A Year in Books

by Julie Kohl on December 31, 2012

In 2012 I set out to read 52 books. 1 book for each week of the year.  I didn’t have a specific type of book or a specific genre in mind I just wanted to read, read, read.  In 2011, I had read 38 books pretty comfortably so I figured 52 would be a reachable yet still slightly challenging goal.

I met my goal of 52 books on December 14 , 2012.  There were also 4 books I began and gave up on out of sheer boredom or disgust over the atrocious writing and there is one book I am still working through.

So, without further ado, here are the books I read in 2012 in the order completed along with a rating on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best.  I have given more detailed reviews of many(but not all) of the books on Goodreads.  You can read my reviews by clicking here or by clicking on the individual books listed below. 4 and 5 Star Books are highlighted in pink.

Books Read in 2012

  1. Jan 7 – The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman – 3/5 Stars
  2. Jan 26 – The Rook – Daniel O’Malley – 2/5 Stars
  3. Jan 31 – Planting Dandelions – Kyran Pittmam – 3/5 Stars
  4. Feb 3 – The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins – 5/5 Stars
  5. Feb 5 - Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins – 5/5 Stars
  6. Feb 8 – Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins – 5/5 Stars
  7. Mar 2 – South to Alaska – Nancy Owens Barns – 3/5 Stars
  8. Mar 5 – Unbillable Hours – Ian Graham – 4/5 Stars
  9. Mar 22 – Lost in Shangri-la – Mitchell Zuckoff – 4/5 Stars
  10. Mar 26 – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safra Foer – 1/5 Stars
  11. Mar 30 – The G-Free Diet – Elizabeth Hasselbeck – 4/5 Stars
  12. Apr 6 – When You Went Away – Michael Baron – 3/5 Stars
  13. Apr 8 - Peak – Roland Smith – 4/5 Stars
  14. Apr 14 – The Summer I Dared – Barbara Delinsky – 4/5 Stars
  15. Apr 19 – Moon Over Manifest - Clare Vanderool – 5/5 Stars
  16. Apr 23 – Divergent - Veronica Roth – 4/5 Stars
  17. May 1 – Words Get in the Way – Nan Parson Rossiter – 3/5 Stars
  18. May 2 – Born to Run – Christopher McDougall – 5/5 Stars
  19. May 6 – Insurgent – Veronica Roth – 4/5 Stars
  20. May 11 – Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter  - Seth Grahame-Smith – 3/5 Stars
  21. May 13 – When in Doubt, Add Butter –  Beth Harbison – 3/5 Stars
  22. May 16 – Helpful Hints for Good Living – Mark Twain – 3/5 Stars
  23. May 19 - Blacklisted from the PTA – Lela Davidson – 4/5 Stars
  24. May 20 – On the Island – Tracey Garvis-Graves – 4/5 Stars
  25. May 24 – Life as We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer – 2/5 Stars
  26. May 28 – Saving CeeCee Honeycutt – Beth Hoffman – 3/5 Stars
  27. June 9 – Happyslapped by a Jellyfish – Karl Pilkington – 5/5 Stars
  28. Jun 11 - The Lions of Little Rock – Kristin Levine – 5/5 Stars
  29. Jun 13 – Ratio – Michael Ruhlman – 3/5 Stars
  30. Jun 15 – What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast – Laura Vanderkam – 2/5 Stars
  31. Jun 20 - Barefoot Season – Susan Mallery – 3/5 Stars
  32. Jun 21 – The Bungalow – Sarah Joi – 4/5 Stars
  33. Jun 23 – Turtle in Paradise – Jennifer L. Holm – 3/5 Stars
  34. Jul 2 – Sea Change – Karen White – 4/5 Stars
  35. Jul 14 – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot – 3/5 Stars
  36. Aug 5 - Dinner: A Love Story – Jenny Rosenstrach – 3/5 Stars
  37. Sep 15 – Ocean Beach – Wendy Wax – 2/5 Stars
  38. Oct 1 – Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light – Amy Thomas – 2/5 Stars
  39. Oct 6 – The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Steadman – 4/5 Stars
  40. Oct 17 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs – 3/5 Stars
  41. Oct 28 – The Midwife of Hope River – Patricia Harmon – 5/5 Stars
  42. Nov 1 – TMI Mom Bites the Big Apple – Heather Davis – 3/5 Stars
  43. Nov 5 – Ozark Mountain Blue Hole Murder Mystery – Rolland Love – 1/5 Stars
  44. Nov 10 – Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetys – 5/5 Stars
  45. Nov 17 – Thanksgiving: How to Cook it Well – Sam Sifton – 4/5 Stars
  46. Nov 21 – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir – Jenny Lawson – 3/5 Stars
  47. Nov 22 – Messenger (The Giver #3) - Lois Lowry – 4/5 Stars
  48. Nov 26 – Son (The Giver #4) – Lois Lowry – 5/5 Stars
  49. Nov 29 – Who Peed on My Yoga Mat? – Lela Davidson – 5/5 Stars
  50. Dec 1 – A Plain and Simple Christmas – Amy Clipston – 3/5 Stars
  51. Dec 2 – Naomi’s Gift: An Amish Christmas Story – Amy Clipston – 3/5 Stars
  52. Dec 14 – Midwives – Chris Bohjalian – 4/5 Stars
  53. Dec 23 – The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey – 3/5 Stars

 

Books I Couldn’t Bear to Finish in 2012

  1. The Summer We Fell Apart – Robin Antalek
  2. Shelter: A Novel – Frances Greenslade
  3. Love Letters – Bryan Mooney
  4. A Patchwork Christmas – Judith McCoy Miller

Books I am Still Working Through in 2012

  1. John Adams – David McCullough

 

2013 Reading Goal

Please check back tomorrow when I will be sharing my reading goal for 2013.  This year I have a theme which I am really excited about!  See you tomorrow!


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1 gina December 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

Love Letters. Worst. Ebook. Ever. Okay, maybe not ever but definitely worst of 2012. I, too, couldn’t even finish.

I was going to read classics in 2013…but I’m having a difficult time because they’re SO LONG and not holding my attention {great books/stories, but just too long}. I’m thinking about reading the Hobbit, and the LOTR books instead.

Looking forward to your theme reveal!

2 Shannon @nwaMotherlode January 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Great idea to keep a running list throughout the year! You’ve inspired me to do that, too :) I also like your rating system. Just finished The Next Best Thing.

3 Ashley Ederington January 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Oh, I wish I could be a book reader. I maybe finish 4 a year and they are all about running or eating. I am more a scholarly journal article gal. I think I shall set a goal of reading 2 books that are not associated with running for the year and see where that takes me.

4 Peggy January 15, 2013 at 9:31 pm

I am impressed!

5 Shell (Panama-mama) January 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

I adore GoodReads. Without it I’d forget what I’ve read! I read 100 for last year’s challenge. Granted a lot of it was junk… My user name is panamamama if anyone wants to come play on Goodreads!

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