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What was the Best Book You Read this Year?

It's that time of year: The internet is littered with best books lists for 2012. But why let critics and publishers get the last word? What was your favorite book this year?

It's December, which is the unofficial "taking stock" month of the Internet. And one of the Internet's favorite year-end topics focuses on the best book of 2012.

There are plenty of takes to choose from, like the newsy list, the most-purchased list, the best-as-voted-by-social-media-users list, the traditional list, the contrarian publication's list. We could go on.

But now it's time to hear from you. What was the best book you read in 2012? And best, of course, is subjective. It can mean your favorite, the one you thought was crafted best, the one you thought was most thought-provoking. Or fun. Or important. It's up to you.

Got a favorite book you read in 2012? Use the comments section below to tell us what it was and why you loved it.

M C Stringfellow December 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I read a variety of books. I guess my favorite this year is by Kate Morton "The Forgotton Garden". Elizabeth George 's "This Body of Death" was good and James O'Kon's "The Lost Secrets of Mayan Technology" (still reading).
Beth Fowler Robinson December 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See Excellent story!
Joseph Flack Weiler December 22, 2012 at 08:54 PM
1. Alan Emmet's "So Fine a Prospect: Historic New England Gardens" 2. Justin Martin's "Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted" 3. Michelle Obama's "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America"
Joseph Flack Weiler December 23, 2012 at 03:00 AM
What did O'Kon have to say about the Mayan Calendar and yesterday's Apocalypse?
M C Stringfellow December 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Just started the book. Haven't really gotten into it. So far nothing. Mostly deals with their engineering and technological achievements.
Patti Cassidy December 25, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore (keeps haunting me), Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister (totally inspired me), and Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

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