Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Books I Read in 2012

Last year, I read 41 books. That works out to 1.25/week! (Oddly, last year was the first time in my life that I was charged late fees from the library. Never again will they get my $3.75!!)

Here's what I read:

  1. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom 
  2. The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
  3. Foursome by Jane Fallon
  4. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  5. Half a Life by Darin Strauss
  6. Husband & Wife by Leah Stewart
  7. Requiem by Francis Itani
  8. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
  9. Great House by Nicole Krauss
  10. Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
  11. The King of Torts by John Grisham
  12. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen
  13. The Confession by John Grisham
  14. Now You See Him by Eli Gottlieb
  15. The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
  16. A Painted House by John Grisham
  17. The Summons by John Grisham
  18. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfullness by Alexandra Fuller
  19. Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  20. At Home by Bill Bryson
  21. Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  22. Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
  23. Irma Voth by Miriam Toews
  24. The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollen
  25. The New Republic by Lionel Shriver
  26. Save Your Own by Elisabeth Brink
  27. The Brethren by John Grisham
  28. Everybody has Everything by Katrina Onstad
  29. The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
  30. The Client by John Grisham
  31. Why Men Lie by Linden MacIntyre
  32. The Testament by John Grisham
  33. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  34. Somewhere Inside by Laura Ling & Lisa Ling
  35. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  36. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  37. Sweet Jesus by Christine Pountney
  38. Smoke by Elizabeth Ruth
  39. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  40. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  41. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
It's a pretty mixed bag. I (obviously!) discovered John Grisham this year. Looking back over this list, my favorites were The Kitchen House (1), Stolen Life (10), A Painted House (16), At Home (20), Five Quarters of the Orange (22), and The Patron Saint of Liars (29). I'm pretty sure all of these have review posts over here, if you are interested in reading that kind of thing. 

Do you have any titles to pass on? I'm always looking for my next read!


  1. Fall On Your Knees and A Fine Balance are two of my all-time favourites.

    How was State of Wonder by Ann Patchett? I've only read Bel Canto by her (and loved it).

    A few recommendations:
    Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
    And Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    Room by Emma Donaghue

    1. I loved Fall On Your Knees too. State of Wonder was interesting - I liked it a lot but I liked The Patron Saint of Liars by her more.
      Thanks for the recommendations. I have read Room, but will check out the others you listed.

  2. Good reading! There are quite a few on this list that I haven't read...must get busy in 2013!

  3. Anonymous8:11 AM

    Wow!! And my friends think I read a lot! I must tell them about you. I love your list. I try to keep a list too, but sometimes I just forget to write it down! I see lots of same-reads and am going to check out some others. I am currently obsessively reading The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I read it when it was published 12 years or so ago, but it was in my Christmas box from Mom and I needed a book so starting reading it again! I have always said it is on my "Top 5" ever list and I am being reminded why I put it there! I think one of my favourite reads from 2012 was Vincent Lam's The Headmaster's Wager. Others: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, both recommended by Abbey and well worth the read. Happy New Year to you and Dan.