Books Read in 2012


1. The Beautiful and the Damned, by F Scott Fitzgerald

2. The Walking Dead, Volume 13: Too Far Gone, by Robert Kirkman

3. The Walking Dead, Volume 14: No Way Out, by Robert Kirkman

4. Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami

5. Paris Then and Now, by Peter Cain

6. Negotiating with the Dead, by Margaret Atwood

7. Duino Elegies, by Rainer Maria Rilke

8. Metamorphosis and Other Stories, by Franz Kafka

9. Boredom Fighters, edited by Paola Poletto

10. The Cat’s Table, by Michael Ondaatje

11. The Walking Dead, Volume 15: We Find Ourselves, by Robert Kirkman

12. Open City, by Teju Cole

13. The Girl on the Escalator, by Jim Nason(1)


14. Kenk, by Richard Poplak

15. Saltations, by Jennifer Still

16. The Fists of Remembering, by Jim Nason

17. The Prisoner of Tehran, by Maria Nemat

18. Coney Island of the Mind, by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

19. Faces on Places, by Terry Murray

20. Glimpse, by George Murray

21. The Tiger, by John Vaillant

22. On a Cold Road, by Dave Bidini


23. The Game, by Ken Dryden

24. The Death-Ray, by Daniel Clowes

25. The Magicians, by Lev Grossman

26 The Magician King, by Lev Grossman

27. The Book of Longing, by Leonard Cohen

28. All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy

29. Treat Me Like Dirt, by Liz Worth

30. Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

31. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

32. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins

33. Steppenwolf, by Hermann Hesse

34. Letters on Cezanne, by Rainer Maria Rilke

35. The Crossing, by Cormac McCarthy


36. Attack of the Copula Spiders, by Douglas Glover(2)

37. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, by Haruki Murakami

38. Echo Gods and Silent Mountains, by Patrick Woodcock(3)

39. Attemptations, by Kim Clark(4)

40. Ripley Under Water, by Patricia Highsmith

41. Virginia Wolf, by Kyo Maclear

42. The Best Canadian Essays 2009, edited by Alex Boyd

43. The Captain Poetry Poems, by bp Nichol

44. Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke

45. Running in Prospect Cemetery, by Susan Glickman

46. Municipal Mind, by Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

47. Forge, by Jan Zwicky

48. Girls Fall Down, by Maggie Helwig

49. You Exist. Details Follow., by Stuart Ross

Lives Like Loaded Guns, by Lyndall Gordon (abandoned)


50. Twenty-Seventh City, by Jonathan Franzen

51. Kiki de Montparnasse, by José-Louis Bocquet

52. The Love Monster, by Missy Marston

53. George Fetherling and His Work, edited by Linda Rogers

54. Paint it Black, by Voltaire

55. Preserving Basics, by Jody Vassallo

56. Survival, by Margaret Atwood

57. The Complete Lockpick Pornography, by Joey Comeau

58. Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach

59. When Words Deny the World, by Stephen Henighan

60. Maidenhead, by Tamara Faith Berger

61. DOOM, by Natalie Zina Walschots(5)

62. Grow Great Grub, by Gayla Trail

63. Backyard Harvest, by Jo Whittingham

64. Stroll, by Shawn Micallef

65. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy


66. Selected Poems, by Robert Bringhurst

67. The Giant Seed, by Arthur Geisert

68. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

69. Hypotheticals, by Leigh Kotsilidis

70. A Scientific Romance, by Ronald Wright

71. The Good News About Armageddon, Steven McOrmond

72. Bloom, by Michael Lista

73. Ripostes, by Philip Marchand

74. Methodist Hatchet, by Ken Babstock

75. Li’l Bastard, by David McGimpsey

76. The Antagonist, by Lynn Coady

77. Other Poems, by Jay MillAr

78. Whipping Girl, by Julia Serano

79. Mercy, by Alissa York

80. Aradia, by Charles Godfrey Leland(6)

81. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fford


82. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen

83. The Fetch, by Nico Rogers

84. The Lost Gospels, by Lorri Neilsen Glenn

85. Hooked, by Carolyn Smart

86. Zombie, by JR Angelella

87. No One Belongs Here More Than You, by Miranda July

88. Kerosene, by Jamella Hagen(7)

89. Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted, by Joss Whedon

90. Against Interpretation and Other Essays, by Susan Sontag

91. Earworm, by Nick Thran

92. Left Hook, by George Bowering

93. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

94. Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 2: Dangerous, by Joss Whedon

95. Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 3: Torn, by Joss Whedon

96. Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 4: Unstoppable, by Joss Whedon

97. Re: Reading the Postmodern, edited by Robert David Stacey

98. Alien, Correspondent, by Antony Di Nardo

99. The Crystal Palace, by Carey Toane(8)

100. The Sex Pistols, by Jim McCarthy


101. The History of Tattooing, by  Wilfrid Dyson Hambly

102. The Last House, by Michael Kenyon

103. Food in Jars, by Marisa McClellan

104. On Poetry and Craft, by Theodore Roethke

105. People Park, by Pasha Malla

106. The Invisibles, Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution, by Grant Morrison

107. The Invisibles, Vol. 2: Apocalypstick, by Grant Morrison

108. The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, by Mayra Calvani

109. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 3, Century #2: 1969, by Alan Moore

110. The League of Extraordinary Gentlement, Vol. 3, Century #3 2009, by Alan Moore

111. The Hard Return, by Marcus McCann(9)

112. Transformations, by Anne Sexton

113. Coke Machine Glow, by Gordon Downie

114. Disappearing Ink, by Dana Gioia

115. This Will be Difficult to Explain, by Johanna Skibsrud

116. The Invisibles, Vol. 3: Entropy in the U.K., by Grant Morrison

117. A Dark Boat, by Patrick Friesen(10)

118. I Know You Are But What Am I, by Heather Birrell


119.  The Invisibles, Vol. 4: Bloody Hell in America, by Grant Morrison

120. Mad Hope, by Heather Birrell(11)

121. The Art of Procrastination, by John Perry

122. A Hologram for the King, by Dave Eggers

123. Office Girl, by Joe Meno

124. Magnified World, by Grace O’Connell

125. Rush Home Road, by Lori Lansens

126. The Invisibles, Vol. 5: Counting to None, by Grant Morrison


127. Fables of Identity, by Northrup Frye

128. Zen Ghosts, by Jon J Muth

129. What Disturbs Our Blood, by James FitzGerald

130. The Elements of Story, by Francis Flaherty

131. The Umbrella, by Judd Palmer

132. De Niro’s Game, by Rawi Hage

133. Monoceros, by Suzette Mayr

134. Avatar, by Sharon Harris

135. Bent at the Spine, by Nicole Markotic(12)

136. Rain; road; an open boat, by Roo Borson

137. Omens in the Year of the Ox, by Steven Price

138. Bike Snob, by Eben Weiss

139. Begin with the End in Mind, by Emma Healey(13)

140. Invisibles, Vol. 6: Kissing Mr Quimper, by Grant Morrison

141. The Savage Detectives, by Roberto Bolano

142. Lemon, by Cordelia Strube


143. The Grotesque in Art and Literature, by Wolfgang Johannes Kayser

144. Probably Inevitable, by Matthew Tierney(14)

145. The Politics of Knives, by Jonathan Ball(15)

146. Milosz, by Cordelia Strube(16)

147. How I Wrote Certain of My Books, by George Bowering

148. You Can’t Get There from Here, by Martin Hazelbower(17)

149. Advanced Sex Magic, by Maria de Naglowska(18)

150. Psyche as Hero, by Lee R Edwards

151. Cockroach, by Rawi Hage

152. Inside, by Alix Ohlin

153. Ru, by Kim Thuy


154. Sunset Park, by Paul Auster

155. The City and the Pillar, by Gore Vidal

156. The Invisibles, Vol. 7: The Invisible Kingdom, by Grant Morrison

157. The Walking Dead, Vol. 16: A Larger World, by Robert Kirkman

158. The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something to Fear, by Robert Kirkman

159. Ontological Necessities, by Priscila Uppal

160. The Great Race, by Nathan Kumar Scott

161. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, by Shani Boianjiu

162. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, by David Sedaris

163. The Juliet Stories, by Carrie Snyder

164. A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth, by Stephanie Bolster


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