I definitely was not as devoted a reader in 2012 as I was in 2011—both in terms of picking up new novels/comics/plays, and in terms of keeping track of what I did finish. But it was a weird year. There was the necessary post-break-up period in the spring of only reading crappy chick-lit. We had to push through that.
And yet, I’m still a little embarrassed that I finished out the year with only 20 books under my belt, whereas the prior year I’d cracked 50. Ah, well. It’s another resolution for 2013. Keep up with the new list here!
1. Something from Tiffany’s by Melissa Hill +
2. A.D.D. by Douglas Rushkoff #
3. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
4. 666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce
5. Tales from Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made? by David Hughes
6. Delirium by Lauren Oliver +
7. Rule 34 by Charles Stross +
8. Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes +
9. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin +
10. Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes
11. The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages by Sophie Hardach
12. Deadline by Mira Grant +
13. Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays by Laurent Bouzereau
13. Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose +
14. The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman +
15. Five Men Who Broke My Heart by Susan Shapiro
16. Lighting Up by Susan Shapiro +
17. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
18. Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
19. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
20. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn +
+ = Kindle
# = comic
Those unmarked are “real”/hard copy books that I either bought or was given.
Thanks to my Kindle and daily commute, I read a ton of books this year! Sure, some were comics trade paperbacks, but I count them all the same. (At the bottom is a guide to comic, Kindle book, and novel[las].) And somehow I cracked 50 under the wire, ending with a crappy chick-lit book I picked up in the Munich airport.
So why don’t we relive the books that educated and entertained me over the last twelve months? Plus, I’ve already started my 2012 list here!
1. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
2. Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
3. Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins
4. Everything Bad Is Good for You by Steven Johnson
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
6. Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet by Sherry Turkle
7. The Disreputable History of Frankie Laundau-Banks by E. Lockhart
8. Skinny by Diana Spechler
9. Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith
10. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
I’m mostly treating Tumblr like my to-do list today, posting these so I won’t forget to buy them once they’re out.
I feel like Charlotte in the Sex and the City series finale:
Charlotte: Harry, I’m a bad wife, I ordered Chinese.
Harry: I think I got something from China, too.
(holds out of the photo of the baby they’re adopting)
Charlotte (tears, nodding frantically): That’s her. That’s our baby.
It’s so overwrought, and yet I’m having the exact same reaction.