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Today on Your Call: What books have you loved this year?


On today's Your Call, it’s our year-end book show!  Call or email us with your favorites.  What are you reading right now?  What are you recommending to friends?  To your children?  What books are you giving as gifts?  Are there books from past years you still think about?  How are you getting your reading material these days?  Any favorite local book shops?  Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Holly Kernan and you.


Sharon Levin, founder of the Bay Area children’s Literature List; children's book specialist at Books, Inc.

Kevin Hunsanger, co-owner of Green Apple Books and music in San Francisco


Green Apple Books

Life, Literature, Laughter (Sharon Levin’s blog)

Email Sharon if you want to join the Bay Area Children's Literature List: sharonlevin@mindspring.com

San Francisco Public Library: One City, One Book - 2013

Every Library: EveryLibrary Urges Passage of SCA7 in California

Your Call Radio: Best Books of 2012 (Last year's list!)


Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers

Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan 

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Eating on the Wild Side, by Jo Robinson

You Know When the Men are Gone, by Siobhan Fallon

The Son, by Philipp Meyer

Going Clear, by Lawrence Wright

The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson

I Could Pee on This/ I Could Chew on This (cat/ dog animal blogs)

March, by John Lewis 

The Martian, by Andy Weir

The Future, by Al Gore

Cry the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton

Martin’s Dream, by Clayborne Carson

Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo

Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert

The Faraway Nearby, by Rebecca Solnit

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Battle Bunny, by Mac Barnett

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, by Jeannette Walls

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler

The Light Between the Oceans, by M. L. Stedman

The Dinner, by Herman Koch

Mink River, by Brian Doyle

A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki

God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Journey to the Heart of Medicine, by Victoria Sweet

Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, by Andrew Sean Greer

Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, by Gary Kamiya

Snitch World, by Jim Nisbet

Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo (Note: Don’t read the Introduction first!)

The Absolutist, by John Boyne

Verve: The Sound of America, by Richard Havers

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, by Byron Katie

The 44 Scotland Street series, by Alexander McCall Smith

Freakboy, by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tostoy

S, by J.J . Abrams and Doug Dorst

For Children/Teens:

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

The False Prince and The Runaway King, by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Battle Bunny, by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu

Frog Trouble and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs, by Sandra Boynton

Counting By 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Jedi Academy, by Jeffrey Brown

Boxers and Saints, by Gene Luen Yang

The Magicians, by Lev Grossman (first of a series)

The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness (#1 of Chaos Walking series)

Much Loved, by Mark Nixon

All the Truth That’s in Me, by Julie Berry

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Biographies/ Autobiographies:

Eslanda: The Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson, by Barbara Ransby

Long Walk to Freedom: With Connections, by Nelson Mandela

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life, by Jonathan Sperber

Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P.L. Travers, by Valerie Lawson

The Heart at Fire’s Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Hermann, by Steven C. Smith

The People’s Advocate, by Daniel Sheehan


Sagrada (Oakland)

Adobe Books (a collective)

The Green Arcade

Green Apple Books and Music (San Francisco)

Folio Books (Noe Valley) 

Book Shop Santa Cruz

Green Branch Library

Capitola Book Café

Books Inc.

Soleo Books

Thidwick Books

Borderland Books

Leigh’s Favorite Books (Sunnyvale)