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To Read: 2012

Last year, I made a resolution to read all the books on my bookshelf before buying any new books.  I failed pretty miserably, but I did manage to cross off eleven books by April.  But as you all know, that’s when my little book world turned upside down–Sam accepted a job across the country, and my books were either packed or given away.  I tried to cull my collection mercilessly, but I still ended up with a stack of un-read books in the boxes.  And I’ve bought several new books since moving, too.  It’s an occupational hazard of being an amateur librarian, I suppose!

I’m still trying to avoid buying new books while there are still un-read books on my shelves, but my To-Read List of 2011 is completely obsolete by now.  So I’m scrapping that list and making another!  In the interest of accountability, I’m recording every single book on my shelves or Kindle, and I shall try once more to whittle down the list during 2012.

To-Read 2012

  1. The Air We Breathe, by Andrea Barrett
  2. Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko
  3. All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot
  4. American Pastoral, by Philip Roth
  5. Among Others, by Jo Walton
  6. Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner
  7. The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron
  8. Breaking the Vicious Cycle, by Elaine Gottschall
  9. The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, by Leonard Mlodinow
  10. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly
  11. The Fledgling, by Jane Langton
  12. Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins
  13. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  14. Howards End, by E.M. Forster
  15. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
  16. In the Sanctuary of Outcasts, by Neil White
  17. Is It You, Me, or Adult ADD?, by Gina Pera
  18. Is Sex Necessary?: Or Why You Feel the Way You Do, by James Thurber and E.B. White
  19. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
  20. A Live Coal in the Sea, by Madeleine L’Engle
  21. The Magician King, by Lev Grossman
  22. A Marriage Made in Heaven: Or Too Tired For an Affair, by Erma Bombeck
  23. The Modern Quilting Bee Block Party, by Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks
  24. Mr. Emerson’s Wife, by Amy Belding Brown
  25. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, edited by Kate Bernheimer
  26. The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
  27. The Princess and Curdie, by George Macdonald
  28. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
  29. Promises I Made My Mother, by Sam Haskell
  30. The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination of the Boy Who Lived, edited by Neil Mulholland, PhD
  31. The Pursuit of Happyness, by Chris Gardner with Quincy Troupe
  32. Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro
  33. Secret Lives of Great Authors, by Robert Schnakenberg
  34. The Soul of Creative Writing, by Richard Goodman
  35. Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
  36. Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro
  37. The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame

As usual, these books have accumulated from all over–gifts, hand-me-downs from my mother’s book group,, books that at some point I deemed worthy to survive the move… we shall see if I can ever conquer this list!

Having too many books to read is such a fun problem to have!

One thought on “To Read: 2012

  1. I bet you can do it!! My mom, who is an artist of various sorts, has really enjoyed The Artist’s Way. And I can highly recommend The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Three Cups of Tea (though some interesting controversy about it came out later). Several of yours are also on my list: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell and Pillars of the Earth. So many books, so little time!


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