Saturday, January 5, 2013

2012 Final Tally and Thoughts

The final tally is in: in 2012 I read 87 books, my goal was 50. I also listened to 8 audiobooks but I don't count those in the official tally. I'm not going to list all of them (track me down on Goodreads if you really want to know), but here is some of my favourites and least favourites of the past year.

Favourite Classic

North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell.

The Garden Party and other Stories, by Katherine Mansfield

Least Favourite Classic

The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins. Followed closely by Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad.

Favourite Non-Fiction

At Home, A Short History of Private Life, by Bill Bryson.

Least Favourite Non-Fiction

Moby Duck: the true story of 28,000 bath toys lost at sea and of the beachcombers, environmentalists and fools, including the author, who went in search of them, by Donovan Hohn

Favourite Guilty Pleasure Read

Dinner at Roses, by Danielle Hawkins. Followed by Match Me if You Can, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Best Kindle Freebie

A Hearth in Candlewood, by Delia Parr

Best New Author (to me) of the year

M.C Beaton

A quick list of everything else that still stands out to me at the end of the year as definitely being worthwhile reading

Life Stories, by David Attenborough

The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer

Young Prince Phillip: His Turbulent Early Life, by Philip Eade

The Library Book, by various

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

Period Piece, by Gwen Raverat

A quick list of what in retrospect wasn't worth the time

The Yiddish Policeman's Union, by Michael Chabon

Death Comes to Pemberly, by PD James

Secrets of a Lazy French Cook, by Marie-Morgane Le Moel

Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Sentence of Marriage, by Shayne Parkinson

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