The Lame Best of 2012 List

December 31, 2012

I was lucky enough to read many good books this year. I could not narrow it down to just ten of fifteen, it simply seemed unfair, too hard and frankly, not much fun. You’ll notice the list includes some classics, some older books as well as new ones; self-published indie books as well as ones by major publishing powerhouses; fiction, non-fiction and everything in between including a children’s book. Basically a list of books I read this year, not necessarily those that were published in 2012.

So without further ado…

Fiction

 

The 100-Year-Old Who Climbed Out Through the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

 

The 100-Year-Old Who Climbed Out Through the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

 

 

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

 

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Pegasus Falling by William E. Thomas

Pegasus Falling by William E. Thomas

The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen

Sikander by M. Salahuddin Kahn

Sikander by M. Salahuddin Kahn

Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr

Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr

The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn

The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

 

 

Shadows Walking by Douglas R. Skopp

 

Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander

 

Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander

 

Non-FictionThe Liberator by Alex Kershaw

The Liberator by Alex Kershaw

 

 Book Review: Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands

 

Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands

 

The Lame Best of 2012 List

 

Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye

  Book Review: Chasing Shadows by Fred Burton

Chasing Shadows by Fred Burton

 

 Book Review: The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael Kaminski

 

The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael Kaminski

 

Guest of Honor by Deborah Davis

 

Guest of Honor by Deborah Davis

 

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal

 

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal

 

Private Empire by Steve Coll

 

Private Empire by Steve Coll

 

Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto by Moshe Arens

 

Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto by Moshe Arens

 

Hell Above Earth by Stephen Frater

 

Hell Above Earth by Stephen Frater

 

When General Grant Expelled the Jews by Jonathan D. Sarna

 

When General Grant Expelled the Jews by Jonathan D. Sarna

 

The Last Gunfight by Jeff Guinn

 

The Last Gunfight by Jeff Guinn

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6 Comments

  • Sam (Tiny Library) December 31, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I love how varied your list is – I’ve got some new book ideas from it 🙂

  • Ryan December 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    You already know that I loved The Dispatcher, and there are a few other books on your list that I want to read. I really want The Guest of Honor, and plan on getting my grubby hands on it in the next year. Have a great new year!

  • Alyce December 31, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Many good books there, and some I want to look at more closely. I don’t think there’s any reason to limit yourself to ten best books if you’ve read more that are excellent. Thanks for sharing your picks with us!

  • Ryan December 31, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I love best of lists! I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve read none of the titles on either of your lists. Shame on me. Happy new year!

  • Laurie C January 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I haven’t read any of them either! I have had Hope: A Tragedy in mind for a while (or it comes to mind again whenever I see it mentioned). Also the 100 Year Old Man etc., Hugo Cabret, and the Carlos Ruiz Zafon!

  • Athira January 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I’m listening to the Rockefeller book right now and it is intriguing. I like the sound of the Jonasson book – have to check it out. Happy New Year!

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