As I'm reflecting on the books I've read in 2012, I noticed that there are about 6 or 7 titles that were published in this past year. This is actually up compared to previous years. I was feeling good about it. Then at Quill and Quire today, they're asking for our favourite Canadian books of 2012. They've broken it down in four categories:
3. Children's title
It's a fine question to ask, but I wonder how many people who are not book industry insiders (including professional reviewers) have read a sufficient number of books published in 2012 to answer such a survey. Again, I'm not condemning the question, I'm generally curious. Is reading newly published books important to you? Reading somewhat recent books is important to me, but I guess I'm more of a follower than a trendsetter. If a book has gotten a lot of attention— through awards, controversy, sales, critical praise, and so on— I'm curious enough to pick it up, but by that time it's at least a year too late.