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Poll: Best Book You’ve Read in 2012?

I’ve been going back and forth on this: What is the best book I’ve read in 2012? Since “best” is vague and not too helpful, I’m just going to throw out a few candidates, since I can’t decide:

The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam

Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold

I readInfinite Jestby David Foster Wallace…again.

Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh Macleod

Honorable Mention: The Bridges of Madison County because I’ve never laughed so hard while reading.

How about you? Best books of 2012 to date?

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  • Spencer July 23, 2012, 11:48 am

    Best books I’ve read in 2012?

    The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides for sure.

    Essays by Wallace Shawn was fantastic!

    I am currently reading Infinite Jest, and that will make my list for sure.

    King’s On Writing, which I will finish this week, also on the list.

    Rich Dad, Poor Dad will make my honorable mention list for reasons similar to your Bridges.

    • Josh Hanagarne July 23, 2012, 1:45 pm

      Man, you and the Marriage Plot.

      I think Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of the most obnoxious books in existence.

      • Spencer July 23, 2012, 2:59 pm

        I like what I like, what can I say?

        YES! Unfettered jingoism and nonsensical business/finance-ish jargon like you have never seen. I have never before completed a book where I was repeatedly called an idiot so many times in so few pages.

  • Boris Bachmann July 23, 2012, 6:54 pm

    I liked “Ignore Everybody”! http://squatrx.blogspot.com/2010/06/tools-crutches.html

    Hmm, best reads of the year… I’ll have to think about this one…

  • Mich July 23, 2012, 11:18 pm

    Don’t know about “best”: going with the ones I enjoyed the most.

    – Cut Time: An Education at the Fights by Carlo Rotella
    – Black Site by Dalton Fury
    – Two Whole Cakes by Lesley Kinzel
    – Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man by Jay Atkinson

  • Kay July 24, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer

    • Josh Hanagarne July 24, 2012, 2:02 pm

      Thanks Kay. I saw an interview with him not long ago. Very interesting.

  • Boris Bachmann July 24, 2012, 10:28 pm
  • Laura July 25, 2012, 1:01 pm

    Game of Thrones books, I enjoyed these for the first half of the year. Need a new fiction book so will check out some of the recommendations (not Bridges of Madison County!)

    • Josh Hanagarne July 25, 2012, 1:16 pm

      did you have a favorite in the Martin books? I still think the third one was the greatest.

      • Laura July 25, 2012, 1:33 pm

        The third volume was excellent. I read them back to back so they have all merged into one long (unfinished!) book for me.