What I Read: 2012



Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim (1954) (re-read)

Robert Hough, The Stowaway (2004) (CDN)

Martin Amis, Yellow Dog (2003)

Martin Amis, House of Meetings (2006)

John D'Agata, About a Mountain (2010)

Karen Armstrong, A Short History of Myth (2005)

Ben Marcus, The Flame Alphabet (2012)

John D'Agata and Jim Fingal, The Lifespan of a Fact (2012)

Carl Wilson, Let’s Talk About Love (33 1/3) (2007) (CDN)


Greg Southam and David Staples, Barb’s Miracle (2004) (CDN)*

Lysley Tenorio, Monstress (2012)

Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy (1987)

Robert Hough, Dr. Brinkley’s Tower (2012) (CDN)

César Aira, Varamo (2002, trans. Chris Andrews)

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Michael Chabon and Jake Parker, The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man (2011)

Todd Babiak, The Garneau Block (2006) (CDN)*

Julie Wilson, Seen Reading (2012) (CDN)


Nicholson Baker, Human Smoke (2008)

Ross Raisin, Waterline (2012)

Douglas Wolk, Live at the Apollo (33 1/3) (2004)

Rosecrans Baldwin, You Lost Me There (2010)

Jesse Ball, The Curfew (2011)

J.G. Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition (1970)

Tim Bowling, The Tinsmith (2012) (CDN)*

Alex Leslie, People Who Disappear (2012) (CDN)

Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot (1984)


Carrie Snyder, The Juliet Stories (2012) (CDN)

Tom Rachman, The Imperfectionists (2010) (CDN)

Dan Kois, Facing Future (33 1/3) (2010)

Samuel Beckett, Malone Dies (1951, trans. Samuel Beckett)

Ellen Ullman, By Blood (2012)

Amelia Gray, Threats (2012)

Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit (1922)

Robert E. Belknap, The List (2004)


Otto Binder, The Avengers Battle the Earth-Wrecker (1967)

Caroline Blackwood, Great Granny Webster (1977)

Kevin Barry, City of Bohane (2012)

Anakana Schofield, Malarky (2012) (CDN)

Scott Teplin, Mac Barnett, and Eli Horowitz, The Clock Without a Face (2010)

Roy Blount Jr., Alphabet Juice (2008)

Jason Lee Norman, Americas (2012) (CDN)*

Matt Prins, Fart Head (2011) (CDN)*

Laurent Binet, HHhH (2009, trans. Sam Taylor)

Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy (524, trans. Victor Watts)

Peter Hobbs, In the Orchard, the Swallows (2012)

Daniel Sada, Almost Never (2008, trans. Katherine Silver)


Lynn Crosbie, Life Is About Losing Everything (2012) (CDN)

Curtis Gillespie, Almost There (2012) (CDN)*

Heather Birrell, Mad Hope (2012) (CDN)

César Aira, How I Became a Nun (1993, trans. Chris Andrews)

Etgar Keret, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door (2010, trans. Miriam Shlesinger, Sondra Silverston, and Nathan Englander)

Ali Smith, Ali Smith’s Supersonic 70s (Penguin 70s) (2005)

Pasha Malla, People Park (2012) (CDN)

Buffy Cram, Radio Belly (2012) (CDN)


Jacques Bonnet, Phantoms on the Bookshelves (2008, trans. Sian Reynolds)

Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (2004, trans. Natasha Wimmer)

Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great (2007)

Charles Demers, Vancouver Special (2009) (CDN)

José Saramago, The Lives of Things (1978, trans. Giovanni Pontiero)

José Saramago, Manual of Painting and Calligraphy (1976, trans. Giovanni Pontiero)

Simon Rich, What in God’s Name (2012)


Enrique Vila-Matas, Bartleby & Co. (2000, trans. Jonathan Dunne)

Adam Levin, Hot Pink (2012)

Martin Amis, Lionel Asbo (2012)

Jorge Luis Borges, A Universal History of Iniquity (1935, trans. Andrew Hurley)

Leanne Shapton, Swimming Studies (2012) (CDN)

Padgett Powell, You & Me (2012)

Nick Hornby, More Baths Less Talking (2012)

Jorge Luis Borges, The Garden of Forking Paths (1941, trans. Andrew Hurley)

A.L. Kennedy, The Blue Book (2012)

César Aira, The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira (1998, trans. Katherine Silver)


Dawn Dumont, Nobody Cries at Bingo (2011) (CDN)*

Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning (1999)

Cordelia Strube, Milosz (2012) (CDN)

Sean Howe, Marvel Comics: The Untold Story (2012)

Naomi K. Lewis, I Know Who You Remind Me Of (2012) (CDN)*

Jorge Luis Borges, Artifices (1944, trans. Andrew Hurley)

Neil Turok, The Universe Within (2012)

Nicholson Baker, The Way the World Works (2012)

Zoe Whittall, Bottle Rocket Hearts (2007) (CDN)

Miranda Hill, Sleeping Funny (2012) (CDN)

Louise Ladouceur, Dramatic Licence (2005, trans. Richard Lebeau) (CDN)*


Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph (1949, trans. Andrew Hurley)

Enrique Vila-Matas, Never Any End to Paris (2003, trans. Anne McLean)

Marcello Di Cintio, Walls (2012) (CDN)*

Jorge Luis Borges, The Maker (1960, trans. Andrew Hurley)

Deborah Levy, Swimming Home (2012)

Mikhail Shishkin, Maidenhair (2005, trans. Marian Schwartz)

Marie-Renée Lavoie, Mister Roger and Me (2010, trans. Wayne Grady) (CDN)


Carol Shaben, Into the Abyss (2012) (CDN)*

Jorge Luis Borges, In Praise of Darkness (1969, trans. Andrew Hurley)

Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2012)

Enrique Vila-Matas, Dublinesque (2010, trans. Anne McLean and Rosalind Harvey)

James Wood, The Fun Stuff (2012)

Jorge Luis Borges, Brodie’s Report (1970, trans. Andrew Hurley)

D.T. Max, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story (2012)

David Foster Wallace, Girl with Curious Hair (1989)

Horacio Castellanos Moya, Senselessness (2004, trans. Katherine Silver)

David Foster Wallace, Both Flesh and Not (2012)


Mark Z. Danielewski, The Fifty Year Sword (2012)

Jorge Luis Borges, The Book of Sand (1975, trans. Andrew Hurley)

Jocelyne Saucier, And the Birds Rained Down (2011, trans. Rhonda Mullins) (CDN)

Jorge Luis Borges, Shakespeare’s Memory (1983, trans. Andrew Hurley)

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (2012)

Alison Bechdel, Are You My Mother? (2012)

Horacio Castellanos Moya, Dance With Snakes (1996, trans. Lee Paula Springer)

Herman Melville, The Confidence-Man (1857)

Flann O'Brien, The Third Policeman (1967)

Flann O'Brien, The Poor Mouth (1941, trans. Patrick C. Power)

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Fiction: 83/110 (75%) 

Non-fiction: 27/110 (25%)

Books in translation: 31/110 (28%)

Male authors: 81/110 (74%)

Female authors: 29/110 (26%)

Canadian authors: 30/110 (27%)

Most-read author: Jorge Luis Borges (9)

Favourite not-new book: Never Any End to Paris

Obvious, five-star classics: Flaubert’s Parrot; 2666

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2012: 42

2010s: 13

2000s: 25

1990s: 4

1980s: 4

1970s: 6

1960s: 4

1950s: 2

1940s: 4

1930s: 1

1920s: 1

1800s: 2

500s: 1