Books Read in 2012

Yay! I know I’ll regret it later if I don’t post my list online because I always need to access booklists in weird places.

I didn’t make it to 52 this year. :/ Sad to think about, particularly when I remember how many I lost/gave up on midway.

1. Patricia Highsmith, THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, January 5, 2012

2. Ellis Avery, THE LAST NUDE, January 11, 2012

3. Agatha Christie, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, January 14, 2012

4. Dashiell Hammett, THE MALTESE FALCON, January 17, 2012

5. Wolf Haas, BRENNER AND GOD, translated by Annie Janusch, January 22, 2012

6. John Le Carre, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, January 28, 2912

7. Ellen Raskin, THE WESTING GAME (reread), January 29, 2012

8. Raymond Chandler, THE BIG SLEEP, February 5, 2012

9. Dorothy L. Sayers, WHOSE BODY?, February 8, 2012

10. James M. Cain, THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, February 12, 2012

11. Josephine Tey, THE MAN IN THE QUEUE, February 20, 2012

12. David Goodis, THE MOON IN THE GUTTER, February 21, 2012

13. Ed McBain, DEATH OF A NURSE, February 28, 2012

14. Keigo Higashino, THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X, translated by Alexander O. Smith, March 8, 2012

15. Ruth Rendell, NO MORE DYING THEN, March 11, 2012

16. Arthur Conan Doyle, A STUDY IN SCARLET, March 17, 2012

17. E.T.A. Hoffman, MADEMOISELLE DE SCUDERI, March 20, 2012

18. James Crumley, THE LAST GOOD KISS, March 25, 2012

19. Derek Raymond, HE DIED WITH HIS EYES OPEN, April 30, 2012

20. Mary Roach, STIFF, May 1, 2012

21. Julie Otsuka, THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC, May 5, 2012

22. Chad Harbach, THE ART OF FIELDING, May 9, 2012

23. P.D. James, THE MURDER ROOM, May 14, 2012

24. Aprilynne Pike, DESTINED, May 15, 2012

25. Walter Mosley, DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, May 22, 2012

26. Anouk Markovits, I AM FORBIDDEN, May 28, 2012

27. Nancy Mitford, THE PURSUIT OF LOVE, June 10, 2012

28. Ben Winters, THE LAST POLICEMAN, June 29, 2012

29. Gillian Flynn, GONE GIRL, July 4, 2012

30. Heather O’Neill, LULLABIES FOR LITTLE CRIMINALS, July 8, 2012

31. Colum McCann, DANCER, July 12, 2012

32. Paula Bomer, NINE MONTHS, July 15, 2012

33. John Green, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, July 17, 2012

34. G. Willow Wilson, ALIF THE UNSEEN, July 28, 2012

35. Sara Gran, CLAIRE DEWITT AND THE CITY OF THE DEAD, August 17, 2012

36. Tea Obreht, THE TIGER’S WIFE, August 19, 2012

37. James Ellroy, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, August 26, 2012

38. Karen Cushman, CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDIE (reread), September 1, 2012

39. Dan Josefson, THAT’S NOT A FEELING, September 13, 2012

40. Chester Brown, PAYING FOR IT, September 20, 2012

41. David Mitchell, CLOUD ATLAS, October 21, 2012

41. Magdalen Nabb, THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE, November 11, 2012

42. F.H. Batacan, SMALLER AND SMALLER CIRCLES, November 19, 2012

43. Chris Abani, THE VIRGIN OF FLAMES, November 20, 2012

44. Peter Lovesey, THE TOOTH TATTOO, November 23, 2012

45. Thomas Maltman, LITTLE WOLVES, December 28, 2012


My excuse for falling short, especially at the end of the year, is that I started devoting a lot of time to thoughtfully reading submissions and writing ed memos to various authors (and aspiring authors) even though I had not acquired their books (yet). Something I never have time to do but which makes me feel pretty good.

You might have noticed there was only one non-fiction book on this list. I’ve decided to change that for 2013. My tentative goal is to read 20 nonfiction books this year. Right now I’m working on A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

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3 Responses to Books Read in 2012

  1. JES says:


    *picks self up off floor, decides to address content of post rather than FACT of same*

    No one who’s been following you for a while would ever accuse you of reading too little. (I know you’ve got your own standards for such things, however.)

    So happy to see some of those entries in particular. (Loved STIFF, actually anything by Mary Roach.) In general, it seems that your 2012 list was a sort of step-back-and-survey-the-landscape one for you — surveying the history of certain (professionally important?) genres through your built-in literary lens.

  2. Briony says:

    I loved The Big Sleep, but I loved the movie more. Lauren Bacall is a sassy boss in that movie.

    I also read Tinker Tailor this year! I really liked it 🙂

  3. cindy pon says:

    i think that is AMAZING reading for an editor as busy as you are! and all those that receive your thoughtful and insightful edits are all very lucky and i’m sure, grateful! =)

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