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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bookseller Top Tens! Part Two

You thought I forgot, didn't you.  It's okay, I would have thought that too.  I was just waiting until you were no longer burnt out from end-of-the-year, top-ten lists.  Clever, aren't I?  After great delay, here is the much hankered after, second edition of Bookseller Top Tens (Part One, here).  As a reminder, these lists are top ten books read in 2012, no matter when they were published.  Here goes!

Terry at Lake Forest Park
Despite instruction that the lists didn't need to be in any kind of order, Terry has labeled his number ones...what's more, he even separated his lists into fiction and non-fiction.  So organized!

Andrew at Ravenna
In one last brave, bookseller act before he heads off into the sunset, here is Andrew's top ten.  Happy trails, Andrew, we'll miss you!
  1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  2. Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  3. City of Thieves by David Benioff 
  4. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  5. Bender by Dean Young
  6. The Puppet and The Dwarf by Slavoj Zizek
  7. Love : An Index by Rebecca Lindberg 
  8. Lamberto Lamberto Lamberto by Gianni Rodari
  9. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain 
  10. Guide to Getting It On by Paul Joannides
Adam at Lake Forest Park
Adam is one of my all-time favorite book recommend-ers (he's great for movies too).  His tastes are unusual, eclectic, often unknown, but always interesting.  It's a good idea to pay attention to what Adam is reading.
Emily M. at Ravenna
We got ourselves another Top Eleven...wouldn't you know it, the other person who picked eleven; also named Emily (Check out Top Tens Part One).  Cheaters!  I wonder if all Emilys are cheaters.  Well, I suppose they are forgiven, but I've got my eye on them.
Jessica B. at Lake Forest Park
One of the great things about the top ten lists is finding out who has similar tastes.  Turns out, I should probably read some of Jessica's picks, because there are quite a few on her list that I have loved.  Also, I think she has the best title...The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? Question Mark!
Owen at Ravenna
Owen says that his number one for the year is How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti.  I don't know, Owen.  You tell me.  How should a person be?
Jane at Lake Forest Park
Jane is another bookseller who had trouble narrowing her favorites down.  But she says that her #1 of 2012 is Leon and Louise, but that is subject to fluctuation...depending on the day...and the weather.
Annie at Lake Forest Park
Annie says that Garth Nix is her second favorite author after Michael Ende.  Well, Garth Nix is pretty awesome, so maybe we should check out this Michael Ende character.
  1. A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
  2. Hold Me Closer Necromancer/Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride
  3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  4. Heir to the Empire: The 20th Anniversary Edition by Timothy Zahn
  5. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  6. Passion Play by Beth Bernobich
  7. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente
  8. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  9. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
  10. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Erin B. at Ravenna
Hey!  That's me!  Saved the best for last...am I right?
So that's it.  A great sampling of what we loved last year.  And already we are hard at work on our 2013 lists.