Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Best Books of 2012

These are the best two books of 2012...according to me. 
I am sure I read some other good stuff, but these are my very, very favorite, red letter, gold star picks. 

First up...Wonder by RJ Palacio. Such a great book - it will teach you about empathy and acceptance. It was written for teens, but I think everyone should read it..and discuss it. My kids LOVE it when I read their books and then want to discuss it over dinner. Not really. There is actually a lot of eye rolling, but I love it and that's what counts. If you want another great book to read with your kids, start with The Giver by Lois Lowry. There are 3 others in the series and they will definitely get you thinking. 

And then there is Nate. 
This has got to be one of my all time favorite design books. 
The pictures are, of course, amazing, but it is the stories behind each home that really suck you in. Why they have what they have and what it means to them. Did you know that Nate helped Dr. Ruth with her home? I know, didn't see that one coming did you? Well her story is fascinating. I love homes that tell a story and show the owner's personality. A little bit of personality is missing in a lot of homes today. If you do not have this book, get it today. You deserve it. 

So now I need something good to read. I just finished The Twelve Tribes of Hattie and enjoyed it, but if you have any other suggestions, please share!! 

Happy New Year!!
xo Sissy


  1. You are so right about homes lacking character. This must say something about how most people live. I am not talking about money.


  2. happy new year, sissy! I read the giver several years ago and loved it. I'll look for wonder now.

    I got the nate book a few weeks ago but haven't looked at it glad it's a good one!

    sissy, wishing you and your precious family a happy and healthy, donna

  3. It's so funny that you've mentioned The Giver! My book club is reading the series right now - I'm planning on picking it up from the library this week! Now that you've mentioned it too I'm looking forward to getting started. Happy New Year!

  4. Sissy, I am starting a new series about this very topic. Living Authentically! Its my soapbox! Would love it if you entered to win a design camp ticket I am giving away on my blog! Would love you to join us if you won!!!!

  5. I read constantly and I read soooo many good books this year but none of these were on my list so thank you. I LOVED the Fault in my Stars (which is also a young adult book) but truly one of the BEST I have ever read. The writing is sharp and witty.


    P.S. I had to laugh about reading the same books and your kids and discussing them at dinner. That is TOTALLY me too!!! Including the eye rolling!!! I share a nook account with my two oldest;)


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