Books 2012

The List of good, bad, and indifferent reading this year, in exactly no order:


Lost in a Good Book Jasper Fforde (2.b.1) (B+)
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen (1.b) (A+++++)
Midwestern Gothic Spring 2011, Issue 1, Jeff Pfaller & Robert Russell, editors (1.b) (+)
Corvus #2, February 2012. Emily-Jo Hopson, Rachael Bundock, & Erin Monteith, editors. (+) (1.b)
My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk (2.b.1) (B+)
Seasonal fruit Kathryn Board (1.b) (A-)
Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen (1.b) (A+)
AE Micro D.F. McCourt, Editor. (1.b) (+)
Godshift by Nancy Fulda (1.b) (B-) (at Daily Science Fiction)
Emeraude issue 1. Edited by Elise C. Boucher**
Vine Leaves Literary Journal Issue 1. Jessica Bell & Dawn Ius, ed. (1.b) (+)
Chicago Poems Carl Sandburg (1.b) (A)
Grantswood The Exemplar Volume. Edited by Elise C. Boucher** (1.b) (+)
The Well of Lost Plots Jasper Fforde (2.b.1) (B+)
The Lottery Shirley Jackson (1.b) (A)
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall Katherine Anne Porter (1.b) (A)
The Guardians: A Novel Ana Castillo (2.b.1) (A)
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman PD James (2.b.1) (C-)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1.b) (B)
The Blotting Book E. F. Benson (1.b) (B)
Lie by Moonlight Amanda Quick (2.b.1) (C)
Midwestern Gothic Fall 2011, Issue 3, edited by Jeff Pfaller, Robert James Russell (1.b) (‡)
Something Rotten Jasper Fforde (2.b.1) (A-)
The Magician King Lev Grossmann (2.b.1) (A)
Titus Groan Mervyn Peake (1.a) (B)
Cry, the Beloved Country Alan Paton (2.b.1) (A+)
Persuasion Jane Austen (1.b) (A++++)
The Constant Princess Philippa Gregory (2.b.1) (C+)
Rain Gods James Lee Burke (2.b.1) (B+)
In the Night Room Peter Straub (2.b.1) (C)*
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers (2.b.1) (A)
Love Songs Sara Teasdale (1.b) (B-)
The Land of Stories Chris Colfer (2.b.1) (D+)***
Stupefying Stories: December 2012 Bruce Bethke, et al, editors. (1.B) (+)
A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick (2.b.1) (A)
A Story of the Stone Age H.G. Wells (1.b.1) (A)

In progress:
Books are considered in progress if I read at least a few pages now and again and plan to continue through to the end.

Uneasy Bones: Dark Works by Women Elise C. Boucher & Kora Hennings, ed. ****
Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson
Thoghtcrime Experiments Sumana Harihareswara & Leonard Richardson, editors
Fairy Tale Review: The Blue Issue Kate Bernheimer, editor
The Custom of the Country Edith Warton
Night and Day Virginia Woolf
Midwestern Gothic Summer 2011, Issue 2, edited by Jeff Pfaller, Robert James Russell
The Jungle Upton Sinclair
Night Train to Lisbon Pascal Mercier
The Invisible Man H.G. Wells
The Time Machine H.G. Wells
The Eye of the World Robert Jordan
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Grimms Fairy Tales
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Year of the Unicorn Andre Norton (this is a reread)


Books are considered abandoned when I don’t intend to continue reading them, but may finish at some future point. This is not the same as the grades of D or F–those are books I hated and am done with, but I usually skim though them enough to get the gist of the plot.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Aimee Bender
Pepperfish Keys Darryl Wimberley
The Stars in the Pool Edna Kingsly Wallace

Key to codes:

(1) Purchased, Gifted to me, or freely available.
(1.a) Used
(1.b) Ebook
(1.b.1) Audiobook

(2) Borrowed
(2.a) Personal
(2.b) Library
(2.b.1) Audiobook
(2.c) ebook

C+ or better is acceptable reading to me. C is, obviously, on the fence, C- is a book I would read but not buy and will release into the wild if it happens to be something I own, and D or F is something I will never read again and may not have bothered to completely read. A double dagger grade (‡) indicates that this multi-author compilation has works that I would range across the whole spectrum, whereas a (+) is a multi-author work I mostly enjoyed and a (-) is a multi-author work I mostly disliked.

Some books also get notes added:

**Works I edited: There are several reasons for listing these works. First, they represent a lot of reading in order to select the works that make it into the compendiums and anthologies. Second, it’s much easier to list the anthology/compendium than to individually list all the titles–and I do not want to list anything individual story I read and did not select, for the sake of the submitters. Third: there is nothing wrong with some minor self promotion. Yay!

*In the Night Room is on the fence because I really enjoyed the first half, but the second half was pretty predictable. I was surprised about that, because Peter Straub is a good writer. Midwestern Spooky, I *love* that shit! But, for me, the second half was defiantly not able to live up to the promise of the first, and that made a serious impact on my ability to enjoy it.

***I know that this is a kid’s book. I get that. Nonetheless, this book is clear proof of the power of fame to open doors that should have otherwise been closed.

****This call for submissions generated so much reading material that I want to represent it here. I’m so happy about that, but it is also true that it’s preventing me from reading things already published.


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