Monday, April 23, 2012

2012 Reading List

Invincible Iron Man andKeeping up the tradition, here's the list of What I've Read This Year

  1. Mourning Gloria, by Susan Wittig Albert (1/xx/12) I like this series. Yes, things and characters are changing, but not so much that it feels wrong (see my complaints about the recent changes in the Sneaky Pie/Harry Haristeen series)
  2. Mastiff, by Tamora Pierce.  Probably the last of the Beka Cooper series, darn it.  
  3. lots of stuff that I can't remember right now
  4. Nurture Shock: new thinking about our children
  5. AustenTatious Crochet
  6. Murder Unleashed, by Rita Mae Brown.  non-Sneaky Pie.  As I recall, focused heavily on the mortgage-implosion fallout.  Again, too much focus on a "political" issue for my taste, it leads to too much soap-boxing that doesn't quite fit the story.
  7. The Good Old Days: They were Horrible
  8. Anthem for Doomed Youth, by Carola Dunn (1/30/12) Blast, now I'm caught up with this series. It's dovetailing nicely with watching Downton Abbey on PBS, though.
  9. Changes, by Mercedes Lackey
  10. I've Got Your Number, by Sophie Kinsella.  I like her books, espeically the Shopaholics.  Good fun reads. 
  11. We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver.  Very disturbing, and I am not going to see the movie. 
  12. Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All, by Paul Offit.  Should send this one to my sister.  I can't believe he's gotten death threats; or maybe I can.  Lots of information, but not too technical.
  13. UnSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation, by Brooks Jackson.   Very good, especially for an election year.
  14. How I Killed Pluto, and Why It Had It Coming, by Mike Brown.  Someone to share the blame with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. :)  Another good one, interesting, not too technical.
  15. Faith, Hope, and Ivy June, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  16. Anastasia's Secret, by Susan Emily Dunlapp.  YA fiction about Tsarina Anastasia and the Russian (Bolshevik?) revolution.  
  17. Witch and Wizard, James Patterson.  Tried to read it, couldn't get into it.  
  18. Christopher Lowell's One-of-a-kind Decorating Projects
  19. Butterfly Gardener's Guide
  20. Below Stairs, by Margaret Powell.  Cover claims it was the inspiration for Upstairs, Downstairs, but Jean Marsh has always said it was inspired by her family history (and Eileen Atkins' family).  Still interesting, so I blame the cover-blurb writer.

  21. The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett.  What would happen if the Queen of England found a bookmobile and started reading a lot?  Interesting in an alternate-universe kind of way.
  22. Beauty and the Werewolf, by Mercedes Lackey.  (4/12)  Another one of the 500 Kingdoms fairy-tale retellings.  I like these. 
  23. Wolverine
  24. The Big Cat Nap, by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie (4/22/12)  Better than the last few, but again with the focus on one theme.  This time it was car insurance & repair fraud, with side trips into high-dollar drag racers. 
  25. All 6 Kit stories from American Girl  (4/25/12)
  26.  Wolverine: Lifeblood. (4/28/12) Too bad it's a never resolved cliffhanger, thanks to contracts. 
  28. Invincible Iron Man vol 4: Stark Disassembled
  29. The Summer of Riley
  30.  Invincible Ironman vol 5: Stark Resilient
  31. Sky Dragons, by Todd McCaffrey (11/4/12) - definitely not up to standard

  32. When the River Ran Backward, by Emily Croffort
  33. Among the Imposters, by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Shadow Children series #2) (11/5/12)
  34. American Pickers Guide to Picking
  35. Beautiful Mess (Diamond Rio)

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