My 2012 Recap!

2012 has been one of the most fantastically significant years of my life yet: I graduated with my Master’s in Mass Communication and Journalism, nailed a full-time marketing job at a super-computing company in the Bay Area, settled into my own apartment (twice!), and met more people and explored more places than ever before (including three getaways to Vegas and a two-week vacation in Tokyo). I feel like all my hard work and determination is paying off, as I’m adjusting to life as an independent adult with a flourishing career and a bright future ahead. I’m so excited to see what 2013 will hold!

This year I also upped the ante on my reading goal, from 20 to 25 books. With everyone going on that I listed above, it was a struggle to keep up, but I managed to finish in the nick of time. According to Goodreads, I read over 7,500 pages in 2012, the longest novel of which being I, Claudius at 468 pages. (Although, to be honest, “read” is defined loosely, since four were audiobooks). Most were contemporary fiction, but I also made room for a handful of classics.

To recap, here’s the list of the 25 books I read this year, sorted from highest to lowest rated:

A heartbreaking must-read

5 out of 5
1.  The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (2011)
2.  I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (2012)
3.  Bossypants by Tina Fey (2011)
4.  The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (2011)

4.5 out of 5
5.  Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)
6.  The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (2012)

4 out of 5
7.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (2011)
8.  Underworld by Meg Cabot (2012)
9.  Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer (2012)
10.  The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss (2012)
11.   Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (2011)
12.  Something About You by Julie James (2010)
13.  The Innocents by Francesca Segal (2012)
14.  Truly, Madly by Heather Webber (2010)
15.  Secrets of a Shoe Addict by Beth Harbison (2008)

3.5 out of 5
16.  Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon (2012)
17.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (1999)
18.  Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler (2007)

3 out of 5
19.  The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (1905)
20.  My Week with Marilyn by Colin Clark (Published in 2000, Based on events in 1956)
21.  I, Claudius by Robert Graves (1934)

2.5 out of 5
22.  Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell (2011)

2 out of 5
23.  Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1933)
24.  Crossed by Ally Condie (2011)
25.  The Trial by Franz Kafka (1924)

I also watched seven movies based off books or literary themes, five of which I personally read before seeing either in theaters or on DVD.

Again, they’re listed from highest to lowest rated:

Worth the wait!

4.5 out of 5
1.  “The Hobbit” (2012)
2.  “The Secret World of Arrietty” (2010 Japan, 2012 USA)
3.  “The Hunger Games” (2012)

4 out of 5
4.  “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (2012)
5.  “My Week with Marilyn” (2011)

3 out of 5
6.  “Midnight in Paris” (2011)

1 out of 5
7.  “Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1” (2011)

Although I didn’t accomplish as much as some book bloggers, I’m proud of this list because its diversity. I’ve experienced stories about everything from Roman emperors to famous celebrities, from corrupt farm animals to kids with special powers, from the Armenian genocide to the ancient Greek underworld. Sure, there were a few duds, but I also found tales that will remain at the top of my recommendations.

I hope my recap gives you some ideas for what to add to your own lists in 2013, and I wish you all a very happy new year! Here’s to 365 more days of books and blogging!

Love, Book Club Babe

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