2012 in Review

On this last day of 2012 I look back with fond memories on the great books I read this year. 
It was a very productive year of reading. I read a total of 163 books, this is counting all the books from all my blogs that I read in 2012. My original goal was to read 125, then I increased it to 150, but then surpassed that goal as well. 

Fiction
1. All Our Worldly Goods by Irene Nemirovsky
2. The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon
3. Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
4. The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James
5. Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
6. Nocturne by Syrie James
7. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
8. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
9. The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff
10. A Duty to the Dead, A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
11. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
12. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
13. The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons
14. The Traitor's Wife by Kathleen Kent
15. Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
16. Cocoon by Emily Sue Harvey
17. Flavors by Emily Sue Harvey
18. Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
19. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
20. A Bitter Truth, A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
21. A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
22. The Confession, An Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd
23. The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins
24. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
25. Silas Marner by George Eliot
26. A Test of Wills, An Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd
27. Search The Dark by Charles Todd
28. An Impartial Witness, A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
29. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
30. Daisy Miller and Other Stories by Henry James
31. The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Novels by Henry James
32. A Memoir of Jane Austen by J.E. Austen Leigh
33. Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sandition by Jane Austen in One Volume by Penguin Classic
34. The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene
35. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
36. The Siren of Paris by David LeRoy
37. 22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson
38. Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
39. Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman
40. Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland
41. Annette Vallon, A Novel of the French Revolution by James Tipton
42. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
43. Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton, edited by Christopher Ricks
44. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
45. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
46. Sasha Plotkin's Deceit by Vaughn Sherman
47. The Wicked Wager by Anya Wylde (on pdf file)
48. If She Only Knew by Lisa Jackson
49. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
50. Leaves by Michael Baron
51. The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy L. O'Brien
52. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
51. Sown in Tears by Beverly Magid
52. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Non-fiction
1. Catherine The Great, Portrait Of A Woman by Robert K. Massie
2. Five Empresses by Evgenii V. Anisimov
3. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
4. The Great Influenza, The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry
5. In Harm's Way by Doug Stanton
6. The War of our Childhood, Memories of World War II by Wolfgang W.E. Samuel
7. Lady Almina and The Real Downton Abbey, The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon
8. All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein
9. Nothing Daunted, The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden
10. Nurses At The Front, Writing the Wounds of the Great War edited by Margaret R. Higonnet
11. A Small Town Near Auschwitz, Ordinary Nazi's and the Holocaust by Mary Fulbrook
12. Mary Tudor by David Loades
13. Paris To The Moon by Adam Gopnik
14. Then Again by Diane Keaton
15. The Tower of London, The Biography by Stephen Porter
16. A World Undone, The Story of the Great War 1914-1918 by G. J. Meyer



I was in a year long reading challenge to read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I completed this book on December 8. 

War Through The Generations Challenge The Great War--World War I 1914-1918
  • A World Undone, The Story of the Great War 1914-1918 by G J Meyer
  • An Impartial Witness, A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
  • Search The Dark by Charles Todd
  • A Test of Wills, An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd
  • The Confession, An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd
  • A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • A Bitter Truth, A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
  • Nurses At The Front, Writing The Wounds Of The Great War Edited by Margaret R. Higonnet
  • A Duty to the Dead, A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
  • Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon
  • All Our Worldly Goods by Irene Nemirovsky
  • The Great Influenza, The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry
Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
  • Madame Tussaud, A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • A Novel of the French Revolution Annette Vallon by James Tipton
  • Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  • The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy O'Brien
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory
  • Sown in Tears by Beverly Magid
  • Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman
  • Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland
  • 22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodkinson
  • The Siren of Paris by David LeRoy
  • The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene
  • An Impartial Witness, A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
  • Search The Dark by Charles Todd
  • A Test of Wills by Charles Todd
  • The Confession by Charles Todd
  • The Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
  • A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd
  • The Traitor's Wife by Kathleen Kent
  • Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
  • The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons
  • The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James
  • All Our Worldly Goods, A Novel of Love Between The Wars by Irene Nemirovsky
  • Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon
  • Alice I Have Been, A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
Back To The Classics Challenge
  • Classic Award Winner---Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • A Classic Set Somewhere You're Unlikely to Visit---The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  • Classic Play---The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Classic Re-read---Silas Marner by George Eliot
  • A Classic Romance---The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins
  • Classic 20th Century---A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Classic Translated---Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Classic Mystery---Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Classic 19th Century---Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
 Chunkster Books Challenge
  • A World Undone, The Story of the Great War 1914-1918 by G.J. Meyer-----816 pages
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo------1329 pages
  • The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot-------560 pages
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens------600 pages
  • The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins------720 pages
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson------630 pages
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson-----590 pages
  • The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James-----512 pages
  • The Great Influenza, The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry-----546 pages
  • Catherine The Great, Portrait Of A Woman by Robert K. Massie-----656 pages

Classics Club Reading Challenge (50 classics in 5 years.)
1. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
2. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
3. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
4. Silas Marner by George Eliot
5. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
6. Daisy Miller and Other Stories by Henry James
7. The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Novels by Henry James
8. Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sandition by Jane Austen
9. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
10. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
11. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
12. Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton
13. The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
14. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
15. Poems read by William Wordsworth, John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Burns
16. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
17. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

 I participated this past fall in a few smaller reading challenges, the above lists were year long challenges. I did well, completed my goals..... except I failed to enter the historical fiction books on the blog hosts meme. I never had time to complete this. 

Smaller reading challenges in 2012:
For Gothic Reading Challenge and Fright-Fall Reading Challenge,
http://impressionsinink.blogspot.com/2012/10/book-review-frankenstein-by-mary-shelley.html
Romanticism in Autumn Reading Challenge,
http://impressionsinink.blogspot.com/2012/10/review-poems-by-william-wordsworth-john.html
I'd planned to read additional books for the Romanticism challenge---Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. I failed to read these.

I was the host for a September in Paris Reading Challenge and I read the following books, included is a link for final post.
http://impressionsinink.blogspot.com/2012/09/september-in-paris-reading-challenge.html

1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
2. Annette Vallon, A Novel of the French Revolution by James Tipton
3. Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland
4. Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik
5. Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman
6. Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
7. The Siren of Paris by David LeRoy
8. The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynne Sheene

Comments

  1. impressive!
    here is my wrap-up, with pies and charts:
    http://wordsandpeace.com/2013/01/03/year-of-reading-2012/

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