Books read in 2012

Total as of December 31: 137
My comments on the books read this year are collected here.

1. The revised total reflects that fact that the five volumes of Hugh Howey's Wool saga are more appropriately considered a single work.

2. The list of books read, which had previously been more or less chronological, has been sorted: Plays, Classics (a debatable category, I know), Poetry, General fiction, YA fiction, Non-fiction, and Graphic works (comprising both fiction and non-fiction and non-fiction). If you really dig chronology, though, you can find the old list here.

3. As I mentioned throughout the year, my one reading goal was to read at least 52 non-fiction works. I read 50 (three of which were graphic works).

4. While all of the books listed under Plays, Classics, Poetry, and Graphic works were compelling, my favorites in the remaining categories -- General fiction, YA fiction, and Non-fiction -- have been moved to the top of their lists and separated from the remaining titles with a bar.

~ Plays (19)  ~
Coriolanus (William Shakespeare; play)
Timon of Athens (William Shakespeare; play)
The Taming of the Shrew (William Shakespeare; play)
Othello (William Shakespeare; play)
Henry V (William Shakespeare; play)
Hamlet (William Shakespeare; play)
Three Sisters (Anton Chekhov; play)
The Iceman Cometh (Eugene O'Neill; play)
The Misanthrope (Molière; play)
No Exit (Jean-Paul Sartre; play)
Waiting for Godot (Samuel Beckett; play)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Tom Stoppard; play)
Electra (Sophocles; play)
Oedipus Rex (Sophocles; play)
Our Town (Thornton Wilder; play)
The Crucible (Arthur Miller; play)
Black Watch (Gregory Burke; play)
Metamorphoses (Mary Zimmerman; play)
Equivocation (Bill Cain; play)

~ Poetry (1)  ~
Nox (Anne Carson; poetry)

~ Classics (11)  ~
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien; fiction)
Dracula (Bram Stoker; fiction)
Watership Down (Richard Adams; fiction)
Animal Farm (George Orwell; fiction)
The Island of Dr. Moreau (H.G. Wells; fiction)
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley; fiction)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury; fiction)
First Love (Ivan Turgenev; fiction)
Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson; fiction)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Baroness Emmuska Orczy; fiction)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie; fiction)

~ General fiction (25)  ~
Tell the Wolves I'm Home (Carla Rifka Brunt; fiction)
The Age of Miracles (Karen Thompson Walker; fiction)
Things We Didn't See Coming (Steven Amsterdam; fiction)
A Thousand Cuts (Simon Lelic; fiction)
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats (Jan-Philipp Sendker; fiction)
Sister (Rosamund Lupton; fiction)
The Middlesteins (Jami Attenberg; fiction)

The Devil All the Time (Donald Ray Pollock; fiction)
The Song of Achilles (Madeline Miller; fiction)
Defending Jacob (William Landay; fiction)
The English Teacher (Lily King; fiction)
The Group (Mary McCarthy; fiction)
The Playdate (Alice Millar; fiction)
What Alice Forgot (Liane Moriarty; fiction)
The Silver Linings Playbook (Matthew Quick; fiction)
Gone, Girl (Gillian Flynn; fiction)
The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady (Elizabeth Stuckey-French; fiction)
Amped (Daniel H. Wilson; fiction)
The Lifeboat (Charlotte Rogan; fiction)
Bedbugs (Ben H. Winters; fiction)
Stay Close (Harlan Coben; fiction)
Never Knowing (Chevy Stevens; fiction)
Fly Away Home (Jennifer Weiner; fiction)
Pariah (Bob Fingerman; fiction)
Wool [complete] (Hugh Howey; fiction)

~ YA fiction (23)  ~
Feed (MT Anderson; fiction)
The Fault in Our Stars (John Green; YA fiction)
Going Bovine (Libba Bray; YA fiction)
UnWholly (Neal Shusterman; YA fiction)
I Am the Cheese (Robert Cormier; YA fiction)
Adventure Unleashed (______ __. _________; unpublished fiction)

Mr. Monster (Dan Wells; fiction)
I Don't Want to Kill You (Dan Wells; fiction)
Happy Endings Are All Alike (Sandra Scoppettone; YA fiction)
Are You in the House Alone? (Richard Peck; YA fiction)
Daughters of Eve (Lois Duncan; YA fiction)
The Wave (Todd Strasser; YA fiction)
The Hole (Guy Burt; fiction)
Shapeshifters: Tales from Ovid's Metamorphoses (Adrian Mitchell; poetry, prose, myth)
The Tale of Paradise Lost: Based on the Poem by John Milton (Nancy Willard; fiction)
When You Were Mine (Rebecca Serle; YA fiction)
Shelter (Harlan Coben; YA fiction)
Falling for Hamlet (Michelle Ray; YA fiction)
Tiger Eyes (Judy Blume; YA fiction)
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins; fiction)
Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher; YA fiction)
The Project (Brian Falkner; YA fiction)
Epic Fail (Claire LaZebnik; YA fiction)

~ Non-fiction (47)  ~
Counterfeit Kids: Why They Can't Think and How to Save Them (Rod Baird; non-fiction)
One for the Books (Joe Queenan; non-fiction)
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (Joshua Foer; non-fiction)
The Autobiography of an Execution (David R. Dow; non-fiction)
The Memory Palace (Mira Bartók; memoir)
The Fiddler in the Subway (Gene Weingarten; non-fiction, journalism/essays)
The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg; non-fiction)
Hamlet: Poem Unlimited (Harold Bloom; non-fiction)
My Ideal Bookshelf (Thessaly La Force, editor, Jane Mount, illustrator; non-fiction) ___________________________________

Say This, NOT That to Your Professor (Ellen Bremen; non-fiction)
The End of Your Life Book Club (Will Schwalbe; non-fiction)
The Birding Life: A Passion for Birds at Home and Afield (Larry Sheehan; non-fiction)
January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her (Michael Schofield; non-fiction)
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (Nicholas Carr; non-fiction)
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl (Stacey O'Brien; non-fiction)
The Essential Voter's Guide (TIME; non-fiction)
Teaching Hamlet and Henry IV, Part I (Peggy O'Brien; non-fiction)
Drawn In (Julia Rothman; non-fiction)
No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master's Degree at age 16 (Alexandra Swann; memoir)
The Fat Flush Plan (Ann Louise Gittleman; health)
Are You Liberal? Conservative? Or Confused? (Richard J. Maybury; non-fiction)
The Year of Learning Dangerously (Quinn Cummings; memoir)
The Paleo Diet (Loren Cordain; non-fiction)
The Primal Blueprint (Mark Sisson; non-fiction)
How to Retire Overseas (Kathleen Peddicord; non-fiction)
Where to Retire (John Howells; non-fiction)
The Outsourced Self (Arlie Russell Hochschild; non-fiction)
Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? (Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D.; non-fiction)
Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age (Michael J. Gelb and Kelly Howell; non-fiction)
The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need (Andrew Tobias; non-fiction)
Lament for a Son (Nicholas Wolterstorff; non-fiction)
Roy Lichtenstein, 1923-1997 (Janis Hendrickson; non-fiction)
Neptune Noir: Unauthorized Investigations into Veronica Mars (Rob Thomas, editor; non-fiction)
Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting (Pamela Druckerman; non-fiction)
Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading (Lizzie Skurnik; non-fiction)
Bossypants (Tina Fey; non-fiction)
Retirement without Borders (Barry Golson; non-fiction)
The World's Top Retirement Havens (ed. Margaret J. Goldstein; non-fiction)
Let's Go: Peru, Ecuador & Bolivia (ed. Michelle R. Bowman; non-fiction)
iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us (Larry D. Rosen; non-fiction, psychology/technology)
The Difference (Jean Chatzky; non-fiction, personal finance)
The Pen Commandments (Steven Frank; non-fiction, writing)
Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books (Leah Price; non-fiction)
Immortal Bird (Doron Weber; memoir)
Stop Acting Rich... And Start Living Like a Real Millionaire (Thomas J. Stanley; non-fiction; personal finance)
Like Shaking Hands with God (Kurt Vonnegut, Lee Stringer; non-fiction)
Artist's Journal Workshop (Cathy Johnson; non-fiction, art)

~ Graphic works, both fiction and non-fiction (11)  ~
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me (Ellen Forney; graphic memoir)
Are You My Mother? (Alison Bechdel; graphic memoir)
The Zen of Steve Jobs (Caleb Melby; graphic non-fiction)
American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang; graphic novel)
Sweet Tooth Vol. 5: Unnatural Habitat (Jeff Lemire; graphic fiction)
Sweet Tooth Vol. 4: Endangered Species (Jeff Lemire; graphic fiction)
Sweet Tooth Vol. 3: Animal Armies (Jeff Lemire; graphic fiction)
Sweet Tooth Vol. 2: In Captivity (Jeff Lemire; graphic fiction)
Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out of the Woods (Jeff Lemire; graphic fiction)
Kill Shakespeare: Volume 1 (Conor McCreery; graphic fiction)
The Night Bookmobile (Audrey Niffenegger; graphic novel)


Barbara H. said...

I enjoyed listening to The Hobbit via audiobook this year.

The Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour is one of my favorite films but I don't think I was so crazy about the book.

I keep wanting to read Fahrenheit 451 and then keep forgetting about it.

Robin McCormack said...

You have an amazing list of interesting reads as always. Have added a few to my wishlist. Look forward to hearing about your reads in 2013. Happy new year and happy reading.

Mental multivitamin said...

Barbara, we liked that film, too. Robin, the same to you!