Stereotyping You by Your Favorite Book of 2012


It’s December, and you know what that means: it’s time for everyone — from your mom to your coworkers to every media outlet under the sun — to tell you what their favorite book was this year. There’s no escaping it, but at least you can use the information to totally stereotype whoever’s talking to you (or turn the lens on yourself). Click through to read our (tongue-in-cheek, mind you) breakdown of what your favorite book of the year says about you, and in case you were wondering, our pick is on here too, and hey, we can cop to it.

The Signal and the Noise , Nate Silver

People who miss the election.

Battleborn , Claire Vaye Watkins

Cult rubberneckers and Wild West fetishists.

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

Cool nerds.

Threats , Amelia Gray

Weird nerds.

The Age of Miracles , Karen Thompson Walker

Wannabe nerds.

The Casual Vacancy , J.K. Rowling

People who still have their fake plastic glasses from buying Harry Potter books at midnight.

I Am An Executioner , Rajesh Parameswaran

People who weren’t ever allowed to have pets.

Wild , Cheryl Strayed

Oprah, those who love her, and those who pretend not to love her but obviously do (everybody).

Gone Girl , Gillian Flynn

People who are secretly suspicious of everything.

Bring Up the Bodies , Hilary Mantel

Your mom.

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created , Charles C. Mann

Your dad.

Enchantments , Kathryn Harrison

Romantics with a taste for blood.

HHhH , Laurent Binet

Manic Pixie Dream Boys you met in History class.

A Hologram for the King , Dave Eggers

People who think the world is doomed — but can laugh about it.

How Should a Person Be? , Sheila Heti

People who have no idea how to answer this question. Or just enjoy reading about blowjobs.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? , Jeanette Winterson

People who know exactly how to answer this question.

Telegraph Avenue , Michael Chabon

People nostalgic for times they never experienced.

This is How You Lose Her , Junot Díaz

Regretful repeat cheaters.

How Music Works , David Byrne

The self-consciously hip.

Arcadia , Lauren Groff

Wannabe ex-hippies.

The Twelve , Justin Cronin

People who insist that The Walking Dead is highbrow.

The Wind Through the Keyhole , Stephen King

People who can just never let anything go.

The Fault in Our Stars , John Green

Grown-ups trying to be teenagers.

Fifty Shades Freed , E.L. James


Building Stories , Chris Ware

Adults who miss Legos.

Broken Harbor , Tana French

Thrill-seekers still trying to seem literary to their friends — barely.

The End of Men: And the Rise of Women , Hanna Rosin

Women who refer to their boyfriends as “the old man.”

Vagina: A Biography , Naomi Wolf

Women who refer to their vaginas as “the goddess.”

The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir , Domingo Martinez

Career underdogs.

Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver

Moms who were part of Occupy Wall Street.