Sunday, December 2, 2012

2012 - A Year in Books

10 years I've been keeping track of the number of books I've read. This is the first I've written down every title... minus the few handfuls of novels I would have bought, finished and sent packing within a day out at the park.

* Books I've read before this year, some I also read more than once this year.


A Changed Man - Francine Prose
A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews *** ~ I'll read this again and again.
A Queer History of the Ballet - Peter Stoneley
A Sort of Life - Graham Greene
A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards - Ann Bauer
A Year of Biblical Womanhood - Rachel Held Evans
Addiction: What's Really Going On? Inside a Heroin Treatment Program - Deborah McCloskey
American Nerd - Benjamin Nugent
An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World - Pankaj Mishra *
Anorexia's Fallen Angel - Barbara McClintock
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City - Nick Flynn
Arguing With Idiots - Glenn Beck
Ash - Malinda Lo
Beyond Fundraising: New Strategies for Nonprofit Innovation and Investment - Kay Sprinkel Grace
Big Trouble - Dave Barry
Bitter in the Mouth - Monique Troung
Black Vinyl White Powder - Simon Napier-Bell
Blink & Caution - Tim Wynne-Jones
Blink - Malcolm Gladwell ***
Bossypants - Tina Fey
Boy Alone - Karl Taro Greenfeld
Brocabulary: The New Man-I-Festo of Dude Talk - Daniel Maurer
By the People: A History of Americans as Volunteers
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Children of Welfare - Joan J. Johnson
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - John Perkins
Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa - Dambisa Moyo
Dear Photograph - Taylor Jones
Digital Activism Decoded: The New Mechanics of Change - Mary Joyce
Don't Be Afraid - Steven Hayward
Down and Out in America: The Origins of Homelessness - Peter H. Rossi
Einstein: His Life and Universe - Walter Issacson
Emergence: Labeled Autistic - Temple Grandin *
Every Dead Thing - John Connolly
Fantastic Voyage - Isaac Asimov
Fire and Ice - J.A. Jance
Fly Away Home - Eve Bunting
Freedom - Johnathan Franzen
Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
Gods of Eden- William Bramley *
Green is the New Red - Will Potter
Growing Up on the Spectrum - Lynn Kern Koebel & Claire LaZebnik
Half the Sky: Turning Opression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide - Nicholas D. Kristoff
His Way; The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra - Kitty Kelley *
Hold onto Your NUTs: The Relationship Manual for Men - Wayne M. Levine
Homelessness: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis - Jack Layton *
How Can I Talk if My Lips Don't Move: Inside My Autistic Mind - Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay
How I Became a Famous Novelist - Steve Hely *** ~ funniest book I've read in a long time
How I slept My Way to the Middle - Kevin Pollack
How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas - David Bornstein
How to Increase Homelessness - Joel John Roberts
How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie *** ~ A book that'll change anyone's life.
I Am Ozzy - Ozzy Osbourne
If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries What Am I Doing in the Pits? - Erma Bombeck *
Inside Scientology - Janet Reitman
In the Miso Soup - Ryū Murakami
Is God a Mathematician? - Mario Livio *
Jar City - Arnaldur Indridason
Just Kids - Patti Smith
Just Take My Heart - Mary Higgins Clark
Lance Armstrong's War - Daniel Coyle
Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir - James Salant *
Lennon - Tim Riley
Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis
Lullabies for Little Criminals - Heather O'Neill
Luna - Julie Anne Peters
Lying With Strangers - James Grippando
MWF Seeking BFF - Rachel Bertsche
Making Room: The Economics of Homelessness - Brendan O'Flaherty
Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli
Martha Inc. - Christopher Byron
Mission to America - Walter Kin
Mr. Clarinet - Nick Stone
Music For Torching - A.M. Homes
My Friend Leonard - James Frey
Noble House - James Clavell
Novel - George Singleton
Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham *** ~ This may be the best novel I've ever read, it'll probably take me another 5 readings to truly find the meaning.
Our Daily Bread - Lauren B. Davis
Pink - Marilyn Griffith
Prozac Nation - Elizabeth Wurtzel *
Rachel's Holiday - Marian Keyes
Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America - Jonathan Kozol *** ~ This book makes me point a critical finger at myself and explore my true intentions and reactions.
Reinventing Mona - Jennifer Coburn
Revolution! - Michael L. Brown
Revolution 2020 - Chetan Bhagat
Road Dogs - Elmore Leonard
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road - Willie Nelson
Same Kind of Different Me - Ron Hall
Scar Tissue - Anthony Kiedis
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - Alvin Schwartz
Self Made Man - Norah Vincent
Seven Types of Ambiguity - Elliot Perlman
Social Entrepreneurship: The Art of Mission-Based Venture Development - Peter C. Brinkerhoff *
Sorta Like A Rock Star - Matthew Quick
Steal Like An Artist - Austin Kleon *
Steppenwolf - Herman Hesse
Steve Jobs: A Biography - Walter Issacson
Street Crazy: America's Mental Health Tragedy - Stephen B. Seager *
Sweetheart - Chelsea Cain
Tchaikovsky - Roland John Wiley
Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women - Elliot Liebow
Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill - Jessica Stern
The Art of Making Money - Jason Kersten
The Beatles: The Biography - Bob Spitz
The Beginning of Infinity - David Deutsch
The Biggest Secret: The Book That Will Change the World - David Icke
The Bite of the Mango - Mariatu Kamara with Susan McLelland
The Bodies Left Behind - Jeffery Deaver
The Cold Spot - Tom Piccirilli
The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon *** ~ A truly great read on being an outsider looking in.
The Cutting Crew - Steve Mosby
The Debutante - Kathleen Tessaro
The Family Under the Bridge - Natalie Savage Carlson *
The Forgotten Waltz - Anne Enright
The Friday Night Knitting Club - Kate Jacobs
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
The Guardians - Andrew Pyper
The Heroin Diaries - Nikki Sixx
The Homeless - Christopher Jencks
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
The Joy of Hate - Greg Gutfeld
The Killer Inside Me - Jim Thompson
The Know-It-All - A.J. Jacobs
The Man's Manual - Gregg Stebben
The Marbury Lens - Andrew Smith
The Men Who Stare at Goats - Jon Ronson
The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City - Jennifer Toth *
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
The Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
The Photographer - Emmanuel Guibert
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver *
The Recovery Formula: An Addict's Guide to Getting Clean & Sober Forever - Beth Burgess
The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy - Polly Williams
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Rule of Four - Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason *
The Straw Men - Michael Marshall
The Time We All Went Marching - Arley McNeney
The Tolkien Reader - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Velveteen Killer Rabbit - Elia Anie *** ~ It's not for the faint of heart, but Elia Anie has a knack for showing you the dark side of otherwise adorable creatures. Parody.
The War of the End of the World - Mario Vargas Llosa
The Wealthy Barber - David Chilton * ~ Read it. Every year. Sometimes twice.
The Wild Woman's Guide to Fundraising - Mazarine Treyz
The Wizard of Loneliness - John Treadwell Nichols
The Working Poor: Invisible in America - David K. Shipler
The Year of Living Biblically - A.J. Jacobs
The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
There's a Boy in Here: Emerging from the Bonds of Autism - Judy Barron
Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman
Thinking in Pictures: My Life With Autism - Temple Grandin *
Three Cuos of Team: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace… One School at  a Time - Greg Mortenson
Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters
Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
Turn Me On, Dead Man - Andru J. Reeve
Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time - Claire Diaz-Ortiz *** ~ Twitter's official guide to using the platform for social change, must read for anyone in the field.
Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas
Under the Dome - Stephen King
Underworld - Don DeLillo
Unnatural Death - Dorothy L. Sayers
Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin - Norah Vincent
We Don't Live Here Anymore - Andre Dubus
What's to Become of the Boy; Or, Something to Do with Books - Heinrich Böll *
What Was That Number Again? - Neil Hedley
When the Game was Ours - Larry Bird & Earvin "Magic" Johnson
When the Gods Changed: The Death of Liberal Canada - Peter C. Newman *
Where Rainbows End - Cecelia Ahern
Without Apology: Girls, Women and the Desire to Fight - Leah Hager Cohen
World of Chickens - Nick Earls
You Cannot Be Serious - John McEnroe
50 Shades of Grey - EL James ~ Yes, I read it. What a waste of brain cells.

Good golly, I love to lose myself in a book. This year, 2 atypical behaviours on the book front: I bought several books new, which I RARELY do. I'm a thrift shopper which is why most of the books I read are OLD. Secondly, I think I only read about 5 truly horrid books this year, and only 1 on the list above. The others were randoms I picked up somewhere and read in an afternoon.

2012 has been a good year for reading!

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