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Books I read 2012

Here's my :

* = liked the most
underlined = not owned by me

Books read this year:

Campbell & Bell Jr. – The Complete Idiot’s Guide To The Book Of Revelation (only Protestant POV though)
* Pollan – Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (‘In Defence Of Food’ with just the rules included)
Sts. Francis DeSales & Jane De Chantal – Letters Of Spiritual Direction
Collins – CSI:Double Dealer
St. Francis DeSales – The Sermons Of… On Our Lady
* Wong – John Dies At The End (a bit comic book-like but I liked that)
St. Francis DeSales – The Sermons Of… On Prayer
Green – Looking For Alaska
St. Francis DeSales – Thy Will Be Done! Letters Of…
St. Francis DeSales – Treatise On The Love Of God (abridged)
Faulkner – As I Lay Dying (the corrected text) (slim but needed to concentrate a lot to read it)
Hawking – A Brief History Of Time: From The Big Bang To Black Holes
De Caussade – Abandonment To Divine Providence: Loving God In The Present Moment
Salinger – The Catcher In The Rye (like it more before but still worth it)
St. Francis DeSales – Set Your Heart Free
Frost & Steketee – Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding & The Meaning Of Things (read this after watching a CSI episode about such a case)
Anderson & Chávez – Our Lady Of Guadelupe: Mother Of The Civilization Of Love
Collins – CSI:Sin City
Allen – Pray Hope & Don’t Worry: True Stories Of Padre Pio
Schwartz – The Paradox Of Choice: Why More Is Less (gave it away because I found the attitude slightly too frustrating)
* Sallis – Drive (slightly different but just as good as the movie)
Triglio & Brighenti – Saints For Dummies (nothing new but nice to own)
Paul – The Illustrated World Encyclopedia Of Saints
Collins – The Hunger Games (not going to read the other two; this was good)
Shriver – We Need To Talk About Kevin
Bourdain – Medium Raw
Roach – Packing For Mars: The Curious Science Of Life In The Void
Treece (ed.) – Quiet Moments With Padre Pio
Wittgenstein – On Certainty (difficult read but rewarding although I can’t really tell someone what I got out of it)
Ellis – Less Than Zero
Wallace – This Is Water
* Robinson – ‘Spiritual Combat’ Revisited (BOOK THE YEAR; got plenty of new ideas out of it)
Dick – Counter-Clock World
Díaz – The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao
Arnoudt – The Imitation Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus
Ellis – Lunar Park
* Pinch – Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction (short but learned a lot of new stuff)
Riggs – Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Svoboda – Gracious Goodness: Living Each Day In The Gifts Of The Spirit
E. Brontë – The Complete Poems
* Taylor – The Buried Soul: How Humans Invented Death
* Siken – Crush
Caldicott & Caldicott – World Food Café
Ellis – Imperial Bedrooms (continuation to ‘Less Than Zero’ but to worse direction – not really worth reading)
* Apostoli – Fatima For Today: The Urgent Marian Message Of Hope (rather conservative in some points during reading, but if one can ignore them then the rest of the book is good)
* Beckett – Sister Wendy On Prayer (includes some great art)
* Weir – Britain’s Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (good for those like me who like making family trees out of some royal families)
Pascal – Pensées
Mason – The Rough Guide To Classic Novels
Allen – In The Devil’s Garden: A Sinful History Of Forbidden Food
Heinrich (comp.) – Mornings With Fulton Sheen
DaBergamo – Humility Of Heart
Chomsky – 9-11
* Weil – Gravity & Grace (giving me some new viewpoints to belief)
Paul – Close Enough To Hear God Breathe: The Great Story Of Divine Intimacy (a bit of a feelgood book really)
Barry – The Great Influenza: The Story Of The Deadliest Pandemic In History
* Bornstein – Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternative To Suicide For Teens Freaks & Other Outlaws
* Koontz – Odd Thomas
* Maples – Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange & Fascinating Cases Of A Forensic Anthropologist
Itoh – The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Go
St. Edith Stein – Essential Writings (selection)
Woolf – Orlando
Brite – Lost Souls
Brite – Drawing Blood
Pavone – The Expats
White (ed.) – Early Christian Lives
Wilder – The Bridge Of San Luis Rey
Sexton – The Complete Poems
Midgley – Heart & Mind: The Varieties Of Moral Experience
Connell – Praying With Mary: A Treasury For All Occasions

Summary: This year I decided to read all my St. Francis DeSales books and the remaining Ellis books. Otherwise just various books, religious and non-religious mixed together. Perhaps realized finally that cookbooks don’t mean you will read them faster than usual books XD

The thickest: Sexton – The Complete Poems (608 pages)
The most slim: St. Francis DeSales - The Sermons Of… On Prayer (39 pages)

17 494 pages, 70 books. Both reading challenge goals accomplished well.

Unfinished Books of the Year:

Ishiguro – Nocturnes (boring)
Honoré – In Praise Of Slow (got annoyed at one point and just stopped)

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