Ten Books I Missed from 2012 (With a Poll!)

by Kim on December 31, 2012 · 22 comments

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Not to worry, I didn’t forget about my last book list of 2012: the books that got away. These are books that either came out in 2012 that I wish I had gotten to read or books that I bought in 2012 that have languished on my shelves unread. This list isn’t exclusive to books published in 2012, but includes several books that have come out in the last couple of years. There’s also a poll at the end of this post to help me pick which of the books I bought I should make a priority to read first.

Lifespan of a Fact by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal – In this book, journalist John D’Agata and fact-checker Jim Fingal document their back-and-forth negotiations over the fact-checking in one of D’Agata’s magazine pieces. This book was nearly tailor-written for me… but I haven’t read it yet.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – I loved Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild so much that I bought Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of Strayed’s “Dear Sugar” advice columns, as soon as it came out. But I waited so long for the hype to die down that I never read the book.

Breasts by Florence Williams — In this book, science reporter Florence Williams explores the latest scientific research about, well, breasts. I’ve read many great reviews of this one, but am waiting until the paperback comes out so I can buy a copy myself. May 6, 2013 can’t come soon enough!

The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver – Despite all of my political reading late in 2012, I never got around to statistician extraordinaire Nate Silver’s book about the world of prediction… a massive oversight on my part.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg — This is another book I can’t believe I missed reading. In the book, Charles Duhigg looks at the science of habits and what science can tell us about how to change our own habits. I am trying to read this one right now so I can participate in Joy’s (Joy’s Book Blog) January read-a-long.

Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard — The subtitle of this book — “A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President” — should tell you exactly why I want to read this one. I bought it when it came out in paperback, but it hasn’t made the leap from shelf to reading pile just yet.

The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins — Here’s another book with a subtitle that explains it all: “The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars.” How have I not read this one?

Children of God by Mary Doria Russell – This is an older book that I bought immediately after reading The Sparrow, one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read (Children of God is the sequel). But then I couldn’t bring myself to read it without some distance from The Sparrow, so on the shelf it sits.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – After reading and loving Gone Girl, the buzzy book of the summer, I wanted to read more from Gillian Flynn. I bought Sharp Objects as a Black Friday gift to myself, but haven’t read it yet. Shame!

Arcadia by Lauren Groff — I loved Lauren Groff’s first book, The Monsters of Templeton, and patiently waited to buy Arcadia until it came out in paperback. And then I didn’t read it. But I’m cheating a little, since I signed up to read this one as part of a big reading project with Book Riot and should have it done by the end of the week. Success!

What books did you miss reading in 2012? Any books I missed reading and missed mentioning here? And, take my poll below to help me decide which of these sadly neglected books I should make sure to read this month!

Edited to Add: Not all of the books I listed above are in the poll — just the nonfiction I bought in 2012 but haven’t read yet. So, no options for Arcadia, Children of God, or Sharp Objects and the nonfiction I don’t own yet. Sorry for the confusion!

Which book that I bought and missed reading in 2012 should I read next?

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