[List] Books read in 2012

2012 is coming to an end and I am quite proud (yes, I don’t keep my expectations too high) at the amount of books I read this year! My college being at strike helped, of course, but I still had to study a lot even when I had no classes, which means a good part of the 29 books I managed to read is still on me, I guess.

Here is the list, with a rating on the side of each title:

  1. Nas Profundezas  (The 39 Clues, Book 6), Jude Watson – 5/5
  2. The Tennis Party, Sophie Kinsella – 3/5
  3. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson – 5/5
  4. Watchmen, Alan Moore – 5/5
  5. Matched, Ally Condie – 4/5
  6. Do Contrato Social (The Social Contract), Jean-Jacques Rousseau – 5/5
  7. O Manifesto do Partido Comunista (The Communist Manifesto), Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels – 4/5
  8. The Red Pyramid, Rick Riordan – 3/5
  9. I’ve Got Your Number, Sophie Kinsella – 5/5
  10. Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer – 4/5
  11. O Ninho de Cobras, Peter Lerangis (The 39 Clues, Book 7) – 4/5
  12. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins – 5/5
  13. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins – 5/5
  14. One Day, David Nicholls – 5/5
  15. Mr. Maybe, Jane Green – 1/5
  16. The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger – 5/5
  17. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald – 5/5 (Can I give it a 100000/5?)
  18. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien – 5/5
  19. Runaway, Meg Cabot – 4/5
  20. A Dança do Universo, Marcelo Gleiser – 5/5
  21. More Baths, Less Talking, Nick Hornby – 5/5
  22. O Código do Imperador, Gordon Corman (The 39 Clues, Book 8) – 4/5
  23. An Abundance of Katherines, John Green – 5/5 (Review here)
  24. Ein Kater schwarz wie die Nacht, Henning Mankell – 3/5 (Review here)
  25. A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 5/5 (Review here)
  26. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde – 5/5 (Review here)
  27. Jinx, Meg Cabot – 5/5 (Review here)
  28. Hush, Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick – 4/5 (Reread, review in 2013)
  29. Crescendo, Becca Fitzpatrick – 3/5 (Review in 2013)

Any thoughts? How many books have you guys read in 2012?

Books yet unread

This is the list of the books I currently own but haven’t read yet:

  1. Fairy Tales, Brothers Grimm
  2. The Litigators, John Grisham
  3. Inheritance, Christopher Paolini
  4. Complete Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1/9 read on December 2nd, 2012)
  5. The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larsson
  6. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  7. Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
  8. Inkspell, Cornelia Funke
  9. Incarceron, Catherine Fisher
  10. The Power of Six, Pittacus Lore
  11. Tell No One, Harlan Coben
  12. The Vampire Diaries, books III and IV, L.J. Smith
  13. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
  14. The Serial Killers Club, Jeff Povey
  15. Kafka at the Shore, Haruki Murakami
  16. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
  17. Theodore Boone: The Abduction, John Grisham (given on December 17th, 2012)
  18. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (given on December 24th, 2012)
  19. What Maisie Knew (reading in Portuguese: Pelos Olhos de Maisie), Henry James (given on December 24th, 2012)
  20. Paper Towns, John Green (given on December 30th, 2012)
  21. Van Gogh, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith (given on March 5th, 2013)
  22. The Duke and I, Julia Quinn (given on March 16th, 2013)
  23. Wonder, R.J. Palacio (given on March 16h, 2013)
  24. A Hopeless Romantic, Harriet Evans (given on April 5th, 2013)
  25. Bad Girls Don’t Die, Katie Alender (given on April 5th, 2013)
  26. Tales and Poems, Edgar Allan Poe (given on April 30th, 2013)
  27. The Double, Fiodor Dostoyevsky (digital)
  28. Ship of Theseus, Doug Dorst (given on November 30th, 2013)
  29. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman (given on November 30th, 2013)
  30. Abundance,  Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler (given on February 17th, 2014)

In German:

  1. Kein Keks für Kobolde, Cornelia Funke
  2. Fabelheim, Brandon Mull
  3. All Jane Austen books
  4. Der Hund des Baskervilles
  5. Der magische Dieb, Buch 1
  6. Alice im Wunderland (given on December 17th, 2012)
  7. Worte der Liebe, Goethe (given on January 8th, 2013)

And it begins.

Hello, my name is Mariana and I have an addiction.

And not a bad one, either. I am addicted to buying books. Ever since I was nine years old and won my first 100+ pages book, it has all happened like a snowball: I have read more and more and more and more.

There are worse addictions to have, of course. I don’t smoke, rarely drink alcohol and find buying clothes to be an obligation rather than a pleasure. But books… I love buying them to the extent that I now have titles and more titles waiting to be read, piling up, bought but yet untouched, observed but not fully discovered. And as time passes by, I have less and less hours to spend on reading things I actually chose to read for leisure, making the whole matter worse.

My biggest difficulty is that I’m a sucker for bookstores. My favorite place in my entire town (Recife, by the way, on the Northeast of Brazil) is a bookshop called Livraria Cultura, a wonderful place that sells from anything I could possibly hope to read to – and there lies the problem – everything I didn’t even know I wanted to buy. I simply can’t help myself: the titles are just standing there, colorful and pretty, hoping to be picked up, hoping to be the one copy to come home with me, smelling so good (admit it, you must also love New Book Smell. I can’t be alone on this one). And leaving the bookshop without a book is my equivalent to going out for ice cream and only looking at the flavors without actually tasting any of them.

I do not, by any means, intend to read less. Quite on the contrary. I simply want to stop a) piling up books on such an amount that the older ones do not get read at all and b) spending money on titles I could buy for cheaper prices if I read everything I already have first. And for that, for finding peace with all my sad little friends waiting on my shelves to stop being a cover and become a story, I have a plan. A plan that might actually help other people on the same situation I am.

THE UNBREAKABLE RULES FOR CONTROLING MY BOOK BUYING HABIT

1. I will not buy any more books until all but five of the ones I already own are left unread, unless one of the following exceptions happens.

2. It is ok to ask for/be given books as presents.

3. I am allowed to buy one book at most on each national travel; four books on each international one.

4. No more books in German until I have read my first one on the language.

5. Books bought a while ago must be read between books recently bought.

6. If friends are buying from incredibly cheap, once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity websites, one book purchase is allowed.

7. Borrowed books are top priority.

8. Every book read will get a review here, so perhaps I might help anyone looking for a good read.

There it is. Perhaps as I enter an abstinence crisis more rules will be necessary, but I find these to be enough for now!

The next post will be a scary one to make, but a much needed one to face: I will make a list of all books I have unread so I can tick them as I (hopefully) advance. Wish me luck!