Best of Best of 2012

6 Middleton


10 Eye-Catching Reads For The Book Lover On Your List (NPR)


Most Likely to Succeed

The Year’s Best Science Fiction Crosses Galaxies And Genres (NPR)



Most Predictable (Tie)

The 10 Best Books of 2012 (The New York Times Book Review)

Salman Rushdie’s Memoir & Other Favorite Books of 2012 (Daily Beast)

Oh REALLY—Hilary Mantel wrote an awesome book?

2 Straub

Most Comprehensive

Best Books of 2012 (Financial Times)

Not sure if these are the best books of 2012 or just all the books from 2012.


Best Crowdsourced List

Goodreads Choice Awards (Goodreads)

On the one hand, we respect a good, democratic process….

Worst Crowdsourced List, or List From Which We Will Never Read Any of the Choices

Goodreads Choice Awards (Goodreads)

On the other hand, this list is a walk through a virtual Bargain Bin. So much mediocrity and shitty cover design.

3 Rothbart

Best List of Books By or About David Foster Wallace


What? It’s the best one.


Most Inappropriately Named List for YA Books

The Year’s Outstanding ‘Backseat’ Reads, For Ages 9 To 14 (NPR)


Best List Drinkin’ that Hatorade

25 Notable Books Unfairly Overlooked by The New York Times (Flavorwire)

4 Boo.

Best Gifts for Fathers-in-law/Retired White Males

Time Passages: The Year’s Best Historical Fiction (NPR)

Tired of avoiding conversations about Glenn Beck? Give him some real history to read.

Best List from the Paper in Tommy Boy’s Town

The Best Books of 2012 (Sandusky Register)


Best List of Books You Will Think About Reading Before Reading Bring Up the Bodies Instead

The Overlooked Books of 2012 (Slate)

5 Mantel

Best Rip-Off of Fiction Advocate’s Best of 2011 List, or Best List That Has to Compete with Animals Doing People Things

The Best Books We Read in 2012 (Buzzfeed)

– Fiction Advocate


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