Goodreads' reading challenge, was to finish 104 books (an average of two books per week). It was a goal I fell short of by six books, wrapping up the year in reading with #97 yesterday afternoon: Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation by Nancy F. Cott (Harvard U.P., 2000).
(If only they allowed us to count fan fiction -- Hanna and I would have shot passed our goals and then some this year!)
But never mind -- I'm trying not to feel a failure for having fallen short: it was an ambitious goal, outstripping my previous record of the past five years (89 books in 2009) by fifteen titles. And there were some really great and interesting reads to be had in those ninety-seven titles. Below I've picked out my top fifteen titles. You can definitely see the way I trend: keywords include "sexuality," "politics," "history," "gender," and "feminism."
(Within the list order is strictly alpha by author; links are all to my blog reviews of said titles)
Memorable Reads of 2012:
Pray the Gay Away by Bernadette Barton
The Book of Mormon Girl by Joanna Brooks
The Straight State by Margot Canaday
Love the Sin by Janet Jacobsen and Anne Pellegrini
Bodies of Knowledge by Wendy Kline
The Mansion of Happiness by Jill Lepore
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
Why Have Children? The Ethical Debate by Christine Overall (MIT Press, 2012).
Well Met by Rachel Lee Rubin
After Pornified by Anne Sabo
Passing Strange by Martha Sandweiss
Not Under My Roof by Amy Schalet
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace by Kate Summerscale
So, what were your memorable reads in 2012? Got anything you're excitedly looking forward to checking out in 2013? Share in comments! Inquiring minds want to know :)