The Best Books of 2012 According To:

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I really wish I had the time and dedication I used to have when I could spend a whole weekend devouring a book. Now, the only time where I actually read, it’s when I’m on a plane where we usually have very limited options: sleep, read, or stare at the back of the front seat. If you are lucky enough, you might have an electronic device that you can kill the battery. For the rest of us, we need the battery later on.  Nevertheless, hopefully you have more time than I do or travel a lot more than I do and have enough time to read any of these books.

Here’s a compilation of best books of 2012 according to:

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The New York Times

Bring Up the Bodies
Building Stories
A Hologram For the King
NW
The Yellow Birds
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Far From the Tree
The Passage of Power
The Patriarch
Why Does the World Exist

Dwight Garner

Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Glück
Fire in the Belly
Wild
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays
Far From the Tree
The Richard Burton Diaries
Red Plenty
Spillover
Alien Vs. Predator: Poems by Michael Robbins

Michiko Kakutani

The Passage of Power
A Hologram for the King
The Yellow Birds
Telegraph Avenue
The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
The Revolution Was Televised
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace
Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings
Hallucinations

Janet Maslin

Bring Up the Bodies
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Where’d You go, Bernadette
Truth Like the Sun
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Gone Girl
Arcadia
Watergate
Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle To Save the World
The One: The Life and Music of James Brown

New York Magazine
Kathryn Schulz

1. Dear Life
2. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
3. Why Does the World Exist
4. Zona
5. Telegraph Avenue
6. Mortality
7. Object Lessons
8. When I Was a Child, I Read Books
9. Into the Silence
10. House of Stone

Washington Post

House of Stone
Iron Curtain
Marigold
Why Nations Fail
Arcadia
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Bring Up the Bodies
Broken Harbor
Canada

Slate

Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Bring Up the Bodies
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story
Gone Girl
Journalism
The Lifespan of a Fact
NW
The Unreal and the Real
Wild

Entertainment Weekly

Rob Brunner

Bring Up the Bodies
The Orphan Master’s Son
Beautiful Ruins
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
The Newlyweds
The Fault In Our Stars
Gone Girl
Building Stories
This Is How You Lose Her

Tina Jordan

Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Wild
House of Stone
People Who Eat Darkness
The Passage of Power
The Mansion of Happiness
The End of Your Life Book Club
Marbles
No Easy Day
The Violinist’s Thumb

Amazon

The Round House
The Yellow Birds
Gone Girl
The End of Your Life Book Club
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
A Hologram for the King
The Middlesteins
Mortality
The Fault in Our Stars

Publisher’s Weekly

Building Stories
Bring Up the Bodies
The Round House
Happiness Is a Chemical In the Brain
The Devil in Silver
Detroit City Is the Place to Be
All We Know
People Who Eat Darkness
The Barbarous Years
Iron Curtain

The Daily Beast

Lucas Wittmann

The Yellow Birds
The Orphan Master’s Son
Dear Life
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Bring Up the Bodies
Joseph Anton
The Barbarous Years
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Far From the Tree

The Atlantic

Benjamin Schwartz

The Great Sea
Time’s Shadow
Good Behaviour
Bring Up the Bodies
Moscow, 1937

Esquire

Beautiful Ruins
Capital
Good Son
The Yellow Birds
Rule and Ruin
House of Stone
At Last
The Three Day Affair

Christian Science Monitor

Arcadia
Canada
Bring Up the Bodies
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
In the Shadow of the Banyan
Gone Girl
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
The Yellow Birds
The Round House
Alif the Unseen

Huffington Post

Ninety Days
The Yellow Birds
My Heart Is an Idiot
The Lifespan of a Fact
Immobility
Page 1: Great Expectations
Suddenly, A Knock at the Door
Object Lessons
The Elephant Keeper’s Children
Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
No One Is Here Except All of Us
Swimming Home
How Should a Person Be?
Farther Away
Birds of a Lesser Paradise
American Dervish
Swimming Studies
As If
When I Was a Child I Read Books
Gone Girl
This Is How You Lose Her
Penelope
The Fault In Our Stars

The Observer/The Guardian

The Old Ways
La Folie Baudelaire
Hope: A Tragedy
A Room Full of Bones
Broken Harbor
On Poetry
At Last
Iron Curtain
Artful
NW
When It Happens to You
Joy
The Big Screen
A History of Opera
The Old Ways
The Man Within My Head
From the Ruins of Empire
Subliminal
Canada
The Pinecone
The Old Ways
The Forrests
Dirt
A Death in the Family
The Apartment
Skios
The Man Within My Head
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
The Lifeboat
Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace
In Praise of Messy Lives
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
When I Die
Through the Window
Country Girl
Joseph Anton
A Free Man
Missing Out
The Letters of Samuel Beckett Vol. II
Hockney: The Biography
Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure
The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution
Double Cross
A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar
Dear Life
The Plantagenets
The Second World War
As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh
Ignorance: How It Drives Science
Drawing from the City
The Lighthouse
The Cleaner of Chartres

The Telegraph

Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion
Bertie
Lionel Asbo
Iron Curtain
The British as Art Collectors
The Old Ways
Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure
The Plantagenets
The Sleepwalkers
Museum Without Walls
The Guardians
Swimming Home
Bring Up the Bodies
The Daughters of Mars
Another Country
Sightlines
Dangerous Work
Inconvenient People
Becoming Dickens
Traces Remain
They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?
The Dictator’s Learning Curve
Waging Heavy Peace
The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution
Titanic Lives
Bertie
Strindberg: A Life
The Baroness
The Old Ways
The Shadow of the Sword
Dear Life
Bertie
Merivel
Double Cross
New Ways to Kill Your Mother
Through the Window
Bring Up the Bodies
Merivel
Flight From Berlin
Sweet Tooth
Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
John Saturnall’s Feast
An Almost English Life

Time

Lev Grossman

Fiction

1. The Fault in Our Stars
2. Bring Up the Bodies
3. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
4. At Last
5. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
6. The Casual Vacancy
7. Building Stories
8. NW
9. Where’d You Go, Bernadette
10. This Is How You Lose Her

Nonfiction

1. Iron Curtain
2. The Passage of Power
3. Far From the Tree
4. My Friend Dahmer
5. Are You My Mother?
6. Wild
7. Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
8. People Who Eat Darkness
9. The First Four Notes
10. The Black Count

Times Literary Supplement

Johann Zoffany RA
Aeneas of Gaza
Zacharias of Mytilene
Drawing to a Close
Ernst Junger and Germany 1914-1945
Profane Illumination
NW
The London Square
In Search of Rex Whistler
London: A History in Maps
Country Girl
The Yellow Birds
The Old Ways
What Light Can Do
Dark Lies the Island
The End of Ulster Loyalism?
My American Revolution
Alfred Jarry
Willy Ronis
Woodlands
The Panopticon
The Heroic Life of George Gissing Vol 3
Elsewhere (published as On Helwig Street in the U.K.)
Mrs. Bridge
Canada
The Sensory World of Italian Renaissance Art
At Last
Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World
If You Sit Very Still

The Economist

The New New Deal
The Immigrant Exodus
Days of God
From the Ruins of Empire
The Passage of Power
Thomas Hobbes
The Richard Burton Diaries
Wanted Women
Titian: His Life
Every Love Story is a Ghost Story
Raffles and the Golden Opportunity
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend
Ivory, Apes & Peacocks
The Pinecone
When I Was a Child I Read Books
Bertie: A Life of Edward VII
Joseph Anton
Iron Curtain
Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine 1958-1962
Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain
The Eagle Unbowed
Why Nations Fail
Private Empire: Exxon Mobil and American Power
The New Industrial Revolution
Freedom’s Forge
Management in 10 Words
Spillover
The Origins of Sex
The Signal and the Noise
Bad Pharma
Ocean of Life
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Far From the Tree
Music as Alchemy.
The Art of the Restaurateur
The Secret Race
Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa’s Deadliest War
Into the Silence
The Old Ways
On Warne
Great Houses of London
Swim: Why We Love the Water
Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach
How to Stay Sane

Fiction:
Bring Up the Bodies
The Forgiven
Toby’s Room
The Dinner
The Garden of Evening Mists
Grimm Tales: For Young and Old
Winter: Five Windows on the Season
Three Strong Women
Yellow Tulips: Poems 1968-2011
Place

NPR

The Odds
Canada
Girlchild
This Is How You Lose Her
Beautiful Ruins
The Brontes: Wild Genius On The Moors
Marmee & Louisa
Elsewhere: A Memoir
My Husband And My Wives: A Gay Man’s Odyssey
Behind The Beautiful Forevers
100 Diagrams That Changed The World
American Ghost
The Art Forger
City Of Women
Travels With Epicurus
Instant: The Story Of Polaroid
The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song
Lies, Knives, And Girls In Red Dresses
The Graphic Canon, Volume 1
The Graphic Canon, Volume 2
My Ideal Bookshelf
Object Lessons
My Heart Is An Idiot
Laura Lamont’s Life In Pictures
The News From Spain: 7 Variations On A Love Story
Dancers Among Us: A Celebration Of Joy In The Everyday
The Middlesteins
The Lifeboat
The Round House
Arcadia
NW
The Orchardist
Fairy Tales From The Brothers Grimm
More Than Human
Flower
Poems 1962-2012
Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant To See
Building Stories
Abstract City
Cindy Sherman
The 20th-Century World Architecture
The Best American Short Stories 2012
Wonder
Starry River Of The Sky
Liar & Spy
Bring Up The Bodies
The Book Of Madness And Cures
The Orphanmaster
The Twelve Rooms Of The Nile
The Orchardist
River Of Smoke
2312
After The Apocalypse
Intrusion
Alif The Unseen
All Yesterdays
The Cold Commands
The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take On Whole Foods
Modern Sauces
The Science Of Good Cooking
Susan Feniger’s Street Food
Hiroko’s American Kitchen: Cooking With Japanese Flavors
Jerusalem: A Cookbook
Canal House Cooks Every Day
The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness In Seattle
Simply Sensational Cookies
Home
Mortality
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail
Brothers: On His Brothers And Brothers In History
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink
Christmas at Eagle Pond
Memorial: A Version of Homer’s Iliad
The Life of Objects
Merge / Disciple
The Towers of Trebizond
America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation
We Learn Nothing
Heft
Among Others
The Double Game
Code Name Verity
Blasphemy
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
The Doctor’s Wife
Dear Life
Battleborn
The Crackle of the Frost
Little White Duck: A Childhood in China
Drama
Gloriana
Saga 1
Wonder Woman 1: Blood

The New Yorker

The Constant Heart
Major/Minor
We Are Taking Only What We Need
Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume V, SL-Z
Fear Of Music
Bewilderment
Gone to the Forest
Nice Weather (based on a true story)
The First Four Notes
Zona
Freedom and the Arts
Bewilderment
Poetic Notebooks
Shake Off
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
The Passage of Power
Portrait of a Novel
Bring Up the Bodies
Maile Meloy
Brothers
Place
India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India
Tombstone
Lenin’s Kisses
Left-handed
Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay
Country Girl: A Memoir
A Choreographic Mind

Vogue

1. The Round House
2. Dear Life
3. My Brilliant Friend
4. Canada
5. Arcadia
6. The Patagonian Hare
7. The Scientists
8. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
9. Yes, Chef
10. Wild

The Seattle Times

Fiction

In the Kingdom of Men
Running the Rift
The Chemistry of Tears
The Orchardist
The Bartender’s Tale
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Winter of the World
The Chaos
The Legend of Pradeep Mathew
Capita
Bring Up the Bodies
Trapeze
Sweet Tooth
Beautiful Ruins
Alif the Unseen

Nonfiction

The Way the World Works
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Dust to Dust—a Memoir
My Heart Is Boundless
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Spillover
The Generals
Joseph Anton
Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man
The Outpost

The Wall Street Journal

Fiction

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid
Tell the Wolves I’m Home
A Naked Singularity
Earth and Air
Absolution
The Orphan Master’s Son
The Thief
John Saturnall’s Feast
NW
At Last

Nonfiction

Iron Curtain
The Endgame
The Founders and Finance
Sincerity
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The Wives
The Astaires
The Signal and the Noise
Connectome
A Man and His Ship

Compilation Taken from The Daily Beast

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