Thursday, January 03, 2013

#blog12daysxmas 3 Jan | Books from 2012

Con has posted her reading list for 2013 - as usual I bow to her voracity and ability to achieve so many books read in a year.  Nonetheless, here is mine.

In general I found all of these books in my library - Auckland Libraries to be precise.  I rely heavily on their hold system to get the titles I want from all around the city.  If they ever start to change for this service (which is a possibility given that some of the old regions used to) I will be highly displeased.

I did buy a few books this year.  I try and avoid doing so because I have limited book shelf space.  However, with the Kindle app on the iPad and now that I have the Kobo Glo ereader I may buy more books.  We shall see how that goes.  I'm already using the Overdrive ebooks from the library on the Kobo.

This year I joined Goodreads which has proved to be a useful tool for me to find books I want to read and to keep track of those I have read.  I'm using it to help me write this post as well as my reading history on my library account.  There may be some errors due to my inputting but in general this should be a reasonable summary of my reading activity.

January (10)

Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold
State of wonder by Ann Patchett
Brothers in arms by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Vor game by Lois McMaster Bujold
The story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
Culinary adventures in Marrakech by Peta Mathias
Corrag by Susan Fletcher
The marriage artist : a novel by Andrew Winer
Maelstrom by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Deluge by Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough 

February (6)

The crimson rooms by Katherine McMahon
Jamrach's menagerie by Carol Birch
Rick Stein's Far Eastern odyssey
To the end of the land by David Grossman ; translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen
Periodic tales : the curious lives of the elements by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
We'll meet again by Lily Baxter. 

March (5)
Stoked by Al Brown ; photography by Kieran Scott
The Scottish prisoner : a novel by Diana Gabaldon
Beauty and the werewolf by Mercedes Lackey 
Legacy by Lois McMaster Bujold
Passage by Lois McMaster Bujold

April (6)
Horizon by Lois McMaster Bujold 
The worst jobs in history : two thousand years of miserable employment by Tony Robinson, David Willcock
A year in the scheisse : getting to know the Germans by Roger Boyes 
The olive season : amour, a new life and olives too by Carol Drinkwater
The painted lady by Maeve Haran
The man who broke into Auschwitz by Denis Avey with Rob Broomby

May (1)
The moon maze game by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes

June (5)
In love and war : Kiwi soldiers' romantic encounters in wartime Italy / Susan Jacobs.
Skylark by Jenny Pattrick
The bone house by Stephen R. Lawhead 
The cat's table by Michael Ondaatje
The skin map by Stephen R. Lawhead 

July (3)
The warrior's apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold. 
The sense of ending by Julian Barnes
The gallery of regrettable food by James Lileks 

August (11)
Rick Stein's Spain by Rick Stein. 
The little coffee shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez 
The tiger's wife by Tia Obreht
The particular sadness of lemon cake by Aimee Bender
Borders of infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold
Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater by Frank Bruni
Confessions of a coffee group drop out by Eleanor Black
Borders of infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold
Brothers in arms by Lois McMaster Bujold
Strength in what remains by Tracy Kidder
Rick Stein's French odyssey : over 100 new recipes inspired by the flavours of France 

September (5)
Burden of memory by Vicki Delany
The butcher's boy by Thomas Perry
The curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
Paladin of souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold

October (7)
Annie's ghosts: a journey into a family secret by Steve Luxenberg
The lost saints of Tennessee by Amy Franklin-Willis
The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime by Judith Flanders
The king's damsel by Kate Emerson
The rook by Daniel O'Malley
The body in the Thames by Susanna Gregory
In the shadow of the glacier by Vicki Delany

November (6)
The lion is in by Delia Ephron
Dinner at Rose's by Danielle Hawkins
The midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich
The alchemist's daughter by Katherine McMahon
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson

December (6)
My Berlin kitchen by Luisa Weiss
Patrick, son of Ireland by Stephen Lawhead
Empty cradles by Margaret Humphries
Waiting for sunrise by William Boyd
Christchurch crimes, 1850-75 : scandal & skulduggery in port & town by Geoffry W. Rice
Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks

Total read: 70
Fiction: 50
Non-fiction: 20


  1. wow. i don't think i ever read more than two books in a month (and of course a million kids books:) i miss your read-a-long! happy new year to you.

  2. So what are your top 5 recommendations from 2012's reading from those of us who won't make it through 70 books in a year? :)

    1. It kind of depends what floats your boat. But the ones that stand out for me are:

      The Rook by Daniel O'Malley*
      Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch*
      The particular sadness of lemon cake by Aimee Bender*
      Strength in what remains by Tracy Kidder
      The little coffee shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
      Empty cradles by Margaret Humphries

      *= available from Unitec Library ;-)