Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Reading List

Here's my 2012 reading list. 156 books. Tomorrow I'll share my thoughts on 2012's best reads.

“There is no immortality that is not built on friendship and work done with care.”
--Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

1.         North of Nowhere, Steve Hamilton
2.         The Outlaw Album, Daniel Woodrell
3.         The Impossible Dead, Ian Rankin
4.         Forgotten Bookmarks, Michael Popek
5.         Lean on Pete, Willy Vlautin
6.         Before I Go To Sleep, S.J. Watson
7.         Crimes in Southern Indiana, Frank Bill
8.         Death Comes to Pemberley, P.D. James
9.         When The Thrill Is Gone, Walter Mosley
10.       Breach of Trust, David Ellis
11.       Rereading, Patricia Meyer Spacks
12.       The Glass Rainbow, James Lee Burke
13.       William Henry Harrison, Gail Collins
14.       Getting Off, Lawrence Block
15.       Let It Bleed, Ian Rankin
16.       The Most Dangerous Thing, Laura Lippman
17.       Cold Is The Grave, Peter Robinson

18.       Dancing Bear, James Crumley
19.       Vulture Peak, John Burdett
20.       Taken, Robert Crais
21.       Midnight Rising, Tony Horwitz
22.       Wild Thing, Josh Bazell
23.       Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books, ed. Leah Price
24.       Raylan, Elmore Leonard
25.       A Quiet Vendetta, R.J. Ellory
26.       All I Did Was Shoot My Man, Walter Mosley
27.       Blood Is The Sky, Steve Hamilton
28.       Feast Day of Fools, James Lee Burke
29.       Saints of New York, R.J. Ellory
30.       Ice Run, Steve Hamilton
31.       20 Under 40, ed. Deborah Treisman

32.       The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Paolo Giordano
33.       At Home, Bill Bryson
34.       Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
35.       What It Was, George Pelecanos
36.       Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo
37.       The Art of Joe Kubert, ed. Bill Schelly
38.       The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson
39.       Carry the One, Carol Anshaw
40.       The Train of Small Mercies, David Rowell
41.       The Border Lords, T. Jefferson Parker
42.       The Great Leader, Jim Harrison
43.       Comanche Moon, Larry McMurtry
44.       And So It Goes, Charles J. Shields
45.       A Stolen Season, Steve Hamilton

46.       Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
47.       Night Work, Steve Hamilton
48.       The Beginner’s Goodbye, Anne Tyler
49.       Misery Bay, Steve Hamilton
50.       Reservation Blues, Sherman Alexie
51.       The Rook, Daniel O’Malley
52.       Running the Rift, Naomi Benaron
53.       Wild, Cheryl Strayed
54.       The Book of Jonas, Stephen Dau
55.       Rizzo’s Daughter, Lou Manfredo
56.       The Wrecking Crew, Kent Hartman
57.       Triggers, Robert Sawyer

58.       The Digger’s Game, George V. Higgins
59.       The Drowned Cities, Paolo Bacigalupi
60.       The Technologists, Matthew Pearl
61.       The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller
62.       When I Was A Child I Read Books, Marilynne Robinson
63.       John F. Kennedy, Alan Brinkley
64.       Bring Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel
65.       Open Season, C.J. Box

66.       Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
67.       Room for Improvement, John Casey
68.       Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
69.       Home, Toni Morrison
70.       The Chemistry of Tears, Peter Carey
71.       Before the End, After the Beginning, Dagoberto Gilb
72.       The Uninvited Guests, Sadie Jones
73.       Canada, Richard Ford
74.       Railsea, China Mieville
75.       A Touch of the Creature, Charles Beaumont
76.       Johnny Appleseed, Howard Means
77.       All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren

78.       In The Woods, Tana French
79.       Mission to Paris, Alan Furst
80.       The Likeness, Tana French
81.       The Wrong Man, David Ellis
82.       Alpha, Greg Rucka
83.       Journalism, Joe Sacco
84.       Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
85.       Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain
86.       Die A Stranger, Steve Hamilton
87.       Are You My Mother?, Alison Bechdel
88.       The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker
89.       Johnson’s Life of London, Boris Johnson
90.       The Newlyweds, Nell Freudenberger
91.       The Monkey’s Raincoat, Robert Crais

92.       Broken Harbor, Tana French
93.       The Fault In Our Stars, John Green
94.       My Cross to Bear, Gregg Allman
95.       Turn of Mind, Alice LaPlante
96.       Phantoms on the Bookshelves, Jacques Bonnet
97.       Leaving the Atocha Station, Ben Lerner
98.       Give Us A Kiss, Daniel Woodrell
99.       Superman, Larry Tye
100.     Gold, Chris Cleave
101.     Whiplash River, Lou Berney
102.     The Listeners, Leni Zumas
103.     Leaping Tall Buildings, Christopher Irving and Seth Kushner
104.     Woe To Live On, Daniel Woodrell
105.     The Inquisitor, Mark Allen Smith
106.     And When She Was Good, Laura Lippman
107.     Dust to Dust, Benjamin Busch

108.     Sweet Tooth, Ian McEwan
109.     Winter Journal, Paul Auster
110.     Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
111.     Calling Invisible Women, Jeanne Ray
112.     Savage Run, C.J. Box
113.     A Million Heavens, John Brandon
114.     A Killing in the Hills, Julia Keller
115.     Collected Ghost Stories, M.R. James
116.     The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers
117.     Bill Veeck, Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, Paul Dickson 
118.     The Beautiful Mystery, Louise Penny
119.     This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz

120.     The Double Game, Dan Fesperman
121.     A Wanted Man, Lee Child
122.     The Bartender’s Tale, Ivan Doig
123.     Chickadee, Louise Erdrich
124.     The Big Burn, Timothy Egan
125.     The Round House, Louise Erdrich
126.     A Dark and Broken Heart, R.J. Ellory
127.     Marvel Comics, The Untold Story, Sean Howe
128.     Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon
129.     Pathfinder, Orson Scott Card
130.     Odd and the Frost Giants, Neil Gaiman

131.     A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers
132.     The Age of Desire, Jennie Fields
133.     John Saturnall’s Feast, Lawrence Norfolk
134.     Joseph Anton, Salman Rushdie
135.     1356, Bernard Cornwell
136.     Blasphemy, Sherman Alexie
137.     Live By Night, Dennis Lehane
138.     Luther The Calling, Neil Cross
139.     San Miguel, T.C. Boyle

140.     Familiar, J. Robert Lennon
141.     In Search of Willie Morris, Larry L. King
142.     The Blackhouse, Peter May
143.     What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank,
             Nathan Englander  
144.     Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire
145.     Standing In Another Man’s Grave, Ian Rankin
146.     Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
147.     Consider the Fork, Bee Wilson
148.     Joe the Barbarian, Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy
149.     Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan
150.     One for the Books, Joe Queenan
151.     The Black Box, Michael Connelly
152.     Dear Life, Alice Munro
153.     The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window
             and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson
154.     Building Stories, Chris Ware
155.     NW, Zadie Smith
156.     The Testament of Mary, Colm Toibin