All the 2012 Best-of Reading Lists, Together at Last
The year’s finest reading, organized by subject.
By Maria Popova
By popular demand, here are all of this year’s best-of omnibus reading lists, in one shareable place:
The Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2012
From Buddhism to the relationship between creativity and dishonesty, by way of storytelling and habit.
The Best Art Books of 2012
From Indian folklore to Paris vs. NYC, by way of Japanese Wonderland and 80 years of loving of dogs.
The Best Design Books of 2012
From Marshall McLuhan to Frank Lloyd Wright, or what vintage type has to do with the evolution of iconic logos.
The Best Science Books of 2012
From cosmology to cosmic love, or what your biological clock has to do with diagraming evolution.
The Best Illustrated Children’s Books and Picturebooks of 2012
From Indian folk art to neuroscience, by way of Saul Bass and die-cut Cold War allegories.
5½ Favorite Food Books of 2012
From Thomas Jefferson to the secret history of coffee, by way of urban farming and Downton Abbey.
The Best History Books of 2012
From Mark Twain’s diary to the visual history of evolution, by way of Vonnegut, Sontag, and Klimt.
The Best Graphic Novels and Graphic Nonfiction of 2012
From music history to war trials by way of Hunter S. Thompson and Steve Jobs, with a side of Ancient China.
The Best Music Books of 2012
From the neuroscience of talent to the illustrated Beatles, by way of Zen Buddhism and how creativity works.
The Best Books of 2012: Your 10 Overall Favorites
From children’s existential questions to 100 ideas that changed graphic design, by way of Yayoi Kusama and illustrated scientific mysteries.
Published December 19, 2012