As this month winds down, I’d like to share some of my favorite things from 2012—things that range from music to books to tastes to those little moments that have stuck with me. Today it’s all about books.
I didn’t read nearly as much as I wanted to in 2012—the samples of books I’ve downloaded to my iPad but never purchased always stare at me judgingly when I open the bookstore app. Sadness.
But that said, I really enjoyed what I did read: Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, for example, or Julia Child’s My Life in France, which I know has been out for years but which I raced through for the first time in November and loved (what a great reminder that pursuing your passion can truly pay off). Even Gone Girl, whose ending I found really disappointing, was engaging.
My favorite book of 2012 sneaked in under the wire, though, and it is The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach. Confession: I actually started reading this book a few months ago and put it down; I guess I wasn’t in the right head space to commit to it (does that ever happen to you?). But I picked it back up again and loved it. It’s about baseball, yes, but it’s also about what happens when you’re just about to achieve your dreams, just about to get everything you ever wanted or worked hard for—and then suddenly find it all out of reach and have to figure out what to do, either temporarily or permanently. Certainly something we can all relate to.
I was worried about needing to know a lot about baseball when I started this book, because I don’t—but I didn’t have to; though I’m sure there are some nuances I missed that an avid fan wouldn’t’ve, I never felt lost or like I didn’t understand what was going on. That’s due, in great part, to Harbach’s writing: It’s simple and straightforward, and it makes you feel like you’re part of what’s going on and emotionally invested in the story without getting too wrapped up in its sentences. I loved it. I loved this book. You should absolutely read it.
What was your favorite book of the year?
P.S. My favorite album of 2012…