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abookaweek 2012

The aim: to read (on average) and review one book per week in 2012. That’s 52 books; they’re not all novels, they’re not all for adults, but we need to keep the pleasure in reading! Basically, this ever-growing category needs to be reduced.

The list of books read:

Children’s / YA
Week one: The Ruby in the Smoke, by Phillip Pullman
Week two: The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
Week three: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
Week four: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

Short stories
Week five: The Collected Stories, by Richard Yates
Week six:  While Mortals Sleep, by Kurt Vonnegut
Week seven: The Museum of Dr Moses, by Joyce Carol Oates
Week eight: Bad Haircut, by Tom Perrotta

Dystopian / speculative fiction
Week nine: Divergent, by Veronica Roth
Week ten: I am Legend, by Richard Matheson
Week eleven: The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Week twelve: The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins

Week thirteen: Quiet, by Susan Cain
Week fourteen: Inside this Place, Not of It, compiled and edited by Robin Levi and Ayelet Waldman
Week fifteen: The Psychopath Test, by Jon Ronson
Week sixteen: Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, by David Simon

Graphic novel
Week eighteen: Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
Week nineteen: V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore
Week twenty: The Arrival, by Shaun Tan
Week twenty-one: In the Shadow of No Towers, by Art Spiegelman

Recently published
Week twenty-two: The Flame Alphabet, by Ben Marcus
Week twenty-three: The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt
Week twenty-four: The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht
Week twenty-five: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson

Young adult
Week twenty-six: Sloppy Firsts, by Megan McCafferty
Week twenty-seven: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Week twenty-eight: The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks, by E. Lockhart
Week twenty-nine: Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Week thirty: A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin
Week thirty-one: A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin
Week thirty-two:  A Storm of Swords, by George R.R. Martin
Week thirty-three: A Feast for Crows, by George R.R. Martin

Young adult
Week thirty-four: The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams; When You Were Mine, by Rebecca Serle
Week thirty-five:  I Am the Cheese, by Robert Cormier; The City of Dreaming Books, by Walter Moers

Post-apocalyptic / dystopian
Week thirty-six:  Ashes, by Ilsa J Bick
Week thirty-seven:  The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness
Week thirty-eight: The Running Man, by Stephen King
Week forty: The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men, by Patrick Ness

Week forty-one: Fighting the Forces, edited by Rhonda V. Wilcox
Week forty-two: American Supernatural Tales, edited by S.T. Joshi
Week forty-three: Mythology, translated and compiled by Edith Hamilton
Week forty-four: The Complete Fairy Tales, by the Brothers Grimm, translated by Jack Zipes

Chaos! No more weekly reviews
Happens Every Day, by Isabel Gillies (***)
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman (****)
Outer Dark, by Cormac McCarthy (*****)
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, by Annabel Pitcher (****)
Give Me Your Heart, by Joyce Carol Oates (****)
A Good School, by Richard Yates (*****)
We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin (***)
Embroideries, by Marjane Satrapi (****)
Chicken with Plums, by Marjane Satrapi (****)
Mothership, by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal (****)
The Walking Dead: Compendium 1 (*****)
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman (****)
The Passage, by Justin Cronin (re-read, *****)
Clueless, by HB Gilmour (**)
Cathedral, by Raymond Carver (****)
Disturbing the Peace, by Richard Yates (****)
The Walking Dead: Compendium 2 (*****)
Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein (****)

Books read: 65

Books left over from last year’s challenge which I should really read this year:

Antigone, by Sophocles, adapted by Bertolt Brecht (play)
In the Shadow of No Towers, by Art Spiegelman (graphic novel)
Indian Killer, by Sherman Alexie
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour, by J.D. Salinger (short stories)
The Museum of Dr. Moses, Joyce Carol Oates (short stories)
The Orange Eats Creeps, by Grace Krilanovich
The Street of Crocodiles and other stories, by Bruno Schulz
Tree of Codes, by Jonathan Safran Foer


Books I’d like to read this year:

13.5 Lives of Captain Bluebear, by Walter Moers
Brand New Cherry Flavor, by Todd Grimson
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman
De Aanslag, by Harry Mulisch
De Donkere Kamer van Damokles, by W.F. Hermans
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, by David Simon
In de Ban van de Tegenstander, by Hans Keilson
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
The Best American Short Stories 2010, edited by Richard Russo
The Collected Stories of Richard Yates, by Richard Yates
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore
We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
While Mortals Sleep, by Kurt Vonnegut