2012 favorites: reading

By bonnie, 19 January, 2013

favorite books read in 2012

I meant to write little review posts about each of these and never did. I still might, because I have things I’d like to say about each of them. This year was a totally indulgent reading year. I gravitated towards pure mood and pleasure reading most of the time. These were the notables:

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
The Casual Vacancy
The Last Little Blue Envelope
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
The Fault in Our Stars
Boy Proof
A Storm of Swords
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean


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favorite writing online in 2012

I actively enjoy reading on the internet as a hobby and consider it a valuable use of time, as much as sitting the newspaper on sunday and reading books – same enjoyment, different moods. I remember someone tweeting a joke about google reader graveyards last year (like who still follows entire blogs anymore? uhhh. I do!)  I’m one of those holdovers that transitioned (just barely and way recently) from my feed reader to a neverending instapaper holding cell.

In 2012, it seemed I couldn’t stop discovering great online projects, zines and columns to follow. These were standouts to regularly check:



  Storychord – a Sarah Lynn Knowles project featuring consistently fantastic writers, artists and musicians.

Thomas Page McBee - The Rumpus.net

Self-Made Man  – a column (on The Rumpus) by Thomas Page McBee, who is doing some of the most insightful and important writing about gender, bodies and otherness to happen in the last decade.

Brain Pickings

Brain Pickings – Maria Popova is the apex of curation culture online. Utterly addictive and delightful.

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