Earlier this week, The New York Times published their annual year-end list of the “100 Notable Books of 2012,” as chosen by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. As usual, the list is filled with very predictable (though often very worthy) choices, but this year we were surprised not only by the amazing, under-the-radar books the Times ignored, but by the equally amazing but high-profile and relatively commercial books that also got snubbed. To that end, we’ve compiled an alternative, or an addendum, if you will, to the Times’ list, including both lesser-known books we loved this year, and some big name books we can’t believe didn’t make the cut. Click through to read our list, and if you so desire, register your own addendums to our addendum in the comments.
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
This omission is so bizarre that it verges on insult. Widely lauded, widely loved, this is the book that impressed Oprah enough to restart her book club. Not to mention that it is amazing, and that everyone we know has read it and gone through a pack of tissues in the process. But seriously, what does The New York Times have against Oprah?