What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

It's that time of year: The internet is littered with best books lists for 2012. But why let critics and publishers get the last word? What was your favorite book this year?

It's December, which is the unofficial "taking stock" month of the Internet. And one of the Internet's favorite year-end topics focuses on the best book of 2012.

There are plenty of takes to choose from, like the newsy list, the most-purchased list, the best-as-voted-by-social-media-users list, the traditional list, the contrarian publication's list. We could go on.

But now it's time to hear from you. What was the best book you read in 2012? And best, of course, is subjective. It can mean your favorite, the one you thought was crafted best, the one you thought was most thought-provoking. Or fun. Or important. It's up to you.

Got a favorite book you read in 2012? Use the comments section below to tell us what it was and why you loved it.

Rosemarie Ryan December 14, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Two kisses for Maddie by Matthew Logelin. It is a memoir about love & loss. Born and bred in Minnesota, Matt Logelin was a project manager at Yahoo! until he left the company to focus on writing this book and raising his daughter, Madeline. The two live in Los Angeles, traveling often to see as much of the world as possible. Please visit them at mattlogelin.com
Becca Manning December 14, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I'm a sci-fi/fantasy reader and really enjoyed "The Rook" by Daniel O'Malley. I also laughed out loud at "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" by Jenny Lawson.
Richard Schneider December 14, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Richard Schneider Deluded Blood By Jenna Moquin. Jenna grew up in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High. Her story that takes place in Boston and centers around the friendship between a vampire and an aging priest. There is a battle between vampires and humans that grows so epic only one vampire survives. This vampire is left with the decision to either remain the last one, or continue the race by turning more humans into vampires.
Pat Larkin December 14, 2012 at 05:26 PM
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by McCullough, David Art, literature, medicine, architecture, science: In the late 19th & early 20th centuries, Americans who would become well-known to us were exposed to so many innovations and relatonships which later enhanced all those professions and our life in America. David McCullough brings history and past heroes to life in this amazing look at what travelers on the Continent did for America. The title sounds like a snooze, but the book is well-written and very interesting.
Kevin Kelly December 14, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Blades of Grass by Charlie McGonagle The Charlestown Connection by Tom MacDonald The "Real" Town by Stephen Doherty


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