What were we talking about?
So I read 81 books in 2012, NOT counting re-reads because the Goodreads count-y tool is a TOOL USING THE HOMONYM-ISH MEANING AS IN A JERK. So I'm not actually sure exactly how many books I read. The goal in 2013 is to read 100 books, which is always my goal but doesn't...ever...happen.
Best Book of 2012
I actually did a top 10 list in haiku format over at the Book Smugglers. To that list, I would add Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (more on that to come later), Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan, and Pam Houston's Cowboys Are My Weakness.
Worst Book of 2012
Judging from the books I gave Very Few Or Only One Star in 2012, these are the worst books of last year for me: Gibran's The Prophet. Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and Karen Russell's Swamplandia! (ugh, I get pissed just thinking about that book).
Book I Recommended Most (stole this question from Laura)
2012 was my year as a bookseller, so I did a good bit of recommending. I hand-sold Lydia Netzer's Shine Shine Shine more than any other book. After that, it would be Gone Girl.
Most Random Book:
I read Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity at someone's recommendation, but I can't remember who. I might've been an aggregate recommendation of The Internet. I have a prejudicial hate towards self-improvement books, but this one was AWESOME-SAUCE. Perfect for list-makers/productivity and efficiency fetishists, and app nerds, of which I am all of those things.
Books by men: 44%
Books by women: 56%
YA/Middle grade/kids: 10%
Literary fiction: 28%
Short stories: 6%
Memoir: 8% (all by women)
Other non-fic (history/theology/science): 15%
Bye-bye, 2012! Smell ya later.