Inspired by reading year-end lists on other blogs, I’m posting my own. These are my favorite books that I read in 2012, but some were published earlier. I’m not including any books that aren’t published yet, like The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore (Knopf, 2013.)
A favorites list isn’t the same as a Best Books list, but these are still all excellent books. My 2012 favorites all have that something extra – resonance for me personally, an amazing audiobook narrator, extraordinarily powerful language, the reappearance of favorite characters, or something else – that makes me want to urge these books on other readers to enjoy.
Please chime in in the comments to tell me what your favorites of 2012 were!
Accelerated by Bronwen Hruska
New York City father takes on his child’s pressure-cooker private school.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Harshly beautiful love story with a magical circus and dueling magicians.
One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper
A slacker dad/ex-husband tries to make peace with family and loser-ish friends.
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
For summer reading with Maine, That Old Cape Magic, and Sag Harbor.
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Second in a huge epic fantasy trilogy for readers who think they don’t like epic fantasy.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, narrated by David Pittu
Macmillan Audio 2011
Captures the intellectual and moral confusion of coming of age in the early 80s.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton
Random House Audio, 2011
Awesome virtual-reality story with tech-nerd heroes and corporate-drone enemies.
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison, narrated by Jeff Woodman (Read my review)
Highbridge Audio, 2012
Award-worthy narration of the voice of Ben Benjamin, a man adrift with grief.