1-bit photo of books & ereader on bed In 2010, to improve both my brain and my writing, I committed to reading a book per week. By using the tactic of reading in 40-page increments, I managed to read a whopping-for-me 78! The next year, despite a delightful time-suck of a birthday projectI read 82 (although more than a few were pretty easy-peasy, shorties and art books and such). Below is the list of books I've completed reading in 2012; where I've reviewed the book in question, I've linked to the title.

  1. Prosperity Pie, by SARK (204pp) on 01/01
  2. The Back of the Napkin, by Dan Roam (268pp) on 01/03*
  3. Runaway, by Alice Munro (335pp) on 01/04*
  4. Transformation Soup, by SARK (192pp) on 01/06
  5. Zarella's Hierarchy of Contagiousness, by Dan Guess Who (64pp) 01/08
  6. A Whack on the Side of the Head, by Roger von Oech, Ph.D. (134pp) 01/11
  7. Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott (237pp) on 01/14* **
  8. The Romantic Movement, by Alain de Botton (326pp) on 1/16
  9. Undrunk: A Skeptic's Guide to AA, by A.J. Adams (216pp) on 1/18
  10. Getting Things Done, by Edwin C. Bliss (196pp) on 1/25
  11. Permission Marketing, by Seth Godin (240pp) on 1/25 [read on Kindle 3]
  12. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (374pp) on 1/27
  13. Play It As It Lays, by Joan Didion (214pp) on 1/29
  14. The Answer to How Is Yes, by Peter Block (191pp) on 1/30
  15. Washington Square, by Henry James (160pp) on 2/1 [read on Kindle 3]
  16. Clutter Busting Your Life, by Brooks Palmer (224 pp) on 2/22 [advance reader copy]
  17. He's Just Not That Into You, by Greg Behrendt and Liz Trucillo (187 pp) on 2/24**
  18. Vinegar Hill, by A. Manette Ansay (240pp) on 2/26
  19. The Fire Starter Sessions, by Danielle LaPorte (328pp) on 2/27 [advance reader copy]
  20. All Marketers Are Liars, by Seth Godin (186pp) on 2/28
  21. Your Best Just Got Better, by Jason Womack (234pp) on 3/7
  22. Lucky, by Alice Sebold (243pp) on 3/8
  23. Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon (140pp) on 3/9
  24. How to Be More Creative, by David D. Edwards (107pp) on 3/16
  25. Have a New Husband by Friday, by Kevin Leman (224pp) on 3/23 [read on Kindle 3] [it was free, okay?]
  26. Torch, by Cheryl Strayed (322pp) on 3/20
  27. All I Did Was Ask, by Terry Gross (353pp) on 3/25
  28. Design Is a Job, by Mike Monteiro (135pp) on 3/26
  29. Wild, by Cheryl Strayed (315pp) on 4/7
  30. How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, by Michael J. Gelb (259pp) on 4/16
  31. The $100 Startup, by Chris Guillebeau (278pp) on 4/21 [advance reader copy]
  32. A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style, by Tim Gunn (201pp) on 4/30
  33. Modern Love, edited by Daniel Jones (360pp) on 5/10
  34. Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke (109pp) on 5/15
  35. Everything You Pretend to Know About Food and Are Afraid Someone Will Ask, by Nancy Rommelmann (270pp) on 5/15
  36. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller (301pp) on 5/21
  37. Life of the Beloved, by Henri J.M. Nouwen (149pp) on 7/18
  38. My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme (333pp) on 8/8
  39. Platform, by Michael Hyatt (227pp) on 8/19
  40. What Is the What, by Dave Eggers (535pp) on 8/20
  41. Turning Pro, by Steven Pressfield (132pp) on 8/21
  42. Cesar's Way, by Cesar Millan with Melissa Jo Peltier (275pp) on 8/29
  43. The Mastery of Love, by Don Miguel Ruiz (233pp) on 9/9
  44. Krishnamurti for Beginners, by Juan Carlos Kreimer (168pp) on 9/17
  45. The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle (224pp) on 10/6 [read on Kindle 3]
  46. Happier at Home, by Gretchen Rubin (253pp) on 10/7
  47. The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood, by Tom King (591pp) on 10/8
  48. Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness, by Ariel Gore (190pp) on 10/16
  49. The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography, edited by Susan Carr (416pp) on 10/26
  50. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (419pp) on 10/29 [read on Kindle 3]
  51. The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides (406pp) on 11/7
  52. Moments of Clarity, by Christopher Kennedy Lawford (265pp) on 11/12
  53. A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle (316pp) on 11/13
  54. Swim Back to Me, by Ann Packer (240pp) on 11/22
  55. The Joy of Less, by Francine Jay (286pp) on 11/28
  56. The Merry Recluse, by Caroline Knapp (292pp) on 12/1
  57. Daring Greatly, by Brené Brown (260pp) on 12/3
  58. The Art of Power, by Thich Nhat Hanh (218pp) on 12/9
  59. Envy, by Joseph Epstein (100pp) on 12/10
  60. It Chooses You, by Miranda July (218pp) on 12/26
  61. Dropped Names, by Frank Langella (368pp) on 12/26
  62. The Icarus Deception, by Seth Godin (256pp) on 12/31

*Started in 2011. **Re-read  Image by Darwin Bell via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.