also wrote a book review)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
(I really wanted to see the film during TIFF)

Here is New York by E.B. White
(A souvenir I brought back from NYC)

Night by Elie Wiesel

Happy New Year, everyone!
I hope your 2013 is full of books and plenty of time to read them.

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