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Books I read in 2012 January 2, 2013

Filed under: Academic,Books — leighj @ 11:51 am

I did this list as an experiment this year, just to see how many books I read without really trying. Some of them were trash, some were for school, some I’d read before (but I have a bad memory, so it was like reading a new book), some were a slog, and some were absolutely awesome and I was sad to finish them. I only added books I read all of, so the ones that aren’t on  here I had to quit (or I’m still reading) for one reason or another. I’ve moved them off my sidebar and placed them below. I’ll do this again in 2013. Ones in italics are for school/work, and the ones in bold are unequivocal recommendations.

1. Lucky (Alice Sebold)
2. The Birth of Venus (Sarah Dunant)
3. Ragged Dick (Horatio Alger)
4. Catherine the Great (Robert K Massie)
5. The Kitchen Daughter (Jael McHenry)
6. Passing (Nella Larsen)
7. The Bean Trees (Barbara Kingsolver)
8. Pocho (Jose Antonio Villarreal)
9. Under the Feet of Jesus (Helena Maria Viramontes)
10. The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta (Yellow Bird/John Rollin Ridge)
11. The Descendants (Kaui Hart Hemings)
12. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
13. Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
14. Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
15. Basic Ethics (Michael Boylan)
16. The Bro-Magnet (Lauren Baratz)
17. Abundance (Sena Jeter Naslund)
18. Medea (Euripides)
19. Parallel Play (Tim Page)
20. Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)
21. The Rag Doll Plagues (Alejandro Morales)
22. One Day (David Nicholls)
23. The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls)
24. The Blythes are Quoted (LM Montgomery)
25. Girl Trouble (Holly Goddard Jones)
26. Quakers Living in the Lion’s Mouth (A. Glenn Crothers)
27. The Marriage Pact (MJ Pullen)
28. Delicate (Padfoot4Ever)
29. Sisterhood Everlasting (Ann Brashears)
30. Still Delicate (Padfood4Ever)
31. Siblings without Rivalry (Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish)
32. Anne’s House of Dreams (LM Montgomery)
33. Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience (ed Chandra Prasad)
34. The Buddha in the Attic (Julie Otsuka)
35. Mandy Oxendine (Charles Chestnutt)
36. Death at Solstice (Lucha Corpi)
37. Flowering Judas and Other Stories (Katherine Anne Porter)
38. Something Like Love (Beverly Jenkins)
39. The Sweet Life (Francine Pascale)
40. The Lover’s Dictionary (David Leviathan)
41. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
42. The Fates Will Find Their Way (Hannah Pittard)


One Response to “Books I read in 2012”

  1. Kathy Says:

    Holy Cow, that’s a LOT of books. Kudos!

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