Nothing makes me more jittery than down time with nothing to read. I’ll resort to reading product labels and instruction manuals if I have to, but a good book is so much better. I found myself in a rut in 2011, barely reading any books of substance, and vowed to knock some books off my steadily growing Evernote list. I read significantly more this year, and found some of the best books I’ve read in awhile. Here are the books that graced my nightstand in 2012:
Laura Hillenbrand is the author of another one of my favorite books of all time, Seabiscuit. I’m not a huge history buff, so it takes a compelling subject and some mighty good writing to lure me in. The story of Louis Zamperini, combined with Ms. Hillenbrand’s writing, had me hooked. Zamperini was an Olympic runner who turned in his track shoes for combat gear during WWII. His plane was shot down over the Pacific, where he spent weeks lost at sea. That alone makes for a gripping read, but there’s so much more. You won’t believe the things Zamperini and his fellow soldiers endure, but you will embrace the spirit and determination that gets them through. What a generation. What a book.