what i read in 2012.

As the past year began, I was on a mission. Read a lot. Read intensively. And do so while reading, researching, writing, and rewriting for my Master’s Thesis. Could it be done? Could I tackle the books I’d wanted (and some I didn’t expect) to read, while immersing myself for two to three months of intense compilation of a 40-50 page project? I entered the new year with gusto, with determination. I thought: go big or go home. I’d asked for a mammoth of a novel for Christmas. I got it. I started. It took awhile, but I finished it.

In the end I tackled 34 novels/novellas in this grand year of 2012. I thought I’d have managed more, especially after graduate school ended for me. I had the time in the summer; I had the time whilst traveling to England and Belgium. However, the fall semester and my two jobs depleted my free time to read, read, read. I also think Márquez stopped me a little bit; Love in the Time of Cholera was a slow go – though a great read.

Below is what I read. Bolded are those books over 500 pages: the number of pages when I begin to toy with the idea of counting these novels as two for sheer size. Italics are books that I’d reread this year. The last two I technically finished on January 1-2. But I am counting them for 2012. Seriously, I read most in 2012.

1. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami
2. “No Touch Monkey!: And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late” – Ayun Halliday
3. “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” – Anthony Bourdain
4. “Other Colors” – Orhan Pamuk
5. “Antic Hay” – Aldous Huxley
6. “Go Tell It on the Mountain” – James Baldwin
7. “Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew” – Zak Bagans
8. “The Hunger Games” – Suzanne Collins
9. “The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman” – Louis de Bernières
10. “Short Lean Cuts” – Alex Pruteanu
11. “Mrs. Dalloway” – Virginia Woolf
12. “To Kill a Mockingbird” – Harper Lee
13. “Galápagos” – Kurt Vonnegut
14. “They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing” – Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein
15. “Cleveland” – Harvey Pekar
16. “Birds Without Wings” – Louis de Bernières
17. “America the Edible: A Hungry History, From Sea to Dining Sea” – Adam Richman
18. “Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events: Stories” – Kevin Moffett
19. “Catching Fire” – Suzanne Collins
20. “Music Made by Bears” – Daniel Donatelli
21. “Running with Scissors” – Augusten Burroughs
22. “Never Let Me Go” – Kazuo Ishiguro
23. “Mockingjay” – Suzanne Collins
24. “11/22/63” – Stephen King
25. “The Satanic Verses” – Salman Rushdie

26. “Cairo Modern” – Naguib Mahfouz
27. “The Gunslinger” – Stephen King
28. “Dancing to ‘Almendra'” – Mayra Montero
29. “Aerogrammes: and Other Stories” – Tania James
30. “Love in the Time of Cholera” – Gabriel García Márquez
31. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” – Gabriel García Márquez
32. “I Know I Am, But What Are You?” – Samantha Bee
33. “Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories” – Ben Fountain
34. “The Book of Gin…” – Richard Barnett
35. “A Gesture Life” – Chang-Rae Lee

I’ve already started my first novel in 2013. It’s a 500+ pager. I never learn.