Most Overlooked Books of 2012: A Literary Mixtape

By Jason Boog Comment

What book do you wish more people had read this year? People love to create Best of the Year lists every December, but we prefer to spotlight the most overlooked books each season.

Below, we are linking to free samples of the Most Overlooked Books of 2012. Share your favorite overlooked book in the comments section, and we’ll add a sample to our growing list.

To get the list started, we took selected titles from Slate’s long list of underrated books and Flavorwire’s Notable Books Unfairly Overlooked by ‘The New York Times’ list.

If you want more books, we made similar literary mixtapes linking to free samples of the 2012 Man Booker Longlist, the Best Science Fiction of the Year, the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist, the Believer Book Award nominees, the 2012 Orwell Prize shortlist, the LA Times Book Prize winners, and the Best Business Books of the Year. (Cassette tape photo via Kevin)


Free Samples of the Most Overlooked Books of 2012

2012: Midnight at Spanish Gardens by Alma Alexander

What Happened to Sophie Wilder by Christopher Beha

Cataclysm Baby by Matt Bell

Magic Hours by Tom Bissell

The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu

A Million Heavens by John Brandon

The River Witch by Kimberly Brock

Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers

 A Violet Season by Kathy Cziepel

Coal to Diamonds by Beth Ditto

Girl Walks Into a Bar by Rachel Dratch

Joe Peace by Kerry Dunn

Elevating Overman by Bruce Ferber

Enchantment by Thaisa Frank

The Man Without a Face by Masha Gessen

City of Women by David Gillham

We Hope You Like This Song by Bree Housley

Remain In Light by Collin Kelley

Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko

Before Versailles by Karleen Koen

Hot Pink by Adam Levin

Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music by Alvin Lucier

The Architect of Flowers by William Lychack

The Old Ways by Robert MacFarlane

The Master’s Muse by Varley O’Connor

The Healing by Jonathan Odell

I Am an Executioner by Rajesh Parameswaran

The Scientists by Marco Roth

Prison Pit, Volume 4 by Johnny Ryan

The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination by Sarah Schulman

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Londoners by Craig Taylor

Monstress by Lysley Tenorio

Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

How to Get Into the Twin Palms by Karolina Waclawiak

Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins

The Anarchist’s Girlfriend by Susan Weinstein

Thin Blue Smoke by Doug Worgul