Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Faves of 2012

Flipping Pages AgainNovels and Stories
Edem Awumey’s Dirty Feet (Trans. Lazer Lederhendler 2011, novel)
David Bergen’s The Age of Hope (2012, novel)
Megan Mayhew Bergman’s Birds of a Lesser Paradise (2012, stories)
Lauren B. Davis’ Our Daily Bread (2011, novel)
Helen deWitt’s Lightning Rods (2011, novel)
Rawi Hage’s Carnival (2012, novel)
Robert Hough’s Dr. Brinkley’s Tower (2012, novel)
Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth Series (2010-, graphic novels)
Z.Z. Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (2003, stories)
Pamela Porter’s I’ll Be Watching (2011, novel in verse YA)
Corey Redekop’s Husk (2012, novel)
Carrie Snyder’s The Juliet Stories (2012, novel in stories)
Patrick Somerville’s The Cradle (2009, novel)

Re-reads, Verse, Single story, Non-fiction, Kidlit
Alice Munro’s Who Do You Think You Are? (1978)
Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad (2005)

George Elliot Clarke’s Execution Poems (2001, verse)
Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s Crow Planet (2009, NF nature)
Cornelia Hoogland’s Woods Wolf Girl (2011, verse)

Heather Birrell’s “BriannaSusannaAlana” (from Mad Hope, 2012, stories)

Peggy Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter (2011, NF gender)

Kyo Maclear’s Virginia Wolf Illus. Isabelle Arsenault (2012, kids)
Mariko Tamaki’s Skim (2008, YA)
Rebecca Upjohn’s The Secret of the Village Fool Illus. Renne Benoit (2012, kids)


4 comments to Faves of 2012

  • No AMM The Way the Crow Flies? 🙂 I really want to read Dr Brinkley’s Tower and The Juliet Stories. They are on my list anyway…

    • Part of me wanted to include it, because it is SUCH a compelling story, and because few books last year were so all-absorbing as that one was when I was reading it. But all of the others had something deliberate and skillful about the writing that I feel I can pinpoint and specifically admire, and I couldn’t identify that element with AMM’s novel. In fact, I kept marvelling at how it worked even though it was sprawling and expansive and a bit messy in its construction…maybe that’s the marvel in it after all, in which case I should definitely include it! (Besides, narrowing it to 13 out of more than 200 books is a bit unreasonable, right?)

  • hmm, i don’t think we have talked about david bergen’s ‘the age of hope’. it is one i wished i liked more. glad to see dr. brinkley on your list — i own it but haven’t yet read the novel (though i am truly keen to do so even if my pacing indicates otherwise. heh.)

    • I can’t believe this is the first comment you’ve left here *waves* And I think you’re right, we never discussed Hope, but we never discuss Margaret Atwood’s writing either! *grins* I hope you enjoy Dr. Brinkley’s Tower more than you enjoyed Hope, and I completely understand how one can be burning to read a particular book and, yet, not get around to reading it for weeks, er, years even. It’s crazy how it happens…but it happens to me too.

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