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At the Gutter: Top 10 of 2012

Chris shares her favorite books of 2012.

It’s the end of the year; I work in retail; I have the flu.  All  of which means that for the past couple weeks I’ve been re-reading rather than reading. Mostly Eva Ibbotson, whose warmth reminds me not only that I love reading, but why.  Which makes this a good time for a retrospective list. Below are my top 10 reads for 2012.  They’re not ranked in any order, just listed alphabetically by author.  If anyone has any to add, please feel free to do so.  I can always use more suggestions for what to try next.

At the Gutter: How Does Your Garden Grow?

This week, Chris Szego writes about Barbara O’Neal’s The Garden of Happy Endings:

I wrote an earlier column about Barbara (writing then as Barbara Samuel), in which I tried to describe her astonishing ability to write characters who live through devastating emotional catastrophes and nonetheless manage to find their way to a different kind of whole.  I am, in summary, a fan.  So I was pretty sure I’d enjoy her newest title, The Garden Of Happy Endings.

‘Enjoy’ doesn’t come close.  I was utterly, absolutely fascinated.

At the Gutter: The Great and the Good

Chris Szego writes:

I was a little disappointed by how many Romances I liked this year.  Mostly because  I wanted to love so many more of them.   But as always, some titles managed to rise above the rest.  Here are some of my favourites from this year.

Read her list here.