My Book Shelf From 2012

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy. ~Edward P. Morgan

I became somewhat of a reading machine during the past year. The first six months of 2012 I read a few really BIG books. Notably, Steve Jobs, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, and presently I’m reading, A World of Color -Titian: His Life.  I strongly recommend all three books – they’re outstanding.  Memoirs, biographies, medicine, history -fiction or not, art history and recently romance novels seem to peak my interest most.  Much to my surprise and the chagrin of others (ha!) I discovered  just how much I enjoy a juicy hot love story. Isn’t it wonderful how much we can learn from reading? Even the so called “trashy” novel imparts a curious wisdom and knowledge. Here’s my list.

Steve Jobs  by Walter Isaacson  I read it twice and then some.

Paris A Love Story, by Kati Marton.  Paris, history, art history, politics and a beautiful love story. I loved this book.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – by Rebecca Skloot

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer- by, Siddartha Mukherjee, A fascinating education about the history of cancer.  A Very big book but so worth it! Pulitzer Prize Winner

The Last Nude,  by Ellis Avery

A Disobedient Girl,  by Ru Freeman

The Marriage Plot,  by Jeffrey Eugenides

No Easy Day: the Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by, Mark Owen

Fifty Shades of Grey – The Trilogy  by, E.L. James

Fun, fun reading is all I can say. Reading 50 Shades set me on a reading frenzy of sexy, romance, and historical romance novels that I never ever imagined I would be reading much less enjoy. Some were definitely better than others.

(3) Bared To You, Entwined With You, Reflected In You – Sylvia Day

(3) The Marriage Trap, The Marriage Bargain, The Marriage Mistake –  Jennifer Probst

Beautiful Disaster  by Jamie McGuire

Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

(2) Gabriels Inferno, Gabriels Rapture  by Sylvain Reynard (OMG! I loved the books) Smart and sexy!

(4) Ask For it, The Stranger I Married,  Seven Years To Sin, Pride and Pleasure – Sylvia Day

Pride And Prejudice by, Jane Austen

A World of Color - Titian: His Life, by Sheila Hale

Hemingway’s Girl  by, Erika Robuck

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail  by Cheryl Strayed

Fairytale Interrupted: What JFK Jr. Taught Me About Life, Love, and Loss   by RoseMaire Terenzio

Yoga And The Quest For The True Self,  by Stephen Cope

Kundalini Yoga Sadhana Guidelines as taught by Yogi Bhajan

Team of Rivals: Lincoln  by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Gone Girl   by Gillian Flynn

Three Stages of Amazement  by Carol Edgarian

Books I”m always reading: The Four agreements, The Power of Now, Moving Into Stillness, The Wisdom of Yoga

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  1. Whew!

  2. Dearest Allison, what a beautifully written review about so many eclectic books; I am keeping this for my own personal reading list. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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