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The Long and Winding Road: The Best of 2012

My adorable baby girl ringing in the New Year (on NYC time)

2012 was perhaps the biggest year of change of my life. I had a novel published and had another accepted for publication; I got hired to collaborate on a video game. I spoke at conferences, English classes, and signings. I moved with our large family across the continent to a very different but wonderful new life. As I look out my window at the palm trees and sunny skies beyond my balcony, I marvel at how different this day is from 1 January 2012.

Let's get to the lists. 

Favorite Books Read or Re-read:

(I didn't rank books written by close friends, many of which were excellent.)

1) 11/22/63, by Stephen King

2) Flora's Fury, by Ysabeau Wilce

3) Pope Joan, by Donna Woolfolk

4) Acceptable Loss, by Anne Perry

5) A Short Stay in Hell, by Steven Peck

6) The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters

7) The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

8) The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

9) Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George

10) French Kids Eat Everything, by Karen Le Billon

Most Disappointing (not Worst) Book of the Year:

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Best Music Purchased:

Ralph Vaughan Williams: On Christmas Day: Folk-Songs and Folk-Carols

Morten Lauridsen: Lux aeterna

Great Big Sea: XX

Gary Clark, Jr.: "When My Train Pulls In"

The Black Keys: "Little Black Submarines"

Favorite Movies Seen:

1) Moonrise Kingdom

2) Skyfall

3) Argo

4) Hitchcock

5) Life of Pi

6) The Dark Knight Rises

7) The Hobbit

8) Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

9) Brave

10) Frankenweenie

Best Meals Eaten:

Per Se, NYC

Jean-Georges, NYC

Patina, LA

Brenda's French Soul Food, San Francisco

Chez Panisse Café, Berkeley

Luscious Dumplings, Monrovia

Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles, Pasadena

Yarn of the Year: madelinetosh 80/10/10 MCN in the Grenadine colorway

Rose of the Year: Cramoisi Supérieur


Here's to 2013 being fabulous! Happy New Year, everybody.

Reader Comments (4)

I always look forward to your list! So sorry you were disappointed by Gone Girl. Oh well.

I've been wanting to read The Happiness Project. Now even more so.

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenna Consolo

Congrats on your success! Your friend Jenn sent me over here a bit ago. it sounds like a lot of exciting changes in the last year. My friend Shannon & I recently started a co-writing blog at www.writing4two.blogspot.com if you'd like to check us out. We're doing something called "Feature Friday" and have a casting call coming up as a part of this Friday's post; basically interviewing authors and others in the writing world (publishing/editing/agents) and it could be a great platform to share your book:-)

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGina

I've only read one of the books on your list ("11/22/63") and seen one of the movies ("The Dark Knight Rises"). I'd better get crackin'!

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRhi R.

Love you best of lists. I came here looking for the oat breakfast bars recipe (yes, your book has gone missing yet again) and got caught up while I was here.

You are so fabulous!

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDedee

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