January 3, 2013
What Are You Reading? 2012
There are three problems with typical year-end book lists:
I've tried to avoid at least the first two pitfalls (and maybe, by being late, also the third). Even so, please take what follows with a grain of salt. I certainly do.
Despite my temptation to make no list at all, two factors drive me to it:
We book readers need to stick together, and sharing our choice reading with each other is one excellent way to do it.
What follows are actually some lists-within-the-list drawn from among books I read (or reread) in 2012. This list is not complete; I've had to leave some out, lest you nod off.
Note that a book's publication date is irrelevant to its eligibility. This list's criterion is purely idiosyncratic: "Did Jon Boyd finish this book in 2012?" Take it or leave it.
At the end, I'll cave to "Best of" mania and give you a couple gold-medal winners.
Books with Titles That Spell-Check Can't Handle
Books with a Character I Really, Really Can't Stand
Book That Made Me Laugh as Much as Its Title Did
Book That Did Not Make Me Laugh as Much as Its Title Did
Books with Numbers in Their Titles
Good heavens, this category got a little out of control.
Book That Was Originally Part of McSweeney's, vol. 40, but Can Now Be Purchased Separately, Thank Heavens
Annual That's Totally Awesome Every Year
Book That's Actually Better as a Movie
Books That Are Also Great as Movies
Book That's Way Better than the Movie
Book That I Can't Wait to Watch the Movie Of
Best Simultaneous Use of Footnotes and Endnotes
Most Centuries between Two Covers
Hmm. Lots of great books from this particular publisher! ;) I think I'll punt these to a separate post, and also exclude them from the running for a gold medal. Speaking of which:
Nothing sacred about these categories, but these gold-medal winners are books that I'm especially glad I read in 2012.
2012 Gold Medal, Comics
2012 Gold Medal, Professional
2012 Gold Medal, History
2012 Gold Medal, Science
I'd love to hear about your favorites from 2012. Leave us a comment, will you? Happy reading!