Book List 2012

Unless you're new here, it's probably no secret to you that I love to read. I mean, I really really love to read. Last year, I told you about the sort-of-book-club-but-not-a-book-club that I'm in where myself and nine other fabulous people all share a Google spreadsheet of what we're reading, our thoughts on it and with space to comment on other people's lists. As someone who is always reading, and always looking for more to read, this is a perfect way for me to never run out of reading material. 

My goal last year was to read 50 books, and I achieved it by reading 57 books. This year, which I'm affectionately referring to as 'The Year of the Book,' my goal was to read 75 books. As of today, I have read 89 books this year, I'm halfway through two others, and I have at least 3 more that I'm hoping to enjoy in the next 2 weeks. 

I spent a lot of time this year commuting, and reading during lunch, and somehow, before I even knew it, I was flying through books like never before. Next week, I'm going to group together my favorites, and let you know what books I'll be starting 2013 with, but this morning, I want to share with you the full list of books that I read this year. If you're still looking for gifts for your favorite bookworms, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail about any one of these - and I can let you know how much I loved it, or not. Although, you should know, I enjoyed almost all of the books that I read this year.

1.      The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot
2.      1Q84 / Haruki Murakami
3.      The Long Goodbye / Meghan O’Rourke
4.      Thunderstruck / Erik Larson
5.      Unbroken / Laura Hillenbrand
6.      How to Love an American Man / Kristin Gasbarre
7.      Belong to Me / Marisa de los Santos
8.      Falling Together / Marisa de los Santos
9.      The Sense of an Ending / Julian Barnes
10.  Cleaving / Julie Powell
11.  Maine / Courtney J. Sullivan
12.  Let’s Take the Long Way Home / Gail Caldwell
13.  The Best Advice I Ever Got / Katie Couric
14.  Kitchen Confidential / Anthony Bourdain
15.  In the Garden of Beasts / Erik Larson
16.  The Alchemist / Paulo Coelho
17.  The Taste of Salt / Martha Southgate
18.  Blood, Bones and Butter / Gabrielle Hamilton
19.  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close / Jonathan Safran Foer
20.  Dead Until Dark: SS, B1 / Charlaine Harris
21.  The Tiger’s Wife / Tea Obreht
22.  Back to Work: Why We Need Strong Government for a Smart Economy / Bill Clinton
23.  Clash of Kings / George R.R. Martin
24.  Where Men Win Glory / Jon Krakauer
25.  The Night Circus / Erin Morgenstern
26.  Then Again / Diane Keaton
27.  State of Wonder / Anne Patchett
28.  A Storm of Swords / George R.R. Martin
29.  My Name is Memory / Ann Brashares
30.  Secret Daughter / Shilpi Somaya Gowda
31.  Fifty Shades of Grey / E.L. James
32.  Twenties Girl / Sophie Kinsella
33.  Things Fall Apart / Chinua Achebe
34.  The Weird Sisters / Eleanor Brown
35.  In Cold Blood / Truman Capote
36.  The Remains of the Day / Kazuo Ishiguro
37.  The Essential 55 / Ron Clark
38.  Atonement / Ian McEwan
39.  The Flame Alphabet / Ben Marcus
40.  Bel Canto / Anne Patchett
41.  Twilight / Stephanie Meyer
42.  Alone / Lisa Gardner
43.  New Moon / Stephanie Meyer
44.  The Year of Magical Thinking / Joan Didon
45.  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? / Mindy Kaling
46.  Eclipse / Stephanie Meyer
47.  Poisonwood Bible / Barbara Kingsolver
48.  Breaking Dawn / Stephanie Meyer
49.  Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year / Esme Codell
50.  Among Schoolchildren / Tracy Kidder
51.  The Glass Castle / Jeannette Walls
52.  The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet / Jamie Ford
53.  The Imperfectionists / Tom Rachman
54.  A Feast for Crows / George R.R. Martin
55.  On Chesil Beach / Ian McEwan
56.  Running with Scissors / Augusten Buroughs
57.  Lives on the Boundary / Mike Rose
58.  My Dyslexia / Philip Schultz
59.  The Red Garden / Alice Hoffman
60.  Paris Wife / Paula McLain
61.  Then Came You / Jennifer Weiner
62.  The Beginner’s Goodbye / Anne Tyler
63.  Girls in White Dresses / Jennifer Close
64.  World War Z / Max Brooks
65.  Gone Girl / Gillian Flynn
66.  A Dance with Dragons / George R.R. Martin
67.  The Singles / Meredith Goldstein
68.  The Last Time I Saw You / Elizabeth Berg
69.  Waiting to Exhale / Terry McMillan
70.  Under the Banner of Heaven / Jon Krakauer
71.  American Gods / Neil Gaiman
72.  Joy for Beginners / Erica Baumeister
73.  The Children in Room E4 / Susan Eaton
74.  The Last Letter from Your Lover / Jojo Moyes
75.  The Joy Luck Club / Amy Tan
76.  Cutting for Stone / Abraham Verghese
77.  33 Men / Jonathan Franklin
78.  Isaac’s Storm / Erik Larson
79.  Drive / Rachel Maddow
80.  The Casual Vacancy / J.K. Rowling
81.  The Kitchen House / Kathleen Grissom
82.  The Cutting Season / Attica Locke
83.  The Age of Miracles / Karen Thompson Walker
84.  Lethal Passage / Erik Larson
85.  Have Mother, Will Travel / Mia and Claire Fontaine
86.  The Sandcastle Girls / Chris Bohjalian
87.  Behind the Beautiful Forevers / Katherine Boo
88.  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao / Junot Diaz
89.  The End of Your Life Book Club / Will Schwalbe

I really am so happy that I read these this year, and I am excited to finish up the books I'm currently in the middle of (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking and Call of the Wild) and dive into a few new ones. This afternoon, I'll be posting a holiday gift guide just for the bookworm - so make sure to stop back for that later today!

Do you love to read too? Did you read any of these this year? Read something that blew you away but isn't on this list? I'd love to hear about it - I'm always on the lookout for new book suggestions!

***Update: I finished out the year reading 4 more books - ending at 93 for the year! My final books were as follows: 90. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking / Susan Cain, 91. Fifty Shades Darker / E.L. James, 92. Fifty Shades Freed / E.L. James, and 93. Dark Places / Gillian Flynn.***



  1. Holy cow, gosh you are out of control! You rock!

  2. Wow! That's awesome! My goal was to read 26 books this year (one every two weeks) and I think I only got halfway to that goal. Do you read these on an e-reader or physical books?


    1. Thanks Meaghan! The majority were on my Kindle - almost all of those were borrowed through the library, but some were physical books too. I got the Kindle from Josh last year and it definitely helped me increase my reading!


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