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Most definitely not the number of books I read this year. Photo by author.

Most definitely not the number of books I read this year. Photo by author.

I’m reviewing my reading list from 2012 and it’s fairly pathetic. I don’t think there’s ever been a year where I’ve exclaimed, “Gee, I wish I had read fewer books this year.” Even if I had read 100 books, I would wish to have read 200. I’m not going to reveal the number of books I read in 2012 because I’m embarrassed. What I will leave you with is my top 5, in no particular order.

Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat

  • A heartbreaking memoir that highlights the love and family bonds the prevail admidst Haiti’s political turmoil.

It Takes You Over by Nick Healy

  • A fantastic debut collection of short stories that dig deep beyond the surface “ordinariness” of Midwesterners.

A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths by Tony Fletcher

  • A exhaustive examination of one of the most important bands to come out of England in the 1980s.

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

  • Graphic memoirist Bechdel delivers with another thought-provoking, dense, multi-layered story that probes the relationship between mother and daughter.

The Night of the Gun by David Carr

  • An unflinching look at the depths of drug addiction, told by a former Minnesotan who now works for the New York Times.

What are your five favorite books of the year?

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