2012 was not a very good year in some respects, but I did see, read and hear amazing things, and here is a little overview.
I saw a few exhibitions in 2012, and two really stood out for me.
First there was 'Impressionists in the Hermitage', in the Hermitage in Amsterdam. I really like impressionist paintings and this was really beautiful. You can find the webiste Here
But the most amazing one was 'Lux in Arcana' in Rome, which I was fortunate enough to see when I was in Rome in August. This was an exhibition with all kinds of special documents and papers from the Vatican archives.
I am just giving you the top 3 of fiction and non fiction books here, for a more complete list I refer you to my post on a corner of the library
1/ Rubicon, Tom Holland
2/ To the river, Olivia Laing
3/ Alix & Nicky, Virginia Rounding
1/ The Villa triste, Lucretia Grindle
2/ Mr. Vertigo, Paul Auster
3/ Stoner, John Williams my review
Most of these books have not been reviewd yet on my English bookblog A corner of the library, but they will be and then I will post the links to the relevant articles.