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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Books Read in 2012

Whew! I read more books in 2012 than I've read in any other year of my life. I'm AMAZED at how many of these books were wonderful and memorable, and I count several of them among the best books I've ever read. I'll be back in a few days when I've whittled this down to a few of my favorites, but for now, I'd love to hear if you've read some of these and if you have any strong opinions on any of them. (My apologies for any spelling mistakes!)

I'll do a little more analysis at the end, but for now, here's the list, starting with the ones I read at the beginning of last year, and ending with books I just finished: 

1. Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
2. The Broken Thing by Peter Swift
3. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
4. So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti
5. Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
6. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
7. Zero by Tom Leveen
8. Let's Get Lost by Sarra Manning
9. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
10. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
11. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
12. Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
13. A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
14. Dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman
15. Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss
16. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
17. The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
18. Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker
19. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
20. Starters by Lissa Price
21. Identical by Ellen Hopkins
22. It's a Little Haywire by Elle Strauss
23. The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti
24. Dead to You by Lisa McMann
25. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
26. The Future of Us by Jay Asher
27. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
28. Blankets by Craig Thompson
29. Heist Society by Ally Carter
30. Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
31. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
32. But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
33. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
34. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
35. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
36. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
37. Lucky by Rachel Vail
38. Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy
39. Crazy by Amy Reed
40. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
41. 37 Things I Love by Kekla Magoon
42. When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle
43. The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecelia Galante
44. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
45. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
46. Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart
47. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
48. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
49. On Becoming Childwise by Gary Ezzo
50. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
51. The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols
52. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
53. 3 Willows by Ann Brasheres
54. Take Me There by Susane Colasanti
55. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
56. Flyaway by Helen Landalf
57. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
58. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
59. In Honor by Jessi Kirby
60. Radiance by Alyson Noel
61. Whisper by Alyson Noel
62. Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
63. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
64. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
65. On Becoming Pre-Teen Wise by Gary Ezzo
66. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
67. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
68. What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen
69. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
70. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
71. Blubber by Judy Blume
72. Would You by Marthe Jocelyn
73. The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
74. Write Good or Die by Scott Nicholson
75. Gone by Lisa McMann
76. Do or Di by Eileen Cook
77. If I Lie by Corinne Jackson
78. Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy
79. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
80. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
81. Looking For Alaska by John Green
82. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
83. Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies by Blake Snyder
84. Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
85. Cracked by K.M. Walton
86. A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
87. The DNA of Relationships by Gary Smalley
88. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
89. Every Day a Friday by Joel Osteen
90. It's Your Time by Joel Osteen
91. Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mylnowski
92. No Plot? No Problem by Chris Baty
93. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
94. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
95. On Writing by Stephen King
96. Purity by Jackson Pearce
97. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
98. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
99. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
100. Every Day by David Levithan
101. Abby Road by Ophelia London
102. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
103. And Thereby Hangs a Tale by Jeffrey Archer
104. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarrey
105. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
106. Live Through This by Mindi Scott

ETA: I just realized I'd missed at least one book (changing the total from 105 to 106 - Thanks, Mindi!) My only excuse is that I practically read her book in one sitting because it was so good, so I guess I somehow missed adding it to my GoodReads list.

Double whew! Keep in mind that this is not including books I critique or beta read, or my own books, which I have to read many times throughout the year. I honestly do not have a clue how I found time to read this many books. And I'm not a fast reader. All I can say is that I'm very goal driven (I set a goal to read a hundred books this year) and I also really, really enjoyed much of what I was reading.

Of the 106 books that I read in 2012:

Number of fiction: 95
Number of nonfiction: 11
Number I listened to on audiobook: 30
Number of books I did not finish: 4
Number of books I read because of hype: 24
Number that lived up to the hype (in my opinion): 9
Number of books I read for research purposes: 32
Number of books I read based on recommendations: 37
Number of books I would consider meh: 19
Number of books I would consider pretty good: 47
Number of books I would consider memorable: 25
Number of books I would consider ah-mazing: 16
Number of books that I will never forget: 2

It's a pretty good ratio, in my opinion. I didn't want to give specifics on books, because as a fellow author, I have too much compassion to do that. I certainly wouldn't want to read my book on another author's list of "meh" books. Besides, in my opinion, recommendations of awesome books are much more important.

Next year I don't plan on setting any ambitious reading goals, because I am feeling a bit burnt out on the "need to read" thing, but what I do plan on doing is being a bit pickier on what I  choose to read. I'm hoping to find 12 really amazing books by the end of 2013, so if you know of any that are not on my list (they don't need to be published in any particular year) please give me your suggestions.

I'll be back soon with my trimmed Best-Of list, but until then, I'll leave you with my top two...

How about you? Any favorites from the list above?


  1. A Monster Calls -- I have never sobbed as much a while reading as I did with this book.

    Code Name Verity -- could not stop talking about this book. Thankfully, right after I finished, I had an SCBWI meeting and gabbed about it for an hour with a fellow reader.

    Small Medium at Large -- adorable, pitch-perfect middle school voice

    A Northern Light -- Mattie Gokey reminds me of my dear book "friend," Francie Nolan.

    How was the Twyla Tharp book?

    1. Love hearing about your experiences, Caroline! I'm loving the Twyla Tharp book! Not quite done, but plan to be before 2013.

  2. I feel like you read more than 105. Unless LTT didn't count because you know me! :-)

    1. Thank you for pointing out my HUGE oversight, Mindi! It has been amended above (along with an explanation ;)