Torea Frey

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2012 in books

Books that I've read, as I read them! So many books, so little time.

  1. The Effect of Living Backwards, Heidi Julavits
  2. Betsy in Spite of Herself, Maud Hart Lovelace
  3. What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going, Damion Searls
  4. Stone Arabia, Dana Spiotta
  5. The Colossus of New York, Colson Whitehead
  6. The Fountain Overflows, Rebecca West 
  7. Betsy and Joe, Maud Hart Lovelace
  8. I Married You for Happiness, Lily Tuck
  9. Silas Marner, George Eliot
  10. Betsy and the Great World, Maud Hart Lovelace
  11. Betsy's Wedding, Maud Hart Lovelace
  12. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  13. Carney's House Party, Maud Hart Lovelace
  14. No One Belongs Here More Than You, Miranda July
  15. Winona's Pony Cart, Maud Hart Lovelace
  16. The Map of Time, Felix J. Palma 
  17. Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
  18. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  19. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, Stephen Crane
  20. The Deepening Stream, Dorothy Canfield
  21. Treasure Island!!!, Sara Levine
  22. Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
  23. The Colors of Infamy, Albert Cossery
  24. Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World, Sara Vowell
  25. The Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett
  26. Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan
  27. Phases of an Inferior Planet, Ellen Glasgow
  28. The Magician King, Lev Grossman 
  29. The Hare With Amber Eyes, Edmund de Waal
  30. Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner 
  31. Consider the Lobster, David Foster Wallace
  32. Pointed Roofs, Dorothy Richardson
  33. The Zookeeper's Wife, Diane Ackerman
  34. Amsterdam Stories, Nescio
  35. My Next Bride, Kay Boyle 
  36. The Hangman's Daughter, Oliver Potsch
  37. Mary Olivier: A Life, May Sinclair
  38. Marking the Sparrow's Fall, Wallace Stegner 
  39. The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them, Elif Batuman
  40. The Luminist, David Rocklin 
  41. New Grub Street, George Gissing
  42. The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience, J. S. Holliday
  43. Half Empty, David Rakoff 
  44. The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell
  45. When I Was A Child I Read Books, Marilynne Robinson 
  46. Hope: A Tragedy, Shalom Auslander 
  47. Lightning Rods, Helen DeWitt
  48. Adam Bede, George Eliot
  49. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates 
  50. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
  51. The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  52. Miss Lulu Bett, Zona Gale 
  53. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo 
  54. Friendship Village, Zona Gale
  55. The Newlyweds, Nell Freudenberger
  56. The Easter Parade, Richard Yates
  57. Best Russian Short Stories, various authors 
  58. In the Mountains, Elizabeth von Arnim
  59. The Children's Book, A. S. Byatt
  60. Talion, Mary Maddox 
  61. Midsummer Night in the Workhouse, Diana Athill 
  62. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, Aimee Bender
  63. Howards End, E. M. Forster 
  64. The Artist of Disappearance, Anita Desai 
  65. The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold, Kate Bernheimer
  66. Miss Fuller, April Bernard
  67. The Californians, Gertrude Atherton 
  68. As If A Bird Flew By Me, Sara Greenslit
  69. What Dreams May Come, Gertrude Atherton
  70. My Ears Are Bent, Joseph Mitchell
  71. Anywhere But Here, Mona Simpson
  72. Queen Lucia, E. F. Benson 
  73. As a Friend, Forrest Gander
  74. Ayiti, Roxane Gay 
  75. Emily of Deep Valley, Maud Hart Lovelace 
  76. How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, Arnold Bennett
  77. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain 
  78. The End of Everything, Megan Abbott
  79. The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot 
  80. The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson 
  81. The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector 
  82. A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers
  83. On Top of the World: Five Women Explorers in Tibet, Luree Miller
  84. Household Stories, Brothers Grimm (trans. Lucy Crane) 
  85. The Raising, Laura Kasischke 
  86. Maida's Little Shop, Inez Haynes Gillmore 
  87. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  88. Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll
  89. The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy
  90. Light Woman, Zona Gale
  91. Dracula, Bram Stoker 
  92. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  93. Angel Island, Inez Haynes Gillmore
  94. Wild, Cheryl Strayed
  95. Mosses from an Old Manse, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  96. Selected short stories, Edgar Allan Poe
  97. The Island of Dr. Moreau, H.G. Wells
  98. The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells 
  99. The Best of Everything, Rona Jaffe 
  100. The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker
  101. Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs
  102. Champagne Days of San Francisco, Evelyn Wells
  103. Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  104. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury 
  105. Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter 
  106. The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson
  107. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
  108. Little Brother, Cory Doctorow 
  109. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling
  110. Sorry Please Thank You, Charles Yu 
  111. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce
  112. The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken, Terry Teachout
  113. The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
  114. Moby-Dick, Herman Melville 
  115. The House Without Windows, Barbara Newhall Follett 
  116. A Cordiall Water: A Garland of Odd and Old Receipts to Assuage the Ills of Man and Beast, MFK Fisher
  117. Arcadia, Lauren Groff
  118. How to Cook a Wolf, MFK Fisher
  119. Swim for the Little One First, Noy Holland
  120. Love in a Dish, MFK Fisher
  121. The Brimming Cup, Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  122. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store, Robin Sloan
  123. Hong Kong, Jan Morris 
  124. How Should a Person Be?, Sheila Heti
  125. The Most Dangerous Thing, Laura Lippman
  126. Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett
  127. The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey
  128. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  129. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
  130. The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin, Idries Shah
  131. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel