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2012 Book List

January 4, 2013 // book list

Wherein I admit to everything – even the embarrassing stuff (after all, I hadn’t planned on writing this blog) – that I read this past calendar year.  Definitely some good, and some not so good.

In order of first read to last read, obviously, because that’s the only way to display a list like this.

1.  Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

2.  The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by Dr. William Sears

3.  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

4.  In the Beginning by Chaim Potok

5.  Travels by Michael Crichton

6.  A Room With A View by EM Forster

7.  The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

8.  Good Night Sleep Tight: The Sleep Lady’s Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep, Stay Asleep, and Wake Up Happy by Kim West

9.  Go Down Moses by William Faulkner

10.  Democracy by Joan Didion

11.  Susie Sexpert’s Lesbian Sex World by Susie Bright

12.  Black Boy by Richard Wright

13.  Driving Lessons by Ed McBain

14.  All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald

15.  Hand to Mouth by Paul Auster

16.  Peace Like A River by Leif Enger

17.  Tales of Burning Love by Louise Erdrich

18.  Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen

19.  Fat Ollie’s Book by Ed McBain

20.  Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

21.  Faggots by Larry Kramer

22.  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

23.  The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

24.  The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

25.  The Wasteland by TS Eliot

26.  The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

27.  The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

28.  The Quiet American by Graham Greene

29.  Women on Women 3: A New Anthology of American Lesbian Fiction edited by Joan Nestle

30.  The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

31.  The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children #1) by Jean Auel

32.  The Valley of the Horses (Earth’s Children #2) by Jean Auel

33.  The Mammoth Hunters (Earth’s Children #3) by Jean Auel

34.  The Plains of Passage (Earth’s Children #4) by Jean Auel

35.  The Shelters of Stone (Earth’s Children #5) by Jean Auel

36.  The Land of Painted Caves (Earth’s Children #6) by Jean Auel

37.  In the Cut by Susanna Moore

38.  The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote

39.  A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

40.  Man Walks Into A Room by Nicole Krauss

41.  The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin

42.  Hospitious Adoption by James Gritter

43.  It by Stephen King

44.  The Last Juror by John Grisham

45.  Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott

46.  Lost In Translation: A Life In A New Language by Eva Hoffman

47.  A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

48.  Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

49.  The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Best reads of the year:  To Kill A Mockingbird, The Clan of the Cave Bear, Peace Like A River, The Namesake, Man Walks Into A Room, It

What were your favorite reads of the year?


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  1. So, you have succeeded in helping my self-esteem as a Serious Reader plummet….let me explain: My goal for YEARS has been to read a book a week for one year. A BOOK A WEEK. That doesn’t seem like so much now, does it? But have I ever accomplished this goal in a year? NO. Not even close. I am lucky to have completed my two Book Group book selections each month. But you – you have, amazingly, read 49 books in one year. I applaud you. I envy you. Many good titles on your list, and, I might add, NOT quick little reads. I will now attempt to RE-resolve myself for this new year: READ A BOOK A WEEK. (I think that means I have to complete the second half of The Night Circus about ten times faster than I read the first half.) =) Congrats! And thanks for sharing your list…

  2. Nadine – Don’t feel bad! I know plenty of people who consider themselves extremely serious readers who don’t do 2 books a month. And who definitely aren’t in not one but two book groups! So you’re way ahead of the game. I’m a bit…shall we say OCD about targeting a book a week, so I might virtually always hit or nearly hit that goal, but other things suffer. So re-resolve, but don’t let it bog you down! And keep me posted about anything good that you’re reading.

  3. Elisa-Thanks for the encouraging words. I’ll hang in there and try not to get bogged down – but I GET the OCD “thing” so I’ll probably still ruminate about it. (Like in my head, right now, there is a countdown to the end of this first week of the year, which means I SHOULD be finished with my first book on the 7th….) I will not ruminate…..I will not ruminate…. =) Also just wanted to comment on your books: To Kill a Mockingbird is (of course) one of my all-time favorites (second only – maybe – to Angle of Repose) and Peace Like a River is a GREAT book – another favorite. Wondering how you felt about Blue Shoe, by Anne Lamott? I loved her non-fiction stuff – but was repeatedly disappointed with her novels. I gave up on them after Blue Shoe. One more question: I’ve never been able to get through Faulkner – always found him too confusing (tho my hub and I started reading The Sound and the Fury aloud with a southern accent, and it kind of helped…) Would you recommend Go Down Moses as a possible first successful Faulkner read?

  4. Hey Nadine, I totally get it. Try to remember that it’s an average, though, so it sounds like you’re reading a slow one right now, just even it out with a faster one later. You’ll get there. =)

    I’d read To Kill a Mockingbird a long time ago but hadn’t remembered it being this awesome. So glad I reread it. And I hadn’t expected Peace Like A River to be so beautiful, that was a nice surprise. I might have appreciated it more if I’d known the hymn that has that title in it beforehand, but I didn’t know I was missing that information until later. =)

    I actually liked Blue Shoe but didn’t love it. I thought parts were really elegant, and then parts were choppy (which I think was on purpose, but was overdone). I also thought it was priceless that she writes this okay book about loneliness and family trying to sort itself out amid all these lies, and then specifically in the book tells the reader about a much superior book about the same thing. (Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates) So maybe she’d agree with you that she’s not worth reading, or that you could do better.

    As to Faulkner…I’ve actually heard that reading The Sound and the Fury out loud has helped a few people. If you have trouble with his language or his writing, you might want to start with As I Lay Dying which is written totally differently because he writes in uneducated dialect. I’ve heard, though, a lot of people say that Light In August is one that they’ve really loved that helped get them started on Faulkner. Have you tried that one? Go Down Moses is a book in 4 parts (if I remember correctly) that are separate but interconnected. The first one was really tough to read, he makes you work for it. Overall it was just okay for me, but the 3rd (? I think) short story in it for me was incredible and made it worthwhile, but if you generally have trouble with him, I think you will with this one, too.