Wednesday, April 22, 2009

2012 Reads

For other years and categories, See Review

This list includes books and single stories read in 2012. Previously, this list was organised according to reviews so that a book read in the previous year and reviewed in the current year will be found here. However, this system has been reviewed to reflect only 2012 reads and nothing more and further categorised into months. Note that Single Stories are indicated by SS in brackets. A Single Story is a short story that was not read as part of an anthology or was not part of an anthology at the time of read. These SSs are uncollected shortlisted short-stories read individually.

JANUARY:
  1. The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer
  2. The Pilot by Joshua Ferris (SS)
  3. Here We Aren't, So Quickly by Jonathan Safran Foer (SS)
  4. The Mistress's Dog by David Medalie (SS)
  5. I Write What I like by Steve Biko
  6. What You do Out there, When You're alone by Philipp Meyer (SS)
  7. The Entire Northern Side was Covered with Fire by Rivka Galchen (SS)
  8. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  9. Hitting Budapest by NoViolet Bulawayo (SS)
  10. As the Crow Flies by Veronique Tadjo
  11. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  12. African Roar 2011 by Ivor W. Hartmann and Emmanuel Sigauke (Editors)
  13. Burning Grass by Cyprian Ekwensi
FEBRUARY:
  1. Lenny Hearts Eunice by Gary Shteyngart (SS)
  2. Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
  3. Dayward by ZZ Packer (SS)
  4. Sula by Toni Morrison
  5. Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham
  6. Harare North by Brian Chikwava
  7. Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis by Jimmy Carter
  8. The Kid by Salvatore Scibona (SS)
  9. Blindness by Jose Saramago
  10. Twins by C.E. Morgan (SS)
  11. Maru by Bessie Head
MARCH:
  1. A Life in Full and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2010 Anthology:
    1. The Plantation by Ovo Adagha
    2. A Life in Full by Jude Dibia
    3. Mr. Oliver by Mamle Kabu
    4. Happy Ending by Stanley Onjezani Kenani
    5. Soul Safari by Alnoor Amlani
    6. The David Thuo Show by Samuel Munene
    7. Set me Free by Clifford Chianga Oluoch
    8. Invocations to the Dead by Gill Schierhout
    9. Almost Cured of Sadness by Vuyo Seripe
    10. The Journey by Valerie Tagwira
    11. The King and I by Novuyo Rosa Tshumba
    12. Indigo by Molara Wood
  2. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  3. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  4. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  5. Harvest of Thorns by Shimmer Chinodya
  6. Birds of Our Land by Virginia W. Dike
  7. The Chicken Thief by Fiona Leonard
  8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  10. Madmen and Specialists by Wole Soyinka
APRIL:
  1. The Famished Road by Ben Okri
  2. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  3. Burger's Daughter by Nadine Gordimer
  4. The Last Evening on Earth by Roberto Bolano
  5. Writing Free by Irene Staunton (Editor)
MAY:
  1. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  2. Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
  3. Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
JUNE:
  1. La Salle de Départ by Melissa Tandiwe Myambo (SS)
  2. Hunter Emmanuel by Constance Myburgh (SS)
  3. Urban Zoning by Billy Kahora (SS)
  4. Bombay's Republic by Rotimi Babatunde (SS)
  5. The Black Swan: the Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  6. The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
  7. Love on Trial by S. O. Kenani
  8. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley
JULY:
  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. Diplomatic Pounds and Other Stories by Ama Ata Aidoo
  3. Cut off my Tongue by Sitawa Namwalie
  4. If I'm So Successful, Why do I Feel Like a Fake - The Impostor Phenomenon by Joan C. Harvey with Cynthia Katz
  5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
AUGUST:
  1. A Month and a Day & Letters by Ken Saro-Wiwa
  2. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  3. Unjumping by Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva
  4. The Repudiation by Rashid Boudjedra
SEPTEMBER:
  1. Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
  2. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  3. Growing Yams in London by Sophia Acheampong
  4. Journey by G. A. Agambila
  5. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  6. Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man by Joseph Heller
OCTOBER:
  1. Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks
  2. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
  3. Women Leading Africa - Conversations with Inspirational African Women by Nana Darkoa-Sekyiamah
  4. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  5. The Place We Call Home and Other Poems by Kofi Anyidoho
  6. IPods in Accra by Sophia Acheampong
NOVEMBER:
  1. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  2. The Best American Short Stories 2004 by Lorrie Moore (Editor)
  3. Fury by Salman Rushdie
  4. Diaries of a Dead African by Chuma Nwokolo, Jnr.
  5. July's People by Nadine Gordimer
  6. Home by Toni Morrison
  7. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  8. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
DECEMBER:

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