The Best Books Of 2012





2012 is nearly over!

This year has gone by fast, and what a year it has been. In fact, it is exactly a year since I invented Turndog Millionaire, began this blog and started my Twitter Feed. A year of crazy but amazing times ๐Ÿ™‚

My activity has been minimal recently, but there is reason for it, I promise. This mainly comes down to Beyond Parallel, my debut novel that launches on the 8th January 2013. It’s keeping me rather busy!

I do have a some time to reflect though, and I want to share my 5 favourite books from the last twelve months. I’ve read about fifty, and several were published in 2012. Some were great, a few weren’t. The following 5 were amazing:


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1: The Snow Child

I read this charming tale via the Goodreads Group I’m part of, and boy am I glad I did. It follows an old married couple who live in the snowy world of Alaska, and a young girl who appears to them one day.

Is she real?

Is she from the snow itself?

It’s a charming, lovely, whimsical tale. The only way this could have been better is if I read it over Christmas. Hint hint ๐Ÿ™‚




2: The Night Circus

This was actually released toward the end of 2011, but I don’t care, I just have to includeย it. I’m not a huge fantasy fan, but this story is simply incredible.

The words and wonder…

The charm and intrigue…

This is what reading is all about. You become lost in this world and nothing will ever be the same again. I often think about this book. For me, that’s a great sign of a fantastic read.



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3: The Art Of Fielding

After reading I wasn’t sure what I thought about this book, but in the weeks since I find myself thinking about it often. Like I say, this is a good sign!

The writing is powerful!

The characters make you feel something!

Overall it’s an interesting world that Chad Harbach has created. The premise is based on sport, but it’s far from a sporting book. It’s about growing up and getting to grips with the world. Wonderful!


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4: The $100 Startup

It’s not all about fiction. I’ve read some amazing non-fiction books in 2012, and none were better than this inspirational read by Chris Guillebeau.

It’s an amazing story and journey

It’s full of tips you NEED to hear

What an incredible book this is. I read it at the time when I first began my company, and some of the things on offer helped me get from A to B. It also played a large role in the inspiration for The Successful mistake. Overall, thank you Chris ๐Ÿ™‚


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5: Wrecked

We often read to be inspired, and no other book will do it like this one. I’m not a religious person, but Wrecked moved me beyond belief.

It grabs you!

It urges you to be better!

I was lucky enough to be part of the Launch Team, and boy did I learn some cool things. Jeff is an inspiring guy, and this book is masterpiece (so far). You will be glad you read it!



There you go, the five books that truly moved me this year.

I hope you’ll consider reading them, but I hope more that you’ll share your own favourite reads. Do it in the comments below, or Blog about it, or Tweet or Like. Whatever you choose to do, share your beloved reads with us ๐Ÿ™‚

With that I wish you a very merry festive season.ย 

Wherever you are and whatever you do, I hope it’s fantastic. I love this time of year, and on this occasion it’s extra special. Let’s end 2012 in style and make 2013 the best year yet.

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