Here's a list of the books I read this year. I thought I read more. I guess there were a few real long ones that slowed me down real bad. And my daily subway ride is too short to get much read, too. Excuses, Excuses, Excuses!
- And So It Goes -- Biography of Kurt Vonnegut. What I Learned: Don't read biographies of people you admire. It may result in greatly diminished admiration.
- Hunger Games -- You know, to get ready for the movie. To be able to properly criticize, or enjoy, it.
- Mason & Dixon -- Now I've read all of Pynchon's novels. And he only wrote novels. Except for that one collection of short stories. I liked it and it got me psyched and conveniently coincided with the Transit of Venus this year. Because that's how Mason and Dixon met, observing the Transit.
- Pulphead -- by John Jeremiah Sullivan. It's a collection of essays, I'd read most of them on the internet, but I liked them so much I wanted to support the fellow. And have them all in one place. 2012's #1 reading discovery was John Jeremiah Sullivan. Could not recommend everything he's done more.
- Girl and Her Pig -- April Bloomfield's cookbook. Good stuff. Cooked my first thing from it this weekend, a Thai-style steak rubbed with chili peppers. Basically I tear gassed myself when I threw it on my super-hot pan. When a recipe says to make sure your kitchen is well ventilated, you should really, really make sure it's well ventilated.
- 2011 Anthology of Non-Required Reading -- There was some good stuff in here. I'd have to go get it down from the shelf to remember what, though.
- Eat With Your Hands -- Zac Pelaccio (of Fatty Crab and Fatty Cue)'s cookbook. Nice pictures, a ton of interesting recipes, but fell short with me for some reason. Maybe because I couldn't shake the "I will never, ever cook any of these" feeling it gave me.
- Ada or Ardor -- Basically I had to grab myself by the scruff of the neck and drag myself through this tome but now I've read all of Nabokov's most famous works.
- Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter -- Something I learned after reading this: It's basically a true story. Which explains some of the stuff from the book that didn't make a lot of sense. It didn't make sense because it was true.
- Blood Horses -- Another John Jeremiah Sullivan book. All about horses, particularly race horses. Probably my favorite read of 2012. Had just about the best ending of any book I've ever read.
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man -- If I hadn't written down that I re-read A Portrait this year I probably wouldn't remember that I reread A Portrait.
- Paper Lion -- I'm starting to get tired of writing these little synposes.
- The Wilding -- I mean, are you even reading them?
- Life, on the Line -- I think I posted about most of these when I read them, anyway.
- Marvel, the Untold Story -- I mean, really, do you need me to tell you a second time that I liked learning the history of Marvel Comics?
- The Hero with 1000 Faces -- etc., etc.
I was trying to get To the Lighthouse finished in 2012 but didn't swing it. Good news is I'm just a day or two away from finishing my first book of 2013.