June 11th, 2012 / 1:55 pm

What are the best/your favorite books of 2012 so far?


  1. Bobby Dixon

      The Obese 
      Oregon Trail is the Oregon Trail
      Been reading along w/ Everyday Genius issue, a lot of fun. 
      Juiced by Jose Canseco, even though it didn’t come out this year, was one of my favorite reads this year. 

  2. Tyler Crumrine

      Hallelujah, Giant Space Wolf by Daniel Bailey seriously rocked my world. Glad Butler recommended it here. 

  3. postitbreakup

      loved The Obese

  4. Anonymous

      “Autoportrait,” Edouard Levé
      “Pure Filth,” Peter Sotos
      “How Should a Person Be?,” Sheila Heti
      “The Map and the Territory,” Michel Houellebecq
      “The Anatomy of Harpo Marx,” Wayne Koestenbaum

  5. Frank Tas, the Raptor

      Was Flame Alphabet this year? That was pretty beautiful and perfect.

  6. Michael J Seidlinger

      I need to read Pure Filth.

  7. Michael J Seidlinger

      Damn right. Anything Nick writes is great.

  8. Noah Cicero

      please look after mom by Kyung Sook Shin. I cried three times while reading it. The book plays on your heart strings or whatever, but it does it in an entirely different way. Like there is a scene where the narrator describes the scene between the mother and her brother. Her brother lives in the same town. The two are older, in their 50s. The brother rides up on his bicycle to the edge of his sister’s yard randomly and yells, “Hey sister, are you okay.” The sister yells back, “I’m okay brother.” Then the brother rides away on his bike. 
      Kokoro by Soseki NatsumeGoogle “han shan poems” “Han shan poems gary snyder” and “Tang Poets” And just read random links.

  9. bartleby_taco

      seconding the houellebecq and leve
      ‘varamo’ – cesar aira
      ‘the secret of evil’ – bolano
      ‘almost never’ – daniel sada
      ‘satantango’ – laszlo krasznahorkai

      it came out last year but i recently read ‘beauty was the case that they gave me’ by mark leidner and loved it lots

      very much looking forward to ‘planets’ by sergio chejfec, ‘dublinesque’ by enrique vila-matas, ‘the no variations’ by luis chitarroniand, and the new translation of ‘the passion according to g.h.’ by clarice lispector

  10. Bill Hsu

      Brian Evenson, Windeye
      Brian Evenson, Immobility
      Hans Rickheit, Folly
      Matthew Revert, My Tumors Made Me Interesting
      Chiara Barzini, Sister Stop Breathing
      Brian Oliu, Level End

  11. Dawn West

      So far: Arcadia by Lauren Groff and Wild by Cheryl Strayed.