2012 Reading Update

2012 Reading List – the goal is one book per week, which I’ve amended to an average of one book per week. Titles below marked with an asterisk were started in 2011 and finished in 2012. Those titles which are bolded are my highest recommendations for the year.

  1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  2. The End of Overeating by David Kessler*
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling*
  4. Bossypants by Tina Fey*
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  6. Then Again by Diane Keaton
  7. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  8. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan*
  9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  10. Tomatoland: How Modern Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  12. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  13. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  14. From Dead to Worse: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris
  15. Delicacy by David Foenkinos
  16. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  17. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  18. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  19. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
  20. Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes (re-read)
  21. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  22. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  23. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  24. Dead and Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris
  25. Healthy Tipping Point by Caitlin Boyle
  26. The Color of Bones by Tracy Edward Wymer
  27. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  28. The Misanthrope’s Guide to Life: (Go Away!) by Meghan Rowland and Chris Turner-Neal
  29. Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Lisa Randall*
  30. Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris
  31. Time and Tide in Acadia: Seasons on Mount Desert Island by Christopher Camuto
  32. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  33. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
  34. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (re-read)
  35. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  36. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
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Those readers who also have to deal with me in person know that for the last six weeks, I’ve been awkwardly walking slightly off-balance in an effort to let a stress fracture heal. Actually, if you’ve been reading the blog, whether you know me or not, you know this – because I’ve used many opportunities to elicit pity by mentioning this dreaded walking boot ruining all my summer plans.

Summer’s best fashion accessory – really.

Well, I paid my dues. I wore the boot. I took my calcium supplements. I stopped working out for six weeks. My left calf muscle has atrophied into just a remnant of its former glory. But my six weeks are finally over and I am de-booted!

I have six more weeks before I can hope to be back to where I was six months ago. This week, I’m only allowed to engage in “normal, everyday” walking activities. And then it’s a few weeks of physical therapy and a lot of finger-crossing that my bones are strong. By mid-September, I should be back to my five to ten hours of dance each week.

But first things first – just normal, everyday walking, and I”ll try it out in Boston. Yes, another weekend trip to Boston. This time: walking through the Common, of course, a housewarming party, a kayaking trip, suppertime reunion with my favorite botanist (or are you a phrenologist now?), and much more! What happy and lucky timing that this trip occurs now, the day after the de-booting!

I will miss being able to pre-board my flights, though.