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by Ward Farnsworth
Open to any page and you are in brilliant company, with an excellent chance of being edified and amused.
For an eighth year, we asked some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers to look back, reflect, and share. Their charge was to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era. We hope you find in them seeds that will help make your year in reading in 2012 a fruitful one.
There were two huge literary new releases in October, but only one could take our top spot.
An e-book original takes the top spot and another debuts. One of the big literary books of the fall also lands on our list.
It's The Pale King's last month at the top. Plus a new Hall of Famer and a pair of intriguing newcomers.
Two debuts last month: a classic work of poetry and a brand new installment of an epic series.
A favorite author of The Millions returns to the top ten. Plus two new Hall of Famers!
Two debuts (including an e-book original) and a YA bestseller returns.
What might have been (and in many texts on rhetoric is) a dry analysis full of rebarbative Greco-Latin terminology (epizeuxis!) becomes an enchanted garden of lively English prose.