Friday, January 04, 2013

Books Read in 2012

So I completely fell off the blog bandwagon. I just don’t have the time to keep up with it. Pinterest is way more my speed these days. But I still felt compelled to post my 2012 reading list. It’s quite a lot shorter than in years past. Partly that’s due to my commute. But largely it’s been due to my complete lack of desire to read. I’m not sure what happened. No inspiration? Caught up on the paranormal series I started? Getting an ipad for Mother’s Day and the ensuing addiction to stupid app games? Whatever the reason, I also fell off the reading bandwagon.

As I said in my end of year meme on LJ, my reading this year has not been very highbrow. At all. In fact, I quit or just plain skipped over half of the book club selections for the year. (The ones I did read are in italics below.) Instead, I read an awful lot of semi-trashy, comedic celebrity memoirs. Tons of supernatural mystery serieses. And a handful of graphic novels. My favorite would have be my re-read of The Hobbit, which I read to the kids at bedtime over the summer, so we’d be ready when the movie came out. The story that sticks with me the most is WOOL, by Hugh Howey, because it was such a unique format and chillingly realistic dystopian future. The book that was most enlightening was Suffering Succotash, by Stephanie Lucianovic, because it opened my eyes about my son’s picky eating and helped me to not sweat it.

1 Make the Bread, Buy the Butter Jennifer Reese
2 Le Freak: An Upside Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny Nile Rodgers
3 One Salt Sea Seanan McGuire
4 Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) Mindy Kaling
5 Moon Called Patricia Briggs
6 Crossed Ally Condie
7 Farscape: Compulsions Keith R.A. DeCandido
8 Blood Bound Patricia Briggs
9 A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin
10 Iron Kissed Patricia Briggs
11 Mercy Thompson: Homecoming Patricia Briggs & David Lawrence
12 Fired Up Jayne Ann Krentz
13 Bone Crossed Patricia Briggs
14 The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane Katherine Howe
15 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
16 Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 7 Hiro Arikawa & Kiiro Yumi
17 The Unnatural Inquirer Simon R. Green
18 Silver Borne Patricia Briggs
19 Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
20 Down These Strange Streets George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
21 River Marked Patricia Briggs
22 Just Another Judgement Day Simon R. Green
23 The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes Neil Gaiman
24 Fair Game Patricia Briggs
25 Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster Kristen Johnston
26 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark
27 All There Is: Love Stories From StoryCorps Edited by Dave Isay
28 The Hob's Bargain Patricia Briggs
29 Growgirl: How My Life After The Blair Witch Project Went to Pot Heather Donahue
30 A Kiss Before the Apocalypse Thomas E. Sniegoski
31 Magic Burns Ilona Andrews
32 Deadlocked Charlaine Harris
33 The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien
34 Suffering Succotasch: A Picky Eater's Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic
35 Dancing on the Head of a Pin Thomas E. Sniegoski
36 The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny Simon R. Green
37 Much Ado About Magic Shanna Swendson
38 Shadow of Night Deborah Harkness
39 Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales Ali Wentworth
40 WOOL Hugh Howey
41 Blood Lite III: Aftertaste Edited by Kevin J. Anderson
42 No Quest for the Wicked Shanna Swendson
43 Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture Andy Cohen
44 Hex Appeal Edited by P.N. Elrod
45 Bone: Out From Boneville Jeff Smith
46 Where Angels Fear to Tread Thomas E. Sniegoski
47 Ashes of Honor Seanan McGuire
48 Bone: The Great Cow Race Jeff Smith
49 Cold Days Jim Butcher
50 You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations Michael Ian Black
51 Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron Jonathan Strahan