2012 Goal Recap - Books - Part 4 - The Dainty Squid

2012 Goal Recap - Books - Part 4

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Here is the final update on what I've been reading this year! I am super proud to say I surpassed my goal of reading 15 new to me books. I actually read 35! Like I said in my last update I never thought I'd read this many in a year. Forcing myself to read was the best, I realized I wasn't as picky as I thought and that I really just needed to find a niche. I'm so thankful for amazon's suggestions, they are almost always spot on.
I've only read five more books since my last update in early November but I guess that's not really bad at all. 35 books in 12 months is just around 2.9 books per month so this is about right even though I didn't set aside much time to read the last two months.
Since early November I've read...
The Price by Natalie McLennan.
Whore Stories by Tyler Stoddard Smith.
Sinner Takes All by Tera Patrick.
The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum.
The Contortionist's Handbook by Craig Clevenger.

My favorite from this small group was The Contortionist's Handbook which I actually found by accident while looking for an actual book on contorting. (I want to learn so bad!) After seeing it was actually a novel I was pretty bummed until I saw that my all time favorite author, Chuck Palahniuk, said "I swear to God this is the best book I have read in easily five years. Easily. Maybe ten years." about the book. So I bought it. It sat in my to read pile for a while until I started running low on books I was super stoked to tear into to. Finally mid November I started reading it and oh my gosh, all I can say is - why did I wait so long?! It was SO good. Craig Clevenger immediately won over a new fan. I loved his style of writing. The story was great, I was instantly enthralled. It was the kind of book I found really hard to put down. He apparently has only written one other book, Dermaphoria, which I put it on my wishlist as soon as I finished The Contortionist's Handbook. Why do all these great authors with books that are AMAZING only write one or two books?! I'm looking at you Katherine Dunn!

The others were okay, nothing to write home about. The Poisoner's Handbook started off really strong but I often found myself bored and trying to just get through it. I want so badly to say I loved it since it really was packed with interesting facts and information but when it really comes down to it I probably wouldn't re-read it.
The other 30 books I read this year can be found in these posts - Part One, Part Two, Part Three. My top seven from this year are...  drum roll, please..
The Dead Janitors Club by Jeff Klima .
The Contortionist's Handbook by Craig Clevenger.
Curtains by Tom Jokinen.
Bonk by Mary Roach.
Stiff by Mary Roach.
Packing For Mars by Mary Roach.
Spook by Mary Roach.

I'll definitely be making another reading goal for 2013. I want to keep up this momentum, find more authors to love and more subjects to dive into.

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  1. Wow, congrats! I love reading but I just don't have time for it anymore. It makes me so sad!


  2. You've inspired me to set a reading goal for 2013! I'm glad to see you reached your goal and then some! :)


  3. Woah , go on .It's great . I just finished my 5th book of 2012 , so I guess I would dedicate 2013 as reading year .
    Noor @ Noor's Place

  4. New reader here... may I suggest Dean Koontz?

  5. Mary Roach is hands down my favorite author so it was great to see her 4 books in your top 7! They are such a wonderful coalmine of bizarre facts to share with friends!

  6. I'm been a huge fan of Clevenger for a while--I think I even left a comment a while ago recommending The Contortionist's Handbook! I'll admit that I like his writing a lot more than Palahniuk's, since it feels a bit more cleaned up. Still raw and intense, but not as messy. Glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Thanks for the book recs! I must check out the contortionist one next year! (isn't it crazy that it's almost 2013?)

    As usual, I end up reading more textbooks than actual books, but some of the actual books I read this year included House of Leaves, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, and The Demon-Haunted World.

  8. You are in my head! I love ALL these. Great reads... Amazon has never made me sad, they're spot on!

    You've totally talked me into reading curtains, btw!

  9. I read Spook and Stiff, too! I really like Mary Roach's style - I have a huge love for nonfiction, particularly the kind that rambles into unrelated tangents and footnotes.

    I read a lot - though not as much as people tend to think a librarian would read - and I love getting recs. Just requested The Contortionist's Handbook through interlibrary loan!

  10. I give you so many props for reading so much this year! I just recently got into the site goodreads, and that's inspired me to try to pick up more books. I'd complain that it's 'so hard' with college - I read so many textbooks, I can barely lift a fru-fru novel in the evenings - but really, it's hard anytime. Anyway, this is such a great idea and I can't wait to hear about your latest good reads!!

  11. Just bumped into your blog (while searching for rainbow mac decals) and saw that you read the same type of books I do! I can't wait to read some of these bad boys, thanks for sharing!

  12. i rarely comment on blogs but i love the contortionist's handbook. early this year a much bigger blogger featured me doing a review of this book (http://sometimessweet.blogspot.com/2012/06/literate-stylish-missi-from-messy-missi.html).

    if you liked it then you might like the girls by lori lansens and check out both books by oscar zeta acosta.

    i definitely went and add some new books to my reading list after seeing this post!

  13. I set a goal on Goodreads.com to read 44 books this year. So far I've read 52! I really like goodreads because there are suggestions and wishlists and I can see what my friends are reading! I'm on the last few days of a Thailand vacation and all I want to do is lie in a hammock and read!

  14. I get the feeling you're a fan of Mary Roach...
    Lovely post. It's always interesting to hear about what other people are reading. I will definitely be checking out some of these books.

  15. Well done you! I think it's a good idea to read books that you would normally not read. I've yet to cross that bridge. I tend to read genres in phases and I'm currently sort of stuck between only 2 authors: Philippa Gregory and Deborah Harkness. I'm a girl on a mission for 2013--I intend to read more and I'll add The Contortionist's Handbook to my reading list!

  16. I need to read more. You have inspired me to set a goal for myself and stick to it!!

  17. I read "Stiff" by Mary Roach in school and it's excellent! She's a real great writer, you'll enjoy her book.

  18. Just bought Stiff today. Super stoked to read it.

  19. I love these recaps. I always find something good to read on them. Thank you for that! I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll be reading in 2013.


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