A Year in a Life of Books ~ 2012

By realitybites · Feb 18, 2012 ·
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  1. I read a lot of books. Probably 99.5 percent are non-fiction. Although I have been routinely listing and critiquing the films I see every year, I have never done this with books. Better late than never. This will be my first list. I am starting it at the beginning of the year rather than at the end, because if I wait until December, I will have forgotten many of the ones I have read. This will be an ongoing list--to be updated regularly. I will give each book a rating of one to four points. And I will only list books which I have read in their entirety. Below the list of books I have read so far, is a list of books that I am currently reading. Once each is read, I will rate it and add it to the finished list.


    My favorite book that I have read this year is The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins. The audio book is just as wonderful as the illustrated book, as Dawkins reads his book himself, along with his wife, Lalla Ward. Listen to the first chapter of the book here. For the best experience, download or open the file and listen with VLC media player.

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    Books Read ~ January 2012 - December 2012:

    Mortality ~ 4
    The Magic of Reality ~ 4
    Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the China Production Game ~ 4
    One Day ~ 3.5
    Steve Jobs ~ 3.5
    Hunting Eichmann ~ 3.5
    Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story ~ 3.5
    Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account ~ 3.5
    The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits ~ 3.5
    The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities ~ 3.5
    Lost on Planet China: One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation ~ 3.5
    Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture ~ 3.5
    Your Movie Sucks ~ 3.5
    Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert ~ 3.5
    Fifty Shades of Grey ~ 3.5
    Fifty Shades Darker ~ 3.5
    Fifty Shades Freed ~ 3
    Little Girls in Pretty Boxes ~ 3
    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking ~ 3
    A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing ~ 3
    Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures ~ 3
    Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired--and Secretive--Company Really Works ~ 3
    China in Ten Words ~ 3
    Life Itself: a Memoir ~ 3
    Off Balance: A Memoir ~ 3
    The Guru Papers ~ 3
    The Royals ~ 3
    Why People Believe Weird Things ~ 3
    The Sex Lives of Cannibals ~ 3
    Pauline Kael ~ 2.5
    Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training ~ 2.5
    Is Eating People Wrong?: Great Legal Cases and How they Shaped the World ~ 2.5
    The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup ~ 2.5
    The Price of Everything ~ 2.5
    Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us ~ 2.5
    The Art of Caregiving in Alzheimer's Disease ~ 2
    23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism ~ 2
    The Story of Sushi ~ 2
    Brangelina (Should I really be disclosing this?) ~ 2
    A Sociopath Beside Me ~ 2

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