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Whenever a new year starts I look back on the books I’ve read and try and think about what I liked the most, and what I’m most looking forward to in the upcoming year. Working in publishing is great for many reasons, but being able to talk with coworkers just as passionate and knowledgeable about the world of literature is perhaps the best part. I decided to poll some of these coworkers to see what they read in 2012 and find out what they liked best, and what they’re looking forward to tackling in 2013. See what we read after the break!
In January I heard that the US was making its first attempt to participate in World Book Night – an organized night that exists to promote reading around the world. The idea was simple: take 30 of the most popular novels out in publication today, and what I imagine to be thousands of volunteers who absolutely love reading, and then stalk, accost, chat up, and just plain engage people on the street who seem like they need a push in the direction of literature.
Young-adult fiction changed my life. No wait! Keep reading. I think I know where you think I’m going with this. Young-adult-fiction-changed-my-life is a sentiment that one reads now and again, and it’s usually about someone who read this or that book as a teenager, and it gave them hope; inspiration; some new species of joy. But that wasn’t me. I was a triumphantly, relentlessly obnoxious teenager, and I had no patience for young-adult fiction. Reading-wise, I was mostly interested in trying to read The Hardest Possible Thing. Joyce. Dos Passos. Dostoevsky in the original Russian, which of course I do not speak. Mostly I was reading these in conspicuously public places, with what I thought at the time was a Frown Of Extreme Thoughtfulness but which I am now pretty sure was more of a Frown Of Maybe For Some Reason I Am Trying Really Hard To Poop My Pants Here At This Municipal Bus Stop.