The Best Books Read in 2012

Submitted just as the window of year-end reminiscences is closing, this post is my chance to look back at the dozen books that stood out most for me in 2012. I hit some kind of reading slump toward the end of the year, my pace of matching 2011’s total of 60-plus books, well in reach around summertime, taking a hit late to settle for 53 books. Better luck in 2013, I guess. Coming up with this list wasn’t too difficult, nor was selecting one of the 12 as my favorite of the year. It was a book I read early in the year, and nothing I read in the remaining months came (anywhere) close to matching it for ambition, scope, and resonance.

Drum roll, please…

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In the meantime…

After the first couple months of the Time 100 project, where I started and stopped a few times, I now seem to be settling into a good groove, finishing another book off the list every three weeks or so. Since it now looks as if I’ve committed to this project for the long haul, I’ve also spruced up the site a bit.

But when I’m not reading books for this project (or just reading books for fun), I occasionally submit official reviews, all professional-like, to other publications. I figure I may as well use this blog to post about them, too. So you’ll probably be seeing thoughts on other books not in the Time list on this site.

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