Books Read 2012

  • Books Read: 120
  • Pages Read: 28,447
  • Average Number of Pages Per Book: 263

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January 2012:

  1. For You Mom, Finally – Ruth Reichl, 144 pages. (Jan 1). QUICK
  2. Shelter – Jayne Anne Phillips, 320 pages.  (Jan 2). QUICK
  3. The Writing Life – Annie Dillard, 111 pages.  (Jan 2).
  4. Dark Charms:Chapbook – Dorianne Laux (Jan 3).
  5. Superman:Chapbook– Dorianne Laux (Jan 4).
  6. Time and Materials – Robert Hass, 87 pages.  (Jan 4).
  7. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs, 348 pages. (Jan 4). REVIEW
  8. The Reading Promise – Alice Ozma, 288 pages. (Jan 7). MENTION
  9. In the Bedroom – Andre Dubus, 148 pages. (Jan 9).  REVIEW
  10. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin, 320 pages.  (Jan 16). REVIEW
  11. A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight: Poems – Hadara Bar-Nadav, 78 pages. (Jan 18).
  12. Moral Disorder – Margaret Atwood, 240 pages. (Jan 23).
  13. Instructions to the Double – Tess Gallagher, 86 pages. (Jan 23).
  14. The Retrieval System – Maxine Kumin, 69 pages. (Jan 25).
  15. The War of the Rosens – Janice Eudice, 232 pages. (Jan 29). QUICK
February 2012:
  1. Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles #1) – Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis, 541 pages.  (Feb 3).  REVIEW
  2. Creative Nonfiction Issue 43 (Winter) – Lee Gutkind (Editor), 80 pages.  (Feb 4).
  3. Self-Help: Stories – Lorrie Moore, 163 pages. (Feb 7). REVIEW
  4. Glaciers – Alexis M. Smith, 174 pages.  (Feb 9). QUICK
  5. Saving Milly: Love, Politics and Parkinson’s Disease – Morton Kondracke, 272 pages. (Feb 10).
  6. Beasts of No Nation – Uzodinma Iweala, 142 pages.  (Feb 12). REVIEW
  7. Raleigh Review Vol. 2 – Raleigh Review, 80 pages. (Feb 16).
  8. Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson, 219 pages. (Feb 17). REVIEW
  9. Ship Fever: Stories – Andrea Barrett, 254 pages. (Feb 21). QUICK
  10. The Diving Bell and The Butterfly – Jean-Dominique Bauby, 132 pages.  (Feb 23). QUICK
  11. Postcards from a Dead Girl – Kirk Faber, 256 pages. (Feb 26). QUICK
March 2012:
  1. The Hours – Michael Cunningham, 226 pages. (March 1).
  2. Forth a Raven – Christina Davis, 49 pages. (March 3). REVIEW
  3. Flash Fiction Forward – James Thomas and Robert Shapard (editors), 237 pages. (March 4).
  4. A Good American – Alex George, 381 pages. (March 8).
  5. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins, 374 pages. (March 9). REVIEW
  6. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins, 391 pages.  (March 11).
  7. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins, 390 pages. (March 11).
  8. Throw Like a Girl: Stories – Jean Thompson, 391 pages. (March 13).
  9. On the Bus with Rosa Parks – Rita Dove, 88 pages.  (March 14).
  10. We the Animals – Justin Torres, 125 pages. (March 15). REVIEW
  11. Everything Beautiful Began After – Simon Van Booy, 402 pages.  (March 18). QUICK
  12. the perks of being a wallflower – Stephen Chbosky, 213 pages.  (March 20).
  13. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel – Louise Murphy, 297 pages. (March 23). REVIEW
  14. Three Ladies Beside the Sea – Rhoda Levine (Illustrator: Edward Gorey). (March 28). REVIEW
  15. People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks, 372 pages.  (March 29).

April 2012:

  1. Lives of Girls and Women – Alice Munro, 211 pages.  (April 1).
  2. A Short History of Women – Kate Walbert, 237 pages. (April 3). REVIEW
  3. Overtime (Poems)- Joseph Millar, 60 pages. (April 4).
  4. Salvage the Bones – JesmynWard, 258 pages. (April 5). QUICK
  5. How We Are Hungry – Dave Eggers, 218 pages. (April 8).
  6. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God – Francis Chan, 175 pages.  (April 11).
  7. The Gardens of Kyoto – Kate Walbert, 286 pages.  (April 16).  REVIEW
  8. Autobiography of Red – Anne Carson, 149 pages. (April 16). QUICK
  9. Cinder – Marissa Meyer, 387 pages. (April 18). REVIEW
  10. Tattoos on the Heart – Gregory “G” Boyles, 212 pages. (April 20). QUICK
  11. Arcadia – Lauren Groff, 304 pages. (April 23). REVIEW
  12. What the Birds See – Sonya Hartnett, 194 pages. (April 25).
  13. The Conference of the Birds – Peter Sis, 160 pages. (April 26). REVIEW

May 2012:

  1. Unselected Poems – Philip Levine, 109 pages.  (May 1).
  2. Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction – (edited by) Lex Williford and Michael Martone, 542 pages. (May 2).
  3. 84, Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff, 97 pages. (May 4). REVIEW
  4. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street – Helene Hanff, 160 pages. (May 5).
  5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick, 534 pages. (May 5).
  6. The Air We Breathe – Andrea Barrett, 297 pages. (May 10).  REVIEW
  7. Blackbird House – Alice Hoffman, 225 pages. (May 10).
  8. The Sad Epistles (Poetry Chapbook) – Emma Bolden, 11 pages.  (May 13). REVIEW
  9. The Book of Women (Poetry Chapbook) – Dorianne Laux, 20 pages. (May 14). REVIEW
  10. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (A Year of Food Life) – Barbara Kingsolver, 354 pages. (May 15).
  11. Invisible Girls – Erika Lutzner, 22 pages. (May 16). REVIEW
  12. Eucalyptus – Murray Bail, 255 pages. (May 19). QUICK
  13. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card, 325 pages. (May 21).
  14. When Women Were Birds – Terry Tempest Williams, 208 pages. (May 23). REVIEW
  15. Briar Rose – Jane Yolen, 239 pages. (May 27). QUICK
  16. With My Body – Nikki Gemmell, 462 pages. (May 31). REVIEW

June 2012:

  1. Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It – Maile Meloy, 219 pages. (June 1).
  2. Sarah’s Key – Tatiana De Rosnay, 293 pages. (June 3).
  3. The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop – Lewis Buzbee, 216 pages. (June 5). REVIEW
  4. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed, 315 pages. (June 10). REVIEW
  5. Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler (Art by: Maira Kalman), 345 pages. (June 13). REVIEW
  6. Attic of the Wind – Doris Herold Lund (Art by: Ati Forberg).  (June 15). REVIEW
  7. Life on Mars: Poems – Tracy K. Smith, 70 pages. (June 17). QUICK
  8. Embroideries – Marjane Satrapi, 144 pages.  (June 18). QUICK
  9. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers, 359 pages. (June 19). QUICK
  10. Here on Earth – Alice Hoffman, 293 pages. (June 22).
  11. Orange is the New Black: My Year in Women’s Prison – Piper Kerman, 295 pages. (June 26).
  12. The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka, 129 pages. (June 29).

July 2012:

  1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Murial Barbery (Alison Anderson), 325 pages. (July 1).
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie, 231 pages. (July 5). REVIEW
  3. Iodine – Haven Kimmel, 221 pages. (July 8).  REVIEW
  4. The Passion – Jeanette Winterson, 160 pages. (July 10).
  5. houses are fields: poems – Taije Silveman, 79 pages. (July 14).
  6. Tiger Lily– Jodi Lynn Anderson, 292 pages. (July 17). QUICK
  7. The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh, 308 pages. (July 23). REVIEW
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee, 281 pages. (July 28).
  9. Night – Elie Wiesel, 109 pages. (July 30).

August 2012:

  1. The Principles of Uncertainty – Maira Kalman, 336 pages. (August 6). REVIEW
  2. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck, 107 pages. (Aug 7). REVIEW
  3. The Boy in Striped Pajamas – John Boyne, 215 pages. (Aug 8).
  4. The Littlest Birds Sing the Prettiest Songs – Folk Music Illustrated by Jennie Smith, 138 pages. (Aug 9).
  5. Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones, 256 pages. (Aug 21). QUICK
  6.  The Dove Keepers – Alice Hoffman, 504 pages. (Aug 22). QUICK
  7. Out of True – Amy Durant, 94 pages. (Aug 22). REVIEW

September 2012:

  1. The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls, 188 pages. (Sept 2). REVIEW
  2. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi, 153 pages. (Sept 7).
  3. And the Pursuit of Happiness – Maira Kalman, 471 pages. (Sept 9). REVIEW
  4. First Days of School – Harry Wong, 338 pages. (Sept 18).
  5. Living in a Nutshell – Janet Lee, 208 pages. (Sept 18).
  6. Vaclav and Lena – Haley Tanner, 292 pages. (Sept 29). QUICK

October 2012:

  1. Black Boy – Richard Wright, 448 pages. (Oct 7). QUICK
  2. American Pastoral – Philip Roth, 423 pages. (Oct 14). QUICK
  3. A Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer – Christine Schutt, 176 pages. (Oct 14). QUICK
  4. Half Broke Horses – Jeannette Walls, 270 pages. (Oct 25).
  5. Love Begins in Winter – Simon Van Booy, 226 pages. (Oct 28). REVIEW

November 2012:

  1. Soul Thief – Charles Baxter, 208 pages. (Nov 2).
  2. Chopsticks – Jessica Anthony, 272 pages. (Nov 5).
  3. Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, 563 pages. (Nov 12). REVIEW
  4. Swim Back to Me – Ann Packer, 225 pages. (Nov 24).
  5. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje, 302 pages. (Nov 30). REVIEW
  6. A Thousand Mornings – Mary Oliver, 77 pages. (Nov 30).

December 2012:

  1. This is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz, 213 pages. (Dec 12). REVIEW
  2. Tiny Beautiful Things Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar – Cheryl Strayed, 353 pages. (Dec 20).
  3. Broetry – Brian McGackin, 123 pages. (Dec 22).
  4. Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka-Brunt, 360 pages. (Dec 25).


46 thoughts on “Books Read 2012

  1. nell's dish says:

    So… question for you. My husband is a filmmaker and we are on the search for works of great fiction that are dying to become great films. He has one feature film under his belt (he wrote that one) and is looking for his next project and is attracted to the idea of adapting a novel. Since you’ve read so many books this year… any thoughts you’d like to share? His first film ( was very character driven – kind of like a foreign film. Love to hear your thoughts! shoot me an email if you have ideas to share. :)

    • Cassie says:

      I think I might be able to think of some. There’s actually one book I have in mind RIGHT NOW that I think would make a great movie. And how interesting for you to live amongst the world of film. I love the youtube trailer of Hello Lonesome! I’ll have to get it on dvd and check it out – tell him Congratulations. I look forward to reading more of your blog and I’ll email you later this week if I think of any REALLY fabulous books and the one that I’ve already got in mind.

  2. zettew says:

    I love your list of books read this year! I’m waiting to post mine until the very last minute b/c I’m trying to finish a book as we speak (when I’m not on Ancestry dot com – my latest obsession). Have you ever tried shelfari? It’s powered by Amazon, and I love it’s visual bookshelf to keep track of my read, reading and TBR books. Check it out!

    • Cassie says:

      I’ve always wondered about! I would love to check out my family history. I have goodreads, which is really similar to shelfari. I’ve tried shelfari, but since it was doing relatively the same thing for me I decided to just delete it. I will totally look at your shelf though.

    • Cassie says:

      Haha, all of a sudden I turned the speed on. I’ve been running myself ragged with my goals for the year so I should probably slow down – but thank you. Annie Dillard is wonderful. That was my second book by her and I plan to read them all. Very witty. I do recommend it.

    • Cassie says:

      Thanks. I read…too much, probably. But if it makes you happy, do it. I love your thirty day book challenge by the way. I may have to steal a few…I’m not sure I could manage 30 days at this point.

      • theotherwatson says:

        Haha, no such thing as reading too much. I wish I could read that much, I’d be happy just to make 50 books this year.
        Oh yeah, I thought the 30 day challenge was cool, I’ve seen it floating around for a few days now and thought I’d give it a go. It’s harder to decide some of the “days” than I expected though… But yeah, I nearly considering doing several at a time, but have decided to go for doing it day by day (because clearly, I can ramble on a lot for each one :P )

  3. Dog's-ear says:

    Holy smoke! I can’t believe what you’ve read in 2012 so far. Impressive to say the least. Well, feel free to start pacing yourself…there is an extra day on the calendar this year (leap day)!

    • Cassie says:

      Oh no! Just keep reading, dear! That’s what I do. I’m reading the most daunting collection of creative nonfiction right now and it’s taking me way more than a week and while I’m frustrated – I’m learning and studying so much, so I can’t complain. :)

    • Cassie says:

      I think a book I could recommend to everyone is The True Story of Hansel and Gretel (it’s a Holocaust story though so prepare to be both terrified and amazed). I also really loved Salvage the Bones because of the way the author built tension – it’s a great way to learn to write, that book. Hmmm….My favorite book of all time ALL TIME is Lark & Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips. I guess that’s a good start. :) I like beautiful books which don’t necessarily need a killer plot – so my recommendations may be slow going at first until you’re into it.

  4. OtherAsteroid says:

    Oh dear, that’s lovely. Definitively I’ll read The True Story of Hansel and Gretel I have a particular interest on WWII and Holocaust, anyway I’ll give it a go to all of them and I’ll review it. Thanks a lot.

    As much as I want to start with Louise Murphy’s book, I can’t find it; it is a bit hard to get, yesterday I bought the other two, so I’ll start with Lark & Termite, by the way I also got Machine Dreams Jayne Anne Phillips, I found it interesting.

    Have a lovely day.

    • Cassie says:

      Well if you like WWII literature you should read Sarah’s Key and Briar Rose as well. Briar Rose is young adult. Ou, ou, ou and The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak. Those are all pretty great.

      And I actually haven’t read Machine Dreams! Does it have her typical dream and memory writing? She’s really good at that.

      Do you have any recommendations for me?

      • OtherAsteroid says:

        I read Sarah’s Key and saw the movie as well. I’ll check out the other two books. Now I’ve a lot to read, thanks to you. If you allow me I’ll recommend you Fatelessness by Imre Kertesz (WWII) non fictional and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, this one is really good.

        About Machine Dreams, I’ll let you know when I finish my reading. Last night I started with Salvage The Bones.
        Again, thank you so much.

        Have a lovely day.

      • OtherAsteroid says:

        I read Sarah’s Key and saw the movie as well. I’ll check out the other two books. Now I’ve a lot to read, thanks to you. If you allow me I’ll recommend you Fatelessness by Imre Kertesz (WWII) non fictional and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, this one is really good.

        About Machine Dreams, I’ll let you know when I finish my reading. Last night I started with Salvage The Bones.
        Again, thank you so much.

        Have a lovely day.

      • Cassie says:

        I will definitely pick those books up – although it’s all the more terrifying when you read nonfiction about WWII. I will add them to my to-reads list at the library. Thank you!!

        I have Machine Dreams sitting on my desk pile, but I still haven’t read it. My to-reads pile is honestly out of control, I need to stop buying books until I finish. Salvage the Bones is wonderful – I hope you enjoy it!! Please let me know!

  5. Vincent Mars says:

    You read much and more. But, how long does it take for you to forget a book? Can you tell me what the main protagonist in The Gardens of Kyoto by Kate Walbert did to his or her lover? Without sneaking to your library, and the book, and checking?

    • Cassie says:

      Most books I read for joy and not for memory. I’ve always been told for writing just to eat books, be ravenous with them and when you enjoy one, rip it apart cover to cover. If you ask me about a book I absolutely adore I can tell you. I liked Gardens of Kyoto but didn’t need to learn how she did it …so you’re right I can’t tell you. :)

      • Vincent Mars says:

        Yes yes books are tasty, I agree.

        I didn’t mean how she or he or they did you-know-what! I was thinking of the romantic part. Did she woo him? Was he too shy to act? Did they look at the sky and observed that the stars were bright? That’s what I meant.

        But what happened in the Gardens of Kyoto will remain a mystery…

      • Cassie says:

        That’s where the fun of re-reading comes in.

        And I hope in a romance that both parties partook in all of that swoon worthy goodness.

  6. Yamini says:

    WOW! I really wish I could read this much. I thought it was a lot when I read at least four months a book but looking at your list, damn!

    • Cassie says:

      Four books a month is great! I just read at completely opportune and inopportune times haha. :) I’m sure teaching next year my reading will be down!

  7. ladyredjess says:

    Dear Cassie,

    I’m writing on behalf of the Australian Women Writers Challenge team and would like to thank you for your participation in the AWW challenge this year. I was also wondering if you’ve seen our feedback survey?

    It’s very quick (10 questions, mostly check boxes, takes 2 minutes), and will provide useful feedback to Bookseller & Publisher.

    Even if you didn’t reach your goal this year, your feedback is valued, and I hope you’ll join us again for AWW Challenge 2013.

    Kind regards,


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