Books read in 2012

Fiction (15)
1. Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror – Chris Priestley, David Roberts (illustrator)
2. I am Half-Sick of Shadows – Alan Bradley
3. Heat Wave – Richard Castle
4. Starman – Sara Douglass
5. So long, see you tomorrow – William Maxwell
6. The Thing Around Your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
7. The Magicians -Lev Grossman
8. Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
9. A Monstrous Regiment of Women – Laurie R King
10. Sinner (Wayfarer Redemption #4) – Sara Douglass
11. Pilgrim (Wayfarer Redemption #5) – Sara Douglass
12. Crusader (Wayfarer Redemption #6) – Sara Douglass
13. Twenty thousand leagues under the sea – Jules Verne
14. Beggars in Spain (Sleepless Trilogy #1) – Nancy Kress
15. The Lake – Banana Yoshimoto
16. Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword – Barry Deutsch
17. The Walking Dead vol 2 – Robert Kirkman et al
18. Serenity: the Shepherd’s Tale – Joss Whedon et al
19. A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family – Cheryl Lu-lien Tan
20. Blood, Bones and Butter: the Inadvertent Education of a Restaurant Chef-Gabrielle Hamilton
21. The Confessions of Noa Weber – Gail Hareven
22. Brothers – Yu Hua
23. Out – Natsuo Kirino
24. To the end of the land – David Grossman
25. Voice Over – Celine Curiol
26. Detective Story – Imre Kertész
27. The Tale of the Unknown Island – Jose Saramago
28. Banquet Bug – Yan Geling
29. Tokyo Fiancee – Amelie Nothomb
30. Slippery Slope – Lemony Snicket
31. Grim Grotto – Lemony Snicket
32. The Penultimate Peril – Lemony Snicket
33. Girls of Riyadh – Rajaa Alsanea
34. Wonders and Surprises – Phyllis McGinley (ed)
35. A book of luminous things: an international anthology of poetry – Czeslaw Milosz (Ed)
36. Daytripper – Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
37. The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food – Adam Gopnik
38. Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life– Sandra Beasley
39. The Essential Feminist Reader – Estelle B. Freedman (Ed)
40. Destiny and Desire – Carlos Fuentes
41. The Last Brother – Nathacha Appanah
42. Blacksad – Juan Diaz Canales
43. Is that a Fish in your Ear? Translation and the meaning of Everything – David Bellos
44. All Quiet on the Western Front: The Illustrated Edition – Erich Maria Remarque
45. Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) – Kelley Armstrong
46. The Winter Queen – Boris Akunin
47. The Fourth Star: Dispatches from inside Daniel Boulud’s Celebrated Restaurant – Leslie Brenner
48. The Descendants – Kaui Hart Hemmings
49. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (Vol 1) – Jacques Tardi
50. Bringing up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting – Pamela Druckerman
51. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
52. Winter’s End – Jean-Claude Mourlevat
53. The Last Temptation – Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Michael Zulli
54. Delirium – Laura Restrepo
55. The Arctic Marauder – Jacques Tardi
56. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – Patricia A. McKillip
57. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – Isabel Wilkerson
58. A Human Being Died that Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness – Pumla Gobodo -Madikizela
59. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy #1) – N.K. Jermisin
60. Travels with Myself and Another – Martha Gellhorn
61. Oronooko – Aphra Behn
62. The Devotion of Suspect X – Keigo Higashino
63. The Yellow Wind – David Grossman
64. Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller – Arnaldur Indridason
65. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Retreat – Joss Whedon et al
66. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Predators and Prey – Joss Whedon et al
67. Photographing Fairies – Steve Szilagyi
68. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Twilight – Joss Whedon et al
69. Beauty – Sherri S Tepper
70. Buffy the Vampires Slayer: Last Gleaming – Joss Whedon et al
71. The Broken Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy #2) – N.K. Jermisin
72. Dreams of my Russian Summers – Andrei Makine
73. Far Flung and Well Fed – R.W. Apple Jr
74. To end all wars: a story of loyalty and rebellion, 1914-1918 – Adam Hochschild
75. Villain – Shuichi Yoshida
76. A Celibate Season – Carol Shields and Blanche Howard
77. Geek Love – Katherine Dunn
78. The Kingdom of Gods – N.K. Jermisin
79.The Book about Blanche and Marie – Per Olov Enquist
80.The Lions of Al-Rassan – Guy Gavriel Kay
81. Dating Mr December – Phillipa Ashley
82. The Last Werewolf – Glen Duncan
83. Girl Reading – Katie Ward
84. The Little Country – Charles de Lint
85. The Wolves of Willoughby – Chase Joan Aiken
86. Odd and the Frost Giants – Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Mark Buckingham
87. D’Aulaires’ book of Norse myths – Ingri and Edgar Parin D’aulaire
88. Scott Pilgrim Vol 1 – Bryan Lee O’Malley
89. Empire State: A Love Story (or Not) – Jason Shiga
90. Locke and Key:Welcome to Lovecraft – Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
91. Locke and Key: Head Games – Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
92. Locke and Key: Crown of Shadows – Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
93. Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand – Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl
94. Castle Waiting Volume 2 – Linda Medley
95. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction – Alan Jacobs
96. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
97. Three Hainish Novels – Ursula K. Le Guin
98. The Good Earth – Pearl S Buck
99. The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
100. Eep! – Joke van Leeuwen
Girl from the Coast (Gadis Pantai) – Pramoedya Ananta Toer
101. The Forsyte Saga – John Galsworthy
102. Beyond Black – Hilary Mantel
103. The Storm – Margriet de Moor
104. A study in scarlet – Arthur Conan Doyle
105. Flesh – Khanh Ha
106. Children of the Company (The Company #6) – Kage Baker
107. The Collected Stories – John McGahern
108. Chew: Volume One. Taster’s Choice – John Layman, Rob Guillory
109. Locke and Key vol 4: Keys to the Kingdom – Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
110. A flight of angels – Bill Willingham et al
111. Angel and Faith Volume 1: live Through This – Christos Gage, Joss Whedon
112. Summer Blonde – Adrian Tomine
113. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating – Elisabeth Tova Bailey
114. Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya – Jamaica Kincaid
115. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
116. Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) – Gail Carriger
117.  Seven Years – Peter Stamm
118. Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician – Shinmon Aoki
119. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
120. The Gun Slinger (Dark Tower #1)  – Stephen King
121. The Winter’s Tale – Mark Helprin
122. Buzz Aldrin, What happened to you in all the confusion? – Johan Harstad
123. Mister Wonderful: a love story – Daniel Clowes
124. Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive SCRABBLE Players – Stefan Fatsis
125. A Writer’s House in Wales – Jan Morris
126. Petrograd – Philip Gelatt
127. 52 Loaves: One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust – William Alexander
128. Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century #1) – Cherie Priest
129. Mother reader: Essential writings on motherhood – Moyra Davey (Editor)
130. China Mountain Zhang – Maureen McHugh
131. Walks with men – Ann Beattie
132. Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country – Louise Erdrich
133. And when she was good – Laura Lippman
134. Living dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) – Charlaine Harris
135. Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie
136. A room with a view – E.M. Forster
137. Women of wonder, the classic years: science fiction by women from the 1940s to the 1970s
138. Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed
139. Pale Horse Pale Rider – Katherine Anne Porter
140. One More Theory about Happiness – Paul Guest
141. Coast of Chicago – Stuart Dybeck
142. A Bali conspiracy most foul – Shamini Flint
143. Clockworks (Locke and Key #5) – Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
144. The harmony silk factory – Tash Aw
145. Shades of grey – Jasper Fforde
146. The bondmaid – Catherine Lim
147. A most peculiar Malaysian murder – Shamini Flint
148. Cold earth – Sarah Moss
149. The golden child – Penelope Fitzgerald
150. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
151. Stolen (Women of the Otherworld #2) – Kelley Armstrong
152. Burma Chronicles – Guy Delisle
153. Singapore School of Villainy – Shamini Flint
154. 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in one New York Tenament – Jane Ziegelman
155. Good as Lily – Derek Kirk Kim, Jesse Hamm (Illustrator)
156. The woman in black – Susan Hill
157. The Gift of Rain – Tan Twan Eng
158. Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love – Chris Roberson, Shawn McManus (Illustrator)
159. The Shadow Speaker – Nnedi Okorafor
160. The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
161. West with the night – Beryl Markham
162. Columbine – Dave Cullen
163. The Apothecary – Maile Meloy, Ian Schoenherr (Illustrator)
164. Strangers on a Train – Patricia Highsmith
165. The machine’s child (The Company #7) – Kage Baker
166. The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life – Alison Gopnik
167. My cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier
168. The sign of four – Arthur Conan Doyle
169. The Sheltering Sky – Paul Bowles
170. Color of earth (Colour Trilogy #1) – Kim Dong Hwa
171. The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 6 – Jonathan Strahan (ed)
172. The memoirs of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
173. Death of a red heroine – Qiu Xiaolong
174. Frida’s Bed – Slavenka Drakulić
175. The essence of the thing – Madeleine St John
176. Hark! A vagrant – Kate Beaton
177. A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter – William Deresiewicz
178. Ghost world – Daniel Clowes
179. Roadside picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
180. Hairstyles of the damned – Joe Meno
181. Head above water – Buchi Emecheta
182. The Color of Water (Color Trilogy #2) – Kim Dong Hwa
183. The Round House – Louise Erdrich
184. A banquet for hungry ghosts: A collection of delicious frightening tales – Ying Chang Compestine, Coleman Polhemus (illustrator)
185. Too close to the sun: The Audacious life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton – Sara Wheeler
186. The house of seven gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
187. The Winter Sea – Susanna Kearsley
188. In the shadow of the Banyan – Vaddey Ratner
189. Eleventh Draft: Craft and the writing life from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop – Frank Conroy (ed)
190. The Color of Heaven (Color Trilogy #3) – Kim Dong Hwa
191. The English patient – Michael Ondaatje
192. The teahouse fire – Ellis Avery
193. Bad mother: a chronicle of maternal crimes, minor calamities, and occasional moments of grace – Ayelet Waldman
194. Persuasion – Jane Austen
195. Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man – Mark Kurlansky
196. The garden of evening mists – Tan Twan Eng
197. Married Love: and other stories – Tessa Hadley
198. The postman always rings twice – James M. Cain
199. Everything will be all right – Tessa Hadley
200. The Coroner’s Lunch (Dr Siri Paiboun #1) – Colin Cotterill
201. Far from the madding crowd – Thomas Hardy
202. My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante
203. The end of men: And the rise of women – Hanna Rosin
204. Woman on the edge of time – Marge Piercy
205. The new moon with the old – Dodie Smith
206. The saddest pleasure: a journey on two rivers – Moritz Thomsen
207. The Sea Wolf – Jack London
208. Out of Africa – Karen Blixen aka Isak Dinesen
209. An Extraordinary Theory of objects: a memoir of an outsider in Paris – Stephanie Lacava
210. The Vintner’s Luck – Elizabeth Knox
211. Shadow of night – Deborah Harkness
212. Nobody’s fool – Richard Russo
213. Gathering blue (The Giver #2) – Lois Lowry
214. The Killing Moon (Dreamblood #1) – N.K. Jemisin
215. The silence of the rain – Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
216. From the land of the moon – Milena Agus
217. American wife – Curtis Sittenfeld
218. Diary of a nobody – George Grossmith
219. Yes, Chef – Marcus Samuelsson

Challenges for 2012 – aka the overly ambitious post (updated)

I’ve been salivating at various bloggers’ list of reading challenges for 2012 so here I am, jumping into the fray.

Foodies Read 2 Challenge for 2012

I’m going for Pastry Chef, which means I have to read 4 to 8 food books in 2012. DONE!

My pool (mostly taken from Serious Reads – and depending on my library’s catalogue):

The table comes first : family, France, and the meaning of food – Adam Gopnik
The kitchen counter cooking school : how a few simple lessons transformed nine culinary novices into fearless home cooks – Kathleen Flinn
Don’t kill the birthday girl : tales from an allergic life – Sandra Beasley
How to eat a small country : a family’s pursuit of happiness, one meal at a time – Amy Finley
Beaten, seared, and sauced : on becoming a chef at the Culinary Institute of America – Jonathan Dixon
A tiger in the kitchen : a memoir of food and family – Cheryl Lu-lien Tan
Fannie’s last supper : re-creating one amazing meal from Fannie Farmer’s 1896 cookbook – Christopher Kimball
Blood, bones, and butter – Gabrielle Hamilton
The dirty life : on farming, food, and love – Kristin Kimball
Memories of a lost Egypt : a memoir with recipes – Colette Rossant
97 Orchard : an edible history of five immigrant families in one New York tenement – Jane Ziegelman (via Buried in Print)

Musings of a Bookshop Girl’s Mixing it Up challenge sounds fun. Here are the categories (and some possible reads):

1. Classics

Read: Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

2. Biography

Read: Too close to the sun: The Audacious life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton – Sara Wheeler

3. Cookery, food and wine

Read: A Tiger in the Kitchen – Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
Blood, bones, and butter – Gabrielle Hamilton
The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the meaning of food – Adam Gopnik
Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life – Sandra Beasley
The Fourth Star: Dispatches from Inside Daniel Boulud’s Celebrated New York Restaurant – Leslie Brenner
Far Flung and Well Fed – R.W. Apple Jr
Life is Meals – James and Kay Salter

4. History

Yellow Wind – David Grossman

5. Modern fiction
The Lake – Banana Yoshimoto
The Confessions of Noa Weber – Gail Hareven
Brothers – Yu Hua
The Last Brother – Nathacha Appanah

6. Graphic novels and manga

Read: Hereville: how Mirka got her sword – Barry Deutsch
Castle Waiting 2 – Linda Medley
Empire State – Jason Shiga

7.  Crime and mystery

Read: Out by Natsuo Kirino

The Devotion of Suspect X – Keigo Higashino
The Winter Queen – Boris Akunin

8. Horror

Read: Locke and Key – Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
The Last Werewolf – Glen Duncan

9. Romance
Read: Dating Mr December – Phillipa Ashley

10. Science fiction and fantasy
Beggars in Spain – Nancy Kress
The Wayfarer Redemption – Sara Douglass
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – Patricia McKillip
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N.K. Jemisin
The Broken Kingdoms – N.K. Jemisin

11. Travel

Read: Among Flowers: a walk in the Himalaya – Jamaica Kincaid

12. Poetry and drama
Dark Emperor and other poems of the night – Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen

13. Journalism and humour

Read:  Hark! A vagrant – Kate Beaton (does it count if I didn’t review this book?)

14. Science and natural history

Read: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating – Elisabeth Tova Bailey

15. Children’s and Young adult

Read: Round Trip by Ann Jonas
A Book of Sleep – Il Sung Na
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken

Eep! – Joke van Leeuwen

16. Social sciences and philosophy

Read: Is that a Fish in your Ear? – David Bellos


I’m gunning for: ALL THE TRIMMINGS AND A CHERRY ON TOP: Going for gold with the full 16! Erm yeah, the post is titled ‘overly ambitious’ after all!

War Through the Generations

Dip: Read 1-3 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.

Regeneration; The Eye in the Door; The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
Back to the front : an accidental historian walks the trenches of World War I – Stephen O’Shea

Read: All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

Are you taking part in any of these? What other challenges have sparked your interest?