Friday, January 13, 2012

92 Books and 2 Resolutions

Last year one of my New Year’s resolutions was to record every book I read. In my family we’re BIG on resolutions. We’ve been celebrating New Year’s with the same good friends for the past 12 years, and every year we go around the room, kids included now that they’re older, and share them with each other. The most organized among us, cheerful Deb, writes everything down and then holds us to our promises the next year. The secret of success, I’ve learned, is to keep the resolutions measurable and not too lofty. One year, for example, I resolved to wash my face every night. In fairness I was a young harried mom at the time and that lame goal actually seemed like a stretch. (For the record, I did it.)
This year I have two resolutions. Deb has recorded them, of course, but I’d like my faithful blog readers to hold me to them as well.
1. No more blathery (whiney) talk about book deals (My husband’s suggestion after reading this, and this, and this. Enough, he said. Write about other stuff.) Okay. Okay. I promise. Unless I actually get a book deal. And then all bets are off, sweetie.
2. Earn money. (Also my husband’s suggestion.) The trouble is I’m not qualified for many jobs, unless you count waiting tables or teaching high school English (which, interestingly enough, are suspiciously similar jobs). For the moment I’m holding out for the kind of job where you don’t have to run around like a maniac, catering cheerfully to needy customers/students. Or leave your house. Or change out of your bathrobe before 3 pm. Anyone who has a position that fits this bill, please let me know.
Anyway, last year I dutifully recorded every book I read (not including the books I started and did not finish). I’ll list them mainly for my own amusement, in the order that I read them, with a note on genre and links for those I reviewed in case you’re looking for a good read for you (or for a teen in your life).
1. The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst, adult fiction
2. Waves by Susan Casey, adult nonfiction
3. New Boy by Julian Houston, YA historical fiction
4. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, middle grade fiction (won the 2010 National Book Award and deservedly so)
5. Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart, adult memoir
6. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner (also deservedly so)
7. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell, YA historical fiction
8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman, YA fiction
9. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, YA paranormal romance
10. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, YA fiction
11. Across the Universe by Beth Revis, YA Sci-Fi
12. Vampire Academy 2—Frostbite by Richelle Mead, YA paranormal
13. War of Art by Steven Pressfield, non-fiction inspirational writing how-to
14. Vampire Academy 3—Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, YA paranormal
15. Vampire Academy 4—Blood Promise (yes. I was hooked on these)
16. Vampire Academy 5—Spirit Bound (ditto)
17. Vampire Academy 6—Last Sacrifice (sigh)
18. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, YA fiction
19. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer, adult historical fiction
20. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, YA fiction
21. Unless It Moves the Human Heart by Roger Rosenblatt, inspirational non-fiction about writing and teaching
22. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, adult fiction
23. Bruiser by Neil Shusterman, YA fiction
24. The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Wells, YA paranormal romance
25. Where She Went, by Gayle Forman, YA fiction (sequel to If I Stay)
26. The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett, adult fiction
27. Faithful by Janet Fox, YA romance
28. Impossible by Nancy Werlin, YA fiction
29. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Sarah Cohen and David Leviathan, YA fiction
30. Stay by Deb Caletti, YA fiction
31. Everlost by Neil Shusterman, YA fiction
32. Delirium by Lauren Oliver, YA dystopian
33. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, adult historical fiction
34. Lark by Tracey Porter, YA fiction
35. Forgotten by Cat Patrick, YA paranormal
36. On Beauty by Zadie Smith, adult fiction
37. The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt, middle grade fiction
38. Shine by Lauren Myracle, YA fiction
39. Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell, adult memoir
40. Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins, adult fiction
41. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, YA fiction
42. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck, YA paranormal romance
43. The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle, YA fiction
44. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts, YA dystopian
45. Possessed by Gretchen McNeil, YA paranormal
46. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen, adult memoir
47. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, YA fiction
48. Fury by Elizabeth Miles, YA paranormal
49. This Is Not the Story You Think It Is by Laura Munson, adult memoir
50. Ashfall by Mike Mullin, YA dystopian
51. We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han, YA fiction
52. Crossed by Ally Condie, YA dystopian
53. How To Save a Life by Sara Zarr, YA fiction
54. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory, adult historical fiction
55. Perfect by Ellen Hopkins, YA fiction
56. The Space Between the Trees by Katie Williams, YA fiction
57. My Teenage Beating Heart by CK Kelly Martin, YA paranormal
58. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, adult fiction
59. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma, YA paranormal
60. Brooklyn Burning by Steve Brezenoff, YA fiction
61. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay, YA paranormal
62. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, YA paranormal
63. All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin, YA fiction
64. Bluefish by Pat Schmatz, middle grade fiction
65. Dark Souls by Paula Morris, YA paranormal
66. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, adult historical fiction
67. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart, YA fiction
68. Ashes by Ilsa Bick, YA dystopian
69. Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt, YA romance
70. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, adult biography
71. The Help by Kathryn Stockett, adult historical fiction
72. Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez, YA fiction
73. Reasons To Be Happy by Katrina Kittle, YA fiction
74. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, YA fiction
75. The Shack by William P. Young, adult fiction
76. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, middle grade fiction
77. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, YA fiction
78. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard, YA fiction
79. After the Snow by SD Crockett, YA dystopian
80. Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale, YA fiction
81. The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman, YA paranormal
82. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, YA fiction
83. Fracture by Megan Miranda, YA paranormal
84. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, adult non-fiction
85. Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf, YA fiction
86. The Night She Disappeared by April Henry, YA fiction
87. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth, YA fiction
88. Cinder by Marissa Meyer, YA sci fi
89. The Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett, YA fiction
90. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard, adult writing how-to
91. Zero by Tom Leveen, YA fiction
92. The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, adult memoir

1 comment:

  1. Waiting tables and teaching English. YES. So true. Thank you.