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Best Books of 2012

I recently asked some knowledgeable book people for the best books they’d read in 2012 (whether they were published this year or not.) Since I’m a reader as well as a writer, I’m always looking for something interesting to read. I loved the suggestions–I’d only heard of about a third of the titles, so my 2013 reading list is already underway. Dig in, see what you love, what you don’t know, what you maybe didn’t like as well as these people did, and feel free to add your own comments to the list below.

The Story of Little Orphan Courtenay, Written and Illustrated by Sara Paretsky

Ayo Onatade & Kelly Hager – Attica Locke’s The Cutting Season

Sara Jayne Townsend, Linda Gustavson, Izzanie Ismail, & Stephanie Wilkinson Hargett – Stephen King’s 11.22.63

Bob Calder – Rebecca Stott’s Darwin’s Ghosts

Lisa Eichholtz & Mary Kay Thompson – Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Jeffrey Robert Broido – Cornell Woolrich’s Night Has a Thousand Eyes

Debra Polk – Beth McMullen’s To Sin Again

Shirley Schwartz – Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance

Pema Newton – Malla Nunn’s The Silent Valley

Beverly Henrich – J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy

Robert Coupée – Molly Ringwald’s When it Happens to You

Patrice Brown – Tana French’s Broken Harbor

Susan Hewitt – Michael Buckley’s The Sister’s Grimm

Stephanie K. Eller – Robert Caro’s The Passage of Power

Christine Morton – Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies

Ken Eisenstein – Chad Hardbach’s The Art of Fielding, Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Pattern, A Rumor of War by Phillip Caputo

 

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