stack of booksI love book lists.

Especially since motherhood has put me in touch with the wonder of the library hold request. A list entry whets my appetite and just a few clicks later, the book is on its way to me – well, to my teeny branch of the excellent local library. All of the dopamine rush of an Amazon purchase without the lost shelf space or the buyer’s remorse. Here you go, fellow addicts – eat, er, read your hearts out!

The AtlanticWire.com’s Books We Loved in 2012 and

The Atlantic Editors’ Best Books I Read This Year (not necessarily published this year)

Books and Culture’s Favorite Books of 2012

The Boston Globe’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2012

Businessweek’s Best Books of 2012, According to Business Leaders

The Economist’s page turners of 2012

The Guardian’s Best Books of 2012 lists (lots of lists)

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Fiction of 2012

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Nonfiction of 2012

The New Yorker’s contributors’ favorite books of 2012

The New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of 2012

NPR’s Best Books of 2012 (lots of lists)

The Seattle Times’ 25 Best Books of 2012

Slate staff picks for the best books of 2012

The Spectator’s Best Books of 2012

The Wall Street Journal picks for Best Fiction of 2012

The Wall Street Journal picks for Best Nonfiction of 2012

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