So last year, toward the end of December, we discussed the possibility of writing a BEST BOOKS OF 2011 list. But we didn’t come on the scene or whatever until late August, so we clearly couldn’t write with any authority about the best releases January through July. And even from August on, we didn’t review a ton of books, as we were trying to get our footing/figure out what the heck we were doing/write quality reviews.
But we’ve planned out 2012 pretty well, focusing on reviewing the most prominent/important releases. We’ve missed a few we wish we could have reviewed—books by Adam Wilson, John Green, Sheila Heti, etc.—but there’s only so much time, and so many of us.
Still, we’re pretty happy about what we’ve reviewed, about 2012 as a year in literature. So through today, a little more than halfway through this calendar year, here’s our top five—in no order, because because. Continue reading