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best of 2012: year’s end

My year-in-review post is coming, but first, let’s take a look at the very BEST books I read in 2012. Not published in 2012, you understand – although several were that, as well. I was able to narrow it down to a list of 14 books and 1 short story; and I’m hoping you’ll forgive me for such a long list because 1) I read 126 books in 2012, and 2) I’ve broken them out into categories for you. :)

Best print nonfiction of 2012:

Best print fiction of 2012:

Best audio nonfiction of 2012:

Best audio fiction of 2012:

Many thanks to my editor at Shelf Awareness who sent me 4 of the 5 books in that first category to review! You’re doing a great job, Marilyn! And, bonus: Shelf Awareness just the other day published an issue entirely devoted to the best books of 2012. Their list includes two of my best of the year; one I really wanted to read but didn’t get around to (Robert MacFarlane’s The Old Ways); one I reviewed; and one that I would totally rate a runner-up for audio nonfiction (Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened). Not to mention, a whole bunch I never heard of, so there you are! Always more to read!

What did YOU read this year that’s blown you away?

8 Responses

  1. I read Zeruya Shalev’s _Love Life_. It was mind-blowing.

  2. Great post…the only books I read on your list were Rules of Civility and Loving Frank.

    You had an awesome 2012.

    Happy New Year!!

    My Favorites of 2012 are listed in the link below.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Favorite Books of 2012

  3. Okay, thanks for the tip. Although I strongly disliked her Alice I Have Been

  4. [...] For the very *best* books I’ve read this year, see yesterday’s post. [...]

  5. […] and another outstanding narration by the author herself. Like The Lacuna, which I called one of the best books I read in 2012, this will be a standout. I fear this will be one of those longer reviews, as I have so much to […]

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