TSCPL’s Best Books of 2012

Vote for the best books of 2012!

Here is your chance to decide the best fiction and non-fiction books published in 2012.

We have combed through Topeka’s most popular books this year, based on their number of check outs, to find the top five based on critical and popular reviews. Now it is your turn to decide the best book of 2012!

Go to our Facebook page and cast your vote for the best books of 2012!

How it works?

We started out with a list of the 100 most checked out fiction and non-fiction works we had this year.  Then our crack team of reading specialist whittled that list down to the five most deserving works in each category based on critical and popular reviews and overall literary quality. Now it is your turn.

Over the next two weeks we will put polls up on Facebook for both fiction and non-fiction voting. Simply visit our Facebook page to cast your vote for the best books of 2012.

Voting for fiction will take place on Facebook between Monday, December 03, through Friday, December 07.

Voting for non-fiction will take place on Facebook between Monday, December 10 through Friday, December 14.

What to do?

Vote! Go to our Facebook page and vote on the fiction and non-fiction work you think is best.

Vote early, vote often!

The Nominees


The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer
The second book in the Clifton Chronicles, Archer delivers a page turner where Harry Clifton, hoping to escape a family scandal, assumes the identity of a deceased American, Tom Bradshaw. But is this really the chance to reinvent himself that Harry had hoped for?


Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn
Nick Dunne’s wife Amy goes missing on their fifth anniversary. Although he maintains his innocence, Nick’s lies and actions speak otherwise as the police close in on their prime suspect. Told from multiple points of view, the plot takes many dark, twisted and creepy turns and the only truth the reader knows is that there is no one truth, all the way up to the surprise ending.

Home Front by Kristin Hannah
The Zarkades are the seemingly idyllic family facing the pressures of everyday life. When Jolene Zarkades is deployed to Iraq by the National Guard, the family’s life is thrown into turmoil as Michael Zarkades suddenly becomes a single dad to two daughters he barely knows. Jolene’s letters from the front mask the horrors of war and when she returns home the family has many obstacles to overcome. Hannah presents the reader with a fresh take on war veterans and the VA without becoming overtly political.

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
Returning to the territory of his Dark Tower series, King, in this standalone novel, revisits Roland Deschain who takes up shelter from a wretched storm with his “ka-tet.” While they wait out the storm Roland tells a story of his teenage years, hunting a murderous shape-shifter and protecting the scared teen who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s latest slaughter.

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Wiener
Set against the backdrop of Hollywood backstage romance and politics, Ruthie Saunders and her grandmother head for the left coast where our heroine sells her script, becomes privy to all the workings, good and bad, of a sitcom set, and copes with her 70-year old grandmother’s impending nuptials.



Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
Near the Mumbai airport, in the shadow of luxury hotels, lies Annawadi – a makeshift settlement/slum. Boo spends three heart-wrenching years getting to know the settlement, its inhabitants, and a political and economic climate hostile to a slum full of dreamers and hard workers who want to make better lives for themselves and their children.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Cain explores the lives and dynamics of the one-third of the population who would rather go about their professional and personal lives quietly, not seeking attention or adulation. Drawing from psychology and neuroscience, she argues that introverts are often undervalued and underused professionally, which is a shame for they often have significant and innovative ideas to contribute; it’s just that the extroverts get all the attention.

Bringing up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman
While becoming a new mother in Paris, American Druckerman wonders why French infants sleep through the night by two months, why French children eat well-balanced meals full of veggies rather than chicken nuggets, and why French mothers are so much more relaxed in general. Armed with a notebook and great observational skills, the author deftly explores the cultural differences between these mothers and how they view their children.

The Power of Habit: Why We do What We do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Who knew that the study of humans’ habits is on the cutting edge of neuroscience? By studying the habits of successful people and companies, especially those who changed their “habits” for the better, Duhigg tells several compelling stories of both personal and successful transformation.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Reeling from several personal setbacks, Strayed decides, on a whim, to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State, all 1100 miles of it. Having no long distance hiking experience, Strayed comes face to face with bears, rattlesnakes and horrid weather and lives to tell about this transformative experience.


Jeff Tate is a former employee and wrote about digital content such as ebooks, databases and other online services.