This year, both Donovan and I decided to break out lists up into separate posts.  As it turns out, we both read quite a bit. I’ve broken my top books up into three categories. First, books that I read that were published in 2012 (both fiction and non-fiction). Second, fiction books that I read that weren’t published in 2012, and lastly, the top non-fiction books that I read this year.

Top 10 Books (Fiction and Nonfiction) I Read Published in 2012:

10. Blueprints of the Afterlife: A Novel by Ryan Boudinot

9. Calico Joe by John Grisham

8. The Newlyweds: A Novel by Nell Freudenberger

7. Waiting for Sunrise: A Novel by William Boyd

6. The Round House by Louise Erdrich

5. Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich

4. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

3. The Rook: A Novel by Daniel O’Malley

2. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

1. The Age of Miracles: A Novel by Karen Thompson Walker

Top 10 Fiction Books I Read Not Published in 2012:

10. Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

9. Started Early, Took My Dog: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

8. The Hypnotist: A Novel by Lars Kepler

7. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) by George R.R. Martin

6. Embassytown by China Mieville

5. Genesis: A Novel by Bernard Beckett

4. Dracula by Bram Stoker

3. Blindness by José Saramago

2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

1. The Night Circus: A Novel by Erin Morgenstern


Top 10 Nonfiction Books I Read in 2012

10. Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning by Gary Marcus

9. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Sir Ken Robinson

8. The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones by Anthony Bourdain

7. The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler

6. Uncorked: My Journey Through the Crazy World of Wine by Marco Pasanella

5. Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind by Alex Stone

4. Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon

3. Pulphead: Essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan

2. Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich

1. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss



1 Comment Leave a comment
  • Merry McCreery

    I loved a couple of these books, too — Started Early, Took My Dog and The Hypnotist. Maybe I even recommended them to you? Thanks for reading so voraciously. The world could use more readers and thinkers like you.

Leave a Comment