To Read In Twenty Twelve

by Jenn (eating bender) on January 28, 2012

You all know I’m a big fan of reading and writing, but so far my talk of books has been limited to reviews and random polls of what you’re currently reading. After a morning filled with Pinterest – a dangerously addictive site – I’ve decided it would be fun to create a “to-read” list for 2012, in hopes that I will be able to actively cross the books off as I go…and that perhaps you will join me!

Side note: I want to find a way to create these bookstairs in my future home.


The theme of this year’s reading is “series.” Bobby and I were given a lot of box sets for Christmas (not to mention my current wallet-draining fascination with Outlander), and my goal is to read them all. I’ll be posting reviews of the first book in each series and then will do a wrap up of the entire collection once I’ve finished, with a spoiler alert so that I don’t give away anything from the earlier books.

Below is my starter list. Ambitious? Yes, but doable. I’m sure there will be changes as the year progresses, but in the meantime I will post it to my Books page to keep track. Our apartment might overflow someday soon, but at least there will be some great literary adventures in the meantime.

To Read in Twenty Twelve

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (reading now)
  • Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
  • An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Dark River by John Twelve Hawkes (second book in the Traveler trilogy)
  • The Golden City by John Twelve Hawkes
  • The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
  • Wish by Melina Gerosa Bellows
  • Skinny by Diana Spechler
  • These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King (Dark Tower Series)
  • The Drawing of Three by Stephen King (Dark Tower Series)
  • The Waste Lands by Stephen King (Dark Tower Series)
  • Wizard and Glass by Stephen King (Dark Tower Series)
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  • A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  • A Feast of Crows by George R.R. Martin
  • A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

I would love for you to join me in reading any of the books on this list that look interesting to you. And if you’ve read any of them already, I’d love to know what you think!


1 booksnyc January 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I read The Space Between Us last year and LOVED it! Her new book, The World They Found, is also very good. Have you read any of her books before or will this be the first?

2 Jenn (eating bender) January 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

This will be my first time reading one of her books. I’m glad that you loved it – that makes me even more excited!

3 bibliopirate January 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

George R.R. Martin writes a great book, the first four of the series were fantastic. I’ll admit I gave up on the fifth.

4 Jenn (eating bender) January 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Interesting – I’ve heard they are fantastic but definitely “projects” in terms of keeping up with everything and taking it all in. I’ll be curious to see how I feel after the first four!

5 Megan (Braise The Roof) January 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Great motivation! I have a few bookclubs that I’m a part of, so I usually have my reading material determined for me, but I always try to squeeze in a few extras here and there. Devil in the White City is awesome- I definitely liked it more because it all happened in Chicago…very creepy, though! If you want to add another book along the way, I recommend Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It’s an epic (in the literal sense of the word- it’s about 900 pages) but it was hands down the best book that I’ve read in the last 5 years.

6 Jenn (eating bender) January 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

I keep hearing Devil in the White City is awesome but very creepy. It makes me oddly excited to read it! Thanks for the recommendation on Shantaram. I just Googled it and am super intrigued.

7 SMH92 January 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm

It’s always easy for me to start reading books, but finishing one is a different story. Good luck!

8 Jenn (eating bender) January 30, 2012 at 11:21 am

I definitely hear you on that. Thank you!

9 Molly January 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Ohhh I really want to read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close! How are you liking it so far?

10 Jenn (eating bender) January 30, 2012 at 11:25 am

I am definitely enjoying it so far! The author has a different voice from many of the books I read, but in a new and interesting way. It’s also a bit sad, as you can imagine — but I think it will be well worth picking up!

11 Cara (Twinthusiast) January 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

Looking forward to your reviews and tips on what to read next. Those book stairs are awesome.

12 Jenn (eating bender) January 30, 2012 at 11:26 am

Thanks, Cara! And yes, I really am serious about those book stairs. :)

13 BroccoliHut January 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

What a great list! I haven’t ready any of those (eek!). Seth loves the George RR Martin books! He’s currently on #4.

14 Jenn (eating bender) January 30, 2012 at 11:26 am

Awesome that Seth is enjoying the books! Has he watched the TV series yet? So many of my friends love it paired with the books!

15 Jordan January 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

Devil in the White City is a great book! I learned so much about Chicago and at the same time the book takes you on quite a thrill ride :)

16 Jenn (eating bender) January 30, 2012 at 11:28 am

So many people have said that now – I may just need to push it up on the list and read it sooner! I am super intrigued. :)

17 loftyappetite January 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm

are you a member of i just discovered it because since getting my kindle i’m a read-o-holic and it’s an amazing book community (which already had half of my facebook friends and half of my blogger friends on it, and no one told me about it!) that recommends books for you based on the books you’ve read. and you set up an account, netflix style, where they show you books and you say if you’ve read them or not, or you can input your own. and then you can see all your recommendations, and see what your friends rated the books as! it’s incredible and i’ve already built my lengthy 2012 list of books i can’t wait to read as well!
i’m also reading “extremely loud and incredibly close” right now, but i’m not sure if i can finish it, i’m halfway through and its not pulling me in at all. let me know if i should keep going!

18 Jenn (eating bender) February 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

Yes!! I think you might be referring to rather than bookreads, right? If so, I love it, but don’t utilize it nearly as much as I should! We’ll have to find each other on there. :) I’m glad to hear that you’re having trouble getting into ELAIC. I’m finding it’s an interesting read but not one of those books that I can’t put down, which is not a good sign for me!

19 loftyappetite February 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

ha yes! sorry major typo,! i am an addict now that i found that there’s an iphone app so i can update it and add books to my list as soon as my friends recommend them to me! i’ll try to find you :)

20 Jenn (eating bender) February 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

Awesome! I’m definitely going to check that out, too.

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