I used to do these bestseller posts quarterly, but, then again, I used to post a lot more on everything than I have lately. I had forgotten about these lists until I put out the call for ideas for blog posts. Many of you warmed my heart by requesting more info on the books I read and recommend. Made me remember these bestseller lists, and since I’m sitting in an airport caught up in winter weather delays, I decided to go to my Amazon affiliate site and look to see what you, the readers, bought in 2012.
In the future, I’ll continue to post on books I feel have value, but this list is of the books all of you were moved to buy in 2012.
A few of these books came from recommendations I made in one of the 12 posts I put up in 2012. (Twelve posts in an entire year! Pitiful.) I’ll note those books as well as those reviews posted pre-2012 and include a link to the review.
One of the books I reviewed in 2012 – Fast Tract Digestion Heartburn: Clinically Proven Diet Solution to Treat and Prevent Acid Reflux and GERD without Drugs – was a free book, and although hundreds were downloaded for free, they don’t show up on my affiliates page. Here is the review in case you’re interested. Unfortunateley, the book is no longer free.
As has always been my custom on this list, I don’t include any books that MD and I wrote. This list is all books written by others and represents what readers of this blog read in 2012.
#1. The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable by Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney. Reviewed here.
#2. The Cholesterol Delusion by Ernest N. Curtis. Reviewed here and here. Dr. Curtis appeared with me on the infamous Catalyst show about saturated fat and cholesterol.
#3. Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis, M.D. Reviewed here but not in 2012
#4. Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes. Reviewed here but not in 2012
#5. New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great by Eric Westman, Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney.
#6. Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life by Nick Lane Reviewed (sort of) here. It surprises me greatly to find this book on the list, since it is fairly technical for general readers. Makes me feel good about my own readers to think they ordered it given my caveat.
#7. Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle by Diana Sanfilippo. Reviewed by MD here.
#8. Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health by Gary Taubes. Reviewed here but not in 2012.
The next two books on the list sold exactly the same number of copies, so I’m putting them up in alphabetical order.
#9. The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek. I didn’t review this book, but if you are looking for information on athletic performance on low-carb diets, this little book is the best there is on the subject. It’s a great read even if you’re not into athletic performance and just want to learn more about a ketogenic diet.
#10. Napoleon’s Glands and Other Ventures in Biohistory by Arno Karlen. Reviewed here. This one is a real surprise because even though I mentioned it in a popular post, I didn’t really recommend it. In fact, I told people to not bother buying it. It’s out of print, and other than the one chapter, didn’t particularly ring my chimes. I guess its being on this list shows just how powerful my negative recommendation is.
There you go. The 2012 Top 10 Bestsellers according to readers of this blog.
As most of you know, I read a lot. And I’m always on the prowl for new books. If you’ve read a book lately that you love, put it up in the comments for everyone to see. I’ve found many good books thanks to those who comment.