2012 Books

As I did in 2011, I am going to keep a record of all the books I read this year. My goal is to read 75 books in 2012, although that may be subject to change. Feel free to recommend any book you like – I read anything!

1. Mrs. Bridge – Evan S. Connell (4/5)

2. The Duke of Deception – Geoffrey Wolff (2.5/5)

3. Empire of the Ants – Bernard Werber (3/5)

4. The Beans of Egypt, Maine – Carolyn Chute (4/5)

5. Not Afraid of Life – Bristol Palin (3.5/5)

6. Blockade Billy – Stephen King (2.5/5)

7. The Vision – Dean R. Koontz (3.5/5)

8. Mr. Bridge – Evan S. Connell (4/5)

9. Bitter End – Jennifer Brown (4.5/5)

10. Sell Yourself in Any Interview – Oscar Adler (2/5)

11. No One Will Hire Me! – Ron and Caryl Krannich (3/5)

12. Cracking the New Job Market – R. William Holland (4/5)

13. Medjugorje: The Message – Wayne Weible (4/5)

14. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy – David D. Burns (5/5)

15. Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser (4.5/5)

16. What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen (3/5)

17. Without Tess – Marcella Pixley (5/5)

18. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern (4.5/5)

19. Got the Life – Fieldy (4.5/5)

20. Your Heart Belongs to Me – Dean Koontz (2.5/5)

21. 101 Best Resumes for Grads – Jay A. Block, Michael Betrus (1/5)

22. A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America – Peter Steinfels (3/5)

23. Miles from Ordinary – Carol Lynch Williams (4.5/5)

24. A Child Called It – David Pelzer (4/5)

25. Holly – Albert French (4/5)

26. Keeping Faith – Jodi Picoult (3.5/5)

27. An Introduction to the Faith of Catholics – Richard Chilson (4/5)

28. Matched – Ally Condie (4.5/5)

29. The Lost Boy – Dave Pelzer (4/5)

30. What Color is Your Parachute? Guide to Job-Hunting Online – Mark Emery Bolles and Richard Nelson Bolles (3.5/5)

31. Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit – Garry Wills (2/5)

32. Every Young Woman’s Battle – Shannon Ethridge and Stephen Arterburn (4/5)

33. The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God’s Laws in Everyday Life – Dr. Laura Schlessinger (4/5)

34. The Origin of Satan – Elaine Pagels (2/5)

35. unChristian – David Kinnaman (4/5)

36. Martyrs & Miracles – Carolyn Trickey-Bapty (3/5)

37. Marley & Me – John Grogan (4.5/5)

38. Beneath a Meth Moon – Jacqueline Woodson (4.5/5)

39. New Orleans Sketches – William Faulkner (3.5/5)

40. The Last Song – Nicholas Sparks (4/5)

41. The Nazi Officer’s Wife – Edith Hahn Beer, with Susan Dworkin (5/5)

42. Displacement – Thalia Chaltas (2/5)

43. City of the Lost – Mary H. Herbert (2/5)

44. Cold Kiss – Amy Garvey (4/5)

45. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt (4.5/5)

46. My Name is Memory – Ann Brashares (3/5)

47. Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead – Frank Meeink (4.5/5)

48. Requiem for a Nun – William Faulkner (4/5)

49. Saving June – Hannah Harrington (2/5)

50. Secrets of the SS – Glenn B. Infield (3/5)

51. The Town – Chuck Hogan (4/5)

52. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5/5)

53. Copyediting: A Practical Guide – Karen Judd (4/5)

54. Air Force Wives – Ruth Walker (4.5/5)

55. The Pact – Jodi Picoult (3.5/5)

56. Substance & Style: Instruction & Practice in Copyediting – Mary Stoughton (4.5/5)

57. Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire Within – Thomas Dubay (5/5)

58. Captive Bride – Johanna Lindsey (1/5)

59. The Practical Writer: From Inspiration to Publication – Therese Eiben, Mary Gannon (Eds.) (4/5)

60. The Maiden – Jude Deveraux (3.5/5)

61. Black and Blue – Anna Quindlen (4/5)

62. The Future of Us – Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler (3.5/5)

63. Not My Daughter – Barbara Delinsky (2.5/5)

64. A Stolen Life – Jaycee Dugard (4.5/5)

65. The Stranger – Albert Camus, translated by Matthew Ward (4/5)

66. Go Ask Alice – Anonymous (5/5)

67. The Complete Short Stories of Marcel Proust – translated by Joachim Neugroschel (4/5)

68. Room – Emma Donoghue (5/5)

69. Brainless: The Lies and Lunacy of Ann Coulter – Joe Maguire (1.5/5)

70. Beastly – Alex Flinn (4/5)

71. The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene (3/5)

72. Persecution – David Limbaugh (5/5)

73. If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d be Republicans – Ann Coulter (2/5)

74. The Betrayal of the American Dream – Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele (4/5)

75. Catholicism & Society – Edward J. Hayes, Paul J. Hayes, James J. Drummey (4.5/5)

76. Roseflower Creek – J.L. Miles (5/5)

77. Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial – Joseph E. Persico (4.5/5)

78. Bones on the Beach – Peter Davidson

79. The Collector – John Fowles (5/5)

80. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels (2/5)

81. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer (4.5/5)

82. Burn for Burn – Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian (5/5)

83. When God Doesn’t Make Sense – Dr. James Dobson (4/5)

84. Out of the Silent Planet - C.S. Lewis (3/5)

85. Every Day – David Levithan (5/5)

86. A Kiss Before Dying – Ira Levin (5/5)

14 thoughts on “2012 Books

  1. here’s a recommendation – The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach – great story disguised as a baseball novel; it’s much more than that.

  2. I’m impressed that you have a goal of books to read – that and what got me on this is that you do some funny follow-worthy writing :)
    Can’t say I have a quota on books, just read whatever crosses my path either in wine, Swedish crime or mystery or oblique – just starting with blogging essentially, had a website etc before wordpress… ANYWAYS – thanks for writing, it’s fun.

  3. Quite a list you’ve got here. I’ve read “The Night Circus” and your rating of it is definitely on par–it was a great read! If you’re looking for more, I highly recommend “The History of Love” and “Great House” by Nicole Krauss,

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