As an inveterate list maker, I can't help myself when it comes to keeping track of things, including what I read in a year. I continue to record titles and authors with a notation of which ones are worth reading more of their works, along with short reviews and comments just for my own use. I am, however, managing to read more books without taking notes and feeling that I need to post a review on the blog. I am also making every effort to live a life apart from the blog!
Nevertheless, a few thoughts on last year's books: I did read slightly more than a book a week but that included a lot of mysteries and trashy novels as antidotes to the big serious books, which is pretty much my standard procedure.
My favorite reads of 2012 were mainly history, biography and memoir like "The Beauty and The Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First Wold War," by Peter Englund, translated by Peter Graves, "The Churchills in Love and War" By Mary Lovell, "Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art," and the two books whose covers are pictured here.
My non-fiction reading benefited when I discovered an enthralling series of WWI novels by Anne Perry as well as the Anglo-Irish novels of Annabel Davis-Goff. So far 2013 is all about art and design with the first two titles under my belt being "Dreaming in Color," which is an autobiography by Kaffe Fassett and "Albert Hadley," a bio of the late great designer by Adam Lewis.