2012 Books Read

Going back to 2006, I’ve had a tradition of posting the books I’ve read each year, as a way of keeping track of my reading habits and preferences, and will do so once again here. The list is provided sans commentary, although I will say that the books I’ve bothered both to pick up and to finish are ones that I consider worth reading. And I would ask that if mention of the titles below strikes your fancy, please consider picking them up through IndieBound and supporting your local independent bookstores.

Quite a good year, coming in at 110 books; it’s amazing how much you can read when you don’t work full-time! This of course doesn’t include any issues of The New Yorker or A Public Space or Ceriph or other magazines and journals that I read, or the many many kid’s books I read to Anya. Most of below books should have pages on Goodreads, so you can search for them there for more information.

2012 Books Read:

  1. The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow by Cory Doctorow (PM Press Outspoken Authors #8)
  2. Gone Case: A Graphic Novel, Book 2 by Dave Chua & Koh Hong Teng
  3. Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  5. Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov
  6. Despair by Vladimir Nabokov
  7. Quiet: The Importance of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  8. East, West: Stories by Salman Rushdie
  9. The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi
  10. The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss
  11. The Hall of the Singing Caryatids by Victor Pelevin
  12. Why Orwell Matters by Christopher Hitchens
  13. We Others: New and Selected Stories by Steven Millhauser
  14. The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories by John Kessel
  15. Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon
  16. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  17. Ganymede by Cherie Priest
  18. What Gives Us Our Names by Alvin Pang
  19. Bare (素颜) by Terry Lee
  20. The Law of Second Marriages by Christine Chia
  21. The World Must Weigh The Same by Carol Chan
  22. Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov
  23. The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
  24. Stories: All-New Tales edited by Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio
  25. No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems by Liu Xiaobo
  26. Between Souls by Bryan Thao Worra
  27. The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
  28. Victimology by Verena Tay
  29. Careless by Jacqueline Ong
  30. Do You Fear The Line? by Wong Shu Yun
  31. I’m Still Here by Belinda Wan
  32. Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente
  33. City of Rain by Alvin Pang
  34. womango by Grace Chia Kraković
  35. The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin
  36. Ajar by Grace Chia Kraković
  37. The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
  38. Six Characters Looking For an Author by Luigi Pirandello
  39. The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. by Jonathan Lethem
  40. A Manual for Sons by Donald Barthelme
  41. The Human Soul As A Rube Goldberg Device by Kevin Brockmeier
  42. Stone Animals by Kelly Link
  43. We Bury the Landscape by Kristine Ong Muslim
  44. The Mirage by Matt Ruff
  45. The Barbizon Diaries: A Meditation on Will, Purpose, and the Value of Stories by James A. Owen
  46. Fair Coin by E.C. Myers
  47. Dark Tangos by Lewis Shiner
  48. The Enchanter by Vladimir Nabokov (re-read)
  49. Fury by Salman Rushdie (re-read)
  50. The Physiognomy by Jeffrey Ford
  51. June Fourth Elegies by Liu Xiaobo
  52. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
  53. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  54. Chasing Curtained Suns: Poems by Jerrold Yam
  55. The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov
  56. The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories by Andy Duncan
  57. Memoranda by Jeffrey Ford
  58. After the Apocalypse: Stories by Maureen F. McHugh
  59. The Beyond by Jeffrey Ford
  60. Redshirts by John Scalzi
  61. Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
  62. Return to a Sexy Island by Neil Humphreys
  63. Malinky Robot by Sonny Liew
  64.  The Beating and Other Stories by Dave Chua
  65. Circus of the Grand Design by Robert Freeman Wexler
  66. Malaysian Tales: Retold & Remixed ed. by Daphne Lee
  67. Zod Wallop by William Browning Spencer
  68. The Steampowered Globe ed. by Rosemary Lim & Maisarah Bte Abu Samah
  69. Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov
  70. The Billion Shop by Stephanie Ye
  71. Sonnets From the Singlish by Joshua Ip
  72. Cordelia by Grace Chia Kraković
  73. When the Barbarians Arrive by Alvin Pang
  74. Other Things and Other Poems by Alvin Pang
  75. Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
  76. Elektra and Wolverine: The Redeemer by Greg Rucka and Yoshitaka Amano
  77. Antwerp by Roberto Bolaño
  78. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (re-read)
  79. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
  80. A Place On Earth by Tracey Sullivan
  81. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
  82. Pantone 125 by Madeleine Lee
  83. The Pillow Book by Jee Leong Koh
  84. Parvathi Dreams About His Sex by Vinita Ramani Mohan
  85. Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie
  86. The Rest of Your Life and Everything That Comes With It by O Thiam Chin
  87. Malay Sketches by Alfian Sa’at
  88. RASL: Pocket Book One by Jeff Smith
  89. Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
  90. Clear Brightness by Boey Kim Cheng
  91. A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
  92. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  93. Drifting House by Krys Lee
  94. Longshot (Marvel Premiere Classic #14) by Ann Nocenti & Arthur Adams et al.
  95. Slog’s Dad by David Almond & Dave McKean
  96. Between Stations by Boey Kim Cheng
  97. After the Fire: New and Selected Poems by Boey Kim Cheng
  98. This Is Not A Game by Walter Jon Williams
  99. Scenegapore by Miel
  100. Monsters, Miracles & Mayonnaise by drewscape
  101. Ten Sticks and One Rice by Oh Yong Hwee and Koh Hong Teng
  102. Lobster Johnson, Vol. 1: The Iron Prometheus by Mike Mignola & Jason Armstrong et al.
  103. Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
  104. Cairo by G. Willow Wilson & M.K. Perker
  105. The Ayam Curtain ed. by J.Y. Yang and Joyce Chng
  106. Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder, Vol. 1: In the Service of Angels by Mike Mignola & Ben Stenbeck et al.
  107. A Monsoon Feast ed. by Verena Tay
  108. Bang My Car by Ann Ang
  109. Balik Kampung ed. by Verena Tay
  110. Level Up by Gene Luen Yang & Thien Pham

Previously: 2011 Books Read, 2010 Books Read2009 Books Read2008 Books Read2007 Books Read2006 Books Read

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