A couple weeks ago, we invited you to join in the end-of-year list making fun and share your favorite books of 2012. 530 of you answered the call, listing 572 individual titles. Click here to see all titles submitted and their corresponding vote counts. (Note: 33 entries were thrown out because the books were not published in 2012.) There were no genre, age, or audience restrictions. Anything published in 2012 was fair game. Without further ado, here are your top 25 books of 2012.
And if you haven’t yet discovered the Book Riot site, this is a very good way to get acquainted.
The folks at Delancey Place send out a daily email that they describe like this:
Delanceyplace is a brief daily email with an excerpt or quote we view as interesting or noteworthy, offered with commentary to provide context. There is no theme, except that most excerpts will come from a non-fiction work, primarily historical in focus, and will occasionally be controversial. Finally, we hope that the selections will resonate beyond the subject of the book from which they were excerpted.
Here’s a great list of nonfiction books that probably contributed to some of those daily mailings.
From the Washington Post.
It’s always good to get an idea of what people in other parts of the world care about. This list is from The Times of India.
NPR’s Lynn Neary lists these as the year’s best books for book group discussion:
- The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
- The Round House by Louise Erdrich
- Arcadia by Lauren Groff
- NW by Zadie Smith
- The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
What made 2012 a compelling year in reading? For me, it was the return of the novel of ideas. These are novels that both portray and reflect upon the spirit of their moment, telling not just a story but using it to illustrate something about the world in which we live. It’s been an endangered form since at least the early 1960s, when Philip Roth wrote that reality “is continually outdoing our talents, and the culture tosses up figures daily that are the envy of any novelist.”
Read Ulin’s list of 10 favorite novels of ideas.