Books Read 2012

Here is my list of books I read in 2012, with links to reviews where I’ve done one. I can’t review every book I read, sadly, as otherwise I really would have nothing else in my life but books…

106 books read, not bad, mostly very good. The reason I only read two in August is because I was plodding through the first 200 pages of Anna Karenina at the time. I never did finish that book.


Unbearable Lightness, Portia De Rossi

Bossypants, Tina Fay LBC

Women Without Men, Shahrnush Parsipur FBS

Dark Matter, Michelle Paver

The River Midnight, Lillian Nattel

The Restraint of Beasts, Magnus Mills

Starlight, Stella Gibbons

Anastasia Krupnik, Lois Lowry

Goggle Eyes, Anne Fine


Anastasia Ask Your Analyst, Lois Lowry

Harriet, Jilly Cooper

Heat Wave, Richard Castle LBC

Shadow of the Moon, MM Kaye LBC

Gone, Michael Grant

Sisterwives, Rachel Conner

Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend, Sarra Manning


The JM Barrie Swimming Society, Barbara J Zitwer FBS

Undead, Kirsty McKay

The Sisters Brothers, Patrick DeWitt

The Devil’s Star, Jo Nesbo LBC

The Year of the Hare, Arto Paasilinna LBC

Rules of Civility, Amor Towles

The Third Day, Chochana Boukhobza FBS

The Somnabulist, Essie Fox

A Feast For Crows, George RR Martin LBC

Sidetracked, Henning Mankell LBC

The Iron King, Julie Kagawa LBC


Don’t Look Back, Karin Fossum

The Laughing Policeman, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo LBC

A Dance with Dragons, George RR Martin

Inheritance, Phillis Bentley

Why by Happy When You Can Be Normal?, Jeanette Winterson LBC

Bloodchild, Octavia ButlerLBC

Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fannie Flagg

The Other Side of the Story, Marian Keyes LBC

Frenchman’s Creek, Daphne Du Maurier LBC

Dodie Smith; a life, Valerie Grove FBS

Fifty Shades of Gray, EL James

Ancient Guide to Modern Life, Natalie Haynes

Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain, Lucia Perillo FBS


Half the Human Race, Anthony Quinn

The Redeemer, Jo Nesbo

Girl Reading, Katie Ward

Living Dolls, Natasha Walters

Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett

Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile, Gyles Brandreth

Regeneration, Pat Barker,

The Eye in the Door, Pat Barker

Ghost Road, Pat Barker LBC

Toby’s Room, Pat Barker FBS


Theodora, Stella Duffy

My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You, Louisa Younge

The Virgin Widow, Anne O’Brien LBC

Singled Out How Two Million British Women Survived Without Men After the First World War, Virginia Nicholson

Gods of Gotham, Lyndsay Faye FBS

Book of Human Skin, Michelle Lovric

In Her Shoes, Jennifer Weiner LBC


Before I Met You, Lisa Jewell FBS

Before The Storm, Diane Chamberlain

A Dangerous Inheritence, Alison Weir FBS

State of Wonder, Ann Patchett LBC

Song of Achilles, Madeleine Miller LBC

Hunger, Michal Grant

This Holey Life, Sophie Duffy LBC

Sushi for Beginners, Marian Keyes


Iris and Ruby, Rosie Thomas LBC

The Kashmir Shawl, Rosie Thomas FBS


The Mystery of Mercy Close, Marian Keyes LBC

Archipelago, Monnique Roffey FBS

A Soldier’s Secret, Marissa Moss FBS

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins


The Group, Mary McCarthy JH

Velvet and Steel, Sylvie Sommerfield JH

Who Needs Mr Darcy? Jean Burnett FBS

A Stone’s Throw, Fiona Shaw FBS

Falcons of Fire and Ice, Karen Maitland

Interview With The Vampire, Anne Fine

The Thrall’s Tale, Judith Lundbergh JH

Octavia, Jilly Cooper JH


Pure, Andrew Mitchell

Lace, Shirley Conran JH

Rape of the Fair Country, Alexander Cordell JH

Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman

Flowers in the Attic, Virginia Andrews

This Side of Heaven, Emma Blair

The Rescue Man, Anthony Quinn, JH

Annabel, Kathleen Winter, JH



The Blessed Child, Linn Ullman


The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick


Lenobia’s Vow, PC Cast


The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng


Clay, Melissa Harrison


The Hand That First Held Mine, Maggie O’Farrell


Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively


Instructions for a Heatwave, Maggie O’Farrell

Gift of Rain, Tan Twan Eng



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