the year in books 2012 and a book lover blog hop

Fuck Santa Claus, my favorite time of the holiday season is when I finally get to unveil another year’s reading list.  So without further ado, may I present to you Click Clack Gorilla’s Year in Books 2012.  Ta-da-da-da-da-DA!

I assumed, what with Baby Pickles arrival on the scene in February, that I wouldn’t be able to read as many books as I usually do.  But what I didn’t know was that I would spend hours upon hours upon hours forced into sedentary repose while the Pickle nursed and nursed and nursed and nursed—the perfect time to read.  This year was heavy on Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, and S.M. Stirling.  I seem to have left my non-fiction stage and entered another epoch of fantasy and post-apocalyptic fiction.  Both offer a good escape to the under-a-baby trap of a bed.

Looking back at the last three year’s lists (2011, 2010, 2009) I am forced to admit, much to my own chagrin, that I still haven’t gotten around to reading Kafka in German as I have been resolving to for the past two lists.  Though in a random turn of events (turning an old school book of the Beard’s into fire-starting paper) I did manage to read most of The Metamorphosis.  Also to my chagrin do I now see that I barely read any books in German at all (just two).  Tisk tisk.

I did however, read some damn fine books.  How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu blew my mind through the Wagen roof in a way that few authors since Philip K. Dick have been capable, while Distrust that Particular Flavor by William Gibson re-interested me in his work and inspired me in my own (really didn’t see that one coming, but what a fine collection of essays).  Top two, all-time fucking best books of the year.  But there are a few runners up worth mentioning as well.  Feed by M.T. Anderson, for starters.  Perdido Street Station by China Mieville astounded me—what an imagination that man has, holy crap. Kuckuck, Krake, Kackerlake by Bibi Dumon Tak made me laugh (called Bibi’s Bizarre Beastie Book in the English translation), as did another children’s book on the list, B is for Beer by Tom Robbins, both of which are the kind of books that would make good presents for anyone anytime.

And now, before I unveil the list, and because I would love to hear more about what you read this year, the book geek blog hop!  This is how it works: you write something about your year in books on your website (your top five reads this year, your own year’s book list—all book ramblings are fair game), you submit a link to that post below (this year with pictures!), and you link up to this post at the bottom of your own post.  All the booky links will be compiled in a purdy little list on this page, and we can all click around the book love to our paper hearts’ content.

1. The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
2. Neuromancer by William Gibson (reread)
3. We Can Remember It For You Wholesale and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick
4. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (reread)
5. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
6. The Penultimate Truth by P.K. Dick
7. Minority Report: The Collected Stores of Philip K Dick Volume 4
8. The Cosmic Puppets by P.K. Dick
9. The Eye of the Sybil: The Collected Stores of Philip K Dick Volume 5
10. The Man Who Japed by P.K. Dick
11. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
12. Kuckuck, Krake, Kackerlake by Bibi Dumon Tak
13. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
14. Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
15. Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts: And Whatever the Heck Else We Could Squeeze in Here by Derek Diedricksen
16. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (my review)
17. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
18. Come Hell or High Water: A Handbook on Collective Process Gone Awry by AK Press
19. Pipi Langstrumpf by Astrid Lindgren
20. Kingdom Come by J.G. Ballard (reread)
21. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (reread)
22. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
23. Hartmann the Anarchist by E. Douglas Fawcett
24. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1 by Sir Authur Conan Doyle
25. The Bomb by Frank Harris
26. B is for Beer by Tom Robbins
27. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
28. The World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler (my review)
29. Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables by Mike Bubel
30. Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling (my review)
31. Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman
32. Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
33. The Coming Insurrection by the Invisible Committee
34. Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
35. Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
36. Clandestines: The Pirate Journals of an Irish Exile by Ramor Ryan
37. The Protector’s War by S.M. Stirling (my review)
38. A Meeting at Corvallis by S.M. Stirling (my review)
39. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
40. Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut
41. Sign With Your Baby by Joseph Garcia
42. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
43. The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
44. Nighttime Parenting by William Sears
45. The Bilingual Family by Edith Esch-Harding
46. The Compass Rose by Ursula K. LeGuin
47. Down Under by Bill Bryson
48. The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion
49. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (my review)
50. Rewild or Die by Urban Scout
51. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
52. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
53. Feed by M.T. Anderson
54. Distrust that Particular Flavor by William Gibson
55. Beyond Lies the Wub: The Collected Stores of Philip K. Dick Volume 1
56. Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint
57. Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
58. Doing Nothing by Tom Lutz (my review)
59. The Baby Book by William Sears
60. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
61. In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood
62. The Sunrise Lands by S.M. Stirling

And now, let the link party begin! I’ve added two links to past Year in Books posts to show you what it will look like. Also, a tip: when you add a link to your booky post, under “name” write the name of the post as you would like it to appear here for others to see. And psst, if you aren’t coming to the party, then I’d love to hear what your favorite reads this year were in the comments.

0 Comments on “the year in books 2012 and a book lover blog hop

  1. LOVE this idea! A couple weeks ago I put together my 2012 book list and my must-reads for 2013, so I added that link above. My favorites from this past year were Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and When They Come For Us, We’ll Be Gone by Gal Beckerman. Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s lists too!

  2. Impressing list. But I hate it. Too much books I want to (re)read too! When shall I ever read all this stuff? And I really try, my list is at least as long as yours. (I admit: Bullshit reads as well.)

    My list isn’t finished yet – still 3 more days to read! But thanks to last year’s list here, I managed to post my readings on a monthly basis this year. I’ll add the december post to this geek list, when I’m done.

    Book of the year was definetely China Mieville, “The City & the City” for me.

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  4. I don’t have a blog to link to, but I did love Mutant Message downunder from your list – actually the only book I had even heard of , and I am an avid reader. I also got into the bloomsbury group, who published books in the first half of the 20th century. you can just type that into amazon and come up with a list of the books.

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  6. Argh! What an amazing list! You put me to shame. I am totally going to eat more books next year; and I’m going to stick your top two recommendations on my list. Bring on 2013.

  7. Oh my god I meant READ more books!!! I’m going to READ more books next year. Bloody hell, and to think I even proofread that.

  8. I agree, that’s a hell of a list! May I recommend Gaiman’s American Gods if you haven’t read it yet? I don’t blog but this is my list for the
    2012 Reading Challenge at Goodreads. Still time to reach my goal!

    Also… I’ve fallen in love with “I am totally going to eat more books next year”. Seriously.

  9. I love this idea (how did I miss this the past couple of years that you’ve done it?). I will get on this on my blog asap, if I can remember what I actually read this year! In the meantime, your list is impressive, and gives me some great ideas. Thanks, lady!

  10. Mandi: Awesome! Thanks for joining!

    Fishie: You didn’t add your link to the link party list, so I did it for you.

    Confederacy of Dunces I found rather hard to get to the end to, but I forced myself to because I was borrowing it and wanted to give it back. I have trouble reading books, even satirical books, that feature characters I totally hate, and it was that kind of book for me. The person who lent it to me thought it was hilarious, but I don’t know if I even laughed once. So, yeah, not my favorite.

    Trish: Mutant Message was really interesting. Made me want to read more about the Australian Aboriginals.

    Frau Dietz: I prefer eat myself. Hahaha. And hi! Hope you’re well.

    Misscorinne: Sweet!

  11. Oops, and now to answer to the comments that I hadn’t yet approved in wordpress…

    Silvia: I LOVE American Gods. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. I am a big Neil Gaimon fan in general I suppose, though Neverwhere has always been my favorite, American Gods is a close second.

    Gegenglueck: Looking forward to perusing your lists. I feel that the best use of a time machine would be to gain the time to read all the amazing books out there. I can’t wait to read The Scar still, thanks to you…

  12. Oh good, was hoping you’d do this again this year. I haven’t posted at all on any of the books I’ve read during the year although I did keep a list. Next year I definitely want to start writing about books as I read them. I find books much like doing touristy things. I want to just be there and enjoy the moment so really, I need to go back and do/read everything a second time in order to make notes, take photos, gather thoughts etc. But there’s always another book waiting in the wings. As well as at least a hundred blogs I’d like to be able to read every day. Newspapers don’t even get a look-in. There is definitely not enough reading time in the world. 🙂

  13. hi! found your blog via the sugar group!! and you’ve done a books of the year post! me too!! am so excited to find your blog!x

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  15. Done. But in German, a lot of the books were in German anyway.

    Oh, and for the records: I’ve read most of the stuff on a pocketbook reader. I still love printed books, but haven’t much storage space left, find them much more incovenient to handle while reading in bed and can’t carry so much of them with me.

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