Wednesday, January 2, 2013

50 Books in 2012–Postmortem

Those of you who “like” me on Facebook heard the news---I successfully completed my challenge to read 50 books in 2012 at 4:25pm on 12/31.  Yes, it was down to the wire. 

Here is a list of the books I read—I didn’t review all of them here (and a few of them will have reviews in the coming days), but I did include links to reviews when applicable.
  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  3. Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister
  4. Cool, Calm and Contentious by Merrill Markoe
  5. Faith by Jennifer Haigh
  6. First You Try Everything by Jane McCafferty
  7. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  8. The First Husband by Laura Dave
  9. Outside the Lines by Amy Hatvany
  10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  11. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  12. Easily Amused by Karen McQuestion
  13. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
  14. Between Heaven and Mirth by James Martin, S.J.
  15. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated by Alison Arngrim
  16. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  17. Still by Lauren F. Winner
  18. The Cove by Ron Rash
  19. Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A.J. Jacobs
  20. Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman
  21. Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett
  22. The Voluntourist by Ken Budd
  23. Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber
  24. Faith and Other Flat Tires by Andrea Palpant Dilley
  25. My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife by Sara Horn
  26. Giving Up the Ghost by Eric Nuzum
  27. Whiplash River by Lou Berney
  28. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
  29. The Candidate by Paul Harris
  30. Wildwood by Colin Meloy
  31. The Forgetting Tree by Tatjana Soli
  32. The Mirrored World by Debra Dean
  33. Against My Will by Benjamin Berkley
  34. The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
  35. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  36. Lucky Bunny by Jill Dawson
  37. The Summer Before the Storm by Gabriele Wills
  38. Weight Loss Boss by Dave Kirchhoff
  39. The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen
  40. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  41. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
  42. An Extraordinary Theory of Objects by Stephanie LaCava
  43. Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier
  44. The Walnut Tree by Charles Todd
  45. A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman
  46. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (review to posted 01/03/2013)
  47. God is in the Manger by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  48. A Bride in the Bargain by Deanne Gist
  49. Televenge by Pamela King Cable (review to be posted 01/30/2013)
  50. Julia’s Child by Sarah Pinneo (review to be posted 01/04/2013)


  1. I read the Glass Castle this year too! Wow, what an incredible story. Sad, but incredible.

  2. Good for you. I haven't read most of those books excepting The Hunger Games Trilogy and The Glass Castle. All very good. I'll have to read your reviews of the others.

    Also, what is this reading challenge? Can anyone do it?

    1. Yes, anyone can do the reading challenge and you can set it for however many books you want to read. Just go to and they run it.

  3. Congrats! What a great year of reading :D Here's to another in 2013!

  4. Yah for books :) I made a reading challenge for this year- fingers crossed I can do it.

  5. Ohhh I may steal a couple of these. I'd love to start reading more but these days have a hard time deciding where to start.

  6. This is so great! This list is giving me some great ideas of where to start next in my book reading.

  7. Congrats on meeting your goal! 50 in a year is a lot!