Books I Read in 2012

This is probably an incomplete list. Because that’s how I roll :) But since all the cool kids are posting their books lists, I thought I would too. Keep in mind, I’ve been reading mostly non-fiction because of the program I’m in. So here is the (in)complete list, and a few favorites (and not-so-favorites) at the bottom.

  1. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir–Jenny Larson
  2. Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son–Anne Lamott
  3. House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home–Mark Richard
  4. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight–Alexandra Fuller
  5. The Best American Essays of the Century
  6. Just Kids–Patty Smith
  7. Pulphead–John Jeremiah Sullivan
  8. Zeitoun–Dave Eggers
  9. Truth and Beauty–Ann Patchett
  10. State of Wonder–Ann Patchett
  11. The Middle Place–Kelly Corrigan
  12. Portrait of Hemingway–Lillian Ross
  13. Hiroshima–John Hersey
  14. Wild–Cheryl Strayed
  15. The Patron Saint of Dreams–Gerard Philip
  16. Fun Home–Alison Bechdel
  17. A Homemade Life–Molly Wizenberg
  18. It Sucked and Then I Cried–Heather B. Armstrong
  19. Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me?–Mindy Kaling
  20. The Lifespan of a Fact–John D’Agata
  21. Bossypants–Tina Fey
  22. The Lonely Other–Diana Hume George
  23. Girl in Translation–Jean Kwok
  24. The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics–Dennis O’Neil
  25. Cutting for Stone–Abraham Verghese
  26. Room–Emma Donoghue
  27. Little Bee–Chris Cleave
  28. Telling Secrets–Frederick Buechner
  29. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake–Aimee Bender
  30. Five Quarters of the Orange–Joanne Harris
  31. The Devil in Pew Number 7–Rebecca Nichols Alonzo
  32. A Visit from the Goon Squad–Jennifer Egan
  33. Persepolis–Marjane Satrapi
  34. The Devil in the White City–Erik Larson
  35. Fiction Ruined My Family–Jeanne Darst
  36. Zoo Story–Tom French
  37. Cherry–Mary Karr
  38. The Liars’ Club–Mary Karr
  39. Tiny Beautiful Things–Cheryl Strayed
  40. The Language of Flowers–Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  41. The Memory Palace–Mira Bartok
  42. Beautiful Boy–David Sheff

Favorite book of the year: A Homemade Life. It wasn’t anything earth-shattering, but I read it every night before bed and it made me feel…good, I guess. Lovely, lovely book. (Second place: Tiny Beautiful Things. Also a lovely before bed book.)

Favorite fiction: Five Quarters of the Orange. Love, love, love this book. (Cutting for Stone is a close second)

Favorite non-fiction: Zeitoun. I went into thinking, “Oh, good, another book about Hurricane Katrina.” But it was so much more.

Favorite memoir: Lit. So good. I’ve read all three of Mary Karr’s memoirs, and I believe this one is my favorite. (Tied with Wild. So good too!)

Funniest: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I took this to the beach, and kept reading portions out loud to my friend. Hilarious.

Favorite book you haven’t heard of but should: Patron Saint of Dreams. It’s a slim collection of essays, and I loved it.

Probably won’t be recommending: The Lifespan of a Fact. Only my most literature-nerdy friends would like this. And not even sure about them.


So what did you read this year?



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