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

2011 in books

Watch it grow, watch it change!

  1. The Modulor, Le Corbusier
  2. The Metropolis Case, Matthew Gallaway
  3. Various Antidotes, Joanna Scott
  4. American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee, Karen Abbott
  5. The Outward Room, Millen Brand
  6. The Book of Happiness, Nina Berberova, trans. Marian Schwartz
  7. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
  8. The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester 
  9. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
  10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  11. Tourmaline, Joanna Scott
  12. Sag Harbor, Colson Whitehead
  13. What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, Laura van den Berg
  14. The Taste of Penny, Jeff Parker
  15. Hackenfeller's Ape, Brigid Brophy
  16. Further Adventures in Our Restless Universe, Dawn Raffel
  17. Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
  18. Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, Kevin Wilson
  19. A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
  20. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo 
  21. The Lodger, Marie Belloc-Lowndes
  22. Naked Sleeper, Sigrid Nunez
  23. The Entire Predicament, Lucy Corin
  24. Girl From Yamhill, Beverly Cleary
  25. You Lost Me There, Rosencrans Baldwin
  26. Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, Deb Olin Unferth
  27. Swamplandia!, Karen Russell
  28. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  29. Tiger, Tiger, Margaux Fragoso
  30. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, Benjamin Hale
  31. Other People We Married, Emma Straub
  32. The Clash of Images, Abdelfattah Kilito
  33. Visitation, Jenny Erpenbeck
  34. The Jokers, Albert Cossery
  35. Half A Life, Darin Strauss
  36. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
  37. Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson
  38. The Sleepwalker, Margarita Karapanou
  39. Old New York, Edith Wharton
  40. The Invisible Bridge, Julie Orringer
  41. 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Maureen Johnson
  42. There Is No Year, Blake Butler
  43. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, Terry Ryan
  44. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, Lorrie Moore
  45. The Last Little Blue Envelope, Maureen Johnson
  46. Slammerkin, Emma Donoghue
  47. The Hours, Michael Cunningham
  48. The Girl With the Brown Fur, Stacey Levine
  49. Pirate Talk or Mermalade, Terese Svoboda
  50. Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey
  51. Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart
  52. The Great Frustration, Seth Fried
  53. The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, Alina Bronsky
  54. The Singer's Gun, Emily St. John Mandel
  55. Just Kids, Patti Smith
  56. The Quality of Life Report, Meghan Daum
  57. The Consequence of Skating, Steve Gillis
  58. Shoplifting From American Apparel, Tao Lin
  59. Native Speaker, Chang-rae Lee
  60. So Much Pretty, Cara Hoffman
  61. Girl Factory, Jim Krusoe
  62. Open City, Teju Cole
  63. Us, Michael Kimball
  64. Bury Me Deep, Megan Abbott
  65. I Was Told There'd Be Cake, Sloane Crosley
  66. I'd Know You Anywhere, Laura Lippman
  67. Model Home, Eric Puchner
  68. The Information, James Gleick
  69. The Magicians, Lev Grossman
  70. Personal Days, Ed Park
  71. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
  72. The Intuitionist, Colson Whitehead
  73. The Distance Between Us, Masha Hamilton
  74. The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, Jessica Anya Blau
  75. The Fates Will Find Their Way, Hannah Pittard
  76. Postcards from a Dead Girl, Kirk Farber
  77. Horse, Flower, Bird, Kate Bernheimer
  78. Daughters of the Revolution, Carolyn Cooke
  79. The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters, Timothy Schaffert
  80. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson
  81. Heaven to Betsy, Maud Hart Lovelace
  82. Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms, Carmela Ciuraru
  83. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  84. On Elegance While Sleeping, Viscount Lascano Tegui (trans. Idra Novey)
  85. The Money Class, Suze Orman
  86. A Little Book of Language, David Crystal
  87. Once Upon A River, Bonnie Jo Campbell
  88. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  89. Lamb, Bonnie Nadzam
  90. We the Animals, Justin Torres
  91. After Claude, Iris Owens
  92. Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language, Robert McCrum
  93. The Journey's Echo, Freya Stark
  94. The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
  95. The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht
  96. The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka
  97. Mr. Fox, Helen Oyeyemi
  98. The Story-Teller, Patricia Highsmith
  99. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession, Allison Hoover Bartlett
  100. The Wandering Falcon, Jamil Ahmad 
  101. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  102. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  103. The Private Lives of Trees, Alejandro Zambra
  104. Candide, Voltaire
  105. Betsy Was a Junior, Maud Hart Lovelace
  106. The Wilder Life, Wendy McClure
  107. The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither, Isabella Bird
  108. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  109. The Scholar and the Dragon, Stella Kon
  110. Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Richard Rhodes 
  111. Betsy-Tacy, Maud Hart Lovelace
  112. Betsy-Tacy and Tib, Maud Hart Lovelace
  113. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
  114. Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, Maud Hart Lovelace
  115. Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown, Maud Hart Lovelace
  116. Suicide, Edouard Levé (trans. Jan Steyn)
  117. The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson
  118. Mystery and Manners, Flannery O'Connor

2010 in books

With little comment, and in no particular order, the books that fed my brain between January and December 2010 (favorites bolded):

  1. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Nick Flynn
  2. Sacred Games, Vikram Chanda
  3. Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
  4. Lush Life, Richard Price
  5. Sunset Park, Paul Auster
  6. The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman
  7. Like Life, Lorrie Moore
  8. Lit, Mary Karr
  9. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore
  10. Flaubert's Parrot, Julian Barnes
  11. Anatomy of an Epidemic, Robert Whitaker
  12. Rumpus Women, compilation
  13. C, Tom McCarthy
  14. The Street of Crocodiles, Bruno Schulz
  15. My Dog Tulip, JR Ackerley
  16. Make Believe, Joanna Scott
  17. The Manikin, Joanna Scott
  18. The Black Minutes, Martin Solares
  19. Half Life, Shelley Jackson
  20. The Places in Between, Rory Stewart
  21. Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson
  22. A Short History of Women, Kate Walbert
  23. Lowboy, John Wray
  24. You Are Here, Meenakshi Madhavan
  25. The White Mary, Kira Salak
  26. Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk
  27. The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  28. Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
  29. Fugitives and Refugees, Chuck Palahniuk
  30. The 42nd Parallel, John Dos Passos
  31. The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon
  32. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  33. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  34. The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larsson
  35. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Stieg Larsson
  36. Room, Emma Donoghue
  37. The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers, Thomas Mullen
  38. Possible Side Effects, Augusten Burroughs
  39. A Visit From the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
  40. Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane
  41. Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
  42. The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
  43. Bad Marie, Marcy Dermansky
  44. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender
  45. Bright-Sided, Barbara Ehrenreich
  46. Ghosted, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
  47. Kapitoil, Teddy Wayne
  48. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  49. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  50. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  51. Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Mario Vargas Llosa
  52. The Coast of Akron, Adrienne Miller
  53. The Vagrants, Yiyun Li
  54. Moth Smoke, Mohsin Hamid
  55. The Territory of Men, Joelle Fraser
  56. Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault
  57. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
  58. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, Geoff Dyer
  59. The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
  60. Await Your Reply, Dan Chaon
  61. War, Sebastian Junger
  62. A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore
  63. The Ask, Sam Lipsyte
  64. Little Bee, Chris Cleave