My 2012 Reading Challenge: The Results!

2012 Reading Challenge

Some of you may remember me posting about my 2012 reading challenge a while ago, but for those of you who may be new to A Modern Girl, for the last couple of years, I have tried to recapture my love of reading by taking on a yearly goal of 50 books. While I just barely made my goal in 2011, I am proud to announce that I actually exceeded it in 2012, reading a total of 62 books. This year, I also took on a couple of “sub-challenges.” The first was the The 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Challenge (hosted at Pub Writes), which I wanted to tackle at the “Silver Medal” level (16-20 books from the master list). The second was The Stephen King Project reading challenge, in which I planned to participate at the extremely modest “A King Novice” level (1 book). I managed to complete both sub-challenges and to have a lot of fun along the way!

goodreads  1001books  stephenking

Challenge Goal Actual
Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge 50 62
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Challenge (@ Pub Writes) 16-20 27
The Stephen King Project (Novice Level) 1 1

Below is the complete list of my 62 books for 2012, listed in the order read. In case any of you are looking for some new books to read, the items in bold are recommended based on the accompanying rating out of five stars:

* didn’t really like it
** it was ok
*** liked it
**** really liked it
***** it was amazing

The Secret History Donna Tartt *****
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Anne Bronte ***
C Tom McCarthy **
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) Mindy Kaling ***
Nicholas Nickleby Charles Dickens ****
A Modest Proposal Jonathan Swift ****
The Son of Neptune Rick Riordan ****
American Gods Neil Gaiman ****
Going Bovine Libba Bray ****
Wise Children Angela Carter ****
Matched Ally Condie ***
The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes ****
The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern *****
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery ***
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon ***
The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein ****
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett ****
The Girl Who Played With Fire Stieg Larsson ****

2012 Reading Challenge

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote ****
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Stieg Larsson ****
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris **
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking Susan Cain ****
Write Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day Joan Bolker ***
The Mark of Athena Rick Riordan ****
Choose and Focus: Japanese Business Strategies for the 21st Century Ulrike Schaede ****
The Gunslinger Stephen King ****
The Little Prince Anton de Saint-Exupery ****
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll ***
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There Lewis Carroll ***
The Nose Nikolai Gogol **
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway ****
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice ***
The Diary of a Nobody George Grossmith **
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson ***
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice ****
The Queen of the Damned Anne Rice ****

2012 Reading Challenge

The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler ***
Hidden Champions of the Twenty-First Century: Success Strategies of Unknown World Market Leaders Hermann Simon ***
Farewell, My Lovely Raymond Chandler ***
Asia in Japan’s Embrace: Building a Regional Production Alliance Walter Hatch & Kozo Yamamura ***
A Book of Five Rings Miyamoto Musashi ***
Tricks of the Trade: How to Think About Your Research While You’re Doing It Howard Becker ***
The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde *****
Lost in a Good Book Jasper Fforde ****
The Well of Lost Plots Jasper Fforde ***
Something Rotten Jasper Fforde ***
Great Expectations Charles Dickens ****
The Rise of the Japanese Specialist Manufacturer: Leading Medium-Sized Enterprises Ferguson Evans ***
Franny and Zooey J.D. Salinger ****
The Girls of Slender Means Muriel Spark ***
The Stranger Albert Camus ****
Decision Points George W. Bush ****
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity David Allen ****
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Japan: Politics, Organizations, and High-Technology Firms Kathryn Ibata-Arens ****

2012 Reading Challenge

Atonement Ian McEwan ****
The Nun Denis Diderot ***
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell *****
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan ****
A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan ****
Seraphina Rachel Hartman ****
James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing G. Norman Lippert ****
James Potter and the Curse of the Gate Keeper G. Norman Lippert ****

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