The Millions’ Year in Reading: 2012

December 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

The 2012 edition of The Millions’ Year in Reading series is already in full swing. Among notable early contributors: Emma Straub, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Gideon Lewis-Kraus.

As editor C. Max Magee says:

Their charge was to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era.

Reading these posts is a delightful exercise in serendipity and discovery. Quite often we don’t get a feel of a book as having special meaning until we have set it down and let it be absorbed into our blood. For every author sure to gush about an unrisky, popular title, say Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, there is one who might enlighten you to a long out-of-print collection of essays that the author found while visiting a sick relative and which today can only be found on Alibris.

It is also a joy to compare notes on books you’ve happened to have read yourself.

The main page can be found here, and it will be updated with links as the series gets updated, for easy maneuvering. I strongly recommend not falling too far behind, if you can help it. It is worth it to pace yourself.

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