The best books we read in 2012.

In the creative department at DWR, we love books as much as we love modern design. Looking back at the page turners that kept us up until 2AM, we've compiled a list of our favorite reads in 2012. Feel free to share your own best books in our comments field.

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EMILY: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

MARK: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes was an excellently written journey into memory and imagination, and eventually a surprising sadness.

MICHAEL: It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels by Robert Penn

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KIM: Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls. Absolutely fantastic but for context you should definitely read The Glass Castle first. 

ADRIAN: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

ALAIN: Nana by Émile Zola, (no kidding) — trashy, wrenching and modern (ca. 1880).

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MATT: Fäviken by Magnus Nilsson. An exclusive insight into one of the world’s most interesting restaurants, Fäviken Magasinet, and its remarkable head chef Magnus Nilsson. 

RICH: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. I'm an apple guy — but I'm only a third of the way through so it may not count as my "best read" in 2012.

BRENNAN: The Small Stakes: Music Posters by Jason Munn. Editor's note: Click on Jason's name for his blog — lovely.

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LAUREN: Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey

GWENDOLYN: Writings from The New Yorker: 1927—1976 by E.B. White, edited by Rebecca M. Dale. White is perhaps best known for his children's books, but he was primarily a writer for The New Yorker. In these short pieces, White writes about everything from Thoreau to hyphens. His wise and witty style is a pleasure to read, study, think about, and read again.

MARK: Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield is a intro into the characters of typographical history and something to argue about for typophiles. 

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One last note, the New York Times included House by Diane Keaton in their 2012: Best in Books list. Congrats to Ms. Keaton, who we had the pleasure of meeting at a book signing in our Beverly Boulevard Studio. 

What was the best book you read in 2012?