The Big List

After a little experimenting, I managed to export a complete list of my 2012 reads, including the titles on which I gave up. I track all of my books using Goodreads, my all-time favorite website. My 2012 total stands at 92 books completed — not close to my record of 112, but besting my 2011 total by 5 books. Frankly, I was surprised to find out I gave up on 6 books this year, but I’m getting better at letting go of books that just didn’t capture my interest.

All in all, it was a good book year for me, with a mix of old and new. I wish I would have had time to include some of 2012’s award-winners and critical faves, but there’s always 2013. I’m setting a 75-book goal for next year. How about you?

Title Author My Rating Average Rating Publisher Number of Pages Year Published Date Read Exclusive Shelf
Telegraph Avenue Michael Chabon 0 3.49 HarperCollins 465 2012 currently-reading
The Chaperone Laura Moriarty 0 3.86 Riverhead Hardcover 371 2012 currently-reading
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire   (Harry Potter, #4) J.K. Rowling 0 4.43 Scholastic Inc. 734 2002 currently-reading
The Flame Alphabet Ben Marcus 1 2.85 Knopf 289 2012 ######## i-gave-up
All The Pretty Horses CD: All The Pretty   Horses CD Cormac McCarthy 2 3.9 HarperAudio 10 2000 i-gave-up
The Next Best Thing Jennifer Weiner 0 3.29 Atria Books 400 2012 i-gave-up
Girl Land Caitlin Flanagan 0 2.74 Reagan Arthur Books 224 2012 i-gave-up
A Hologram for the King Dave Eggers 2 3.39 McSweeney’s 312 2012 ######## i-gave-up
Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen 0 4.03 Penguin Books 409 2003 i-gave-up
The World We Found: A Novel. Thrity Umrigar 4 3.73 Harper Perennial 2012 1/1/2012 read
Maine J. Courtney Sullivan 3 3.29 Knopf 388 2011 1/1/2012 read
The Paris Wife Paula McLain 2 3.72 Ballantine Books 314 2011 1/6/2012 read
Good Omens Terry Pratchett 3 4.27 HarperTorch 398 2006 ######## read
Anatomy of a Disappearance: A Novel Hisham Matar 5 3.48 The Dial Press 224 2011 ######## read
The Cat’s Table Michael Ondaatje 4 3.6 McLelland 269 2011 ######## read
The Dry Grass of August Anna Jean Mayhew 3 3.82 Kensington Books 289 2011 ######## read
Rules of Civility Amor Towles 5 4.02 Viking Adult 335 2011 ######## read
The Descendants: A Novel Kaui Hart Hemmings 4 3.81 Random House 247 2007 ######## read
The Kitchen House Kathleen Grissom 4 4.15 Touchstone 369 2010 2/2/2012 read
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer 5 4.01 Houghton Mifflin Company 326 2005 2/8/2012 read
Slouching Towards Bethlehem Joan Didion 5 4.26 Farrar Straus Giroux 238 1990 2/9/2012 read
Zeitoun Dave Eggers 4 4.14 McSweeney’s 342 2009 ######## read
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of   Magical Reading Nina Sankovitch 3 3.55 Harper 241 2011 ######## read
Running the Rift Naomi Benaron 4 4.03 Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 365 2012 ######## read
The Translation of the Bones: A Novel Francesca Kay 3 3.31 Scribner 240 2012 ######## read
Girl Reading Katie  Ward 2 3.42 Virago Press (UK) 342 2011 ######## read
Next to Love: A Novel Ellen Feldman 3 3.56 Spiegel & Grau 320 2012 3/2/2012 read
The Fault in Our Stars John Green 4 4.55 Dutton Books 313 2012 3/5/2012 read
Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away Christie Watson 4 4.05 Other Press 448 2011 ######## read
The Flight of Gemma Hardy Margot Livesey 3 3.61 HarperCollins Publishers 447 2012 ######## read
Busy Monsters William Giraldi 3 3.31 W. W. Norton & Company 282 2011 ######## read
The Patron Saint of Liars Ann Patchett 3 3.68 Fourth Estate 352 2003 ######## read
Carry the One Carol Anshaw 3 3.19 Simon & Schuster 253 2012 ######## read
When I Was a Child I Read Books Marilynne Robinson 3 3.9 Farrar, Straus and Giroux 224 2012 4/4/2012 read
Horoscopes for the Dead Billy Collins 5 4 Random House 128 2011 4/7/2012 read
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Jan-Philipp Sendker 4 4.02 Other Press 336 2012 4/9/2012 read
Unless: A Novel Carol Shields 5 3.57 Harper 224 2002 ######## read
The Land of Decoration Grace McCleen 4 3.67 Henry Holt and Co. 320 2012 ######## read
The Underside of Joy Seré Prince Halverson 3 3.84 Dutton Adult 307 2012 ######## read
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other   Stories Flannery O’Connor 4 4.27 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 252 1992 ######## read
The Healing Jonathan Odell 3 4.08 Nan A. Talese 352 2012 ######## read
A Land More Kind Than Home Wiley Cash 5 3.91 William Morrow 320 2012 ######## read
Girlchild: A Novel Tupelo Hassman 4 3.56 Farrar, Straus and Giroux 275 2012 5/6/2012 read
Home Toni Morrison 3 3.72 Alfred A. Knopf 160 2012 5/9/2012 read
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce 3 4.01 Random House 336 2012 ######## read
The Gilly Salt Sisters Tiffany Baker 3 3.36 Grand Central Publishing 370 2012 ######## read
Truth and Beauty Ann Patchett 4 3.88 Harper Perennial 257 2005 ######## read
The Flowers of War Geling Yan 3 3.49 Harvill Secker 250 2012 ######## read
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake Jenny Wingfield 4 4.17 Random House Trade Paperbacks 352 2012 6/1/2012 read
Stone Arabia Dana Spiotta 4 3.3 Scribner 235 2011 6/3/2012 read
Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward 4 3.78 Bloomsbury USA 261 2011 6/8/2012 read
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Aimee Bender 5 3.13 Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 304 2010 ######## read
Blue Asylum Kathy Hepinstall 4 3.62 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 271 2012 ######## read
Run Ann Patchett 4 3.46 Harper 304 2007 ######## read
The Snow Child Eowyn Ivey 3 3.97 Reagan Arthur Books 389 2012 ######## read
South of Superior Ellen Airgood 3 3.51 Riverhead Hardcover 384 2011 ######## read
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Tom Franklin 4 3.79 William Morrow 274 2010 ######## read
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn 5 4.01 Weidenfeld & Nicolson 419 2012 ######## read
Pigeon English Stephen Kelman 4 3.48 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 263 2011 7/5/2012 read
Office Girl Joe Meno 3 3.29 Akashic Books 295 2012 7/6/2012 read
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time   Indian Sherman Alexie 4 4.15 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 230 2007 7/8/2012 read
The Madonnas of Leningrad Debra Dean 2 3.67 Harper Perennial 228 2007 ######## read
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone   (Harry Potter, #1) J.K. Rowling 4 4.34 Listening Library (Audio) 169 1999 ######## read
In One Person John Irving 3 3.58 Simon & Schuster 425 2012 ######## read
The Sandcastle Girls Chris Bohjalian 4 3.86 Doubleday 320 2012 ######## read
The Weight of All Things Sandra Benitez 4 3.92 Hyperion 256 2002 ######## read
The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes 5 3.69 Jonathan Cape 150 2011 ######## read
Memory Wall Anthony Doerr 4 4.21 Scribner 256 2010 ######## read
This Is Where I Leave You Jonathan Tropper 4 3.9 Orion 352 2009 8/3/2012 read
The Magician’s Assistant Ann Patchett 3 3.6 8/8/2012 read
A Walk Across the Sun Corban Addison 4 4.17 SilverOak 371 2012 ######## read
Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art Christopher Moore 4 3.74 HarperCollins 403 2012 ######## read
Prodigal Summer Barbara Kingsolver 3 3.91 Harper Perennial 444 2001 ######## read
The Buddha in the Attic Julie Otsuka 3 3.57 Random House Audio 0 2011 ######## read
One Last Thing Before I Go Jonathan Tropper 4 3.79 Dutton Adult 324 2012 9/3/2012 read
Playing with Matches: A Novel Carolyn Wall 3 3.71 Bantam 320 2012 9/9/2012 read
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets   (Harry Potter, #2) J.K. Rowling 4 4.23 Listening Library 9 2001 ######## read
Songs Without Words Ann Packer 2 2.94 Random House Audio 0 2007 ######## read
One Amazing Thing Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 3 3.41 Hyperion 220 2010 ######## read
We Need to Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver 4 4.01 Harper Perennial 400 2006 ######## read
The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag Alan Bradley 4 3.95 Random House 2010 ######## read
Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter 4 3.85 Harper 337 2012 ######## read
In the Shadow of the Banyan Vaddey Ratner 4 4.12 Simon & Schuster 322 2012 ######## read
The Weird Sisters Eleanor Brown 3 3.39 Penguin Audio 158 2011 ######## read
Where’d You Go, Bernadette Maria Semple 4 3.98 Little, Brown and Company 326 2012 ######## read
Astray Emma Donoghue 4 3.64 Little, Brown and Company 288 2012 ######## read
The Forgetting Tree Tatjana Soli 3 3.15 St. Martin’s Press 404 2012 ######## read
Fool Christopher Moore 4 3.93 HarperAudio 0 2009 ######## read
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) J.K. Rowling 4 4.43 Listening Library (Audio) 10 2000 ######## read
Gold Chris Cleave 4 3.7 Simon & Schuster 324 2012 ######## read
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake Anna Quindlen 4 3.73 Random House 182 2012 ######## read
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky 4 4.14 MTV Books and Pocket Books 213 1999 ######## read
Tell the Wolves I’m Home Carol Rifka Brunt 5 4.21 Random House Publishing Group 355 2012 ######## read
Taft Ann Patchett 3 3.36 Harper Perennial 246 2003 ######## read
Flight Behavior Barbara Kingsolver 4 3.9 HarperCollins 436 2012 ######## read
Live by Night Dennis Lehane 4 3.87 HarperAudio 2012 ######## read
On Canaan’s Side Sebastian Barry 4 3.83 Faber and Faber 2011 ######## read
When it Happens to You Molly Ringwald 3 3.6 Harper Collins 256 2012 ######## read
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of   May Dodd Jim Fergus 4 3.83 St. Martin’s Griffin 420 1999 ######## read
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone   (Harry Potter, #1) J.K. Rowling 4 4.34 Scholastic Press 310 2003 read
Away Amy Bloom 0 3.31 Random House 240 2007 read
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