Archives: Books Read in 2012


  • Everything Changes, by Jonathan Tropper (B+ – entertaining)
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender (D+ – just plain weird)
  • The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, by Brady Udall (C- – good writer, but depressing story with no redemption)
  • Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan (C+ – just OK for me)
  • Before I Go To Sleep, by S.J. Watson (C – had much more potential than it delivered on)
  • The Housekeeper and The Professor, by Yoko Ogawa (A – Beautiful.) 


  • Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (B – complex and well-written, but I like more pay-off)
  • How to Talk to a Widower, by Jonathan Tropper (B+)
  • Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones (B+)
  • Think of a Numb3r, by John Verdon (C+ – fun, page-turner) 
  • These Things Hidden, by Heather Gudenkauf (B – fun, page-turner of a beach read)


  • Townie, by Andre Dubus III (B – lots of fighting but interesting)
  • Ape House, by Sara Gruen (C – meh – boringish)
  • Defending Jacob, by William Landay (B+ – entertaining courtroom drama)
  • While I Was Gone, by Sue Miller (B+ – moves slowly, but complex character revelations)
  • Lone Wolf, by Jodi Piccoult (C- – one of Piccoult’s worst)


  • Heft, by Liz Moore (B – interesting story) 


  • The Informationist, by Taylor Stevens (B+ – fun beach read)
  • Reamde, by Neal Stephenson (A – 1,000 pages of fun)
  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson (B – I like her blog better than her book, but she’s funny)


  • The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, by Helen Grant (C – Meh! I wanted to like this more than I did)
  • A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness (B – entertaining but a smidge too much romance in it)
  • The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey (B – Good sense of place, but if fables aren’t your thing, you’ll hate it)


  • The Good Father, by Noah Hawley (B+   – It’s  page-turner told from the perspective of a would-be assassin’s dad)
  • The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta (C+ – interesting premise, but I didn’t really care about the characters)
  • The Chaperone, by Laura Moriarty (A-   – This has “book club” written all over it)
  • The Four Ms. Bradwells, by Meg Waite Clayton (B+ – This also has “book club” possibilities)
  • By Nightfall, by Michael Cunningham (D – what a waste of time – I’d like a refund, please)
  • A Thousand Lives, by Julia Scheeres (B+ – non-fiction account of Jonestown, using recently released files)


  • A Spot of Bother, by Mark Haddon (A- – this thing was laugh-out-loud funny) 
  • Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (C – fun page turner, but ridiculously far-fetched)
  • The Rook, by Daniel O’Mallery (C – aspects were fun, but I’m not into sci-fi with monsters) 


  • Tigers in Red Weather, by Liza Klaussmann (D+ – weird, pointless, not sure why it’s so popular)
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail, by Cheryl Strayed (B+ – hard to sympathize, but interesting)


  • The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (A+ – beautiful, but you’ll definitely need some tissue)
  • House Rules, by Jodi Piccoult (C+ – meh – obvious plot, wee bit lame)
  • 11/22/63, by Stephen King (A- – totally fun for October – it’s long but not slow)


  • The Irresistible Henry House, by Lisa Grunwald (B – thought provoking but slow moving at times)
  • Chiefs, by Stuart Woods (B+ – interesting look at racism in the south over the years – through fiction)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (B+ – teen book, deals with pretty serious issues pretty well)


  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor (B+ – fun sci-fi book for teens)
  • War Brides, by Helen Bryan (B+ – interesting look at life during WWII)
  • Quiet, by Susan Cain (B+ – non-fiction: the power of introversion)
  • Unsaid, by Neil Abramson (B- – interesting premise but a bit hokey.) 
  • How to Be a Woman, by Caitlan Moran (A- – made me LOL while getting real about sexism) 
  • The Templeton Twins Have an Idea, by Ellis Weiner ((B+ – kids book I checked out for my nephew)
  • Sleepwalking with Einstein, by Jonathan Safran Foer (B+ – non-fiction memory championship)

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