A round-up of year-end booklists

It’s the end of the year and everyone has a year-end list of the best books of 2012, including book blogs! I’m not going to bother with all that (I probably would not be much of a help), but I will share some lists I’ll be keeping an eye on in 2013 as I look to the next book (and the next, and the next…).


Now You’re Talking! The Year’s Best Book Club ReadsNPR

  • The Lifeboat – Charlotte Rogan
  • The Round House – Louise Erdich
  • Arcadia – Lauren Groff
  • NW – Zadie Smith
  • The Orchardist – Amanda Coplin

Great Reads In Store: Indie Booksellers Pick 2012’s Best – NPR

  • 100 Diagrams That Changed the World – Scott Christianson
  • American Ghost – Janis Owens
  • The Art Forger – B.A. Shapiro
  • City of Women – David Gillham
  • Travels With Epicurus – Daniel Klein
  • Instant: The Story of Polaroid – Christopher Bonanos
  • The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song – Frank M. Young and David Lasky
  • Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses – Ron Koertge and Andra Dezso
  • The Graphic Canon, Volumes 1 & 2: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liasons – Russ Kick
  • My Idea Bookshelf – Jane Mount and Thessaly La Force
  • Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story – Lorin Stein and Sadie Stein
  • My Heart Is an Idiot – Davy Rothbart
  • Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures – Emma Straub
  • The News From Spain: 7 Variations of a Love Story – Joan Wickersham
  • Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday – Jordan Matter
  • The Middlesteins – Jami Attenberg

10 Best Books of 2012 – New York Times


  • Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel
  • Building Stories – Chris Ware
  • A Hologram for the King – Dave Eggers
  • NW – Zadie Smith
  • The Yellow Birds – Kevin Powers


  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Katherine Boo
  • Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity – Andrew Solomon
  • The Passage of Powers: The Years of Lyndon Johnson – Robert A. Caro
  • The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy – David Nasaw
  • Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story – Jim Holt

Best Books of 2012 – Publishers Weekly

  • Building Stories – Chris Ware
  • Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel
  • The Round House – Louise Erdich
  • Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain – Lucia Perillo
  • The Devil in Silver – Victor LaValle
  • Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis – Mark Binelli
  • All We Know: Three Lives – Lisa Cohen
  • People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanishes from the Streets of Tokyo – Richard Lloyd Parry
  • The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 – Barnard Bailyn
  • The Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 – Anna Applebaum

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