Print Story Books I've Read This Year 2012
By TheophileEscargot (Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 12:58:11 PM EST) Reading (all tags)
See also 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

Non-fiction 37
SF 21
Non-SF fiction 13
Comics 3.

TEN YEARS! That's, like, a decade!

The List
Title links to my diary, author links to Amazon.


  1. How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes
  2. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman, Nan Silver
  3. When London Was Capital of America by Julie Flavell
  4. Adventures in the Orgasmatron by Christopher Turner
  5. Republic by Plato
  6. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
  7. Plato, Socrates and the Dialogues by Michael Sugrue
  8. The Better Angels of our Nature by Steven Pinker
  9. Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity by Kenneth W. Harl
  10. The Frock-Coated Communist by Tristram Hunt
  11. From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp
  12. Wild Grass by Ian Johnson
  13. Logistics and Supply Chain Management by Martin Christopher
  14. The Case for Books by Robert Darnton
  15. Tabloid Girl by Sharon Marshall
  16. The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism by Hamid Dabashi
  17. State Building by Francis Fukuyama
  18. Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau by Christopher Brooke
  19. Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser
  20. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  21. Confessions of a Mullah Warrior by Masood Farivar
  22. Dispirited by Davis Webster
  23. Scroogenomics by Joel Waldfogel
  24. Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  25. Discordia by Molly Crabapple, Laurie Penny
  26. Superheroes by William Irwin
  27. Meat Market by Laurie Penny
  1. Snuff by Terry Pratchett
  2. Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
  3. The Glamour by Christopher Priest
  4. Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge
  5. Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds
  6. The Quantum Thief by Hanny Rajaniemi
  7. By Light Alone by Adam Roberts
  8. Banner of Souls by Liz Williams
  9. Embedded by Dan Abnett
  10. The Minority Council by Kate Griffin
  11. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  12. Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
  13. Chez Max by Jakob Arjouni
  14. Salvage by Robert Edric
  15. City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
  16. Incompetence by Rob Grant
  17. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
  18. Wake by Robert Sawyer
  19. Embassytown by China Mieville
  20. The Rapture of the Nerds by Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow
  21. Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
Non-SF fiction
  1. Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley
  2. The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King
  3. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  4. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
  5. Chez Max by Jakob Arjouni
  6. Seek My Face by John Updike
  7. A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle
  8. Madame Mephisto by A. M. Bakalar
  9. Pure by Andrew Miller
  10. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
  11. Oh, Play That Thing by Roddy Doyle
  12. The Fear Index by Robert Harris
  13. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  1. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
  2. Habibi by Craig Thompson
  3. Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel
Non-comics overall numbers:

Books read per year 2012

By type:

Books read by type 2012

With a total of 71 non-comics, this is my second-lowest year: only read fewer in 2006. Not that much lower than 2004 and 2005 though, each of which had 73.

The gonzo-journalism-from-Greece book "Discordia" was a good concept that I hope catches on: an e-book somewhere between an essay and a book in both length and price. "Dispirited" was an attack on the spiritual-but-not-religious that unfortunately manages only the wrong half of the the trick: intermediate in length, but the price of a full-sized book. Stephen Pinker's "The Better Angels of our Nature" makes a fairly persuasive argument that things are getting better for the human race over the long term. "Triumph of the City" does the same for cities. "When London Was Capital of America" and the Engels biography "The Frock-Coated Communist" were interesting slices of history.

"The Quantum Thief" was a great slice of modern science fiction with good ideas. "Embassytown" was SF with a nice retro feel. "On the Beach" deserves its reputation as a classic.

Non-SF fiction
"The Great Gatsby" also turned out to be surprisingly good for a classic. "Pure" was a memorable, atmospheric novel about excavating a graveyard in pre-revolutionary France.

Hardly read any comics, but "Habibi" was the definite highlight: sexy, compelling and brilliantly composed, though its blatant orientalizing will annoy some.

Well, that's about it for 2012. Hard to believe this marks ten years since I started in 2002. Will we still be here in 2022?

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Books I've Read This Year 2012 | 4 comments (4 topical, 0 hidden)
The third Peter Grant book is in paperback by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 01:34:24 PM EST
"Whispers Underground", otherwise 8 overlaps in the SF section and none in the others.

It's on my to-read list by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:52:53 PM EST
Pretty snowed under at the moment though. Have the latest Iain Banks and Joe Abercrombie books sitting on my shelf.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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gatsby by gzt (4.00 / 3) #2 Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:24:43 PM EST
it's such a waste that it gets taught in high school here in the US, that prevents a lot of people from realizing how good it is.

You read less because girl b by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 06:25:13 AM EST

It's political correctness gone mad!

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