Finished the complete Fifty Shades Trilogy? Or perhaps you’re looking for something a little more stimulating? We’ve got just the book for you.
Amazon released their list of the top 100 books of the year and we’ve managed to round up our top ten favorites that we think should find their way into your hands before 2012 is through.
Peruse our list and let your loved ones know what to get you this holiday season.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
(Courtesy of Crown)
The number one book of the summer probably won’t keep you warm through the winter months with its chilling take on a marriage that has gone terribly, terribly wrong. But it is the perfect novel to curl up with by the fire. A cup of hot chocolate is recommended.
The End Of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
(Courtesy of Knopf)
In this touching memoir that will have you reaching for the tissues, the author starts a book club with his dying mother. Don’t be surprised if feel inspired to start your very own book club.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
(Courtesy of Dutton Juvenile)
You finished the Hunger Games trilogy in record time and now you’re hankering for some more smart young adult fare? Well, Green’s novel about a young girl who is diagnosed with cancer is just that. Green manages to give a funny take on terminal illness while still being true to the matters of young love. If you don’t cry at least once, we’ll be surprised.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
(Courtesy of Knopf)
This true story of a woman who tries to find herself by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon after the death of her mother gets to the core of what it feels like to be lost. Don’t believe us? Well maybe you’ll trust Oprah, who gave the memoir her stamp of approval by adding it to her latest book list.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
(Courtesy of Random House)
This debut novel from Karen Thompson Walker is for anyone who couldn’t stop reading The Lovely Bones and is worried about the impending apocalypse. Of course, if neither of those things interest you, her writing certainly will. Thompson Walker manages to parallel the end of the world with the struggles of the 10-year-old protagonist. Not an easy feat, but this skilled author makes it seem easy.
Far From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
(Courtesy of Scribner)
Solomon takes a look at how children are different from their parents. He describes his own upbringing as the gay son of heterosexual parents before investigating the worlds of autistic kids, deaf children and dwarves born into “normal families.” If you think your family is unlike any other, Solomon begs to differ.
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
(Courtesy of Riverhead)
In Diaz’s new book of short stories, he looks at the many facets of love from the obsessive to the fading. This nine-story collection from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is the perfect book to cuddle up with once the holiday company has all gone home.
Ever wonder why you do the things you do over and over and over again? Well this book takes a closer look at our habits and how businesses use them to sell their products. You may never look at Febreze the same way again.
Consider the Fork: A History Of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson
(Courtesy of Basic Books)
For all the foodies out there, this book takes a look at how we consume our food. Wilson keeps things light as she reveals the hidden history of our everyday utensils.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
(Courtesy of Harper)
Spanning 50 years, this novel takes a look at long lost love and the lengths you’ll go to get it back. Taking readers from the Italian coastline to the sunny Los Angeles movie set of Cleopatra to the moors of Scotland, this book makes you went away for the holidays at a fraction of the cost of a real plane ticket.
– Shannon Carlin, CBS Local