Isn’t it hard to believe it’s already December. I’m working on store promotions for January 2012! Until today the weather hasn’t made it feel like the holiday season either. One of the big clues that it’s the end of the year are the “best of” lists rolling out from various newspapers and magazines. I like The Millions Year in Reading approach which asks various book folk to list their favorite reads of the year.
Some of my favorite novels of the year are The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt, The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson, Salvage the Bones by Jessmyn Ward, Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones, Zone One by Colson Whitehead, Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine. Looking at my reading list, I realize that I didn’t read much nonfiction this past year. That’s something I’d like to change. I just finished reading The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson which is set in North Korea. It’s made me want to read more about the country and its crazy leader. Where to start though?
I’d like to add two of my current favorites: the small but fun book, Why Read Moby-Dick? and the dreamlike The Cat’s Table.