Year-End Recap

December 30, 2012 in Uncategorized by Penny

A recap of all the books I read this year.



Before I get started, I need to bring up four facts:

1. I very nearly did not write this post. This year, the number of books I read is an embarrassingly low number. I am thoroughly and completely ashamed of how little reading I have done. But, I decided that the public embarrassment will cause me to do better next year.

2. I actually read TWO MORE books than what it listed here. However, they were so ridiculously stupid that I refuse to acknowledge them in any way. I’m embarrassed to have read them.

3. I did a post exactly like this last year, and it can be viewed here. My list of books from 2011 was much more impressive.

4. You can view my BOOK page here. I have cataloged every book I’ve read since 2007, and you can see the full list of them there. (Even the really dumb ones I refuse to acknowledge in this post.)



  • Fire by Kristen Cashore
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (re-read)
  • Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (re-read)
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin
  • Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
  • Honeymoon by James Patterson
  • Alice in Deadland by Mainak Dhar (kindle book)
  • The Map Of The Sky by Felix Palma
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Partials by Dan Wells



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Last year, I categorized the books as such:


Category 1: Loved it, loved it, loved it. Good story, good characters, kept my attention.

Category 2: It was pretty good. I liked it. I may have had some kind of issue with it though. Whether that issue may be content, sluggish story progression, whatever. But I still really enjoyed it.

Category 3: Didn’t really care for it. It’s not necessarily a bad book, but I just wasn’t feeling it for some reason. Reasons could be I found it boring, it was too juvenile, etc.

Category 4: Oh my heavens, please let that book die a slow and painful death.

(I am not going to categorize books that were re-reads.)


Category 1:

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Note that “Catching Fire” is in category 1, yet “Mockingjay” is not.

Also……The books “Fire” and “Bitterblue” are members of a series. The first book, “Graceling” is one of my most favorite books of all time. However, these two books, in my opinion, does not live up to the awesome-sauce that is “Graceling”. But because they are a member of that series, I simply could not put them in a lesser category.

“Divergent” and “Insurgent” are wonderful, and I await the release of third book in the series.

The book “Partials” (which I just finished today), is also wonderful, and I await the release of the sequel. It has made me very interested in the author, and I plan to seek out more of his books. From what I’ve learned of his work, he sounds like my kind of writer.

And clearly, I am devoted to the Sookie Stackhouse and Stephanie Plum books.

Do not talk to me about the “One for the Money” movie. I refuse to watch it. REFUSE.

I don’t watch True Blood either.


Category 2:


“Alice in Deadland” was a cheap Kindle book. It kept my attention, and I liked it. I’m unsure why I’m placing it in category 2, but I just strongly feel that this is where it belongs. This could be due to the numerous typos I encountered while reading it.

“Mockingjay”. The conclusion of the widely popular Hunger Games series. This book did not keep me enthralled the way the first two books did. In fact, sometimes I downright struggled to get through it.

And now, I’m going to say something potentially very unpopular.

The main character, Katniss……

I can not stand her.

Like whoa.

I could very easily go off on a huge tirade over this, but I will spare you.

(I like the movie version of Katniss though. Thank goodness.)

Finally….. “Honeymoon” by James Patterson. Eh. It’s your basic, run-of-the-mill James Patterson book. Entertaining, and I admit, sometimes smutty, but it will keep you reading. It probably took him a week to write it. He’s prolific like that.


Category 3:


I can say the same thing about each of these books……

Sometimes I found them quite interesting and enjoyable, other times they made me want to stab my eyes out.

Over the years, I’ve noticed that I can struggle with books written in third-person. I find first-person much more enjoyable to read. That was a partial culprit with these books.


Category 4:






I have slowly been working my way through this book the last few weeks. It is a very old book (published in 1986), but it has been immensely enjoyable to me nonetheless. Once I finish, I will add it to my list for next year, but I felt it worth mentioning considering I started it in 2012.




And that is it! Here’s hoping to a more lengthy and impressive list at the end 2013.