Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Books of 2012 roundup!

First off Happy New year! I was pretty exhausted NYE so I welcomed in the year with a nice cup of tea. 


I can't believe how many books I managed to read last year, 86! Ok some were on the short side but even still that is a mighty number. I've challenged myself to read 50 books this year on Goodreads Anyone else on there? I am already off to a good start by reading one of my favourite Russian authors yesterday, "A Country Doctor's Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov" and I have started reading "Ulysses by James Joyce" I think this one will be a struggle as almost every page I stop and think what the hell am I reading?! I'm hoping it will make more sense as I work through it.

Books read in 2012


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The  Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
Perfume by Partrick Suskind
The color Purple by Alice Walker
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
A Streetcar Named Desire and Other Plays by Tennessee Williams
Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Garcia Gabriel Marquez
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Louis Robert Stevenson
The Chorus Girl and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Inferno by Dante

Science Fiction

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Gal√°pagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Metropole by Ferenc Karinthy
The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A.Abbott
Timescape by Gregory Benford
The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick 5: We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
We'll Always Have Paris by Ray Bradbury
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
The End Specialist by Drew Magary   
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
2001 by Arthur C. Clarke
Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke
Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons by Gardner R. Dozois


Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine by Simon Singh
Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut by Mike Mullane
Paranormality: Why We See What Isn't There by Rochard Wiseman
How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered The World by Francis Wheen
Moondust: In Search Of The Men Who Fell To Earth by Andrew Smith
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
Confessions of a Conjuror by Derren Brown
Quantum Evolution by John McFadden
The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen by Brian Cox
Genome by Matt Ridley
Massive: The Hunt for the God Particle by Ian Simple
The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature by Geoffrey Miller
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
Them by Jon Ronson
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
Reasons To Be Cheerful by Mark Steel
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
The End Of Faith: Religion, Terror, And The Future Of Reason by Sam Harris
Your Inner Fish: The Amazing Discovery of Our 375-Million-Year-Old Ancestor by Neil Shubin
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett
Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life by Nick Lane
Parallel Worlds: The Science of Alternative Universes & Our Future in the Cosmos by Michio Kaku
The Self Illusion: Why There is No 'You' Inside Your Head by Bruce M. Hood
Antimatter by Frank Close
The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker
The Red Queen: Sex And The Evolution Of Human Nature by Matt Ridley
Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins
Virolution by Frank Ryan
Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne
Parasite Rex : Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Survivors; the Animals and Plants that Time has Left Behind by Richard Fortey
Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution by Nick Lane
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins
Life: An Unauthorised Biography: A Natural History of the First Four Thousand Million Years of Life on Earth by Richard Fortey
Graphic Novel

Marvel Zombies 3 by Fred Van Lante
Marvel Zombies: Dead Days by Greg Land
The Accidental Salad by Joe Decie
Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb
Batman: Under the Hood by Judd Winick
Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis
Marvel Zombies 4 by Fred Van Lente
Wolverine: Not Dead Yet by Warren Ellis
The Walking Dead Book Four by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead Book Five by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead Book Six by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead Book Seven by Robert Kirkman
Black Window: Deathly Origin by Paul Cornell
Marvel Zombies 5 by Fred Van Lente

It is hard to pick favourites out of so many books but I'll try a name a few that I really loved.  "A Streetcar Named Desire and Other Plays by Tennessee Williams", "Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky" and"Survivors; the Animals and Plants that Time has Left Behind by Richard Fortey"  but honestly so many more could be named as they were brilliant.

This was my Xmas book haul and I've already read two of them so far hehe. Can't wait to start on the others!

Here's to 2013, hopefully a year of happy reading!


  1. Sounds like you had a good new years! Myself and my partner were just after a 13 hour travel stint and a ropey flight the night before so we sat in, watched stuff and had a chinese with some nice markies tea.

    I am too busy to read as much as I used to, often went to the library and got through four to five books a week when I wasn't working :(. I read a few books over the break through, I am irish and dislike james joyce, patrick mc cabe is pretty decent though. I read a couple of sci-fi's by tanith lee this year, strangely current, given their publishing year.

  2. Eye spy Wonder Woman! Yay! Such a great comic :)



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