Here’s what I have to say about books in 2012: Thank god fiction has gotten better. I dunno what it was about 2011, but it was a bummer year for fiction. Nothing felt all ohh-la-la and you have to read this. It all felt, “eh, it was okay.” But 2012?
In 2012 I vowed to read more books by women. It’s nothing I’ve ever paid attention to before and consequently the list of authors on my Amazon Wish List read like a surgeon’s roster of patients who had undergone successful vasectomies. I like to read what I want to read
Of the books I read in 2012, most of my favorites are again from science fiction and fantasy. 1. The Twelve by Justin Cronin This is the second book in Justin Cronin’s monster epic about twelve virals (vampire-like creatures) created during a government experiment gone wrong. The Twelve continues their
My fantasy year started with the Summer of Harry, which called for re-reading all seven of the Harry Potter books. Very good prep for the Books & Bars HP meeting in July, the MPR HP Trivia game at the State Fair, and the final movie, HP 7.2. But that wasn’t
Just like many pop culture nerds, I too like to impose arbitrary rules on any list I make. I think it imbibes the list with some significance, importance, or something else that lists of crap don’t have naturally. For this year’s list of Favorite Reads, I gave myself two rules.
Either the past year in books didn’t have the same crash-bang-pow as 2010 or else I just did a meh job of finding the new and the hot to stain with my saliva. I figured out pretty early on that this list would never have the purity of being a
While I study top ten lists somewhat obsessively, I haven’t defined the qualities necessary for a book to make my own “top” list. What follows are the first ten books I thought of when I looked back over the year (in no particular order). I have recommended all of them
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