Monday, December 31, 2012

Reading List 2012

Here's an archived copy of my Hundred-Book Challenge for this year. I'll be keeping up the new list here:

I would recommend the bolded titles with enthusiasm, and I enjoyed the italicized titles but probably wouldn't read them again.

Read in 2012:
1. Turn Signals Are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles, by Donald Norman
2. If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't), by Betty White
3. Decade of Hope: Stories of Grief and Endurance from 9/11 Families and Friends, by Dennis Smith
4. Thank You for Arguing, by Jay Heinrichs
5. The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story, by Alison Thompson
6. Georgia Bottoms, by Mark Childress
7. And Furthermore, by Judi Dench
8. Locked Rooms, by Laurie R. King
9. Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is, by Abigail Garner
10. The Mistress of Nothing, by Kate Pullinger
11. Hell is Other Parents: And Other Tales of Maternal Combustion, by Deborah Copaken Kogan
11.5.* What the L?, by Kate Clinton
11.75.* A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812, by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich 
12. The Scottish Prisoner, by Diana Gabaldon 
13. Vanishing Acts, by Jodi Picoult
14. In Fire Forged: Worlds of Honor V, by David Drake and others
15. Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King
16. Take a Thief, by Mercedes Lackey
17. Intrigues, by Mercedes Lackey
18. Changes, by Mercedes Lackey
19. Your Money or Your Life, by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
20. Gathering Blue, by Lois Lowry
20.5.* Ruby's Spoon, by Anna Lawrence Pietroni 
21. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 1 ("Charmed Life" and "The Lives of Christopher Chant"), by Diana Wynne Jones
22. Swallowing Darkness, by Laurell K. Hamilton
23. Paper Towns, by John Green
24. Divine Misdemeanors, by Laurell K. Hamilton
25. Keeper of the Bees, by Gene Stratton-Porter
26. Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide, by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
27. Touchstone, by Laurie R. King
28. Chalice, by Robin McKinley
29. The Blue Girl, by Charles de Lint
30. The Pinhoe Egg, by Diana Wynne Jones
31. Terrier, by Tamora Pierce
32. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, by Nicholas Carr
32.5.* I am America (And so Can You!), by Stephen Colbert
33. Guitar Girl, by Sarra Manning
34. Becoming the Parent You Want To Be: A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years, by Laura Davis
35. Parenting, Inc.: How the Billion-Dollar Baby Business Has Changed the Way We Raise Our Children, by Pamela Paul
36. The Secret Circle: The Captive Part II and The Power, by L.J. Smith
37. Skin, by Roald Dahl
38. The Black Notebooks: An Interior Journey, by Toi Derricotte
39. The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry
40. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
41. Fledgling, by Octavia Butler
42. Happy Accidents, by Jane Lynch
43. The Eagle and the Nightingale, by Mercedes Lackey
44. Shadows in Flight, by Orson Scott Card
45. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
46. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
47. Bossypants, by Tina Fey
48. The Number: a Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest of Your Life, by Lee Eisenberg
49. The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas Stanley and William Danko
50. Let's Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson
51. It's Not About the Money, by Brent Kessel
52. The Time Traveler's Wifeby Audrey Niffenegger
53. Bringing up Bebe, by Pamela Druckerman
54. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
55. Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr
56. Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian, by Avi Steinberg
57. Some Assembly Required, by Anne Lamott
58. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
58.5.* The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home, by George Howe Colt
59. Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campusesby Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa
60. The Door into Summer, by Robert Heinlein
61. Bitten: True Medical Stories of Bites and Stings, by Pamela Nagami
62. The Kitchen Daughter, by Jael McHenry
63. Travels, by Michael Crichton
64. Tortall and Other Lands, by Tamora Pierce
65. Jefferson's Sons, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
65.5.* Say You're One of Them, by Uwem Akpan
66. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
67. Cage of Stars, by Jacquelyn Mitchard
68. The 19th Wife, by David Ebershoff
69. Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, by Deborah Feldman
69.5.* The Dovekeepers, by Alice Hoffman
70. Hereville: How Mirka Got her Sword, by Barry Deutsch
71. The Ballad of Tom Dooley, by Sharyn McCrumb
72. Americus, by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill
73. The Legend That Was Earth, by James P. Hogan
74. Gods Behaving Badly, by Marie Phillips
75. Handle With Care, by Jodi Picoult
76. Encore Provence, by Peter Mayle
77. Cell, by Stephen King
78. Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine, by Alison Weir
79. Stolen Innocence, by Elissa Wall
80. Waiting for Your Cat to Bark?: Persuading Customers When They Ignore Marketing, by Brian & Jeffrey Eisenberg and Lisa Davis
81. Where are the Children?, by Mary Higgins Clark
82. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
83. Run, by Ann Patchett
84. Raising Boys Without Men: How Maverick Moms Are Creating the Next Generation of Exceptional Men, by Dr. Peggy Drexler
85. A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America's Hidden History, by Kenneth C. Davis
86. Tangled Webs, by Anne Bishop
87. The Shadow Queen, by Anne Bishop
88. Shalador's Lady, by Anne Bishop
89. Naamah's Curse, by Jacqueline Carey
90. My Drowning, by Jim Grimsley
91. Raised Right, by Alisa Harris
92. Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
93. Affinity, by Sarah Waters
94. Matched, by Ally Condie
95. Divergent, by Veronica Roth
96. The Red Queen, by Philippa Gregory
97. A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, by Michael Dorris
98. Naamah's Blessing, by Jacqueline Carey
99. Crossed, by Ally Condie
100. Sin in the Second City, by Karen Abbott

101. The Pleasure's All Mine: Memoir of a Professional Submissive, by Joan Kelly
102. The Lifeboat, by Charlotte Rogan
103. A Song I Knew By Heart, by Bret Lott
104. Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage, by Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas
105. Soup and Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time, by Martha Bayne
106. Fire, by Kristin Cashore
107. Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore
108. Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
109. Welcome to Leo's, by Rochelle Alers, Donna Hill, Brenda Jackson, and Francis Ray
110. Wolfsbane, by Patricia Briggs
111. Midnight, by Dean Koontz
112. Stone Junction, by Jim Dodge
113. Shameless, by Jennifer Blake
114. Reached, by Ally Condie
115. Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong, by Joan Steinau Lester
116. For One More Day, by Mitch Albom
117. Next, by Michael Crichton
118. Impact, by Douglas Preston
119. Home From the Sea, by Mercedes Lackey
120. Lone Wolf, by Jodi Picoult
121. Something Red, by Nicholas Douglas
122. Grace, by T. Greenwood
123. The Angel Makers, by Jessica Gregson

*I started reading these fractional selections, but couldn't finish or didn't want to. (I also re-read, in whole or in part, several dozen books I'd encountered before.)

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