Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2012 Books

Dennis Cooper: 21 Favorite Books of 2012

11 January 2013

Dennis Cooper: 21 Favorite Books of 2012 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

[see also 2018, 2016]

Salon: Top 10 Books of 2012

11 January 2013

Salon: Top 10 Books of 2012 (a poll of nearly 20 critics)

Library Journal: Top 10 Books of 2012

21 December 2012

Library Journal: Top 10 Books of 2012 (alphabetically by author)

[see also 2017, 2016, 2011]

Benjamin Schwarz: Top 15 Books of 2012

20 December 2012

Benjamin Schwarz: Top 15 Books of 2012, as published by The Atlantic

[see also 2011]

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2012

16 December 2012

The New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2012

[see also 100 Notable Books of 2011, Ten Best Books of 2011]

Tina Brown: 7 Favorite Books of 2012

12 December 2012

Tina Brown: 7 Favorite Books of 2012, as published by The Daily Beast

Economist: 11 Best Books of 2012

12 December 2012

The Economist: 11 Best Books of 2012 (fiction, essays, and poetry)

Publishers Weekly: 10 Best Books of 2012

07 December 2012

Publishers Weekly: 10 Best Books of 2012

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2011]

Kathryn Schulz: Top 10 Books of 2012

03 December 2012

Kathryn Schulz: Top 10 Books of 2012, as published by New York Magazine

New York Times: 10 Best Books of 2012

03 December 2012

The New York Times: 10 Best Books of 2012

[see also The 10 Best Books of 2019, 10 Best Books of 2018, 100 Notable Books of 2018, 100 Notable Books of 2017, 10 Best Books of 2017, 10 Best Books of 2016, 10 Best Books of 2015]