reading list for 2012

books in bright morning sun
growing up, we didn’t have a tv, so every week we went to the library and brought home a grocery bag or two of library books.

i miss reading books. i still read, but it’s mostly magazines and news sites online, and while i can say i’m pretty well informed about the things that are going on around me, i miss devouring books on a weekly basis like i did when i was a kid. so i’ve started a pile/list. some of the books have been in my pile/list for over a year and some are new adds, and i would guess the pile/list might grow as the year progresses.

i’m not sure how i’m going to do this (what will get cut out of my day?!) but here’s what i want to read in 2012:

1Q84 – haruki murakami
a gate at the stairs – lorrie moore
alice neel: the art of not sitting pretty – phoebe hoban
autobiography of a face – lucy grealy
blue nights – joan didion
confessions of an art addict – peggy guggenheim
crime and punishment – fyodor dostoevsky
dekooning: an american master – mark stevens & annalyn swan
i shock myself: the autobiography of beatrice wood – beatrice wood
just kids – patti smith
the marriage plot – jeffrey eugenides
say her name – francisco goldman
spontaneous happiness – andrew weil
state of wonder – ann patchett
starting from happy – patricia marx
the year of magical thinking – joan didion

eeeks. that’s a lot of reading. i think i’ll start by dedicating 15 minutes before bed. once i get into the habit, i’ll want to go to bed earlier, right?

14 responses to “reading list for 2012”

  1. shona~LALA dex press says:

    “State of Wonder” was good. How fortunate not to grow up with a TV. It was too much a part of my family’s life. I have often thought of what you wrote in my comments about your TV being in your closet. I think about the time when I could not fathom living w/o cable, now I wonder how I lived with it. So if I remove the TV + see how I feel in a couple months. Hum, I’m thinking I might give that a try after winter.

    At a thrift store I just found “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall and “Taft” by Ann Patchett (I have yet to visit her bookstore in Nashville)

  2. Krissy says:

    I love reading and I’m all across the board with books. I’ve read both Spontaneous Happiness and The Year of Magical Thinking. Both were goodies! I may have Joan’s, I’ll take a peek and send it your way if so :)
    Good luck, I know you can do it!

  3. kristin says:

    that is an inspiring list…where are you drawing from? or have they been in your “to read” pile for a while? i’ve been trying to get back into reading and have not yet found a successful way to do that will kiddos buzzing around.

    15 minutes to start sounds do-able.

  4. Anna says:

    I find I go in fits and spurts. Don’t forget audiobooks during commute times or running. Download from the library online. As Kristin mentions, it’s hard to have solid reading time with kids around so audiobooks are sometimes the only way I can squeeze it in and placate my appetite for a good story.

  5. cindy says:

    i grew up with tv as a companion because my brother is 9 years older than me, so it would be hard to give up, entirely. as for reading, sadly, i just don’t seem to be able to quiet my mind down long enough to really get into a book. your goal of 15 minutes at a time sounds like a good place to start. good luck with your list!

  6. aimee says:

    that looks (and sounds) like bliss!

  7. la ninja says:

    just go for it, man. don’t plan so much, just enjoy it. you’ll be hopefully hopelessly (excuse the alliteration) lost in fiction soon enough.
    I haven’t been reading enough either but my approach is much more random. I’m just buying shed loads of books and placing them around the house, ha ha.

    p.s. I went to an eugenides reading in a’dam a couple of weeks ago and loved the man. “the marriage plot” is high up on that list of mine too :)

  8. LorriePaige says:

    I would LOVE to get started on Dolores Stewart Riccio’s “Circle of Five” fiction series, but so far I have no time because it’s about priorities…and other books come first on my reading list. I’m continue to buy her latest Circle books as the series conitunes but I still haven’t read them! lol! I will though someday.

  9. la ninja says:

    p.s. (ii) if he has time, we all have time…

  10. Sonya says:

    What a great list! I’ve read some and the one’s I haven’t I will have to add to my list. I bought 1Q84 for my husband’s birthday and courtesy dictates I have to wait for him to get through it before I read it. Ah well.

  11. Jesse says:

    Thanks for the list! I spent most of this holiday reading, making up for lost time, and now I’m determined to set aside time every evening to read.

  12. asiye says:

    I love your list… I found myself in a similar stituation a couple of years ago so I decided to read during my daily ‘ i really need a break’ coffee in the afternoon – for 20-40min… I have been devouring books ever since! Oh and after a while I started reading before sleeping- but my book list is still rather huge.. every time I finish a book a find two or three new ones to read….ENJOY your reading time

  13. Chandler says:

    Great list! I have a lot of the same ones on mine, including the new Murakami, which I got for Christmas this year. Also, maybe it’s because I’m an illustrator, or maybe I love being able to knowledgeably recommend books for the kids in my life, but I also still LOVE children’s lit, and make it a point to keep reading it as an adult. So I try to alternate “adult” books and youth lit.

    And girl, let me tell you, audio books are a blessing. They’re great when you’re sitting there gluing (or punching or painting or assembling) piles of book parts. They’re often the only reason I ever get through any reading list I have, and libraries tend to be really good about stocking them.

  14. Jaci says:

    Hi Jen – I just love checking out your blog! My older son is reading 1Q84 and says it’s really good.

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