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Best Books of 2012

One of the things I'm grateful for this year is the fact that I managed to get the time to read. A lot. I started off trying to record the books that I've been reading, but I quickly lost track.

I found new book series. Discovered some great nonfiction reads. And, I finally finished books that have been on my "To Read" list for some time.

A few days ago, I decided to ask friends and contacts online the question:: "What's the best fiction and/or nonfiction book you read this year?"

And, I got a few interesting book recommendations that are now going on my new "To Read" list. So, I thought I'd share those responses as a way for me to refer to in the future, as well as to give you all some ideas too, just in case you're looking for books to read.

If you ask me the same question, my favourite books this year are:

Fiction: A Song of Fire & Ice Series by George RR Martin (Book 1: Game of Thrones + Book 2: A Clash of Kings)

Nonfiction: Career Compass by Grove Consultants - Although this is more of a workbook than a complete nonfiction read.

Here are others' recommendations...


Best Books of 2012

On 19th December 2012, I posted the question on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and LinkedIn: "What's the best fiction and/or nonfiction book you read this year?"This is a collation of recommended books by friends and contacts from across my social networks.

Storified by Shai Coggins · Wed, Dec 19 2012 04:31:16

Professional Development books arrived at work today. Tnx for recommendation, @kanter .Shai Coggins

YA Literature Recommendations

@shaicoggins huge teen fiction reader here. I really enjoyed the pretties and uglies series by Scott westerfeld this year!Celeste
@shaicoggins I also thought the series "I am number four" were really captivating and would do wonders for a child's imagination,Celeste
Dara Villanueva Siazon Hi Shai! Merry xmas;) i'm reading obsidian now of lux series. Just finished mortal and infernal devices. I like teen reads coz I'm still a child inside sometimes, hahaha! Any recs for me?
Marianne Lekcharoen This may sound so juvenile, but I was addicted to the Hunger Games. 🙂

Fiction Recommendations

@shaicoggins that's a tough call! I've read a few good ones. Finally got around to reading Tim Winton's Cloudstreet #booksJulie Gibbons
@shaicoggins & Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife - both fabulousJulie Gibbons
Tiffany Downing Definitely the Game of Throne Series. I don't tend to read non-fiction - get enough of that at work!! I also love Tony Park's books. He tends to write fiction stories based in Africa. I'm currently reading African Sky but also enjoyed Zambezi and Far Horizon.
Adam Gieniusz GoT is an interesting reading - I've just started book 3 of the series. Plus I have the second book of the "Fall of the giants series" - "Winter of the World" by Ken Follet awaiting to be read.
Tammy Powley The Help
Adam Gieniusz Oh yes! The "Name of the Wind" and "Wise Man's Fear" by Rothfuss! So looking forward to the 3rd part! (Shai - this is an addendum to my recommendation - better than GoT!)
Book delivery! Haven't had them in a while, as I have started to limit buying physical books. Waiting for a couple more to arrive, though.Shai Coggins

Non-Fiction Recommendations

Adam Gieniusz Non fiction: The Power of Habit - absolutely fabulous reading about why we do what we do. I delivered two presentations based on the book. http://www.amazon.com/The-Power-Habit-Business-ebook/dp/B0055PGUYU
Pen Reyes Tolkien's biography is my recent read: not much "wow" but some "oh really?"
Rachel Cotterill Nonfiction: The Mango Orchard by Robin Bayley. Fiction... too many to count! But I do agree with Don about Under Heaven.
Getting my doodling & colouring on! <3Shai Coggins

Mixed and Miscellaneous Recommendations

Just because I don't know the genres of some of these books and/or I know one, but not sure of the other.
Anna-Marie Chainus The Hunger Games and Before I Fall
Kristene Hekmi Gone Girl.
Kari BoBerry Nothing totally wowed me this year, but I really liked Home Front by Kristin Hannah and for my odd sense of humor Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster (memoir).
Jean Angus The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
CJ Sansom's Shardlake series and Lee Child's Jack Reacher series - these have been around for a while but I've only just discovered them.
Don Villaver "Under Heaven" by Guy Gavriel Kay. I loved all the books written by Guy Gavriel Kay & Neil Gaiman, actually.
Rachel Cotterill Another series you might like is the Olivia Lawson techno shaman novels. My review of the first one is at http://books.rachelcotterill.com/2012/05/review-shaman-healer-heretic.html - but they're all excellent in an escapist adventure sort of way. Quick reading and just really fun.
Paul Dalby Zoo Time
Zumbo's book: a nice surprise Thank You present from my in-laws.Shai Coggins
Note: Around 90% of responses came from Facebook. Just a few came from Twitter. One came from LinkedIn. No responses (so far) from G+.

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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