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My Favorite Books for 2012

In the past year, I read 52 books, an average of one a week. A few of them were not worth the price of the paper they were written on. Some were worth their weight in gold. Some, I barely remember reading.

Here are the ones that jumped out and made my reading experience for 2012 memorable, but one caveat: I am an eclectic reader and I do not normally read anything that is on the New York Times bestseller list. I go for the little known, the obscure, the priceless gem that sits in the dark waiting to be discovered. So, IN NO SPECIFIC ORDER, here are my favorite reads for 2012:

  • The Writer’s Manifesto: Stop Writing to Be Read & Adored by Jeff Goins

    Sometimes, artsy types just need permission to create and Goins knows how to give it by switching perspective and encouraging the reader to write the story for themselves. The audience will come.

  • How Should We Read the Book of Genesis? Interviews With Dennis Gordon by Dennis Gordon

    The ongoing battle between creationists (both Young Earth and Old Earth camps), theistic evolutionists, scientific evolutionists, and fundamentalist evolutionists (scientific evolutionists who have adopted the theory as a religion) is one that will go on for a long, long time. The authors of this book acknowledge evolution as a natural reality and a physical law and yet offer an intriguing interpretation of the first three chapters of Genesis that retains its orthodoxy.

  • You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One), by Jeff Goins

    Another one from Goins and one that is a good kick in the pants for "wanna-be" writers.

  • Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View, by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

    I found this book fascinating from its approachable method of using all five senses to tell the story from the character's perspective. Well worth a read.

  • Huntsman: The Hunted Mage Trilogy (Volume 1), by Michael R. Wilson

    My favorite fiction tale of the year, Wilson has written a gripping tale of a magical Finland that never was, but should have been. Three men, as different from each other as night and day, begin a collision course in this first book of a trilogy. This is one you really want to read. And it has an acid-spitting dragon to boot!

  • At Table with the Lord - Foods of the First Century, by E. G. Lewis

    Food has always fascinated me and this little book (with recipes!) describing the food of the ancient Near East is a gem.

  • The Airship "Golden Hind", by Percy F. Westerman

    Pure, unmitigated pulp from around 1920 (more or less) filled with one dimensional people fighting cardboard enemies and a rip roaring tale of adventure as a man tries to circumnavigate the globe in a dirigible. It's nothing, but whipped cream, but good whipped cream.


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Dec. 30th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
The Huntsmman books sound most fascinating to me, though if I can find that one by Dennis Gordon through interlibrary loan I might give it a look. Happy New Year and sorry we haven't talked lately.
Jeff Chapman
Dec. 30th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
If you like classic pulp adventure stories, check out the podcasts at http://protectingprojectpulp.com/. Show #13 (“Conjuror of the Clouds” by Muriel A. Pollexfen) features an airship.
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