Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Books Read 2012!

It’s time again my round up of my books read!  This year, I surpassed my usual 50-ish and made it to 65!  I give credit to my Kindle Fire.  I love it. 

1.Our Man in the Dark: A Novel by Rashad Harrison. 4/5
2. Night Swim by Jessica Keener. 4/5
3. The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures by Caroline Preston. 4/5
4.Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. 4/5
5.The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman by Karen Karbo. 4/5
6.Prime Suspectby Lynda La Plante. 2/5
7.The Night Circusby Erin Morgensteen. 5/5
8. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill. 5/5
9. Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parentingby Pamela Druckerman. 4/5
10.Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop That Could by Frances Park and Ginger Park. 2/5
11.Prime Suspect 2: A Face in the Crowd by Lynda LaPlante. 3/5
12.Ugly to Start With by John Michael Cummings. 4/5.
13.Happy Accidentsby Jane Lynch. 4.5/5
14. Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir by Rachel Lloyd. 4/5.
15.An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs Book 5) by Jacqueline Winspear. 4/5
16. Whole Lotta Latte by Joanne Demaio 4/5.
17. The Violets of March: A Novelby Sarah Jio. 4/5
18. Quiver: A Novel (Pegasus Crime)by Holly Lunning. 4/5
19. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe (P.S.)by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. 4/5
20.Once Upon a Time, There Was You: A Novelby Elizabeth Berg. 4/5
21.Amaryllis in Blueberryby Christina Meldrum. 5/5
22.This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family's Heartbreak (P.S.)by Melissa Coleman. 4/5
23. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksby Rebecca Skloot. 4.5/5
24.The Will of Wisteriaby Denise Hildreth. 3.5/5
25. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunterby Seth Grahame Smith. 4/5
26. The Fault in Our Starsby John Green. 5/5
27.An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. 5/5
28. Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir by Clint Hill. 5/5
29. Wolf Hall: A Novel by Hilary Mantel. 4/5
30. Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel (John Macrae Book) by Hilary Mantel. 4/5
31.Gone Girl: A Novelby Gillian Flynn. 5/5
32.Before I Go to Sleep: A Novelby S. J. Watson. 4/5
33.The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber. 5/5
34. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. 4/5
35. Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A.J. Jacobs. 4/5
36.Oxford Messed Upby Andrea Kayne Kaufman. 5/5
37. The Age of Miracles: A Novelby Karen Thompson Walker. 4/5
38. American on Purpose LP: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriotby Craig Ferguson. 5/5
39.Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling: A Novel by Michael Boccacino. 4/5
40. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. 5/5
41. Broken Harbor: A Novelby Tana French. 5/5.
42. Dare Me: A Novel by Megan Abbott. 4/5
43. Beautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess Walter. 4/5
44. Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novelby Maria Semple. 5/5
45. The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Scienceby Douglas Starr. 4/5
46. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk! by Al Ries. 4/5
47.And When She Was Good: A Novel by Laura Lippman. 3/5
48. This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper 5/5.
49. The Bloody Mary Club by Debbie Dyke. 3/5
50. Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelson. 5/5
51. The Snow Child: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey. 5/5.
52. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. 5/5
53. Lasso the Stars by L.L. Nielsen. 4/5
54. Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle by Rachel Dratch. 4/5
55. America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't by Stephen Colbert. 3/5.
56. The Heart Broke In: A Novelby James Meek. 4/5
57.City of Womenby David R. Gillham. 5.5
58. The Dog Starsby Peter Heller.
59. Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughterby Lisa Scottoline. 3/5
60.The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister. 5/5
61.Gathering of Waters by Bernice McFadden. 4/5
62.Blackberry Winter: A Novel by Sarah Jio. 4/5
63.The Bloodletter's Daughter (A Novel of Old Bohemia)by Linda Lafferty. 4/5
64.The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhemby Sonya Sones. 5/5
65. A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way through Love, Loss, and Laughterby Rachael Herron. 3.5/5

I know my ratings seem a little high – there is a huge number of 4 out of 5.  I think that is because I didn’t do that many book reviews from a company or someone requesting a book review – so the majority of the books that I read were books that I chose to read.  That may change a bit for 2013 though because I am going to alternate my books with my huge virtual stack of Kindle Daily Deals.  If a book sounds halfway promising, I can not turn it down at $1.99.  So far, I have been pretty pleased with them, though. 

From the past:

Books Read in 2007

Books Read in 2008

Books Read in 2009

Books Read in 2010

Books Read in 2011

Happy Reading in 2013!!

16 comments:

Joanne said...

You are awesome. This is so impressive! More than a book a week!

Catherine said...

Oh my stars! How wonderful that you read all those books! I don't think I even read 10 last year. :( Good for you! Woot woot!
xo Catherine

La Table De Nana said...

Amazing..way more than me..And now I am stagnating in Pictures of You..
Your ratings are so nice and generous..I am not so nice with book ratings..

Don't know why..:)

Amy said...

I read hundreds of blog articles...does that count? Incredible, Pam. You're my hero.

Julie said...

Thanks for the book list...I definitely need to read more and this will give me some ideas. Have a super new year :)

a quiet life said...

really enjoy looking over your year, your blog inspired me to read quite a few and i always liked them.

had fun clicking through to read about others, your 20th century ghost sounds good, but i am very squeamish and spend to much time alone reading so i didn't like the quote will haunt you long after you read this book... its the 8' locust that drew me in, not the man washing his hands in children's blood :-(

what was your rating for dog star? read that because of you too~

thanks for a few more to add to my list, and i hear you of the buck 99, i added 25 in the last few days, read 3 so far and not disappointed :-)

cheers to a happy new year of reading~

a quiet life said...

really enjoy looking over your year, your blog inspired me to read quite a few and i always liked them.

had fun clicking through to read about others, your 20th century ghost sounds good, but i am very squeamish and spend to much time alone reading so i didn't like the quote will haunt you long after you read this book... its the 8' locust that drew me in, not the man washing his hands in children's blood :-(

what was your rating for dog star? read that because of you too~

thanks for a few more to add to my list, and i hear you of the buck 99, i added 25 in the last few days, read 3 so far and not disappointed :-)

cheers to a happy new year of reading~

Marjie said...

I didn't think much of the Kindle Fire when our broker sent it to us for Christmas last year, but I now have over 450 books that I got for free (all except one), and I love it. I'd never have read Andrew Carnegie's biography of James Watt otherwise, along with a lot of other great (and some not-so-great) books. I'm glad you've had such a great reading year!

Betsy Adams said...

Wow--that is great, Pam. You are really a 'reader'... My mother used to love to read --and she tried to encourage me when I was a child. I never EVER (still don't) liked to read much.. I will read --but things like Genealogy, Health issues, etc...

Proud of you!!!! Glad you love your Kindle.
Hugs,
Betsy

Jacky said...

Wow, what a list. I am in such a reading rut, hopefully I will get inspired soon.

Kim said...

Each book is like a brand new adventure and you've had 65! Awesome!

Julie said...

You're amazing! How do you find the time? What a great list.

Sarah said...

Quite amazing. I couldn't imagine reading that many books in 4 years! This year I just read some of the same books over again.

Snap said...

Love your book list. I haven't tried an E reader yet. I still *have* to have the book in my hand!

Kitchen Ninja said...

GREAT list, Pam! I keep a list on my blog, too, but I think I'm going to borrow your idea of adding a rating to each book this year, so when friends ask me for reading recommendations, I can actually remember what I liked the best! Thanks.

Kath said...

I belong to a book club so I do read, not to the extent that you do though! I just wanted to suggest (if you haven't already read it) "West with the Night" by Beryl Markham. It is an autobiography written in 1942 and resurrected in 1983. It is the best book I have read in a long time. The author's descriptions are just spellbinding. Happy reading!