Books Read in 2012

Favorites of 2012: Nonfiction

Favorites of 2012: Novels

Favorites of 2012: Women’s History & Women’s Studies

Favorites of 2012: Short Stories

Favorites of 2012: Miscellaneous


* Books marked with an asterisk were listened to on audiobook.

  1. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  2. The Condition by Jennifer Haigh
  3. The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You by Eli Pariser
  4. The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar
  5. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 ed. by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  6. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel *
  7. Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson
  8. Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg
  9. Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber
  10. The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy
  11. Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts by Stacy A. Cordery
  12. The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace *
  13. Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement by F. Arturo Rosales
  14. Miles from Nowhere by Nami Mun
  15. Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry
  16. Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman
  17. Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books by William Kuhn
  18. Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale by Rachel Lloyd
  19. Betsy Ross and the Making of America by Marla R. Miller
  20. The Turquoise Ledge by Leslie Marmon Silko
  21. The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid
  22. Helen Keller: A Life by Dorothy Herrmann *
  23. A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead
  24. Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation by Elissa Stein and Susan Kim
  25. Biting the Moon: A Memoir of Feminism and Motherhood by Joanne S. Frye
  26. Being Lara by Lola Jaye
  27. Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow
  28. Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism ed. by Jessica Yee
  29. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  30. When All That’s Left of Me is Love by Linda Campanella
  31. America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation by Elaine Tyler May
  32. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li
  33. The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone
  34. The Iguana Tree by Michel Stone
  35. Role Models by John Waters
  36. Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje *
  37. The Little Red Guard: A Family Memoir by Wenguang Huang
  38. Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art by Christopher Moore
  39. Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
  40. It Chooses You by Miranda July
  41. Tough Shit: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good by Kevin Smith
  42. Farther Away: Essays by Jonathan Franzen
  43. Bossypants by Tina Fey *
  44. American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
  45. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  46. Jackie After O by Tina Cassidy
  47. This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman *
  48. Home by Toni Morrison
  49. Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped by Dean Budnick and Josh Baron
  50. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung
  51. The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey
  52. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  53. The Anti-Romantic Child: A Memoir of Unexpected Joy by Priscilla Gilman
  54. I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag by Jennifer Gilbert
  55. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  56. Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman
  57. Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua
  58. The Great Lenore by J.M. Tohline
  59. The Queen: A Life in Brief by Robert Lacey
  60. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall
  61. Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are by Katherine Sharpe
  62. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner *
  63. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
  64. A Marriage Agreement and Other Essays: Four Decades of Feminist Writing by Alix Kates Shulman
  65. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
  66. I Am An Executioner: Love Stories by Rajesh Parameswaran
  67. Fathermucker by Greg Olear
  68. As Texas Goes…:How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda by Gail Collins
  69. And Laughter Fell from the Sky by Jyotsna Sreenivasan
  70. The Bay of Foxes by Sheila Kohler
  71. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  72. The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
  73. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern *
  74. Say Nice Things About Detroit by Scott Lasser
  75. The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue by Manuel Muñoz
  76. Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber
  77. Sorry Please Thank You by Charles Yu
  78. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  79. Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine
  80. Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams
  81. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott *
  82. Monstress by Lysley Tenorio
  83. Getting Married and Other Mistakes by Barbara Slate
  84. ¡Ban This! The BSP Anthology of Xican@ Literature ed. by Santino J. Rivera
  85. Amberville by Tim Davys
  86. Diving Belles by Lucy Wood
  87. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman
  88. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
  89. The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam
  90. Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor LaValle
  91. Scenes from an Impending Marriage: A Prenuptial Memoir by Adrian Tomine
  92. Rabbit is Rich by John Updike *
  93. Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America by Gustavo Arellano
  94. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
  95. A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards
  96. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
  97. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
  98. The Keep by Jennifer Egan
  99. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
  100. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  101. The End of Men: And the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin
  102. Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh *
  103. Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger
  104. Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis J Rodríguez
  105. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa
  106. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion *
  107. Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos
  108. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck *
  109. Waiting for the Barbarians by Daniel Mendelsohn
  110. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  111. Under Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book II by Colin Meloy
  112. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain *
  113. Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, and Fashion ed. by Virgie Tovar
  114. The Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez
  115. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie *
  116. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  117. Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
  118. An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris by Stephanie LaCava
  119. Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings of Beer by William Knoedelseder
  120. Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
  121. Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness ed. by Rebecca Walker
  122. The Innocents by Francesca Segal *
  123. When It Happens to You by Molly Ringwald
  124. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  125. Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie
  126. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple *
  127. Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption by Laura Briggs
  128. Arcadia by Lauren Groff
  129. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 2 ed. by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  130. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  131. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce *
  132. Strong Motion by Jonathan Franzen
  133. The Guy’s Guide to Feminism by Michael Kaufman & Michael Kimmel
  134. Our Kind of People by Uzodinma Iweala

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