Monday, July 2, 2012

The 10 best books of the year so far? According to Flavorpill, yes.

In today's email from Flavorpill, the powers that be have  come up with their idea of the ten best books of 2012 so far.  You can read the whole article here, but here's the rundown:

1. The Orphan Master's Son, by Adam Johnson -- loved it

2. Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan --  which everyone on the planet loved except for me

3. Threats, by Amelia Gray --  haven't read this one but looks intriguing

4. When I Was A Child I Read Books, by Marilynne Robinson -- which I probably won't read, because again I was the only one on the planet who seems to have disliked her other novels

5. I Am An Executioner: Love Stories, by Rajesh Parameswaran -- already on the tbr pile

6. Narcopolis, by Jeet Thayil -- loved it, absolutely; I'm drawn to bizarrely good books

7.  Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation, by Tom Bissell -- probably not for me

8. Are You My Mother:  A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel -- probably not for me

9. Bring up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel -- awesome book, the 2nd in Mantel's Oliver Cromwell series

== and last but not least,==

10. The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker -- this month's Indiespensable pick from Powell's.

Each of their picks has a little blurb and  links directly to Amazon. 



  1. I've only read the top two and wasn't that impressed by either. I'm not a fan of Marilynne Robinson or Hilary Mantel so won't read those, but Narcopolis and Are You My Mother? are on my TBR pile. Hopefully I'll enjoy them.

    1. I really thought I was the only non-Robinson fan. Some time back my book group read her Gilead and it took every ounce of strength I had just to finish it. Needless to say I couldn't contribute much that was positive!


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