Year In Review: 2012

Well, this is a bit late-but better late then never! Here are some stats about what I read in 2012:
Books read: 54
Pages: 19, 416
Non-fiction: 45
Fiction: 9
Longest Book: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke- 1,006 pages
Shortest Book: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey- 190 pages
Oldest Book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte- first published in 1847
Books Given Five Stars: The Guns of August by Barbara W, Tuchman, Watership Down by Richard Adams, She Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
Books Added to My Buy-to-Own List: 1- Suburban Safari: A Year on the Lawn by Hannah Holmes
Books Read From My Own Library: 22
Well there you have it. I read much more then I did in 2011 when I only read 32 books. At the beginning of the year I had set my goal at 50 books which I ended up succeeding by 4. My reading for this past year was very strongly skewed toward non-fiction. I read a lot of history and nature books this year and very little fiction. I also read three books of essays and one graphic novel which I counted toward my total. I would like to balance out my reading with more fiction and more varied genres in 2013. I read 22 of my own books this year, the rest coming from the library, which I am pleased with. I think I’ll post my reading goals for 2013 in a separate post.
Here are the books I read in 2012 in order:
Growing up in Medieval London by Barbara A. Hanawalt
Paradise Under Glass: An Amateur Creates a Conservatory Garden by Ruth Kassinger
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik
Ojibwa Warrior: Dennis Banks and the Rise of the American Indian Movement by Dennis Banks
Making an Exit: From the Magnificent to the Macabre- How We Dignify the Dead by Sarah Murray
Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife by Lisa Miller
Throne of Jade (Temeraire #2) by Naomi Novik
Bet You Didn’t Know: Hundreds of Interesting Facts About Living in the USA by Cheryl Russell
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by  Susanna Clarke
The Emperor of Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Best American Travel Writing 2000- multiple authors
The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Ireland’s Pirate Queen: The True Story by Grace O’malley, 1530- 1603 by Anne Chambers
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatched from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz
The Best American Science Writing 2011- multiple authors
Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life by David Treuer
Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Kathrine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile by Julia Fox
She Wolves: The Women Who Rules England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor
Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Admas
The Unconquered:In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes by Scott Wallace
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Annie Lammott
Daily Life in Chaucer’s England by Jeffrey L. Singman
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2006- multiple authors
The Discovery of King Arthur by Geoffrey Ashe
The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life by Julia Cameron
Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George
Zoobiquity: What Animals and Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
John Saturnal’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk
Electrified Sheep by Alex Boese
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Ecco
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien
Packing for Mars: the Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
Suburban Safari: A Year on the Lawn by Hannah Holmes
The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare
Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo by Vanessa Wood
Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth’s Last Dinosaurs by Carl Safina
Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart
DNA USA: A Genetic Biography of America by Bryan Sykes
The Well-Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself by Hannah Holmes
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
Black Poweder War (Temeraire #3) by Naomi Novik
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd
The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
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I'm a recent college graduate and this is my blog where I talk about whatever happens to be on my mind- mostly books!
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