June 5, 2012

Armchair BEA: Best of 2012

Posted in Book Talk tagged , , , , , , at 2:51 pm by The Word Jar

I’ll admit it. I cannot keep up with the Literary Joneses. I will never in my lifetime finish my “to read” list, yet I add to it almost daily. I add old books; I add new books. I read old books; I read new books. Yet I can’t seem to get my act together enough to read the “it” books when everyone else does. Case in point: I added The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern to the list when I heard about it during BEA 2011, and I’m just now getting around to reading it. Not that I haven’t been salivating to read it all year, it’s just that other books, equally saliva-inducing, pop up, too. With this disclosure, I offer up my list of the Best of 2012, in no particular order and with no particular guarantee that they will be read anytime soon.

Stay Awake by Dan Chaon–This is the only 2012 book I’ve read so far, and it wouldn’t matter what year it was published in, this would make the list. A collection of ethereal dream-like short stories. Simply entrancing.

The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker by Janet Groth–A tell-all from a receptionist at the New Yorker? I think this sounds better than any Real Housewives of [Fill in the City]. But that’s how this bookworm rolls.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson–A memoir by The Bloggess must be required reading for bloggers, right? I’ve only heard great things about this one, but even if it doesn’t live up to expectations, how can you not love that cover?

What I Did by Christopher Wakling–A story about a little boy who runs into a busy street and the consequences of that action, told from the boy’s POV.

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz–I read part of one of the stories in this collection in the BEA Buzz Books from Publishers Lunch (via NetGalley), and the voice was fantastic. With a line like “she treats me like I ate somebody’s favorite kid,” I’m in.

Be sure to let me know what you’ve loved or what you’re looking forward to this year. I’ll be stopping by other Armchair BEA blogs, but the more suggestions, the merrier.



  1. Cassie said,

    I have Stay Awake sitting on my nook waiting to be read. I hear so many good things and yet I still haven’t picked it up. I think we have the same problem – never ending to-read list.

    • The Word Jar said,

      Too many books to read…what a great problem to have! Definitely make the effort for Stay Awake.

      • Cassie said,

        I will add it to my short list now. Thank you!

  2. Libby said,

    Let’s Pretend this Never Happened is starting to pull into the lead with the blogs that I have sampled. This is so fun and interesting – seeing what everyone likes! I NEED to read the Night Circus too. Its just, yea, a lot going on….books showing up in the mail…you know…

    • The Word Jar said,

      I love books showing up in the mail. Perhaps that’s why my reading list is so long!

  3. Jenny said,

    I actually picked up books at BEA 10 that I was excited about and STILL have not read, LOL!! So don’t feel bad. I actually want to read ALL those books, and What I Did is on the way to me so yay!!

    • The Word Jar said,

      Oh good! I feel much better that you’re two years behind! 🙂 Did you make it to BEA this year, too? Jealous!

  4. Lisa M. said,

    You know, I have seen Let’s Pretend This Never Happened on several blogs now. That must mean something…going to check it out!

  5. Hi, looks like we have a lot in common. My TBR pile and wish list is always evolving and I always have something to read.

  6. I’m right there with you, I’ll never finish my TBR either.

    Let’s Pretend this Never Happened sounds hilarious!

  7. Laura Ashlee said,

    I have Let’s Pretend This Never Happened in my reading pile. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it.

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