Top Ten Tuesday- 2012, The Year of the Book

In this week's Top Ten Tuesday, we look at ten book we're excited to read in 2012. I stuck with all new releases, although I know when The Millions comes out with the most updates list tomorrow I might make some changes/additions. But, for now:

1. In One Person- John Irving (May, 2012)- I don't know a lot except that it revolves around the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.

2. The Red House- Mark Haddon (June, 2012)- The author the The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is back with a new one (hopefully better than The Wonder Spot). The synopsis is vague, but it seems to be about a family vacationing for seven days and coming to terms with each other and their secrets. He is hilarious and I generally enjoy British writing, so I have high-ish hopes.

3. The Chemistry of Tears- Peter Carey (May, 2012)- A museum curator throws herself into her job after her lover dies. I read Theft by him a few years ago and really liked it.

4. Home- Toni Morrison (May, 2012)- I'm not a diehard Morrison fan, but I do respect her place in contemporary literature and look forward to her newest edition. Whether you like her or not, her narrative voice is always powerful and unique.

5. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank- Nathan Englander (February, 2012)- Technically I'm reading this advance copy right now. So far this short story collection is amazing- it's hard to concisely make an impact, but Englander has it in the bag.

6. Wild Thing- Josh Bazell (February, 2012)- This picks up where his last book Beat the Reaper left off, a story of a mobster turned doctor. I'm a little hesitant to get too excited, since I'm not a huge fan of the series concept, but his first was humorous and decently written.

7. The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle (August, 2012)- I really, really loved his last novel, Big Machine, an exceptionally written sci-fi novel. I have no clue what it's about, but a good writer is a good writer.

8. A Collection of Short Uncanny Stories- Seonaid MacKay (2012)- A Visual Editions book about children's tales gone wrong. Speaking of going wrong, VE cannot, so this is bound to be good.

9. Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson- Will Bingley (April 2012)- So, as we learned from my resolutions post, I've never read a graphic novel. This seems really interesting, though, and possibly a much more interesting way to describe someone's life (not that Thompson's life is boring).

10. Night Film- Marisha Pessl- Oh wait! That's right. It's been pushed back to early 2013. This is going to be awesome or disastrous.


  1. Is it good news or bad news when a book's publication date is pushed forward? Not sure.

    Here is my Top Ten Books I Can't Wait to Read in 2012.

  2. I didn't know about the Toni Morrison release until now. Great list.

    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews
    My Top Ten...

  3. stopping by to see whatcha got on your top 10 list.

  4. Great choices. I have Home on my list, and I've heard good things about the Englander book, but then I forgot about it. Happy 2012!