I say “memorable” because I have a really hard time remembering what books I’ve read, even the good ones. Usually I return to the library and mostly forget about them. In 2013, I’m totally keeping a list like Click Clack Gorilla. Go check out her book list and share a link to your own!
Here’s a few I read in 2012, no particular order:
1. The Man Who Quit Money. Nonfiction about this guy who has been living without money for 12 years. Absolutely fascinating, great book!
2. Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West. Also fascinating – in a horrific way…. makes you realize again how scary N. Korea is and how lucky we are to have the lives we do.
3. The Dispossessed. A sort of utopian sci fi book written in 1974. This is definitely not one of the ones I “mostly forgot” about. I read it months ago and scenes from the book still pop into my head regularly. It’s on my “must buy this book” list.
4. Blue Clay People. Memoir by a guy who worked for an aid organization in Liberia. Loved it. Full review here.
5. Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. Memoir by a girl who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail alone after her mother died. Full of really interesting stories, she was a total mess for most of the book and did all kinds of stupid stuff, but is a very lovable and understandable character.
6. Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie. This started out interesting but I’m not even sure if I finished it. By the time I was 3/4 of the way through it seemed like the story just kept repeating itself: She is super depressed, she doesn’t know what to do, she has some connection with someone powerful and somehow everything ends up working out spectacularly.
7. Eat to Live. About why and how to eat a plant based diet. Full review here.
8. Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China’s Other Billion. Really funny memoir, full review here.
9. Twelve by Twelve: A one-room cabin off the grid & beyond the American dream. Memoir about living in aforementioned cabin. Excellent book, by the same author of Blue Clay People and the next one on this list. Full review here.
10. Whispering in the Giant’s Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia’s War on Globalization. Good, but I think I liked his other 2 books better.
That’s all I can remember for now, thanks Nikki for the inspiration, to read more, and remember more!