Books of 2012

These are the books I read in 2012, according to my Goodreads account. I put an asterisk (*) next to the ones I liked a lot.

The Imperfectionists (Tom Rachman)
*The Killer Angels (Michael Shaara) [reread]
*Dance With Snakes (Horacio Castellanos Moya)
The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
*Swimming Home (Deborah Levy)
No Country For Old Men (Cormac McCarthy) [reread]
Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
Adrian Mole: the Prostate Years (Sue Townsend)
Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
Leaf Storm 
(Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
*We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families 
(Philip Gourevitch)
Number9dream (David Mitchell)
*Pedro Paramo 
(Juan Rulfo) [reread]
The Massacre at El Mozote 
(Mark Danner)
(Horacio Castellanos Moya)
The Final Solution 
(Michael Chabon)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller Jr.)
Andean Cocaine: the Making of a Global Drug (Paul Gootenberg)
Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography (Dominic Streatfield)
Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields (Charles Bowden) 
*Soldiers of Salamis 
(Javier Cercas)
The Dark Is Rising sequence (Susan Cooper)
Watership Down (Richard Adams)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O’Brien)
*This Is How You Lose Her 
(Junot Diaz)
The Wasp Factory 
(Iain Banks)
The Year of the Flood
 (Margaret Atwood)
Down the Rabbit Hole (Juan Pablo Villalobos)
*Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad) [reread]
*New York Trilogy (Paul Auster
The Third Reich (Roberto Bolaño)
Snowdrops (A.D. Miller)
*Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood) [re-read]
Bartleby & Co. (Enrique Vila-Matas)
*The Hour of the Star (Clarice Lispector)
*Writing Down the Bones (Natalie Goldberg)
The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin classics edition)
No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories (Miranda July)
The Art of Happiness: A Book for Living (His Holiness the Dalai Lama)
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (Jared Diamond)
The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation (S.N. Goenka)
*Man’s Search for Meaning (Victor E. Frankl)
The Varieties of Religious Experience (William James)
My Stroke of Insight (Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor)
The Dharma Bums (Jack Kerouac)
Out of Captivity (Ingrid Bentacourt)
Captive: 2,147 Days of Terror in the Colombian Jungle (Clara Rojas)
Citizens of the Dream (Cary Tennis)
Now Wait for Last Year (Philip K. Dick)
*The Insufferable Gaucho (Roberto Bolaño)
The Gnostic Gospels 
(Elaine Pagels)
The World’s Religions (Huston Smith)
Buddha: An Autobiography (Karen Armstrong)
Snuff (Terry Pratchett)
Suddenly a Knock at the Door 
(Etgar Keret)
***Jesus’ Son 
(Denis Johnson) [re-read]
Portrait of the Addict as a Young Man (Bill Clegg)
Lit (Mary Karr)
The Night of the Gun (David Carr)
1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)
*The Case for God 
(Karen Armstrong)
The Stand (Stephen King)
*Everything That Rises Must Converge (Flannery O’Connor)
(Cesar Aira)
Letters to a Young Poet (Rilke)
Los cachorros 
(Mario Vargas Llosa) [sort of a re-read; read it in high school]
The Wisdom of No Escape: How to Love Yourself and Your World (Pema Chodron)
Game Change 
(John Heilemann)
*Just Kids 
(Patti Smith)
I, Robot 
(Isaac Asimov)
*Drown (Junot Diaz)
Carpe Jugulum
 (Terry Pratchett)
*The Pale King 
(David Foster Wallace)
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
The Marriage Plot 
(Jeffrey Eugenides)
Obama’s Wars 
(Bob Woodward)
The Waves 
(Virginia Woolf) – started in 2011

I count 77 books. A couple of these are books I didn’t read EVERY single page of (mainly the non-fiction ones about drugs & religion) but I still spent enough time reading and skimming them that I feel like they count as being read… >:D Here are books I read a bit of but didn’t finish a significant amount: Nature and the Human Soul (Bill Plotkin); Feast of the Goat (Mario Vargas Llosa); Exegesis (Philip K. Dick); Tweak (Nick Sheff); The Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Paulo Freire); Moby Dick (Herman Melville) [SO CLOSE!!]

To see books of 2011 click here.
To see books of 2010 click here.
To see books of 2009 click here.

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