So many “Best of 2012” Lists on the interwebz lately! If this were 2011, I’d probably have a lot to say about them, especially the booky ones. However, since I did little to no reading this year, all these Best Books of 2012 lists are mostly making me feel bad about myself.
COPING MECHANISM: The below list of books I’m going to ask for for Christmas and (hopefully) read in 2013 + New Years Resolution to read more if we make it that far / the Mayans are wrong.
1. A Working Theory of Love, by Scott Hutchins
2. This Is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz
Because: The Brief & Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, as well as Junot’s short story collection, Drown., both rocked my socks off. He’s a bomb-ass-dank-ass master of dialect and also happens to be pretty sexually attractive in a weirdo guy kinda way, so.
Listen to Edwidge Danticat read his short story, “How to Date a Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie)”, aloud on the New York Fiction Podcast HERE to sample some J-Dawg f’yourself if you don’t believe me.
3. Both Flesh And Not, by David Foster Wallace
Because: If you haven’t read any of DFW’s work before, you pretty much haven’t lived. Also, you should really start. I’m not saying jump into Infinite Jest immediately, but a few of his essays are free on the interwebz, so you could start there. OTHER OPTION: Read the new collection.
I know he’s RIP, but these essays are alive and kicking. The title essay, Federer: Both Flesh And Not, is a personal fave. Also, he’s one of those read-with-a-dictionary kinda writers who taught me lotsa cool words, and in between each essay there are two pages of cool words and their definitions, so this will be a great book to read right before I start studying for the GRE (also on the 2013 to-do list).
4. Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling
Because: I know, I’m so 2000 and late on this one. However, I have a big fat crush on Mindy Kaling that continues to grow and blossom as I stalk her on Twitter and Instagram and all the other stalkable social media sites. Also, The Mindy Project. Struggling to find its footing right now, sure, but one of the few Fall TV shows I’ve actually wanted to tune in to every week. Also, I hear she loves lists almost as much as I do.
5. Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard.
Because: Um, HELLO, no year of reading is complete without full immersion into at least one srsly time-consuming journey down the proverbial rabbit hole of a young adult fiction series. Without Harry Potter, Fearless, and Gossip Girl, I probably wouldn’t love reading as much as I do. Not to mention, when you’re stuck in a reading rut, the best way to get re-addicted to words on a page is to dive into a fast and easy read situaysh like a juicy YA novel.
Also: the success of the ABC Family show, plus my love of Spencer Hastings/Crush on Toby Cavanaugh, plus my deep dark desires to uncover the mystery of A, plus the trauma of high school that makes me relate so well to the PLL’s in the first place, all have me burning with desire to cuddle up with all 12 books and never leave my couch again. Not that I really leave my couch now, but still.
6. America Again: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t, by Stephen Colbert
Because: I recently got into obsessively watching late night TV when it shows up on Hulu the next morning while I get ready for work, I have a big fat intellectual crush on Stevie C, and I’m pretty politically ignorant, so maybe this could be a way to start getting educationated re: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
7. Artistic Differences, by Charlie Hauck
Because: My boss/hero/sometimes BFF Victor Levin recommended this book to me, and after reading the description, I couldn’t be more excited to dive in. Also I work on a TV Show, so this seems pretty relevant, and I hear the introduction is full of quotables from TV Kings & Queens of the 90s. Not to mention, Charlie Hauck has a pretty swag resume.
IN CONCLUSION: if any of you would like to purchase these books for me, please reply, comment, DM me on the twitterz, or get in contact any other way you’d like, and I will happily send you all of my personal information. Gift-wrapping is totes optional. Happy Holidays/Hannukah Day 2!