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2012 was actually a surprisingly good year for books. I read more than I had for a while, and most of it was quite good. In terms of volume, I think it may have been that I started really taking books out of the library more regularly; I thought I disliked the pressure to read by a certain date, but it motivated trying to get through things, certainly. In terms of content, well, I guess I just got lucky. ^_^

1. The Better Angels of Our Nature, Steven Pinker
2. The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
3. The School of Night, Louis Bayard
4. Animals Behaving Badly, Linda Lombardi
5. The True Meaning of Smekday, Adam Rex
6. The Magician King, Lev Grossman
7. Last Man in Tower, Aravind Adiga
8. Think of a Number, John Verdon
9. Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, Bill Clegg
10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
11. A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
12. The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee
13. The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
14. Lips Touch, Laini Taylor
15. Otaku Spaces, Patrick Galbraith
16. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
17. The Secret in Their Eyes, Eduardo Sacheri
18. The Ask and the Answer, Patrick Ness
19. Losing Mum and Pup, Christopher Buckley
20. A Corpse in the Koryo, James Church
21. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart
22. The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Emily Danforth
23. They Eat Puppies, Don't They?, Christopher Buckley
24. Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness
25. Dramarama, E. Lockhart
26. Lightning Rods, Helen DeWitt
27. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
28. An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
29. Love Is Not Constantly Wondering If You Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life, Anonymous
30. A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness
31. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace
32. The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht
33. The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt
34. The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh
35. Paper Towns, John Green
36. An Experiment in Love, Hilary Mantel
37. Don't Kill the Birthday Girl, Sandra Beasley
38. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green and David Levithan (re-read)
39. Terrier, Tamora Pierce
40. No Surrender: My Thirty-year War, Hiroo Onoda
41. Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins
42. Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber
43. Discount Armageddon, Seanan McGuire
44. Sorry Please Thank You, Charles Yu
45. Why Does the World Exist?, Jim Holt
46. Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson
47. The Last Policeman, Ben H. Winters
48. Tokyo Vice, Jake Adelstein
49. Mortality, Christopher Hitchens
50. The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon
51. Consider the Lobster, David Foster Wallace
52. Looking for Alaska, John Green
53. Bloodhound, Tamora Pierce
54. A Terrible Splendor, Marshall Jon Fisher
55. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
56. Joseph Anton, Salman Rushdie
57. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Jennifer E. Smith
58. You Killed Wesley Payne, Sean Beaudoin
59. The Revisionists, Thomas Mullen
60. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
61. Black Swan Green, David Mitchell
62. Dear Teen Me, E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally
63. Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor
64. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Richard P. Feynman
65. The Language God Talks, Herman Wouk
66. Return, Peter S. Beagle

Comics and manga read for 2012:
1. The Influencing Machine, Brooke Gladstone with Josh Neufeld
2. Habibi, Craig Thompson
3. Hoshi wa Utau 9, Takaya Natsuki
4. Level Up, Gene Luen Yang
5. Hoshi wa Utau 10, Takaya Natsuki
6. Hoshi wa Utau 11, Takaya Natsuki
7. Junjo Romantica 14, Nakamura Shungiku
8. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
9. Ookiku Furikabutte 1, Higuchi Asa
10. Ookiku Furikabutte 2, Higuchi Asa
11. Are You My Mother?, Alison Bechdel
12. Ookiku Furikabutte 3, Higuchi Asa

Best: The Fault in Our Stars. This teenagers-with-cancer story really could have failed to work properly, and be a sappy, sentimental mess, but it really did come together. Hazel and Augustus and their world seemed very real, funny and sad.

Most recommended: This would be the Magician King, but that's book 2 in a series; it's also potentially TFiOS, as above. But let's say The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Fun, fast, full of pranks and well-phrased feminism.

Worst: Again, I was lucky this year in avoiding reading anything that was truly terrible. Probably the worst thing I read was Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, though.

Most surprisingly good: Hmmm. I actually had more disappointing surprises than good ones, but I think Tokyo Vice turned out to be a better and more affecting book than I'd have predicted. Lots of interesting stories and insights, and there really is growth on the part of Adelstein. It probably helps that I miss Japan a lot these days.

Most disappointing: Not that they were bad, but I was disappointed with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and You Killed Wesley Payne, both of which were supposed to be quite good, and neither of which really made an impact with me. Particularly Wesley Payne, but my expectations weren't as high, so I'd say they're about the same in terms of relative disappointment.

I still have more books to review from this year to catch up on, but I'm looking forward to getting down some very good stuff in the year to come. ^_^


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