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The 53 Books I Read in 2012

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In order from Jan. – Dec. 2012:

  1. “The Collector” – John Fowles – 7.5/10
  2. “This is Not the End of the Book” – Umberto Eco – 6.5/10
  3. “The Virgin Suicides” – Jeffrey Eugenides – 7.5/10
  4. “The Book of Negroes” – Lawrence Hill – 6/10
  5. “Sarah’s Key” – Tatiana de Rosnay – 6/10
  6. “Crippen” – John Boyne – 7/10
  7. “The Paris Wife” – Paula McLain – 6.5/10
  8. “Ru” – Kim Thuy – 5.5/10
  9. “Summer” – Edith Wharton – 7/10
  10. “The Lover” – Marguerite Duras – 6/10
  11.  “Madame Bovary” – Gustav Flaubert – 8/10
  12. “The English Patient” – Michael Ondaatje – 6/10
  13. “One Last Time” – John Edward – 7/10
  14. “The Hours” – Michael Cunningham – 9/10
  15. “The Help” – Kathryn Stockett – 7/10
  16. “The Sun Also Rises” – Ernest Hemingway – 6.5/10
  17. “The Reinvention of Love” – Helen Humphreys – 5/10
  18. “The Sisters Brothers” – Patrick DeWitt – 7/10
  19. “Mrs. Dalloway” – Virginia Woolf – 8.5/10
  20. “The Winter Palace” – Eva Stachniak – 6/10
  21. “Under the Skin” – Michael Faber – 7.5/10
  22. “Pinocchio” – Carlo Collodi – 5/10
  23. “Possession” – A.S. Byatt – 8/10
  24. “The Reef” – Edith Wharton – 7/10
  25. “The White Pearl” – Kate Furnival – 5/10
  26. “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” – Susan Vreeland – 6/10
  27. “The Art of Fielding” – Chad Harbach – 7/10
  28. “Bel Canto” – Anne Patchett – 7/10
  29. “Bring up the bodies” – Hilary Mantel – 7.5/10
  30. “Memoirs of a Geisha” – Arthur Golden – 6/10
  31. “Half Blood Blues” – Esi Edugyan – 7/10
  32. “The Bookshop” – Penelope Fitzgerald – 6/10
  33. “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Numerology” – Kay Lagerquist – 8/10
  34. “Infinite Quest” – John Edward – 7/10
  35. “Not Wanted on the Voyage” – Timothy Findley – 8/10
  36. “The Successor” – Ismail Kadaré – 5/10
  37. “The Piano Tuner” – Daniel Mason – 6/10
  38. “You and Your Future: Your Signs, Your In-Depth Personality Patterns” – Georgia Nicols – 8/10
  39. “The Tiger: A true story of vengeance and survival” – John Valliant – 7.5/10
  40. “Pilgrim” – Timothy Findley – 8/10
  41. “The Best Laid Plans” – Terry Fallis – 7/10
  42. “Bertie: The Life of King Edward VII – Jane Ridley – 7.5/10
  43. ”Painter of Silence” – Georgina Harding – 6/10
  44. “Inside Memory: Pages from a Writer’s Workbook” – Timothy Findley – 8.5/10
  45. “The Little Book of Talent” – Daniel Coyle – 7/10
  46. “The Madonnas of Leningrad” – Deborah Dean – 6/10
  47. “Christopher Columbus and the discovery of the Americas” – Tim McNeese – 6/10
  48.  “The Metamorphosis” – Franz Kafka – 8/10
  49. “The Garden of the Evening Mists” – Tan Twan Eng – 6/10
  50.  “Magnified World” – Grace O’Connell – 7/10
  51. “Ancient Light” – John Banville – 7.5/10
  52.  “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” – Rachel Joyce – 6/10
  53.  “Alias Grace” – Margaret Atwood – 7/10

(No, audio books DO NOT count!)

BEST OF 2012 – *Highly recommended*

  • The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  • Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

VERY GOOD

  • “Madame Bovary” – Gustav Flaubert
  • “Possession” – A. S. Byatt
  • “Not Wanted on the Voyage” & “Pilgrim” & “Inside Memory” – Timothy Findley
  • “The Metamorphosis” – Franz Kafka

ALL THE REST – Pretty decent, not bad, somewhat enjoyable, bleh, & plain abominable (throw book against the wall).

Looking forward to the books I will read in 2013! But I’m changing my reading strategy…Stay tuned…

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