I asked everyone on the LT staff to put together a list of their five favorite reads from 2012. Here’s what they came up with:
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann.
Why Big Fierce Animals are Rare: An Ecologist’s Perspective by Paul A. Colinvaux.
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl (with my son).
The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro.
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeannette Winterson.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham.
The Fourth Part of the World by Toby Lester.
The Icon Handbook by Jon Hicks.
The Art of Urban Sketching by Gabriel Campanario.
The Road to Ubar by Nicholas Clapp.
Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer by Wesley Stace.
The Passage of Power by Robert Caro.
The Rector and the Rogue by W.A. Swanberg (the new edition edited by Paul Collins).
The Social Conquest of Earth by E.O. Wilson.
The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann.
Honorable mentions here for The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King and PYG: The Memoirs of a Learned Pig by Russell A. Potter. NB: I always post a top ten fiction and a top ten non-fiction list on my blog on December 31, so check in there at the end of the year for the complete list.
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.
Kate gives an honorable mention to Pulphead: Essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan.
The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks.
In the Woods by Tana French.
The Riyria Revelations (series) by Michael J. Sullivan.
Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook.
Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Hunter.
PHP Master: Write Cutting-Edge Code by Davey Shafik.
What were your favorite 2012 reads? Come tell us here.