fuck yeah reading: 2012 books

January 1st, 2013 3:48 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Second annual! So this is a new tradition that I started last year, after I saw Marji’s list; only this year I did it more better, because I kept track of the books as I went. (Imagine that!) Also I managed to nearly double the number of books I read last year – no small feat when you throw in Justin Cronin’s The Passage, as well as the veritable epics of Stephen King – so there’s that. I starred all my favorites (there are a few!), and also included links to those I reviewed (handy!).

If I have to recommend just one, hands down I’d pick The Book Thief. Have you ever hesitated to review a book – or to even attempt to discuss it with someone who hasn’t read it – for fear that anything you might say would only sully the sheer awesomeness of it? That’s The Book Thief. Beautiful and magical, yet also brutally painful; lovingly crafted, even down to the smallest details; a book that can instill both a sense of hope and one of fatalism about the human condition. Indescribably painful, for good and bad. Like a knife to the heart. I can’t even. You should read it, you know, unless you’re triggered by violence. (It’s about the Holocaust, so there’s that.)

As happy as I was with my progress this year, there were still a number of books in my pile that I didn’t get to: I didn’t quite finish The Dark Tower, for one. Grendel by John Gardner. Some other oldies: Catch-22, I Am Legend. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood and The Adventures of Vivian Sharpe, Vegan Superhero by Marla Rose, aka The Vegan Feminist Agitator. A few re-readings: Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and Atwood’s Mad Adam trilogy (the first two parts, anyhow!). Several pieces of nonfiction: Inside of a Dog and Fear of the Animal Planet. This and that. Ah well, there’s always next year.

As an aside, if you’re trying to motivate yourself to read more, I’ve found that keeping track of one’s progress – coupled with the prospect of publishing said progress (or lack thereof) publicly – gives quite the push. Exhibit A: My increase from 25 to 44 books in 2011/2012. Just saying.

 

fuck yeah reading: 2012 book list

  1. Firefly: The Official Companion: Volume One, Joss Whedon (2006)
  2. New Skies: An Anthology of Today’s Science Fiction, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ed. (2003)
  3. Nekropolis, Maureen F. McHugh (2001) *
  4. The Dark Tower, Book 1: The Gunslinger, Stephen King (1982)
  5. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, Margaret Atwood (2011); blogged here and here
  6. The Dark Tower, Book 2: The Drawing of the Three, Stephen King (1987)
  7. Towelhead: A Novel, Alicia Erian (2008) *
  8. Gas Drilling and the Fracking of a Marriage, Stephanie C. Hamel (2011); reviewed here
  9. The Walking Dead Chronicles: The Official Companion Book, Paul Ruditis (2011)
  10. China Mountain Zhang, Maureen F. McHugh (1992) *
  11. Love + Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships, David N. L. Levy (2008); reviewed here
  12. The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy, Movie Edition, Leah Wilson, ed. (2011) *
  13. The Dark Tower, Book 3: The Waste Lands, Stephen King (1991)
  14. Half the Day is Night, Maureen F. McHugh (1994); reviewed here
  15. Mission Child, Maureen F. McHugh (1998); reviewed here and blogged here *
  16. A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends, Stacy Bierlein (2012); reviewed here
  17. Of Muscles and Men: Essays on the Sword and Sandal Film, Michael Cornelius, ed. (2011); reviewed here
  18. The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sixteen Original Works by Speculative Fiction’s Finest Voices, Ellen Datlow, ed. (2008); reviewed here
  19. The Dark Tower, Book 4: Wizard and Glass, Stephen King (1997)
  20. The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood (2005); reviewed here *
  21. Good Bones and Simple Murders, Margaret Atwood (1994); reviewed here
  22. White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf, Aaron Bobrow-Strain (2012); reviewed here
  23. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, Kate Bernheimer, ed. (2010); reviewed here
  24. Mothers & Other Monsters: Stories, Maureen F. McHugh (2006); reviewed here *
  25. The Tent, Margaret Atwood (2006); reviewed here
  26. Santa Olivia, Jacqueline Carey (2009); reviewed here *
  27. History Is Dead: A Zombie Anthology, Kim Paffenroth, ed. (2007); reviewed here
  28. I Am Number Four, Pittacus Lore (2010); reviewed here *
  29. Boy of Bone: Twelve Stories Inspired by the Mutter Museum, K.R. Sands (2012); reviewed here *
  30. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (2006) *
  31. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1958)
  32. The Law of Superheroes, James Daily & Ryan Davidson, eds. (2012); reviewed here
  33. The Dark Tower, Book 5: Wolves of the Calla, Stephen King (2003)
  34. Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey: Vampire Slayer as Feminine Chosen One, Valerie Estelle Frankel (2012); reviewed here
  35. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus, Vol. 1, Joss Whedon et al. (2007); reviewed here
  36. The Power of Six, Pittacus Lore (2012); reviewed here
  37. The Rise of Nine, Pittacus Lore (2012); reviewed here
  38. I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies, Pittacus Lore (2012); reviewed here
  39. Saints Astray, Jacqueline Carey (2011); reviewed here
  40. The Passage (Book One of The Passage Trilogy), Justin Cronin (2011) *
  41. The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga: Critical Essays, Richard J. Gray II, ed. (2012); reviewed here
  42. Of Bread, Blood and the Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy, Mary F. Pharr & Leisa A. Clark, eds. (2012); reviewed here
  43. The Dark Tower, Book 6: Song of Susannah, Stephen King (2004) *
  44. The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy), Justin Cronin (2012)

bonus reading list: short stories

  1. ILU-486, Amanda Ching (2012)

bonus list: cookbooks reviewed

  1. Vegan Junk Food, Lane Gold (2011); reviewed here
  2. Cooking Vegan, Vesanto Melina & Joseph Forest (2012); reviewed here
  3. The Chinese Vegan Kitchen, Donna Klein (2012); reviewed here

 

2012 Cover Gallery (via Library Thing)

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