The Nominees for 2012

The nominees are in for 2012. No, I’m not talking about Iowa. I’m talking about nominees for the 2012 Andys, of course. The list of books I read last year seems to have a pretty good variety to me. (What’s your opinion?) But certain trends may be discernible. Below you’ll find:

  • five books at least fifty years old
  • a number of fiction and nonfiction bestsellers
  • some new fiction
  • a couple of history selections
  • several IVP titles (not ones I read prior to publication but after) and a few from other Christian authors
  • two “professional improvement” titles

Here are the books I’ve read and listened to, listed in the order I completed them. (Seeing the movie version didn’t count.)

Beatrice & Virgil, Yann Martel

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Defending Constantine, Peter Leithart
Hannah Coulter, Wendell Berry
The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
Merchants of Culture, John Thompson
South of Broad, Pat Conroy
Foundation, Isaac Asimov
The Good & Beautiful God, James Bryan Smith
Half the Sky, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
The Early Work of Philip K. Dick, Volume One, Philip K. Dick

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thorton Wilder
Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond
Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis
The Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsythe
God Behaving Badly, David Lamb
Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl
Jesus the Temple, Nicholas Perrin

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Feed, M. T. Anderson
Love Wins, Rob Bell
Unbroken, Lauren Hillenbrand
Made to Stick, Dan Heath & Chip Heath
Born Standing Up, Steve Martin
The Prodigal God, Timothy Keller
Our Kind of Traitor, John le CarrΓ©
Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

The next post will feature the much-anticipated awards.

Author: Andy Le Peau

I've been an editor and writer for over forty years. I am passionate about ideas and how we can express them clearly, beautifully, and persuasively. I love reading good books, talking about them, and recommending them. I thoroughly enjoy my family who help me continue on the path of a lifelong learner.

8 thoughts on “The Nominees for 2012”

  1. Andy, that is an awesome list of books! YOU must be an awesome man! How would I ever know????

  2. Adam

    Twelve-word summaries! Quite a challenge. Twitter worthy. (That’s eight so far–oops, twelve. Now fourteen. Phooey!)


  3. Hmmm, I’m not seeing “God in a Brothel” there. Now is that “Andy behaving badly” or “the prodigal Andy”? πŸ™‚ One mustn’t read just a quarter of the sky–that would be freakonomical. Jesus (in) the Temple might turn out to be Jesus (in) the brothel too–the omnireader’s dilemma! πŸ™‚

  4. I came here to vote for (and now, second the motion to) include (brief) summaries of your winners.

  5. I realized this morning that we didn’t discuss your list of books over vacation. I look forward to your Andys-it helps me start my list for the coming year!

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