2012: Year 2 in books

Happy 2012!! It’s a leap year this year, did you know that? That means there’s a WHOLE EXTRA DAY of reading this year. Excellent.

My reading list for 2012 is going to be quite different from 2011’s. 2011 was a primer; a way to get BACK to reading in the way that I used to. 2012 is planned as a year of self-study. For those who don’t read the rest of the blog, I recently decided that I don’t really need to get my MFA in Modern Art History, since I don’t really plan to go back to America and teach it. That doesn’t mean I’m any less interested in the subject, though. Since making the ‘to NOT get the MFA’ decision, I have instead decided that this will be a year of reading, as if I was paying to go to school.

This means I’ll be reading a selection of Modern Art History and regular historical/biographical books, with Shakespeare and the classics scattered throughout. I think it’s hard to read two separate books at the same time, but to read two history books on different subjects, or to read history and Shakespeare at the same time is a little easier since they are worlds apart.

With these things in mind, if I WERE in school right now, it would be the winter break, which means I can finish up with the small pile of books I have on my list that don’t fall into these categories. So once in a while there may be a work of fiction on the list. I’m excited for this year. I think it’ll be a great one!


1. Freedom, Jonathan Franzen, Jan 4 (read my review)
2. When the Tripods Came, John Christopher, Jan 11 (review)
3. The Tripods Trilogy: The White Mountains, John Christopher, Jan 13 (review)
4. Julie and Julia, Julie Powell, Jan 26 (review)
5. A Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare, Jan 31 (review)

6. The Unknown Masterpiece, Honoré de Balzac (Feb 1) (review)
7. Naked, David Sedaris, Feb 15 (review)
8. Blink, Malcolm Gladwell, Feb 23 (review)

9. East of Eden, John Steinbeck, March 7 (review)
10. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Jonathan S Foer, March 15 (review) 
11. Love’s Labors Lost, William Shakespeare, March 29 (review)

12. English Wit, Tom Hay, May 17 (review)
13. My Ántonia, Willa Cather,  May 27 (review)

14. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be,
Paul Arden, June 14 (review)
15. Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite, Paul Arden, June 14 (review)

16. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson, July 22 (review)
17. Rackgaki: Japanese Graffiti, Ryo Sanada, April (forgot to mention) (review)

18. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner, October 11 (review)
19. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky, October 12 (review)
20. Paradise, Toni Morrison, October 20 (review)

21. Go Ask Alice, Anonymous, November 1 (review)
22. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, November 25 (review)
23. Animal Farm, George Orwell, November 28 (review)

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