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Best Books of 2012–Reading Lists

‘Tis the season for lists. Major publications are releasing their “Best of 2012” book lists. While some predictably popular novels are mentioned (hello, Gone Girl and Bring Up the Bodies), there’s guaranteed to be a book or two on several of these lists that you haven’t heard of. Take a look and see what piques your interest. If you’ve read some of the mentioned titles, do you think they deserve to be on the list? Which books were left out?

NY Times

Publisher’s Weekly

Huffington Post

Washington Post

Slate Magazine

Books mentioned in more than l list:

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (fiction)

Arcadia by Lauren Groff (fiction)

Are You My Mother? By Allison Bechdel (graphic novel)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (non-fiction, Indian society)

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (fiction)

Bring up the Bodies by Hillary Mantel (fiction)

Building Stories by Chris Ware (graphic novel)

Canada by Richard Ford (fiction)

The Devil In Silver by Victor LaValle (fiction)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (fiction)

Iron Curtain: the Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum (non-fiction, history)

People Who Eat Darkness: the True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo—and the Evil that Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry (non-fiction, true crime)

The Round House by Louise Erdrich (fiction)

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz (fiction, short stories)

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (fiction)

Zona by Geoff Dyer (non-fiction, memoir and film)

~Ali B.

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