The Year 2012 in Books

In 2009 my New Year resolution was to read 50 new books. I kept a record here and I fell short by around 10 books. In 2010 I tried again and succeeded. The tradition continued in 2011 where with the added stakes of movies and blog posts, I fell short on all counts. In 2012 however, I just made it. I came up with a good rule this year. With all the movies I had been watching, I decided the good thing to do would be to read the books first. So unless I read the book, I would not watch the movie. It really helped towards the end of the year when school and work became overwhelming.  Made certain I had fixed goals and books to read.

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were probably the toughest and took me the longest to read over summer. But I am glad I did both.

I plan to do this again next year, should be fun 🙂


  1. The Age of Shiva – Manil Suri
  2. The Heroes of Olympus – The Son of Neptune – Rick Riordan
  3. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Cabin Fever – Jeff Kinney
  4. Mister God, This is Anna – Fynn
  5. Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves – Matthew Reilly
  6. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  7. The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
  8. The Heroes of Olympus – The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan
  9. The TamBrahm Bride – Kausalya Saptharishi
  10. New York; A Novel – Edward Rutherfurd
  11. The Sins of My Father – Jeffery Archer
  12. Flight of the Mermaid – Shyam/Wolf/Rao
  13. Creation in Death – J.D. Robb
  14. Run for Your Life – James Patterson
  15. Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult
  16. Worst Case – James Patterson
  17. Happy Birthday – Danielle Steele
  18. Innocence in Death – J.D. Robb
  19. Step On Crack – James Patterson
  20. Losing My Virginity – Richard Branson
  21. The Case of The Black-Eyed Blonde – Erle Stanley Gardner
  22. Postcard Killers – James Patterson
  23. Behind The Beautiful Forevers – Katherine Boo
  24. Loyalty in Death – J.D. Robb
  25. 1st To Die – James Patterson
  26. Jaya – Devdutt Patnaik
  27. Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James
  28. Fifty Shades Darker – E.L. James
  29. Fifty Shades Freed – E.L. James
  30. The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
  31. Lone Wolf – Jodi Picoult
  32. Schindler’s List – Thomas Keneally
  33. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  34. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
  35. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien
  36. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
  37. The Power Broker – Robert Caro
  38. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – William L. Shirer
  39. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  40. Beatrice and Virgil – Yann Martel
  41. The Great Bridge – David McCullough
  42. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  43. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  44. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
  45. The Great Gatsby – Scott Fitzgerald
  46. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  47. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden – Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
  48. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln – Doris Kearns Goodwin
  49. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  50. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

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