The Big Read

Last year, I set this lofty goal to read 30 books in a year.

And I failed. Not miserably, per se, but I failed just the same. I closed out the year with 20 books under my belt.

Twenty books isn’t bad, I guess. But now it’s a new year and a clean slate, and the challenge is on again. Since I didn’t quite make my goal last year, I’ve set 30 as the goal again and spent a good portion of New Year’s Day cobbling together my must-read list for 2012.

If you’re interested to see what I’m reading and/or want to read along with me, never fear! The details will be below (and you can follow my progress here). And I’m planning to try to read about four of the books (once a quarter) with my fledgling Unfinished Book Club.

So with no further ado, I present Mandy’s 2012 Reading List:

1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Sloot (non-fiction)
2. Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale by Frederick Buechner (non-fiction)
3. On Writing by Stephen King (non-fiction)
4. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (fiction)
5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (fiction)
6. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (fiction)
7. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (non-fiction)
8. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (fiction)
9. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (fiction)
10. Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox (non-fiction)
11. Radioactive: Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss (non-fiction)
12. The Paris Wife by Paula McClean (fiction)
13. The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead by Paul Elwork (fiction)
14. A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano (fiction)
15. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (fiction)
16. Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen (non-fiction)
17. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (fiction)
18. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (fiction)
19. The Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich by Mark Kriegel (non-fiction)
20. Vanishing and Other Stories by Deborah Willis (fiction)
21. House Rules by Jodi Picoult (fiction)
22. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (fiction)
23. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (fiction)
24. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (non-fiction)
25. Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen (fiction)
26. Persuasion by Jane Austen (fiction)
27. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (fiction)
28. The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English by Roy Peter Clark (non-fiction)
29. The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Riggs
30. Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry


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