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Best of the “Best” Book Lists 7


I love reading the end of the year “best” book lists that are appearing everywhere. I get lots of ideas of what to read next from these lists. I especially like it when I know the person whose list it is, and when it’s unlike most others that I see. This list, from my good friend Lillian Dabney, fits all those criteria. Here are her 2012 Top Books:
1. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
2. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
3. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick Dewitt
4. This Side of Brightness – Colum McCann
5. Winter Journal – Paul Auster
6. Galore – Michael Crummey
7. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
8. A Supposedly Funny Thing I’ll Never Do Again – David Foster Wallace
9. The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maughm
10. The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe

Those I can’t bear not to mention:
11. Snow Angels – Stewart O’ Nan
12. A Gay and Melancholy Sound – Merle Miller
13. A Few Short Sentences About Writing – Verlyn Klinkenborg
14. The Loss Library – Ivan Vladislavic
15. Under Heaven – Guy Gavriel Kay

And now, I’d love to hear about ten or so of your favorite books from this past year of reading.

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  1. Oh! I love The Razor’s Edge! So good! Here’s my list, in no
    particular order, though The Book Thief is one of my new all time
    favorites. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak The Snow Child – Eowyn
    Ivey The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett The Perks of Being
    a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky The Dovekeepers – Alice Hoffman The
    Graduate – Charles Webb Heaven Lake – John Dalton Blue Asylum –
    Kathy Hepinstall The Cloud Atlas – Liam Callanan (not the popular
    current release) Defending Jacob – William Landay

  2. H says:

    Not one of these books is by a woman.

  3. Cathy Friedman says:

    Because it’s that time of year, for no particular reason, and in no
    particular order, I’ve decided to post the 10 favorite books I’ve
    read this year– not all of them even new. Bring up the Bodies
    (Mantel); Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (Semple);The Orchardist
    (Coplin); The Fault in Our Stars (Green); The Orphan Master’s
    Son(Johnson); Wild (Strayed); Why Read Moby Dick (Philbrick); The
    Pursuit of Happiness (Kalman); The Night Circus (Morgenstern);and
    Dancing at the Rascal Fair (Doig).

  4. Kay Robart says:

    My 10 favorites from last year, some old and some new: The Thousand
    Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell The Darkest Room by
    Johan Theorin Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh Caleb’s Crossing by
    Geraldine Brooks Empire Falls by Richard Russo The Secret Keeper by
    Kate Morton Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson Bring Up
    the Bodies by Hilary Mantel Home by Marilynne Robinson Open by
    Andre Agassi

  5. Brenda Guernsey says:

    My 10 favorites from 2012, in no particular order: Wonder by R. J.
    Palacio, The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe, The Fault
    in Our Stars by John Green, Moonbird: a year on the wind with the
    great survivor B95 by Phillip M. Hoose, The Eighty Dollar Champion
    by Elizabeth Letts, Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff,
    Kayak Morning by Roger Rosenblatt, Visiting Tom by Michael Perry,
    The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Photographer by
    Emmanuel Guibert. Looking forward to what my favorites list for
    2013 will be!

  6. robyn says:

    i was SO happy to see the sisters brothers on someone’s list. it
    was my FAVORITE book of 2011 and i LOVED it. for 2012, it was the
    unlikely pilgrimage of harold fry. so good in such an understated
    way. he didn’t have to drag me on his pilgrimage, i followed
    willingly. i liked it better than the night circus and i LOVED that
    one! so far this year, the one and only ivan by katherine applegate
    has stolen my heart and won’t give it back. i don’t know that i’ll
    come across anything that will get it back for a little while.

  7. Dear Nancy, I love your Book Lust anthologies (and book lists in
    general), but I’m late in coming to your website. Here are my
    favorite books that I read in 2012: Nonfiction: 1. To Travel
    Hopefully: Journal of a Death Not Foretold, Christopher Rush 2.
    Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt, Richard Holloway
    3. An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, Elizabeth
    McCracken 4. Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at
    Sea, Donovan Hohn 5. One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, A
    Marriage, and the Language of Healing, Diane Ackerman Fiction: 1.
    Hope: A Tragedy, Shalom Auslander 2. The Art of Fielding, Chad
    Harbach 3. Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel 4. The Innocents,
    Francesca Segal 5. Seating Arrangements, Maggie Shipstead Best
    wishes, Rebecca Foster

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