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Best books I’ve read in 2012

12/31/2012 4:53:00 PM

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I’ve just counted the books I’ve read in 2012 and apparently there are only 12 of them (14 if you count the one started in 2011 and one I’m still reading). Somehow I thought there will be more and I managed to promise myself to read at least 10 non-fiction books in 2013.

Considering I’m a pretty slow reader (and a pretty fast fall-asleeper when reading) that’s going to be a challenge. But I accept it!

Anyway here are a few of the best books I’ve read in 2012. Nothing too sophisticated so don’t judge! ;)

Disclaimer: links to these books include my referral code so I’ll make a few cents if you buy any of them via these links. The “funds” will go towards my reading in 2013.

Fiction

  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I think this is the first Stephen King book I’ve ever read and it’s awesome. It includes just a little of “fantasy” stuff and I love this kind of book. The story revolves around a guy from our times who finds a “portal” to a specific date in the past and goes on a mission to save Kennedy.
  • Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn. I’ve stomped over this book while writing a blog post on Kindle book pricing, liked the description and bought it despite the ridiculous pricing. The book is written as “merged” diaries of husband and wife (one chapter from wife’s diary, next from husband’s, etc.) One day the wife goes missing and sh*t hits the fan. At first I thought the writing style was a little “pretentious” but then I got used to it and really enjoyed the book. Definitely buying the other 2 Gillian Flynn books.
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I’m not a fan of Sci-Fi but this one is considered a classic so I decided to read it and I can attest that this book is great. That said I’m still not of a fan of the genre and I’m not reading the other 4 books in the series.

Non-fiction

I’ve only read 2 of the Malcolm Gladwell’s books this year: Outliers: The Story of Success and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Amazon categorizes the first one as Cultural Anthropology and the second one as Decision-Making & Problem Solving which I think is pretty accurate. Outliers is about “why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential?” and Blink analyzes the way we make snap decisions. Both highly recommended.

I’m also 30% into Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely and it’s really interesting so far.

And that’s basically it. I’ve read some more filler fiction to clear my head before sleep, but nothing else stood out for me over this year.

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