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On disappointment

I haven't blogged about what I've read for months for a few obvious reasons: other writing projects, travel, etc., but also because there wasn't a lot in the latter part of 2012 that I loved. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was my favorite book of the year, and is, bar none, what I recommend the most to people, with the caveat of “it has a rather dark view of marriage.” It's the only thing I can remember staying up until the wee hours of the morning to finish. I liked Dare Me by Megan Abbott (which Gillian Flynn herself recommends), Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (recommended by Jennifer Weiner) and Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub. Incidentally, I was surprised how much I liked Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner.
 
I read more non-fiction, and would recommend The End of Men by Hanna Rosin, Why Have Kids? by Jessica Valenti (here's hoping some enterprising bookseller has displayed those two together), Wild by Cheryl Strayed, The End Of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe and, for dog lovers, Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls--One Flying Disc at a Time by Jim Gorant. For young readers, I loved The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emily Fairlie.
 
There were a lot of books I had high hopes for last year, and was sad and disappointed once I read them. In the end, however, I decided that I didn't want to spend time ragging on authors.
 
I also really disappointed in myself that I clocked in 63 books in 2012, when I had a goal of 100. The only reason I can come up with for reading a lot less is that I spent a lot of time trying to wade through Anna Karenina, which I hope to finish this year.
 
This is all a circular way of saying that I was truly thrilled that the first book I read in 2013, The World Without You by Joshua Henkin, is fantastic and you should go read it. Review to follow.

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