SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book #51 and year-end wrap-up

Book #51 was "Emma" by Jane Austen. Generally speaking, I like Jane Austen's books, but this was my least favorite of all of them, and that includes Northanger Abbey, which is one of her weaker books. The problem for me was that I found Emma a bit insufferable and, while she was supposed to be clever, the reader often sees things coming a mile away that she didn't. I didn't hate the book, but I found it a bit of a chore until about the 2/3rds mark. At least I can now say that I've read all of Jane Austen's novels (not counting juvenilia). Not a brilliant way to end up a year of reading, but there were many literary pleasures in 2012!

1. Blue Light [fiction]- Walter Mosley
2. Titus Alone [fiction]- Mervyn Peake
3. "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" [non-fiction]- Beverly Tatum
4. Never Let Me Go [fiction]- Kazuo Ishiguro
5. The Jehovah Contract [fiction]- Victor Koman
6. When the Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes: The Memoirs of a Deaf Doctor [non-fiction/memoir]- Philip Zazove
7. The Foreign Student [fiction]- Susan Choi
8. V for Vendetta [fiction/graphic novel]- Alan Moore and David Lloyd
9. City at the End of Time [fiction]- Greg Bear (unabridged audiobook)
10. Figuring: The Joy of Numbers [non-fiction]- Shakuntala Devi
11. Towing Jehovah [fiction]- James Morrow.
12. Black Apollo of Science: The Life of Ernest Everett Just [non-fiction]- Keith R. Manning
13. The Finster Effect [fiction]- Wednesday Lee Friday
14. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America [non-fiction]- Ronald Takaki
15. The autobiography of my mother [fiction]- Jamaica Kincaid
16. Death du Jour [fiction]- Kathy Reichs (unabridged audiobook)
17. What Is My Cat Thinking?: The Essential Guide to Understanding Pet Behavior [non-fiction]- Gwen Bailey
18. God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything [non-fiction]- Christopher Hitchens (unabridged audiobook)
19. History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos [non-fiction]- Luis Francia
20. Feynman [non-fiction/graphic memoir]- Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick.
21. The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians series) [fiction]- Rick Riordan (unabridged audiobook)
22. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World [fiction]- Haruki Murakami
23. Slowing Down to the Speed of Life [non-fiction]- Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey
24. Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors [non-fiction]- Lizzie Collingham
25. Frankenstein [fiction]- Mary Shelley (unabridged audiobook)
26. Empty Cradle: The Untimely Death of Corey Sanderson [fiction]- Emmy Jackson
27. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil [non-fictioni]- John Berendt
28. Lucky [non-fiction/memoir]- Alice Sebold
29. Soon I Will Be Invincible [fiction]- Austin Grossman
30. For a Few Demons More (Book 5 of "The Hollows" series) [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged audiobook)
31. American Gods [fiction]- Neil Gaiman
32. The Kitchen God's Wife [fiction]- Amy Tan
33. Bluebeard: The Life and Times of Gilles de Rais [non-fiction]- Leonard Wolf
34. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of Critic in Disguise [non-fiction]- Ruth Reichl
35. The Accidental Time Machine [fiction]- Joe Haldeman
36. A Discovery of Witches [fiction]- Deborah Harkness
37. The Kite Runner [fiction]- Khaled Husseini
38. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West [non-fiction]- Dee Brown
39. The Outlaw Demon Wails [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged audiobook)
40. Redemption in Indigo- [fiction]- Karen Lord
41. Talk Dirty to Me: An Intimate Philosophy of Sex [non-fiction]- Sallie Tisdale
42. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking [non-fiction]- Malcolm Gladwell
43. Act of Grace [fiction]- Karen Simpson
44. The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York [non-fiction]- Deborah Blum
45. Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled [non-fiction/memoir]- Nancy Mairs
46. Crime and Punishment [fiction]- Fyodor Dostoevsky (unabridged audiobook)
47. Microserfs [fiction]- Douglas Coupland
48. Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table [non-fiction]- Ruth Reichl
49. Blindsight [fiction]- Peter Watts
50. My Sister's Keeper [fiction]- Jodi Picoult
Goal assessment:
My reading goals for 2012, beyond getting to at least 50 books, were

1. Non-fiction reading to comprise at least 1/3 of my titles.
Easily accomplished: My non-fiction reads were 21 out of 51 books (i.e. more than 40 percent).

2. Read diversely, with three mini-goals:

a. Close to 50/50 in gender balance for authors
24 female authors out of 51 books is close enough!

b.Include a few books by GLBT authors and disabled authors
I only read one book that I know is by a GLBT author (bisexual female author); I read two books by authors with disabilities. OK, but I could have done better.

c. Read 12 books by people of color.
Accomplished. Even with an extremely narrow definition of POC, I read 13 books by POC. If you use a looser definition, it was more like 15 or 16.

More analysis:

1. I didn't have any goals for re-read, but 3 out of 51 were re-reads this year.

2. My 3 favorite fiction reads of 2012 were "City at the End of Time," "The Kite Runner" and "Soon I Will Be Invincible."

3. This was a great year for non-ficiton. There were so many I enjoyed it was hard to narrow it down to a top 3, but I'll say that my 3 favorite non-fiction reads of 2012 were "Feynman" (graphic memoir), "Curry: A talke of cooks and conquerers," and "The Posioners Handbook." I also enjoyed both Ruth Reichl books I read this year, as well as "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

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