Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Reading List Finished

  As it's only a day or so until New Year's Eve, and I shall most likely be busy that day, I have decided to post my completed list of books I read in 2012 now.
It turned out that I read many more books than I had originally planned and the whole list changed in exactly which books I would read. If you want to refresh your memory as to which books I originally intended to read this year, you can check out the post here. I must say some of the books stayed the same, but many left and more came in. I originally had 25 books picked out, and it expanded to 50!

Now, before I begin the list, I must give you a little bit of a key:
* denotes a book I did not finish (usually due to some sort of moral objection)
+ denotes a re-read
= denotes a non-fiction book

In order of first book of the year to the last:

  1. Darby O'Gill
  2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  3. A Christmas Carol/The Chimes/The Cricket on The Hearth
  4. The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society #1)
  5. Men of Iron
  6. Tuesdays At The Castle (Castle Glower #1)
  7. The Gammage Cup (The Minnipins #1)
  8. Wonderstruck
  9. Out of The Silent Planet (Space Trilogy #1)
  10. The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Perilous Journey (The Mysterious Benedict Society #2)
  11. The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1)*
  12. Cat Among The Pigeons (Hercule Poirot #32)
  13. The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Prisoner's Dilemma (The Mysterious Benedict Society #3)
  14. Back Home+
  15. Austenland*
  16. Lisa and Lottie
  17. The Night Circus*
  18. Perelandra (Space Trilogy #2)
  19. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society #0.5)
  20. David Copperfield
  21. The Murder At The Vicarage (Miss Marple #1)
  22. The Wind In The Willows
  23. The Merchant's Daughter
  24. Daddy Long Legs+
  25. The Soldier's Cross
  26. I Want It Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory=
  27. Finally and Forever (Katie Weldon #4)
  28. Behind Jane Austen's Door=
  29. At The Sign of The Sugared Plum
  30. The Mysterious Affair At Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)
  31. Life In A Medieval Village=
  32. Only A Novel
  33. The Scarlet Pimpernel
  34. North and South
  35. Beyond Downton Abbey=
  36. The Angel of Music Part 1: The Enchanted Violin*
  37. Elizabeth I: Red Rose of The House of Tudor+
  38. Sanditon/The Watsons/Lady Susan
  39. The Diamond Secret: A Retelling of "Anastasia"
  40. Heartless
  41. An American Guide To Britishness=
  42. Brave: The Junior Novelization
  43. Clockwise (Clockwise #1)
  44. The Nutcracker and Mouse King/The Tale of The Nutcracker
  45. Extricating Young Gussie (Jeeves #0.5)
  46. My Man Jeeves (Jeeves #1)
  47. Number The Stars
  48. Asking For Trouble (London Confidential #1)
  49. Sew, It's A Quest (Bookania #1)
  50. Dragon Slippers (Dragon Slippers #1)
That's the whole lot!
New Year's Day or so I shall be posting my projected list for 2013!
See you then! :-)


Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Like the painting at the top of this post - so sweet!

Wow! You have a great list of books here!
Love seeing all the Agatha Christie titles and classic books!

I've been wondering about Austenland since there's news of a film being made of the book. What exactly made you stop reading it?

Oooh! You read 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret'! Is it good? My sister and I just watched the Hugo movie and it was excellent. Have you seen it?

I look forward to seeing your projected list for 2013!
I've put together reading lists before and they haven't worked out very well. I was pleased though to have read most of the books I got for Christmas last year. I think I'm going to steal your idea of posting a list of the books I read in 2012. :)

Rhoswen Faerie Wrose said...

Ah! How soon they forget! Remember? I own the DVD of Hugo. ;-)
And reading the book was just like watching the movie. There were just a couple somewhat more minor changes from book to movie, but nothing that ruined it- which is refreshing. I highly recommend reading it. It's very big, but it is told half in pictures and half in words, so it actually only took me a day or so to read it. Same with Wonderstruck, which I also recommend.

As for Austenland... for one I was getting bored, as I often do with Shannon Hale, and yet I keep being determined to read her. So, on top of a bit of worry over something at the beginning of the book (can't really remember what it was now), I checked out some stuff toward the end as I tend to do with a book I am bored with to see if I want to keep reading it or not. What I found there was that one of the characters was of a perverted immoral lifestyle- if you know what I mean. That just clenched it for me. Sometimes, like with RTD era Who, I'm able to set it aside and enjoy the rest, but other times, like with Moffat era Who, it's too much out there and I can't. With Austenland, I was so bored I didn't even bother finding out which way it would have been- it just made it not worth continuing on, for me. I do wonder about the movie, though. If they leave that little tidbit out, I would like to see it and see if I like the movie better.

And go ahead and steal the list idea. I assure you, I was not the first to do it. ;-)

Jenn said...

What was your objection to The Night Circus?

Rhoswen Faerie Wrose said...

The Night Circus was another mixture of boredom and objection. While the imagery was gorgeous, to me, the story just dragged. Plus, I had a personal objection to the constant use of tarot cards. A couple time in the book, I can pass over, but, for me, they were used so much it just started to bug me spiritually.
Now, it may not for you, same as it did not for my mom, but I couldn't take it any more.