2012 Readings: All the Stories Are Belong to Me

by gigigriffis

So, every year I keep a list of books I’ve read and books I totally tried to read and just couldn’t finish. In past years, I’ve torn through over 70 books and over 56 books (clearly I did not have a boyfriend either of those years).

This year, I suck a lot more at reading, clocking in at only 50 full reads and 7 books I couldn’t finish. In my defense, I totally read my own book like ten times before publishing this summer. Really, though, I blame it on the second half of the year. There’s a lot less reading that goes on when I’m traveling in new and gorgeous locales.

Anyhow, I’ll stop boring you with the intro. Here’s the list of what I read. Stuff I didn’t finish is stricken. My absolute favorites are bolded. And it’s all complete with dates and a few choice quotes.


“Somehow—and there’s no explanation of the logic behind this one—the monks decided that baby rabbits were fish.” – A.J. Jacobs, Know-It-All

Memoir & Travel:

  1. Loose Girl [01/13]
  2. Slave Hunter [02/01]
  3. The Know-It-All [02/12]
  4. Getting Out: Your Guide to Leaving America (read again) [02/22 – still a fabulous resource!]
  5. Rick Steve’s Europe Through the Back Door [03/03]
  6. Live From Carnegie Hall [03/18]
  7. How to Be Lovely [04/01]
  8. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened [05/06]
  9. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress [06/22]
  10. And, Also, My Palms Are Sweaty [a million times on a million different dates]
  11. Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress [08/07 – I only made it 4/5 of the way through, but I am awarding myself a full reading point anyway]
  12. Drop Dead Healthy [12/12 – delightful]

“We have a small, framed ‘Mind the Gap’ postcard that reminds us to pay attention to the space between where we’re standing and where we want to go.” – Daring Greatly


  1. Daring Greatly [12/30 – very thought provoking; still contemplating this]

Content, Geekery & Business:

  1. Blah, Blah, Blah [05/26]
  2. The $100 Startup [10/07]

“I’ve heard it said that girls can’t keep secrets. That’s wrong: we’d proved it. We’d kept ours for years and years…” -Wildwood Dancing

Fantasy, Science Fiction & the Like:

  1. Neverwhere [02/19]
  2. Anansi Boys [03/03]
  3. The Night Circus [08/29]
  4. The Peculiar [12/20 – way fun]
  5. Iron Hearted Violet [12/25 – Beautiful! Wonderful! I absolutely loved this book.]

Other Novels:

  1. Where Rainbows End [07/12]

Crime & Mystery:

  1. The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern [02/17]
  2. Along Came a Spider [05/23]

“But, reader, there is no comfort in the word ‘farewell,’ even if you say it in French. ‘Farewell’ is a word that, in any language, is full of sorrow. It is a word that promises absolutely nothing.” – The Tale of Despereaux


  1. How to Remodel a Man [01/02 – still hilarious]
  2. The Importance of Being Earnest [01/04 – also still hilarious]
  3. Exodus [01/29 – wonderful. Still wonderful and heartbreaking.]
  4. The Last Unicorn [03/09 – still lovely and true]
  5. Me Talk Pretty One Day [03/ 16]
  6. The Tale of Despereaux [03/12 – I love this story so much]
  7. Naked [03/17]
  8. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim [03/18]
  9. Wildwood Dancing [03/20]
  10. Graceling [03/25]
  11. Fire [03/30]
  12. Committed [04/01]
  13. The Lovely Bones [04/04]
  14. Curious Incident of Dog in the Night Time [04/07]
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [04/12]
  16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [04/14]
  17. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [04/15]
  18. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [04/20]
  19. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [04/26]
  20. American Gods [04/12]
  21. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince [04/28 ]
  22. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [05/01]
  23. Eat Pray Love [06/03]
  24. Hunger Games [twice]
  25. Hunger Games: Catching Fire [08/14]
  26. The Poisonwood Bible [10/19]
  27. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell [11/17]

Couldn’t Finish:

  1. City of Lost Girls [02/04]
  2. The Paradox of Choice [02/19]
  3. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death [03/10]
  4. Ruined by Reading [03/15 – Nonsense]
  5. If I Am Missing or Dead [04/04]
  6. The Help [04/04]
  7. Hippie Girl [I really wanted to like this one, but I think I was in the wrong frame of mind]

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