Books Read 2012

Stats from Goodreads.com

Stats from Goodreads.com

January 2012:

  1. For You Mom, Finally – Ruth Reichl, 144 pages. (Jan 1). QUICK
  2. Shelter – Jayne Anne Phillips, 320 pages.  (Jan 2). QUICK
  3. The Writing Life – Annie Dillard, 111 pages.  (Jan 2).
  4. Dark Charms:Chapbook – Dorianne Laux (Jan 3).
  5. Superman:Chapbook– Dorianne Laux (Jan 4).
  6. Time and Materials – Robert Hass, 87 pages.  (Jan 4).
  7. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs, 348 pages. (Jan 4). REVIEW
  8. The Reading Promise – Alice Ozma, 288 pages. (Jan 7). MENTION
  9. In the Bedroom – Andre Dubus, 148 pages. (Jan 9).  REVIEW
  10. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin, 320 pages.  (Jan 16). REVIEW
  11. A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight: Poems – Hadara Bar-Nadav, 78 pages. (Jan 18).
  12. Moral Disorder – Margaret Atwood, 240 pages. (Jan 23).
  13. Instructions to the Double – Tess Gallagher, 86 pages. (Jan 23).
  14. The Retrieval System – Maxine Kumin, 69 pages. (Jan 25).
  15. The War of the Rosens – Janice Eudice, 232 pages. (Jan 29). QUICK
February 2012:
  1. Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles #1) – Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis, 541 pages.  (Feb 3).  REVIEW
  2. Creative Nonfiction Issue 43 (Winter) – Lee Gutkind (Editor), 80 pages.  (Feb 4).
  3. Self-Help: Stories – Lorrie Moore, 163 pages. (Feb 7). REVIEW
  4. Glaciers – Alexis M. Smith, 174 pages.  (Feb 9). QUICK
  5. Saving Milly: Love, Politics and Parkinson’s Disease – Morton Kondracke, 272 pages. (Feb 10).
  6. Beasts of No Nation – Uzodinma Iweala, 142 pages.  (Feb 12). REVIEW
  7. Raleigh Review Vol. 2 – Raleigh Review, 80 pages. (Feb 16).
  8. Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson, 219 pages. (Feb 17). REVIEW
  9. Ship Fever: Stories – Andrea Barrett, 254 pages. (Feb 21). QUICK
  10. The Diving Bell and The Butterfly – Jean-Dominique Bauby, 132 pages.  (Feb 23). QUICK
  11. Postcards from a Dead Girl – Kirk Faber, 256 pages. (Feb 26). QUICK
March 2012:
  1. The Hours – Michael Cunningham, 226 pages. (March 1).
  2. Forth a Raven – Christina Davis, 49 pages. (March 3). REVIEW
  3. Flash Fiction Forward – James Thomas and Robert Shapard (editors), 237 pages. (March 4).
  4. A Good American – Alex George, 381 pages. (March 8).
  5. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins, 374 pages. (March 9). REVIEW
  6. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins, 391 pages.  (March 11).
  7. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins, 390 pages. (March 11).
  8. Throw Like a Girl: Stories – Jean Thompson, 391 pages. (March 13).
  9. On the Bus with Rosa Parks – Rita Dove, 88 pages.  (March 14).
  10. We the Animals – Justin Torres, 125 pages. (March 15). REVIEW
  11. Everything Beautiful Began After – Simon Van Booy, 402 pages.  (March 18). QUICK
  12. the perks of being a wallflower – Stephen Chbosky, 213 pages.  (March 20).
  13. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel – Louise Murphy, 297 pages. (March 23). REVIEW
  14. Three Ladies Beside the Sea – Rhoda Levine (Illustrator: Edward Gorey). (March 28). REVIEW
  15. People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks, 372 pages.  (March 29).

April 2012:

  1. Lives of Girls and Women – Alice Munro, 211 pages.  (April 1).
  2. A Short History of Women – Kate Walbert, 237 pages. (April 3). REVIEW
  3. Overtime (Poems)- Joseph Millar, 60 pages. (April 4).
  4. Salvage the Bones – JesmynWard, 258 pages. (April 5). QUICK
  5. How We Are Hungry – Dave Eggers, 218 pages. (April 8).
  6. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God – Francis Chan, 175 pages.  (April 11).
  7. The Gardens of Kyoto – Kate Walbert, 286 pages.  (April 16).  REVIEW
  8. Autobiography of Red – Anne Carson, 149 pages. (April 16). QUICK
  9. Cinder – Marissa Meyer, 387 pages. (April 18). REVIEW
  10. Tattoos on the Heart – Gregory “G” Boyles, 212 pages. (April 20). QUICK
  11. Arcadia – Lauren Groff, 304 pages. (April 23). REVIEW
  12. What the Birds See – Sonya Hartnett, 194 pages. (April 25).
  13. The Conference of the Birds – Peter Sis, 160 pages. (April 26). REVIEW

May 2012:

  1. Unselected Poems – Philip Levine, 109 pages.  (May 1).
  2. Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction – (edited by) Lex Williford and Michael Martone, 542 pages. (May 2).
  3. 84, Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff, 97 pages. (May 4). REVIEW
  4. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street – Helene Hanff, 160 pages. (May 5).
  5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick, 534 pages. (May 5).
  6. The Air We Breathe – Andrea Barrett, 297 pages. (May 10).  REVIEW
  7. Blackbird House – Alice Hoffman, 225 pages. (May 10).
  8. The Sad Epistles (Poetry Chapbook) – Emma Bolden, 11 pages.  (May 13). REVIEW
  9. The Book of Women (Poetry Chapbook) – Dorianne Laux, 20 pages. (May 14). REVIEW
  10. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (A Year of Food Life) – Barbara Kingsolver, 354 pages. (May 15).
  11. Invisible Girls – Erika Lutzner, 22 pages. (May 16). REVIEW
  12. Eucalyptus – Murray Bail, 255 pages. (May 19). QUICK
  13. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card, 325 pages. (May 21).
  14. When Women Were Birds – Terry Tempest Williams, 208 pages. (May 23). REVIEW
  15. Briar Rose – Jane Yolen, 239 pages. (May 27). QUICK
  16. With My Body – Nikki Gemmell, 462 pages. (May 31). REVIEW

June 2012:

  1. Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It – Maile Meloy, 219 pages. (June 1).
  2. Sarah’s Key – Tatiana De Rosnay, 293 pages. (June 3).
  3. The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop – Lewis Buzbee, 216 pages. (June 5). REVIEW
  4. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed, 315 pages. (June 10). REVIEW
  5. Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler (Art by: Maira Kalman), 345 pages. (June 13). REVIEW
  6. Attic of the Wind – Doris Herold Lund (Art by: Ati Forberg).  (June 15). REVIEW
  7. Life on Mars: Poems – Tracy K. Smith, 70 pages. (June 17). QUICK
  8. Embroideries – Marjane Satrapi, 144 pages.  (June 18). QUICK
  9. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers, 359 pages. (June 19). QUICK
  10. Here on Earth – Alice Hoffman, 293 pages. (June 22).
  11. Orange is the New Black: My Year in Women’s Prison – Piper Kerman, 295 pages. (June 26).
  12. The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka, 129 pages. (June 29).

July 2012:

  1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Murial Barbery (Alison Anderson), 325 pages. (July 1).
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie, 231 pages. (July 5). REVIEW
  3. Iodine – Haven Kimmel, 221 pages. (July 8).  REVIEW
  4. The Passion – Jeanette Winterson, 160 pages. (July 10).
  5. houses are fields: poems – Taije Silveman, 79 pages. (July 14).
  6. Tiger Lily– Jodi Lynn Anderson, 292 pages. (July 17). QUICK
  7. The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh, 308 pages. (July 23). REVIEW
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee, 281 pages. (July 28).
  9. Night – Elie Wiesel, 109 pages. (July 30).

August 2012:

  1. The Principles of Uncertainty – Maira Kalman, 336 pages. (August 6). REVIEW
  2. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck, 107 pages. (Aug 7). REVIEW
  3. The Boy in Striped Pajamas – John Boyne, 215 pages. (Aug 8).
  4. The Littlest Birds Sing the Prettiest Songs – Folk Music Illustrated by Jennie Smith, 138 pages. (Aug 9).
  5. Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones, 256 pages. (Aug 21). QUICK
  6.  The Dove Keepers – Alice Hoffman, 504 pages. (Aug 22). QUICK
  7. Out of True – Amy Durant, 94 pages. (Aug 22). REVIEW

September 2012:

  1. The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls, 188 pages. (Sept 2). REVIEW
  2. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi, 153 pages. (Sept 7).
  3. And the Pursuit of Happiness – Maira Kalman, 471 pages. (Sept 9). REVIEW
  4. First Days of School – Harry Wong, 338 pages. (Sept 18).
  5. Living in a Nutshell – Janet Lee, 208 pages. (Sept 18).
  6. Vaclav and Lena – Haley Tanner, 292 pages. (Sept 29). QUICK

October 2012:

  1. Black Boy – Richard Wright, 448 pages. (Oct 7). QUICK
  2. American Pastoral – Philip Roth, 423 pages. (Oct 14). QUICK
  3. A Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer – Christine Schutt, 176 pages. (Oct 14). QUICK
  4. Half Broke Horses – Jeannette Walls, 270 pages. (Oct 25).
  5. Love Begins in Winter – Simon Van Booy, 226 pages. (Oct 28). REVIEW

November 2012:

  1. Soul Thief – Charles Baxter, 208 pages. (Nov 2).
  2. Chopsticks – Jessica Anthony, 272 pages. (Nov 5).
  3. Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, 563 pages. (Nov 12). REVIEW
  4. Swim Back to Me – Ann Packer, 225 pages. (Nov 24).
  5. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje, 302 pages. (Nov 30). REVIEW
  6. A Thousand Mornings – Mary Oliver, 77 pages. (Nov 30).

December 2012:

  1. This is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz, 213 pages. (Dec 12). REVIEW
  2. Tiny Beautiful Things Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar – Cheryl Strayed, 353 pages. (Dec 20).
  3. Broetry – Brian McGackin, 123 pages. (Dec 22).
  4. Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka-Brunt, 360 pages. (Dec 25).

I HAVE OFFICIALLY REACHED 120 BOOKS, HOLY WORDS BATMAN!

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