The Nominees for 2013 Are In

The world awaits with hushed anticipation. Who will win the 2013 Andys for most, least, worst, longest, shortest, oldest and best books from my 2012 reading list? But first, of course,

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the nominees. Here they are, the books I read outside the office, in the order I finished them, linking them to the edition I had.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
The Lost City of Z, David Grann
Life on the Line, Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas
Tinkers, Paul Harding
Tell Us a Story, John & Edith Bell, edited by Jim and Ruth Bell Nyquist

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The Millennial Maze, Stan Grenz
SuperFreakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
The Throne, The Lamb & the Dragon, Paul Spilsbury
Forged by War, Candie Blankman
Churchill, Paul Johnson
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes, Kenneth E. Bailey
Dark Matter, Philip Kerr

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The Connected Child, Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross & Wendy Lyons Sunshine
For One More Day, Mitch Albom
The Man Time Forgot, Isaiah Wilner
The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni
In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson
Adapt, Tim Harford

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I Is an Other, James Geary
Beyond Racial Gridlock, George Yancey
Modern Times, Paul Johnson

Now what are your nominees for best, worst, most, least books that you read this past year?

3 responses to “The Nominees for 2013 Are In”

  1. HI,
    My favorite books this year:

    1. Bloodlands (T. Snyder)
    2. Aftershock (R. Reich)
    3. Winston Churchills War (M. Hastings)
    4. Custer Died for Your Sins (V. Deloria)
    5. Faith Seeking Understanding (D. Migliore)
    6. The Storm of War (A. Roberts)
    7. Catherine the Great (R. Massie)
    8. Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky)

    (If books don’t grab me by page 50 I dump them!!!!!!)
    Thanks for your list!!!!! I will put them on my list!!!!!!
    Have a great New Year.
    PS Bloodlands is a hard book to read…it is an account of the liquidations of huge populations in Poland and the Ukrane from the 30’s to the end of WWII. It is a mind bending mirror of the evil in our historical back yard. Prepare to shudder and need long periods of silence.

  2. Lou, you are my kind of reader–lots of history.

    Bloodlands sounds like it has some overlap with Modern Times which maybe doesn’t go into as much detail as Bloodlands but chronicles the massive killing fields across the globe in the last century. So much for the triumph of the Enlightenment!

  3. I am happy that you read Magic Kingdom–Sold.
    The portrayal of the increasing risks of doing what is right strikes me as very real. I also liked his royal band of his not-so-desirable helpers. Like Ben, men may not realize how much a word from a woman is so very necessary. Many times I have not made use of this precious resource when I needed it most, fie on me. A man might face the worst danger imaginable for the woman he loves, Ben did. I read this story almost every year. I’m reading it again now.