Books I Read in 2012

Goodreads tells me that I read 27 books in 2012, a 93% improvement on 2011 and the highest number of any year I’ve recorded (since 2004).  At least all my free time isn’t going to seed.  Like Kari, I’m a bit miffed that Goodreads doesn’t make it easy to export this kind of data, so I’m not going to spend a ton of time putting meat on the bones of this list since I have to type this.  In order of when-finished:

  1. Nassir Ghaemi, A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness [Jan 21]
  2. Alice Walker, The Color Purple [Feb 2]
  3. W.E.B. Griffin, The Double Agents (Men at War #6) [Feb 8]
  4. Ken Dryden, The Game [Feb 29]
  5. Lauren Winner, Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity [Mar 9]
  6. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice [Apr 21]
  7. Steven Frank, How to Count (Programming for Mere Mortals, #1) [Apr 21]
  8. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility [Jul 3]
  9. Malcolm Gladwell, What the Dog Saw [Jul 4]
  10. Cormac McCarthy, The Road [Jul 7]
  11. Rev. William H. Willimon, Why I Am a United Methodist [Jul 10]
  12. Charles Baxter, The Feast of Love [Jul 11]
  13. Jeff Greenfield, The World’s Greatest Team: A Portrait of the Boston Celtics, 1957-69 [Jul 14]
  14. Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey [Jul 23]
  15. Gregory A. Boyd, Is God to Blame?: Beyond Pat Answers to the Problem of Suffering [Aug 5]
  16. Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest [Aug 21]
  17. Steven Johnson, Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life [Aug 30]
  18. K.J. Parker, Sharps [Sep 24]
  19. Lewis Boone, Great Writings in Management and Organizational Behavior [Oct 4] (for class)
  20. C.S. Lewis, A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works [Oct 24] (as a devotional; I started it 25 Oct 2011 and am continuing to use it)
  21. Peters and Waterman, In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies [Nov 11] (for class)
  22. Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t [Nov 13] (for class)
  23. William Byham, Zapp! [Nov 15] (for class)
  24. Peter Scazzero, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash the Power of Authentic Life in Christ [Nov 24]
  25. Vilbord Davidsdottir, On the Cold Coasts [Dec 3]
  26. Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking [Dec 9] (professional development, after a fashion)
  27. Marti Owen Laney, The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World [Dec 20] (professional development, after a fashion)

In looking at the pace of my reading, you can see my year: a brisk pace until I attempted Jane Austen for the first time, which also hit as my semester increased in difficulty; the break where I was in Tennessee for three weeks and got no reading done while helping Dad get back from his heart surgery; more slogging as I read S&S against a five-week speech course; my reading rate speeding greatly in July as I drew down to just one class; a gap for bartending school in mid-August following time spent watching the Olympics instead; the dry season of my fall semester against my in-course reading; the final flurry of December.

I carry forward two books into the new year: a book on passing the PMP exam that I’ll be taking on Tuesday the 8th, and Austen’s Persuasion, which I’m 20% through and would be tackling were it not for this impending exam.  I expect that graduate studies will continue to weigh heavily on my completion rate of books, but I’m happy with getting 27 of them read, even if six of those were for professional purposes.


  • Books I recommend without hesitation, Walker, Dryden, Austen (P&P and S&S only)
  • Books I think you should read: Ghaemi, McCarthy, Kesey
  • Book I’m prone to re-read first when I need fiction to break up my list: Baxter

I’m happy to discuss any particular book on demand.