critic’s picks – best books of 2012

Bring-up-Bodies-Hilary-MantelAs most folks know, I don’t get around to books right away. Even the paperbacks that I purchase on initial release mostly sit stacked in the corner of my apartment, so clearly I haven’t gotten around to any of these. I will probably refer to this list for purchases next year and in years to come, and about now am referencing last year’s list. Stay tuned for the best of what I read this year.

  • The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg – Am
  • Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon – MK
  • This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz – Ti
  • Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers – Am, MK, NYT, SFG
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich – Am, PW, SFG
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Am, JM
  • Canada by Richard Ford – WP
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain – Am, JM, SFG, Ti, WP
  • Broken Harbor by Tana French – WP
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Am, Ti
  • Arcadia by Laren Groff – JM, WP
  • The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson – Am
  • The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle – PW
  • Truth Like the Sun by Jim Lynch – JM
  • Watergate by Thomas Mallon – JM
  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel – Am, JM, NYT, PW, Ti, WP
  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis – MK
  • Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan – Am
  • Dear Life by Alice Munro – SFG
  • Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain by Lucia Perillo – PW
  • The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers – Am, MK, NYT
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – Ti
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple – JM, Ti
  • NW by Zadie Smith – NYT, Ti
  • At Last by Edward St. Aubyn – Ti
  • The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente  – Ti
  • Building Stories by Chris Ware – NYT, PW, Ti, WP

I feel like my suppliers for top ten book lists has shrunken, anyone have any other good lists?

Am – Amazon, JM – Janet Maslin, MK – Michiko Kakutani, NYT – New York Times, PW – Publisher’s Weekly, SFG – SFGate, Ti – Time, WP – Washington Post

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