12/19/2012 09:05 am ET Updated Feb 18, 2013

The Books That Made The Most 'Best Of 2012′ Book Lists - Flavorwire

December means a lot of things. Our normally latent shopping gene starts itching like crazy, mint-flavored coffee starts sounding like a good idea, and every single media outlet (ourselves included) puts up their "best of" everything lists. Well, 'tis the season. In an effort to distill all those year's end book round-ups -- and let's face it, be a little meta -- we looked at 16 lists from 14 media organizations and counted up the books that tickled the most critics this year.