January 9, 2013

30 Books I Read in 2012.

At the beginning of last year I set myself a goal to read 30 books, and I used my Goodreads.com page to track all of the titles and rate them as I finished. I literally closed the 30th book the day before New Year's. Reading and me have always been like peas and carrots, but life and technology and glossy fashion magazines had sidetracked me for awhile so I'm happy to have rekindled my affair with books and to have let the magazines get dusty and pile up on my bedside table for awhile. Plus, as an aspiring writer, I'd be a fool not to be reading other writers so I can steal their shit for inspiration. Thirty books in a year is a measly drop in the bucket for many serious readers, but I'm happy to have completed this many titles. And I'm grateful to my mom for passing on most all of these books to me. She's a voracious reader and so often tucks a new book in Tessa's bag for me when she returns her from her weekly visit. I tend to read every night before bed and lots of times in the middle of the night when I'm up with insomnia or nowadays nursing lil Liv.

Here are the books I read in 2012:


I read four Jodi Picoult books this year; hers are bestsellers for good reason. They're fascinating and easy. And Anna Quindlen is a new favorite. I read three of hers and hope to finish reading the rest of them this year. I love her voice so much. The best books I read were "Cold Mountain" and "Ya-Ya Sisterhood" and "Still Alice" (a gift from my friend Faith). The worst books were "The Virgin of Small Plains," "Gods in Alabama," and Joan Didion's "Blue Nights." I normally love Didion but this one was so disjointed and sparse and detached. I also read a couple of books on postpartum depression, which was a Mac truck that fortunately zoomed right past me this time. ("What Am I Thinking?" was an awesome one on the topic; "The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook" was not so awesome.)

I'm setting the same 30-book goal for 2013, which I'm starting off with a bang with Lisa Genova's "Still Neglected." Got any recommendations for me?

10 comments:

  1. Wow, impressive! I've read some of those... really ought to look at my list of what I read last year! I love how easy that is to do in GoodReads, though... love Goodreads! Following your reviews now!

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  2. I love Jodi Picoult but I get the sads for a good day or two after reading some of her books, Nineteen Minutes especially. I've had my eye on The Happiness Project for a while now, what did you think of it? One of my favorite authors is David Sedaris. He's hilarious and most of his books are essays and short stories about his life and family.

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    1. I didn't dig The Happiness Project much, just because the author seemed like an uptight control freak who was trying to micromanage her own happiness.

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  3. Barbara Kingsolver's "Prodigal Summer" is probably my absolute favorite book ever (I even read it twice and I never do that.) If you liked "The Poisonwood Bible" you should check it out!

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  4. I started a list myself this year and then found out I was preggo right after the new year...so my list ended up being 99% baby books! Ha!

    My favorite author by far though is Christopher Moore. I once read him described as 'the lazy man's Tom Robbins' and that he is :)

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  5. Guh, you must read Gone Girl! I just started The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides and am loving it.

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    1. Will check that out! And The Marriage Plot is def on my list. I loved Middlesex!

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  6. Oh, what a great goal to set! I may have to jump on board with a similar goal and stop myself from getting distracted from other things! I have read quite a few of those books you have listed above, but a few I've been wondering about, so I'll go check out your reviews and dive into one ~ I'm thinking White Oleander or Cold Mountain. I know both have been turned into movies, so maybe I'll read and then watch. :) And Kingsolver, I love her! Have you read Pigs in Heaven? It's the follow up to Taylor and Turtle's adventures in Bean Trees. I had to reread Bean Trees to remember "their story" so I could dive into Pigs in Heaven to see what happens to those two characters. I also LOVED Kingsolver's book, Animal Dreams. Finally, I see the comment above about Gone Girl. I had a couple of friends RAVE about this book too. I called the library, they had 4 copies and all of them had 30 plus people waiting for it (yikes!) so I'm off to Half Price Books or Amazon this weekend. Happy reading to ya!

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  7. "The Night Circus" and "On the Divinity of Second Chances"
    I couldn't put either one down!! xo

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