Books I read in 2012!

In 2012, I read (*** denotes books I recommend):

1. Stephen King, Everything’s Eventual
2. Paul Hornschemeier, Life With Mr. Dangerous
3. Louise Welsh, The Cutting Room
4. Tennessee Williams, Not About Nightingales
5. John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
***6. Miranda July & Harrell Fletcher, Learning to Love You More
7. Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
8. Lemony Snicket, The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)
***9. Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
10. Susan Griffin, A Chorus of Stones
***11. Aryn Kyle, Boys and Girls Like You And Me
12. Tennessee Williams, Eccentricities of A Nightingale
13. Michael Kimmel, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
14. Suzan-Lori Parks, In the Blood
15. Suzan-Lori Parks, Topdog/Underdog
16. Tennessee Williams, Camino Real
17. Tennessee Williams, Orpheus Descending
18. Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
19. Michael Auping, Jenny Holzer
***20. Tennessee Williams, Suddenly Last Summer
21. Diane Waldman, Jenny Holzer
22. Tennessee Williams, The Night of the Iguana
23. Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
24. Arvind Sharma, Women in World Religions
***25. Daniel Handler, Adverbs
***26. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray: The Original Lippencott Edition
27. Tennessee Williams, Kingdom of Earth
28. Lemony Snicket, The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)
***29. Tennessee Williams, Vieux Carre
30. Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession With Virginity is Hurting Young Women
31. Shira Tarrant, Men and Feminism
***32. Tennessee Williams, The Two Character Play
33. Haruki Murakami, After the Quake
***34. John Green & David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson
***35. Joey Comeau, The Complete Lockpick Pornography
36. Claire Zulkey, An Off Year
37. Jincey Willett, The Writing Class
38. Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of A Funny Story
39. Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
40. David Levithan, Love is the Higher Law
***41. Tom Perrotta, Little Children
42. Chris Colfer, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
43. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
44. Jack Hirshman, The Last American Valentine: Illustrated Poems to Seduce and Destroy
***45. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
46. Thomas Middleton, The Changeling
47. Samuel R. Williamson Jr., Soldiers, Statesmen, and July 1914
***48. Zadie Smith, White Teeth
49. Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus
50. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812
51. George Lillo, The London Merchant
52. Paul Schmidt, The Stray Dog Cabaret: A Book of Russian Poems
53. Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies
54. Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
55. John Cleland, Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure
56. Ian Fleming, Casino Royal
***57. Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Rereading Sex: Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth-Century America
58. Robert W. Strayer, Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse?
59. Alina Reyes, Behind Closed Doors
***60. Mary Oliver, Dream Work
61. Chris Colfer, Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal
62. Kat Rosenfield, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
***63. Junot Díaz, Drown

and I reread:
***64. Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie (my favorite play of all times)

(I took a class on Tennessee Williams which is why I read a buttload of Tennessee Williams this year.)

Every single year I am constantly thinking that I need to read more, but looking at this list, I realize that I actually read a ridiculously great amount, and I’m proud of that. When I was a kid, I read even more. Ever since I started high school I’ve been reading less than I used to. I always have a book I currently have a bookmark in, but it takes me longer on average to finish a book, and I don’t read every single day by any means. But, since I started logging my books on goodreads, I have been reading more. In 2009 I read 44 books. In 2010 I was a depressed college freshman and I read only 30 books, barely any of which were the books I was supposed to be reading for class. In 2011 picked it up a little bit and read 59. This year my goal was to read 60. I read 64, and even though many of them were plays and books of poetry and thus only a day’s worth of reading, I’m still very proud of that and I look forward to reading even more in 2013. My goal is 70 books, and I’d also like to make an effort to have more conversations about what I’m reading — hence, this blog. I’m very excited!~

If you want to know my opinion on any of the books on this list, go ahead and ask me! Also, if you have any suggestions of books for me to read this year, please leave them here–books you love and think I’d love, or even books you want to read and would like to see a review of first! 70 books is a lot of books, holy hell! See you in the new year, all!

Catherine