Favorite new-to-me novelist: Megan Whalen Turner, by a landslide. Her Thief books, especially The King of Attolia, are absolutely the best new stories I found this year.
Favorite new Christian fiction: Wish You Were Here, by Beth Vogt. Pretty as the city it's set in (Colorado Springs), and just as invigorating. A sweet, good romance.
The classics revisited: This year I reread Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy, and several of Lewis' works, including Till We Have Faces and The Great Divorce.
The classics for the first time: As far as I can recall, this year's read of Persuasion, by Jane Austen, was my first. I trust it won't be my last!
The Greeks: this year also include some research on the ancient Greeks. My world was broaded by Barry Cunliffe in The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek and by Lord William Taylor in The Mycenaeans.
Memoir: Margie Haack's The Exact Place: a Memoir rang a clear, pure note.
Christian non-fiction: a trio of excellence here: Mathewes-Green's The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God, Redmond's The God of the Mundane, and Sanders' The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything. Oh, and Peterson's Keeping House: the Litany of Everyday Life! The faithful are still out there providing new encouragement, folks. And that in itself is an encouragement.
The fantastical: Moon got better and better with Echoes of Betrayal and so did Sanderson, with The Emperor’s Soul and Legion.
Best premise: Not my favorite ever of his, but if you're a Star Trek fan, you'll enjoy the fun experiment of Scalzi's Redshirts.
Favorite romances: And a year that includes both Heyer's Sylvester and Sayers' Gaudy Night could never be a wholly bad one. These two are still the best of the best.
I also wrote and edited a huge amount of words, but I don't know how to go about counting those books in this tally, so I'll leave them out. All in all, it was a great year for reading. And next year, I bet, will be even better.
My Operation Read Those Books experiment ends today. Final tally? During December I added four new non-fiction books to my Currently Reading shelf and finished up five. So . . . I came out ahead? I guess?
Either way, I think it restarted the habit of regularly reading non-fiction, so I'm considering it a success.
What about you? What were your best reads of 2012?
Peace of Christ to you,