There are few things in life which truly top a good book. Books open doors which would otherwise remain unseen and provide a respite from the cares of the world. A good read is often difficult to find, especially in a digital format. But when you do, the time spent devouring its information is truly divine. To help in your search, we’ve combed the reaches of the New York Times Best Seller lists, Amazon’s Best Books of the Month, Good Reads, and NPR’s Critics lists to create the following Top 10 Kindle Books Of 2012. Here they are:
1. The Fault In Our Stars By John Green
Award winning author John Green brings to life a story about the tragedy and humor of life in The Fault In Our Stars. In this twisting, radical, and tremendously insightful tale centering around protagonist Hazel’s battle against a tumor and the inherent human condition based in the sheer will to live and love when she meets Augustus Waters. Critics praise this tale as Green’s “most ambitiously heartbreaking” piece yet and readers will find hopeful brilliance in his words.
2. This Is How: Proven Aid In Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike by Augustus Burroughs
New York Times’ bestseller Augustus Burroughs has charted new ground, using his past accomplishment Running With Scissors, in the black humored, self help book This Is How: Proven Aid In Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike. The book features an explorative glimpse into managing the worst possible, humiliating, and transformative situations in life through the unique script of someone who lived through nearly all of it: Burroughs himself. Unique, entertaining, and considered just plain mad by some, this book will certainly be eye opening and render readers thankful.
3. Home Toni Morrison
Nobel prize winning American author Toni Morrison has returned to top the best selling lists with her tenth book, Home. The story is based upon central character Frank Money’s quest to transcend his own defeat, self hatred, and anger as he trudges the road to redemption. Combining elements of history, despair, apathy, and existence, this book strikes the heart, best described by NPR’s Heller McAlpin as “Gorgeous and intense, brutal yet heartwarming...like a slingshot that wields the impact of a missile.”
4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Susan Cain has shed tremendous light on the behind the scenes folks society labels “shy” in Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking. Despite how introverts shun the spotlight, or try to avoid it as much as possible, their contributing genius is the very foundation upon which society thrives. Cain’s application of tremendous research combined with insightful true life stories to bring to life the frequently undervalued listeners, thinkers, and quiet folks who have helped us all. Certain to transform the image of the “wallflowers” and “shy” people all over the world, Cain’s approach promotes an understanding unmatched by most previous books by using psychology and neuroscience.
5. If You Have Buttons...You’re A Robot - A Concise Guide To Tame Your Lizard Brain (The Lizard Brain Volumes) By T Sebastian
Fresh from the digital press is a great read which may help us answer the ultimate question: are we humans or are we robots? T Sebastian’s just born If You Have Buttons...You’re A Robot - A Concise Guide To Tame Your Lizard Brain (The Lizard Brain Volumes) is based upon ideas suggested by Seth Godin and feature a million ways to concisely rearrange your thoughts to increase productivity and release the burden of the past. This step by step guide is based in revolutionary neuroscience complete with 6 mind-challenging “shifts”, a bunch of exercises, and means of increasing our neuroplasticity and creating neuropathways to resolve old issues and empower readers with the power of change.
6. Lets Pretend This Never Happened: A Memoir
Jenny Lawson, better known as an Internet star and by her official title: The Bloggess, has made a tremendous debut with Lets Pretend This Never Happened: A Memoir. As a number one New York Times best seller, this book is certain to entertain, enlighten, and make you feel like your life is more normal than you thought. Highlights include chapters like: “My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks For Asking,” “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes To My Husband,” “And Then I Snuck A Dead Cuban Alligator On An Airplane.” To support the bizarre life experiences of its author, this book also has captions, pictures, and supporting documentation as proof that laughter completes life - no matter the circumstances.
7. The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
ML Stedman’s July release of The Light Between Oceans has pleased even the harshest of critics with a fresh voice on the grip of heartbreak, questions of morality, the beauty of life, and the strength of love. This book centers around former soldier turned lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne, his wife, Isabel, their heartbreaking attempts to establish a family, the choices they make when a baby washes into their lives, and the idea of justice in a largely unjust world. Described by Markus Zuzak as “an extraordinary and heart-rending book about good people, tragic decisions, and the beauty found in each of them,” this book is compelling, inspiring, and certain to feed the soul.
8. The Age Of Miracles: A Novel By Karen Thompson Walker
This year’s best “What If?” book is The Age Of Miracles: A Novel by Karen Thompson Walker. Set in suburban California, Walker weaves a haunting, speculative tale of ten year old Julia’s rite of passage into awareness. In the book, Julia watches her parents’ marriage fail, falls in love, loses loved one, and deals with the pain of her first heartbreak as life on earth forever changes. Apocalyptic, epic, and hopeful, The Age Of Miracles: A Novel inspires readers to feel and question the value of time- all while the earth stops spinning and the world falls apart.
9. Two Rings: A Story of Love And War By Millie Werber and Eve Keller
Millie Werber’s account of her powerfully remarkable survival as an early adolescent in Radom Poland during WW2 is harrowing, vivid, and alive in Two Rings: A Story Of Love And War. The book depicts Werber’s struggle to live, love, work, grow, persevere, and let go despite horrendous conditions. From working as a slave laborer at the age of 14 to marrying and losing her first love then getting transported to Auschwitz, this story wraps tightly around the heart.
10. The Signal And The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don’t by Nate Silver
Nate Silver has combed the trenches of our lives and established one of the most innovative, groundbreaking systems to cut through uncertainty using probability. As a world renowned blogging sensation, New York Times best seller, and a younger, brilliant mind, Silver’s application of his knowledge of the “prediction paradox” is exceptionally easy to understand thanks to his latest release: The Signal And The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don’t. This book will help anyone accept truth, understand patterns, overcome obstacles, make better plans, and increase overall success - complete with accurate research, dedication, hard work, and insight.