Read in 2012

After receiving a Nook simple touch for Christmas in 2011 I took my reading habit to an entirely new level in 2012. It was just too easy to pick up and read and it fit in my pocket, so I pretty much took it with me and read whenever I had some free time. Here’s a list of books I read in 2012.

The Hunger Games 1, 2 and 3

Suzanne Collins

The first book was excellent and then it went downhill for me.

The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

Edward Klein

Definitely from the standpoint of a conservative but does bring up many interesting points about our President.

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… indeed. The first half of the book seemed slow but the last half made it worth it.

Born to Run

Christopher McDougall

Inspired me to run more and helped me tackle my first Ragnar race with my wife a few weeks ago in Key West, FL.

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg

From habit creation to data mining this book had it all. Very interesting especially from a marketers perspective.

The Devil in the White City

Erik Larson

Lots of architecture and history that you don’t hear about anymore. The serial killer keeps the rest of the book interesting but its the vision and accomplishments of the last great World’s Fair that steal the show.

We Are Anonymous

Parmy Olson

Interesting look into the underworld of the internet.

Blackwater

Jeremy Scahill

Written from a leftist perspective and somewhat jilted in that way but overall brings up many interesting points about money and power in American politics.

Octopus - Wall Street’s Wildest Con

Guy Lawson

I vaguely remember hearing about this but the whole story is absolutely amazing. Turns out incredibly rich people can still be greedy to a fault.

Fearless

Eric Blehm

A tale of a true warrior in life. One of the few books that left me in tears.

Dracula

Bram Stoker

I had a friend at church comment on my Nook and how his father had just gotten one and had read Dracula for the first time. He said his dad said it wasn’t worth the read. I was finishing the book at the time and couldn’t disagree more! The old school language and writing make it worth the read in itself.

A Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin

Now I’m going to have to read the rest of the books in this series. I haven’t read a fantasy book since the Sword of Shannara series in junior high school and I really enjoyed this book.