Yes, they just keep rolling in.
Maria Popova of Brain Pickings (and if you haven’t yet subscribed to her site in some format, you’ll definitely want to) chooses the best of the year’s books in psychology and philosophy—plus a bonus choice. And, as an added bonus, this post links to her list of the year’s best science, art, and design books.
To add an international perspective, here’s a huge list from the New Zealand Herald.
Another big list, this one from Australia’s The Border Mail.
The Millions has asked its contributors for their best books lists. This post contains links to those links, which will be rolled out through December.
For something a bit different, Jim Higgins of the Milwakuee Journal Sentinel looks as some of those “best of” anthologies that appear at this time of year:
- The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012
- The Best Science Writing Online 2012
- The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012
- The Best American Essays 2012
- The Best American Short Stories 2012
- The Best Business Writing 2012
- The Best American Comics 2012
The best books of 2012 were about Richard Burton, Titian, Rin Tin Tin, the revolution in Iran, the great famine in China, secret houses in London, good oil companies, bad pharma and management in ten words
Here’s another megalist that covers the following categories:
- politics and current affairs
- biography and memoir
- economics and business
- science and technology
- culture, society, sport and travel
- fiction, essays, and poetry
The Independent (from the U. K.) recommends several outstanding memoirs. This page also includes links to the paper’s recommendations in several other categories.
For mystery lovers, here are some suggestions from Crime Fiction Lover.
The crime-fiction columnist for The Seattle Times also has some favorites.