Read in 2012

Rating system
1 star – If I finished it, shame on me.
2 stars – I wanted to see how it ended, but it was just okay.
3 stars – I liked it.
4 stars – I loved it.
5 stars – It was brilliant and you should read it immediately – in fact, everyone should.


1. Thanks for the Memories by Cecilia Ahern (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

2. Tipperary by Frank Delaney – 4 starsmy review

3. While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delisnky (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (read-aloud) – 5 stars

5. That Distant Land: The Collected Stories by Wendell Berry – 5 stars

6. Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry – 4 starsmy review

7. Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner – 3 starsmy review

8. The Passage by Justin Cronin (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

9. What He Must Be If He Wants to Marry My Daughter by Voddie Baucham Jr. – 4 stars

10. The Informationist by Taylor Stevens – 5 starsmy review

11. The Annotated Persuasion by Jane Austen – 5 starsmy review

12. The Death Cure by James Dashner (read-aloud) – 5 starsmy review

13. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review


14. The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

15. A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

16. Digging to America by Anne Tyler (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

17. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood – 4 stars

18. Divergent by Veronica Roth – 4 starsmy review

19. Pretty by Jillian Lauren – 3 starsmy review

20. The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney – 5 starsmy review

21. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

22. The Last Child by John Hart (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

23. The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson – 4 starsmy review

24. Legend by Marie Lu – 4 starsmy review

25. The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry – 5 starsmy review


26. Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer (read-aloud) – 4 starsmy review

27. The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

28. Promises to Keep by Jane Green – 3 starsmy review

29. Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult (audiobook) – 2 starsmy review

30. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf – 3 stars

31. Memento Mori by Muriel Spark – 3 starsmy review

32. The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey – 5 starsmy review

33. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – 4 starsmy review

34. Feed by Mira Grant – 4 starsmy review


35. The Innocent by Taylor Stevens (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

36. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – 5 starsmy review

37. A Million Suns by Beth Revis – 5 starsmy review

38. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

39. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

40. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani – 5 starsmy review

41. The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons – 5 starsmy review

42. Deadline by Mira Grant – 4 starsmy review

43. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson – 3 starsmy review

44. The Midnight Gate Helen Stringer – 4 starsmy review

45. An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

46. The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan – 2 starsmy review


47. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt – 4 starsmy review

48. The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge (audiobook) – 2 starsmy review

49. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

50. Pure by Julianna Baggott – 4 starsmy review

51. Insurgent by Veronica Roth – 4 starsmy review

52. Ninepins by Rosy Thornton – 4 starsmy review

53. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

54. Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry – 5 starsmy review

55. Fear by Michael Grant (read-aloud) – 4 starsmy review

56. Delirium by Lauren Oliver (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

57. My New American Life by Francine Prose – 3 starsmy review

58. Lottery by Patricia Wood – 5 starsmy review

59. The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

60. Being Flynn by Nick Flynn – 3 starsmy review


61. Blackout by Mira Grant – 4 starsmy review

62. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

63. Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris – 5 starsmy review

64. The Yard by Alex Grecian – 5 starsmy review

65. The Annotated Emma by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard – 5 starsmy review

66. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

67. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan (read-aloud) – 4 starsmy review

68. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene – 4 starsmy review

69. Starters by Lissa Price (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

70. You Take It From Here by Pamela Ribon – 4 starsmy review

71. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – 5 starsmy review


72. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – 5 starsmy review

73. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

74. When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man by Nick Dybek – 4 starsmy review

75. Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett – 3 starsmy review

76. Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A.J. Jacobs (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

77. 11/22/63 by Stephen King – 5 starsmy review

78. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

79. We Only Know So Much by Elizabeth Crane – 2 starsmy review

80. Incurable by John Marsden – 3 starsmy review

81. All the Truth by Laura Brodie – 4 starsmy review

82. Black Heart by Holly Black (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

83. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – 5 starsmy review

84. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review


85. Heat Wave by Richard Castle – 4 starsmy review

86. Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry – 4 starsmy review

87. Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery – 4 starsmy review

88. Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll – 4 starsmy review

89. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley – 5 starsmy review

90. Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

91. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

92. Naked Heat by “Richard Castle” – 4 starsmy review

93. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – 4 starsmy review

94. A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd – 4 starsmy review

95. Look Again by Lisa Scottoline (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

96. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene – 4 starsmy review

97. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen – 5 starsmy review

98. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

99. Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery – 5 starsmy review

100. Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James – 4 starsmy review

101. Escape by Barbara Delinsky (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

102. This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers – 3 starsmy review


103. The Cutting Season by Attica Locke – 5 starsmy review

104. Impossible by Nancy Werlin – 5 starsmy review

105. Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene – 4 starsmy review

106. The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

107. Need by Carrie Jones – 4 starsmy review

108. Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio – 4 starsmy review

109. Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos – 5 starsmy review

110. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

111. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan – 4 starsmy review


112. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

113. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier – 4 starsmy review

114. Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery – 4 starsmy review

115. The Candidate by Paul Harris – 4 starsmy review

116. The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

117. The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister – 5 starsmy review

118. Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry – 4 starsmy review

119. The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

120. The Human Factor by Graham Greene – 4 starsmy review

121. Broken Harbor by Tana French – 5 starsmy review

122. Captivate by Carrie Jones – 4 starsmy review

123. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan – 4 starsmy review


124. Under the Dome by Stephen King – 4 starsmy review

125. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

126. Lola’s Secret by Monica McInerney – 4 starsmy review

127. Abdication by Juliet Nicolson (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

128. Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien – 4 starsmy review

129. An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd – 5 starsmy review

130. The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay – 4 starsmy review


131. Daddy’s Girl by Lisa Scottoline (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

132. Prized by Caragh O’Brien – 4 starsmy review

133. Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara – 4 starsmy review

134. Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery – 3 starsmy review

135. Stay by Allie Larkin – 3 starsmy review

136. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – 4 starsmy review

137. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

138. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – 4 starsmy review

Books I started in 2012 but chose not to finish:

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre (audio) – The reader is terrific, so it’s not the format. I made it through two discs, but for a spy thriller, it is slooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. I mean, nothing happens. Conversations, mostly. Just couldn’t get through it.

Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler (audio) – I love Anne Tyler’s work, but I didn’t like the reader. I’ll probably try this in print at some point.

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian (audio) – I enjoyed Midwives, but since then, I’ve tried two books by Bohjalian, and neither have worked for me. I think this may just be a case of not a good match between author and reader.

Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies by Mikey Walsh – Beautifully written but too disturbing. You can read more of my reasons here.

You’re (Not) the One by Alexandra Potter – The characters seemed one-dimensional, and the dialogue didn’t ring true. Made it to page 60.

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky – I wasn’t in the mood for the type of book that follows a bunch of different characters that aren’t inter-related – especially not in audio. May try this one in print at some point.

Plugged by Eoin Colfer – I think I’ll stick with his YA and children’s fiction.

The Day the World Ends: Poems by Ethan Coen – After I agreed to review this one, I was warned by a blogger friend that these poems were vulgar and crude. I figured I could handle it, but these went beyond crude. I like poems that make me think, that describe something beautiful, that make me laugh, that change the way I understand the world, that distill a human experience into a few lines. I don’t like poems that make me want to take a shower after reading them, or literally make my stomach turn. I only made it to page 20.

The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry – The writing is beautiful and I am very interested in the historical setting, but it is a historical fiction epic – lots of different characters, and the plot switches between them. I find this type of book hard to follow on audio, so I’ll be looking for this one in print at some point.

Impact by Douglas Preston – Two discs into a thriller, I should want to keep listening. I didn’t.

Viper’s Tangle by Francois Mauriac – I tried to read this one for a Faith and Fiction discussion, but it wasn’t holding my attention.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – I gave it three discs of the audio edition. While the writing is beautiful, the characters left me cold, and I found myself avoiding it.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – I love the premise of this one and will read it in print at some point, but the audiobook narrator is very stilted and sounds like he is reading aloud.

Seeing by Jose Saramago – I don’t know if this is a translation issue, or if this reflects the way Saramago writes, but the grammar drove me crazy. Tons of comma splices – and sometimes dialogue would change speakers in the middle of a sentence! I simply couldn’t get past page twenty.

Khatyn by Ales Adamovich and The Time of Women by Elena Chizhova – These were both very poorly translated, and I didn’t feel like spending the time to slog through them.

7 Responses to Read in 2012

  1. V James
    Twitter: Valerie J. Veejayblogs

    Just to let you know, under the Books you Read 2012, I think you have an error?? You put: 1 star – If I finished it, shame on me. I expect you meant: 1 star – if you didn’t finish it???

    Or am I misunderstanding?

    Best regards

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      V James – I’m sorry that wasn’t clear. What I mean when I rate a book one star, is that it was so bad, I shouldn’t have finished it!

  2. Krista says:

    Found your blog super randomly while looking for a review of a particular book and I’m gonna be sticking around — reading through this list, I see many, many overlaps in books/authors I’ve read! Happy reading!
    Krista´s last post ..Book Review: Anything by Jennie Allen

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