Books Read 2012

  1. Nothing: A Very Short Introduction by Frank Close
  2. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
  3. The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer
  4. The Lives of Margaret Fuller by John Matteson part one and part two
  5. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
  6. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  7. The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
  8. Kill Shakespeare: A Sea of Troubles by Conor McCreery, Andy Belanger, Anthony Del Col
  9. A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos by Dava Sobel
  10. Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim
  11. Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield
  12. Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions by Sandra M. Gilbert
  13. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  14. Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler
  15. Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page by Matt Kish
  16. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
  17. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books by Leah Price
  18. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  19. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  20. Summer by Edith Wharton
  21. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  22. My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather
  23. The Pleasures of Reading in and Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
  24. Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life by Stephanie Staal
  25. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  26. The New Republic by Lionel Shriver
  27. Q’s Legacy by Helene Hanff
  28. Fly Away Peter by Davod Malouf
  29. Map of Time by Felix Palma (abandoned)
  30. On Rereading by Patricia Meyer Spacks
  31. A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
  32. Ninepins by Rosy Thornton
  33. The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany
  34. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  35. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
  36. All Men Are Liars by Alberto Manguel
  37. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  38. The Made-Up Self: Impersonation in the Personal Essay by Carl H. Klaus
  39. Beautiful No-Mow Yards by Evelyn J. Hadden
  40. The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
  41. The Wild Girls by Ursula K. Le Guin
  42. Orestes by Euripides, translated by Anne Carson
  43. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  44. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  45. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  46. Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt
  47. The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits
  48. Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey
  49. The City and the City by China Mieville
  50. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  51. My Poets by Maureen McLane
  52. The Nine Princes of Amber by Roger Zleazny
  53. Memoir of a Debulked Woman by Susan Gubar (Did not finish)
  54. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  55. When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
  56. This New & Poisonous Air by Adam McOmber
  57. Electra by Euripides
  58. The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
  59. Affinity by Sarah Waters
  60. Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
  61. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  62. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  63. World Enough by Maureen McLance
  64. An Introduction to Greek Tragedy by Ruth Scodel
  65. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
  66. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
  67. The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan
  68. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  69. Crewe Train by Rose Macaulay
  70. On Being Ill and Notes From Sick Rooms by Virginia Woolf and Julia Sephen
  71. The Phoenician Women by Euripides
  72. The Bacchae by Euripides
  73. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  74. Perla by Carolina de Robertis
  75. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
  76. Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
  77. Attack of the Difficult Poems by Charles Bernstein
  78. Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
  79. More Baths Less Talking by Nick Hornby
  80. To Write Like a Woman by Joanna Russ

11 thoughts on “Books Read 2012”

  1. Wow! You’ve read all these book already this year! Good grief! What a nice collection. I’m making notes to see what I want to put on my reading list. I just finished O Pioneers! and loved it. Can’t believe I’ve never read Willa Cather. What’s next on your list?

    I’m really enjoying your site. Don’t remember how I found, but I’m glad I did!


    • Thanks for your wonderful comment Verna! Yes, and I am actually behind on adding a few m ore I’ve read. some of them are rather short and quick and easy so it isn’t as lengthy in terms of effort and time as it might appear🙂 O Pioneers is one I haven’t read yet. As to what’s next? We’ll see where my whims take me!


  2. Hi,

    I am making serious effort into reading books (as I love reading) but one thing that really makes it hard is my poor vocabulary. I mean I am currently reading “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Marquez and to be honest there are at least 2 or 3 words in every page that I have never heard of or don’t know the meaning.

    How do I improve my vocabulary? keenly waiting on your response. Thanks.


    • Saw this browsing the site, hope you don’t mind if I respond with my two cents! As a fellow bookworm, I would say read through the difficult words. The more you read, the more your vocabulary will expand, as words begin to make sense in context. If you’re really stuck, just have a dictionary with you (or a laptop with an online dictionary…). BTW One Hundred Years of Solitude is an old favorite… good choice!


      • Thanks a lot Liz, really appreciate your advice.


        • You know what helps? Context clues. Use the other words in the sentence to kind of get an idea of what that words means. Trust me that is how I learned most of the works in my vocublary. Also my mother was an English major in college so she helped out to. “Sound it out, look up the definition in the dictionary.” She never once told me what the word was.🙂 helps me to this day with words I have no clue what they are.


  3. Love your blog! The reading list is a great idea, not to mention the fact that your list is quite impressive– that many books in less than 6 months?! And as for your reading plan, Lolita is fantastic, I think you’ll enjoy it. I am a devout Nabokovian🙂


  4. hey stephanie! i just wanted to know do you have a reading schedule? I am bogged down with books. And I’m still reading Hugh Laurie’s book. It’s taking me forever!😦


    • Regina, a reading schedule? Do you mean like a reading plan for what books I am going to read? I don’t really. I have a short list of books or authors I’d like to get to during the year but it is only “suggested” reading. If you mean do I have a schedule for reading X amount of pages everyday or for Y length of time I definitely don’t have one of those. I do take public transit and read to and from work, I read during my lunch break at work, and I read a little before bed. I read a lot of weekends and whenever else I can squeeze it in!🙂 Sorry Laurie’s book is taking so long to get through!


      • Like, I try to do a book a week. I no longer take public transportation so that drastically cuts my reading time. During my vacation, I failed to attack my TBR pile. I spent most of it sleeping and playing video games. A pastime that I missed desperately. But yea, you just read. I should read before I go to bed as well. It would help if I didn’t fall asleep though.


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