I’m trying to read 52 books in 2012. I’m falling behind, but here’s the list (some of them are incredibly embarrassing – deal with it!). I’ve included a parenthetical with book genre/type so you can get a hint before clicking, and I’ve marked in bold the ones I liked the best. And, at the bottom, I share some book recommendations.

Goal: 52 books in 2012

  1. Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr (health/nutrition)
  2. The Getaway Car by Ann Patchett (micro-memoir about writing)
  3. The Baby Chase by Holly Finn (micro-memoir about fertility)
  4. Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina Halvorson (web content strategy)
  5. Letting Go of the Words by Ginny Redish (web content strategy)
  6. History of a Suicide by Jill Bialosky (memoir about her sister’s suicide)
  7. Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett (fiction)
  8. How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston (satirical memoir)
  9. Epilogue by Anne Roiphe (memoir about life after her husband’s death)
  10. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (fiction)
  11. Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje (fiction)
  12. Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott (memoir)
  13. The Accidental Buddhist by Dinty Moore (memoir)
  14. Chi Marathon by Danny and Katherine Dreyer (running form)
  15. Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden (nonfiction, on escape from an internment camp in North Korea)
  16. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (memoir on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail)
  17. Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman (fiction)
  18. No Cheating No Dying by Elizabeth Weil (memoir)
  19. Torch by Cheryl Strayed (fiction)
  20. The Pages by Murray Bail (fiction)
  21. Most Talkative by Andy Cohen (memoir)
  22. Wanderlust and Lipstick by Beth Whitman (travel guide)
  23. Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson (nonfiction)
  24. Project Happily Ever After by Alisa Bowman (memoir)
  25. Running with the Mind of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham (instruction/memoir)
  26. Where I Was From by Joan Didion (memoir/history of California)
  27. Pill Head by Joshua Lyon (drug memoir)
  28. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan (fiction/beach read)
  29. Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith (memoir)
  30. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (fiction)
  31. Love and Other Infectious Diseases by Molly Haskell (memoir)
  32. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
  33. Fifty Shades Darker by EL James
  34. Delicacy by David Foenkinos (fiction)
  35. It Chooses You by Miranda July (interviews/narrative)
  36. Fifty Shades Freed by EL James
  37. Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott
  38. Just After Sunset by Steven King

Recommended books

This is gonna look to some like the good little reader’s guide to writers, but what can I say? I did get my MFA and I did fall in love with the required reading lists.

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8 thoughts on “BOOKS

  1. Hey Molly. I’m a bit of a bookworm, albeit academic the last couple years. But while traveling the world in wanderlust, I got lost in quite a few. So I’ll recommend some…because I like memoirs, semi-autobiographical, or ones that are so damn good they seem like true life. The first two I still have and would give to you: 1) Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress; 2) The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls has a new one out that I’m dying to read; 3) Cupcake Brown; 4) Life of Pi; 5) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly; 6) Into Thin Air; 7) A Walk in the Woods; 8) The Comedy Writer. #1 and #4 are novels. #8 is semi-autobiographical. Good luck, and great blog! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have a similar reading goal this year, and here are the few books I’ve loved most in 2012:
    The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
    Just Kids by Patti Smith (I can tell you love a good memoir, and this is a great one.)
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith (Another memoir, and a heartbreaking one at that.)

    Thanks for your recs! I have had Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight on my to-read list for years. It’s time.

    • Ooh, I haven’t read any of those. Adding #2 to my list for sure. I also need to actually, you know, find some time to read again. I’ve been kinda slacking.

  3. One of the best books I ever read (and one of the few I read more than once) was when I had just graduated college and I was still trying to figure out life. I’m STILL trying to figure out life, of course, and I still love this book. :-) It’s called Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller.

  4. Along with the books I suggested on the train from Aguas Calientes to Costco, I think you would like my book! Pill Pushers! It’s on Amazon and you can download it to your Kindle.

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