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Books Read In 2012

Last year, Dad, Jocelyn and I teamed up to raise over $200 for the NYPL, and Jocelyn donated over $100 to the Brooklyn Public Library!

This year… I couldn’t quite get myself organized. Grad school kind of swallowed me. But here’s what I’ve read this year, at least according to Goodreads.

Also: reams and reams of articles about library science!

  1. Spiced: A Pastry Chef’s True Stories of Trials By Fire, After-Hours Exploits and What Really Goes On In the Kitchen– Dalia Jurgenson. 288 pages. Library book. Finished 1/3. Read on Kindle. Read my review her
  2. The Grimm Legacy– Polly Shulman. 352 pages. Library book. Finished 1/6. Loved it!
  3. Little Girl Gone- Drusilla Campbell. Reviewing for the Star-Ledger. 320 pages.
  4. The Iron King– Julie Kagawa. Library book. Read on Kindle. Finished 1/18.
  5. The Girl Next Door- Brad Parks. Reviewing for the Star-Ledger
  6. No Cheating, No Dying: I Had A Good Marriage, then I Tried To Make it Better- Elizabeth Weil. Reviewing for the Ledger.
  7. Another Piece of My Heart- Julia Green. Reviewing for the Ledger.
  8. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks– Rebecca Skloot. First read about it on WVFC, been meaning to read it for a while. Library book. Read on Kindle. Finished 1/27.
  9. Pleasure for Pleasure- Eloisa James. Library book. Read on Kindle. Finished 2/9
  10. Diary of a Mad Fat Girl- Stephanie McAfee. Reviewed for BlogHer Book Club
  11. Cinderella Ate My Daughter-Peggy Orenstein.
  12. The Name of the Star- Maureen Johnson. MAN this was good! I get to reread it for class! Win!
  13. An Irish Country Courtship- Patrick Taylor. Audiobook.
  14. Outliers- Malcolm Gladwell. Library book, read on Kindle.
  15. A Spy in the House- Y.S. Lee
  16. The Fault in Our Stars- John Green. Teens who have cancer meet, and fall in love, and are very sarcastic and smart. Sort of like the almost-improbable dialog of Juno.
  17. You Have No Idea- Vanessa and Helen Williams. Reviewed for BlogHer Book Club
  18. Grave Mercy- R.L. LaFevers. I get to read this for class!! I win!!!
  19. Cruising Attitude- Heather Poole. Flight attendant memoir. Worked for me!
  20. Bumped- Megan McCafferty. A dystopian future where only teenage girls can get pregnant. I don’t think dystopia works for me.
  21. Sunshine- Robin McKinley. I got to give a booktalk on it.
  22. Tighter- Adele Griffin. I was worried about reading horror for class, but this was more of a ghost story than horror, and I liked it for being nicely creepy.
  23. Pink- Lili Wilkinson. Read for YA class, for the class discussion about GLBTQ literature. I like that it was a story about a girl who had already come out as a lesbian, so it was the “now what’s the next step?” story.
  24. Sunshine– Robin McKinley. Yes, again.
  25. Coldest Winter Ever- Sister Souljah. Possibly wouldn’t have read this except it was assigned for my YA class. Really interesting, though. Except I felt like a tourist, a bit.
  26. The Magicians, by Lev Grossman. Holden Caulfield goes to Hogwarts. Blech. It made me disgruntled.
  27. Luxe- Anna Godbersen.Library book read on Kindle.  Ostensibly, I read it as part of my YA Historical fiction project. Except… it was really good. And now I’m reading the sequel. If all the scheming and conniving these girls did was in the 21st century, I would hate this book. Put ’em in 19th century ballgowns, and I’m eating it up!
  28. Rumors- Anna Godbersen. Library book. Cannot put the series down. Still hate myself a little.
  29. Ripper- Stefan Petrucha. Historical fiction pitting Pinkerton Detectives against what might be Jack the Ripper. Fantastic!
  30. Here Lies Arthur, by Philip Reeve
  31. Envy- Anna Godbersen. Because now I need to know how the series ends.
  32. Splendor- Anna Godbersen. It’s like a train wreck or a soap opera.
  33. The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels- Ree Drummond. I wanted to read it because I’d read her blog, but it was awful, smug and simpering and all gooey about her whirlwind romance. Feh
  34. The Cranes Dance– Meg Howrey. Meh.
  35. The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adri’s elBulli by Lisa Abend
  36. Below Stairs- Margaret Powell A kitchen maid’s memoir of the turn of the century. Wow, is she magnificently snarky about it all.
  37. Island Practice– Pam Belluck. because I love country doctor memoirs.
  38. Jack 1939– Fran Mathews
  39. Eureka: Substitution Method- Cris Ramsay. As much fun as watching the series. WHYYY was it canceled?
  40. The Debt-Free Spending Plan- by JoAnneh Nagler. I read it for work, to promote the book.
  41. Last to Die- Tess Gerritsen. Rizzoli and Isles
  42. The Keepsake- Tess Gerritsen. More Rizzoli and Isles.
  43. Revolution– Jennifer Donnelly. Magnificent historical fiction YA
  44. Jasmine Nights– Julia Gregson. Decent historical romance.
  45. The House of Silk: a Sherlock Holmes novel- Anthony Horowitz. Does justice to Doyle, and great fun to read.
  46. The Diviners- Libba Bray. Magically spooky historical fiction YA set in the 20s. I need to reread this because I owe it a detailed review.
  47. Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom- Louisa May Alcott. I needed to soothe my soul during Sandy.
  48. The Death of an Irish Lover- Bartholomew Gill. Small town Irish murder mystery. Wonderfully done.
  49. The Madness Underneath- Maureen Johnson. The sequel to The Name of the Star, that I’d been anxiously awaiting. I did not love this book nearly as much as I wish I had.
  50. Death of a Busker King- Bartholomew Gill. I need to track down more of these and read them.
  51. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore– Robin Sloan. Best book of the year.
  52. Venom- Fiona Paul. Deeply disappointing historical fiction set in Venice.
  53. Who Says It’s a Man’s World- Emily Bennington. Another one I’m promoting for work.
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