2012 was by far the worst year of my adult life for total number of books read: I only finished 17 books the whole year; my next worst year was 2001, when I finished 19. Clearly, I need to tackle my problem with distraction.
Or, in terms of quality over quantity, it wasn’t bad at all: I gave five books a perfect ten for enjoyment; my worst year for that was 2008, which only had 2 perfect tens.
Below is the list, with dates finished, my 1-10 score for much I liked reading it, and either a brief comment or link to my review.
1. Comstock Lode, Louis L’amour (1/18, Western)–7. Good, but no different from others of his I’ve read.
2. Cloak, James Goff (2/7, fantasy, young adult)–8.
3. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson (4/6, literature)–10. I can’t believe I never finished my review of this! I made some notes: I jotted down my two favorite quotes:
“I always imagine divine mercy giving us back to ourselves and letting us laugh at what we became, laugh at the preposterous disguises of crouch and squint and limp and lour we all do put on.”
“There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them sufficient.”
I also wrote down that I loved her usage of Numbers 6:24-26.
4. Mozart: His Life and Music, Jeremy Siepmann (4/14, biography)–9. Innovative biography mixed life story with music appreciation to the benefit of both.
5. Maphead, Ken Jennings (5/11, memoir, humor)–9.
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