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This post is out of control. I read lots of books this year, most were great, some were not. The books are broken up into three categories: graphic novels/comics, non-fiction, and fiction. Within each category they are ranked 1 out of 5 (5 is best) and alpahbetically within each ranking. If you get overwhelmed, just look at the top five below then go read them.
For number junkies, here is a stat breakdown:
These are books I read in 2012, not books that were published in 2012.
graphic novel; historical fiction // the interactions of a journalist, art student, and others culminate on may day 1929 in berlin. one of the more story-focused graphic novels i’ve read while still maintaining incredible art work
graphic novel; fiction // picking up immediately after may day 1929, socialism, nationalism, and american jazz come together to continue this perfectly-told story
graphic novel; autobiographical // david’s dark yet beautiful illustrations are full of emotion as they tell the tale of the great-lengths his desperate parents went to in trying to cure his brother’s epliepsy
comic; fiction // zombie novel written in the second person
comic; panels // hilarious and demented comics from Nate’s webcomic
graphic novel; autobiographical // eerie recount of jeffrey dahmer’s highschool years from a classmate’s perspective
comic; fiction // alternative world where superman lands in soviet russia instead of america
comic; autobiographical // relationships, friendships, and cats
comic; autobiographical // life and cats
comic; fiction // emo story of friends parting ways
comic; fiction // gaiman’s take on marvel characters by setting them in an alternative world in 1602
comic; autobiographical // tales from boy scout camp
comic; autobiographical // early 20’s guy, full of awkwardness, trying to figure out girls and life
text book // amazing resource for beginners of writing & drawing
novelized non-fiction // the murder is interesting but it’s really the history of the chicago world’s fair that will keep you engrossed
first-person accounts // fascinating interviews with victims of the gas attack & members of the cult who perpetrated it. don’t read this on the subway.
memoir + advice // general advice for writers but interesting enough for everyone to get something out of this
neuroscience // best book i’ve read on this topic. written not as a self-help book but as an actual understanding of the brain. never trust your brain again.
historical // interesting information about pre-columbus americas but told in a non-interesting way
field guide + humor // lauren lives in brooklyn and went to msu so that makes her great. the book is cute and kitschy.
neuroscience + self-help // more self-help than i expected it to be. interesting information but nothing that stuck out.
horrific crime but the story could be 200 pages shorter if capote hadn’t fallen in love with the murderers
farenheit 451 gets all the attention but this story of a neighborhood and its characters should not be skipped
why did i not read this sooner? great writing about a boy who’s supposed to save the world and doesn’t want to
beautifully written intersecting storylines centering around an event in 1970’s nyc
seen the movie? read the book anyway. cormac tells a story like no one else
typical seeming plot of a sci-fi world after earth’s end but priest’s take on it is extremely creative and surprising
creepy as hell
excellent ending to one of the best adventure books i’ve read
unique storytelling explores the fascinating world of circus life in the early 1900’s
cute short story about a man and his troubled wife. the back of the nyrb version is a total spoiler.
post-apocalyptic satire that goes off-the-wall but finishes nicely
no surprise that the story of a man going through a break-up is a real downer. don’t read if already depressed. or single.
fun story with a bit more depth than the movie version
great descriptions and characters of a psychiatric hospital. also the first book i saw someone else reading on the subway while i was also reading it
same simplistic writing style, unique for a western
kids killing kids in japan. lack of main character makes for interesting read
who knew a short story about chess would be so engrossing
horribly depressing story of stalin’s labor camps, appalling but worth reading
a little creepy, a lot pretentious
old people save everything. obligatory reading as i trek through the dark tower series
future dystopia + ocean’s 11-style team + verbose writing
best description of a bleak hopeless dystopian setting but with far too many words that describe nothing
academia satire that’s a bit muddled in the middle but pays off well
strangely entertaining historical fiction & dry satire set in early 1900’s ny
note the title difference! a world where social hierarchy is determined by the color spectrum you see. just as interesting as it sounds (very)
odd semi-autobiographical story. not my favorite vonnegut
hilarious take on nursery rhymes. jasper fforde is my new favorite
great sense of humor and a fun new take on fairy tales
short-stories sort of related but all go nowhere
dull short story about a janitor with a dark secret that’s supposed to be shocking but the experimental fiction writing-style muddles things up