Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 End of Year Recap: The Year in Books

I can't believe another year is coming to a close already. I can't say I'll be sad to see this one go. It's been a mixture of both good and bad, as all years are, but this one has been somewhat tougher for a variety of reasons.

I know that a lot of people are doing top ten recaps of their favorite books of the year, but it's really hard for me to narrow the books I've read down like that so I figured I'd just do a compiled list with links to reviews of all the books I've reviewed on the blog in 2012.

  I always wanted to do monthly recaps but never got around to it, so I figured I'd do this yearly recap now, and then start with monthly recaps at the end of January.

For now, these reviews are going to be listed in the order they were posted, by the title of the book. Clicking the link will take you to the review.

1. Dirk Danger Loves Life by Chris Rothe- 5 stars
2. Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love by Sara Matheny 4 stars
3.A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay 5 stars

4. In My Shoes by Adrian Stephens 1 star
5. Letters in Cardboard Boxes by Abby Slovin 5 stars
6. A New Death and Others by James Hutchings 1 star

7. Finding Jolie by Jamie Lynn Goldenberg 4 stars
8. The Evolution of Human Intellect by L.N. Smith 3 stars
9. The Incredible Shrinking Bully by Mona Schmitt 5 stars

10. Strange Places by Jefferson Smith 4 stars
11.Stop Eating Your Heart Out by Meryl Hershey Beck 5 stars
12. The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton 5 stars
13. My Fairytale Life by Heather M. White 2 Stars
14. The Coincidence Engine by Sam Leith 2 Stars
15. When Destiny Knocks by Heather M. White 1 star
16. Strike: The Hero From The Sky 4 Stars

17. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson 5 stars
18. Breath of A Child by Donna M. Rinelli 1 star

19. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 5 stars
20. Last Chance Beauty Queen by Hope Ramsay 3 stars
21. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 5 stars
22. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 5 stars
23. Dark Passage by M.L. Woolley 3 stars

24. Citizen Scientists: Be A Part of Science From Your Own Back Yard by Loree Griffin Burns 5 stars
25. All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers 4 stars
26. The Sugar Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner 1 star
27.The Legend of Mickey Tussler by Frank Nappi  4 stars
28. Sophomore Campaign by Frank Nappi 4 stars
29. Misfortune Cookie by Michele Gorman 4 stars

30. Elemental Magic by Angela Wallace 4 stars
31.The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin 5 stars
32. Jaime Lea and the Bumblebee by Adrian Thorpe 5 stars
33. Ambition's Not an Awful Word by Zack Zage 5 stars
34. Then Again by Diane Keaton 3 stars
35. You Know Your Way Home by Suzanne Jauchius 4 stars
36. The Sword and the Prophet by Missy LaRae 3 stars
37.  Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins 3 stars
38. Free Falling by Susan Kiernan-Lewis 4 stars
39. My Love by Joanne Clancy 2 stars
40. Catastrophically Consequential by Stephen C. Bird 1 star
41. Crank by Ellen Hopkins 4 stars
42. Broken City by D.D. Chant 3 stars

43.  The Mirror in the River by Dale Lovin 2 stars
44. Wow! Glowing Bride in 30 Days by Laura Pepper 4 stars
45. A Lovely, Indecent Departure by Steven Lee Gilbert, 2 stars
46. Sparks Off You by Anita Felicelli 4 stars
47. Echoes From the Infantry by Frank Nappi 5 stars

48. Wicked: Witch and Curse by Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigue 5 stars
49. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 5 stars
50. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins 5 stars
51. A Whisper to A Scream by Karen Wojcik Berner 3 stars
52. Until My Soul Gets It Right by Karen Wojcik Berner 4 stars
53. Twelve Days to Christmas by Michele Gorman 4 stars
54. Phoebe Who? by Emma Harrison 3 stars
55. Dream Magic: Awakenings by Dawn Harshaw 2 stars
56. Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright 4 stars
57. An Imperfect Wife by Grace Wen 3 stars
58. With Honors by Grace Wen 3 stars
59. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer 3 stars
60. Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman 5 stars

61. Sebastian's Poet by Kevin Craig 5 stars
62. Twelve Months by Steven Manchester 5 stars
63. Anthology I: The Other Side by Hamidah Gul 1 star
64. Catalyst: The Passage of Hellsfire by Marc Johnson 3 stars
65. 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues 5 stars
66. Scrambled by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones 2 stars
67. Moonlight Dancer by Deb Atwood 4 stars
68. What I Did on My Midlife Crisis Vacation by Debbianne DeRose 5 stars
69. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult 4 stars
70. Henrietta the Dragon Slayer by Beth  Barany 4 stars
71. Shifted Perspective by J. Bridger 3 stars
72. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling 2 stars

73. Four in the Morning by Christi Goddard 4 stars
74. Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay 4 stars
75. Heaven or Hell by Roni Teson 3 stars
76. Beautiful Wild Rose Girl by B. Magnolia 5 stars
77. The How and What of Gift Giving by Antonio Hajden 4 stars
78. Broken Christmas by David S. Henderson 4 stars
79. Volunteers for Literacy by Gretchen Elhassani 3 stars
80. Christmas in Wine Country by Addison Westlake 4 stars
81. Cadence Beach by Linda Juliano 3 stars
82. Cupid's Christmas by Bette Lee Crosby 4 stars
83. Keeping Score: A Guide to Love and Relationships by Marc Brackett 4 stars
84. Silver Bells by Sadie Hart 3 stars
85. My Happy Birthday by Mary Ryan 3 stars
86. We're All Different But We're All Kitty Cats: First Day of School by Peter J. Goodman 5 stars

Note: There are 18 other books I've read this year that are not listed here. 
Some of the books were only reviewed on Goodreads due to their content.
 Some of the books I just haven't published reviews for yet (always have to have that reserve of reviews) 
And some of the books weren't in the GR database so that's why my GR total only shows 102

2012 Stats (Includes stats of books with reviews not listed above):

Total books read: 104
Average Rating: 3.51
Number of Different Authors Read: 92
Number of Pages Read: 25, 851
Shortest Book Read: 9 pages
Longest Book Read: 756 pages
Average Length of Book: 248.5 pages

So that's my reading year in a nutshell. Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see my reading goals for 2013!

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