Favorite Books of 2012


Admittedly, I haven't read as much this year as I have in the past. I've been writing too much, trying to wrap up my dissertation. In so many respects, I really see the process of writing as the sister to reading: they're bound together in mysterious and inexplicable ways.  

  1. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan.
  2. The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker.
  3. In Praise of Love, by Alain Badiou.
  4. A Thousand Mornings, by Mary Oliver.
  5. Derrida: A Biography, by Benoit Peeters.
  6. How We Think, by N. Katherine Hayles.
  7. Sympathy of Things, by Lars Spuybroek.
  8. Shape of Design, by Frank Chimero.
  9. American Nietzsche, by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen.
  10. Weird Realism, by Graham Harman.

While I still haven't finished Murakami's 1Q84, it's slowly reaching the top of my night stand. Also, by far and away, my favorite book cover this year goes to Jonathan Haidt's, The Righteous Mind, designed by Stefan Sagmeister. Additionally, the most important book that I've read this year was, A Man with a Blue Scarf, by Martin Gayford.