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I grew up in San Francisco, but now live in an adobe house on the banks of the Rio Grande with my husband and sons. I think I've drunk so much Land of Enchantment water that some of that ancient magic got into my blood and now spurts out my pencil--I mean ergonomic keyboard. I adore Louisiana, Paris, Bulgaria, England, Scotland, Egypt, and anything old and musty with a secret story to tell. I make way too many cookies when I'm writing or revising a new book - and I've got the best book trailers in the universe - for reals! Check them out here: www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com. Please find me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Youtube. Awards: Southwest Book Award, Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel, Bank Street College Best Books of 2011, Crystal Kite Finalist, and New Mexico Book Award Finalist.

Monday, January 21, 2013

My 2012 Reading List - better late than never?

I never got this one done earlier this month. I fully intended to, but I had my middle son home from college until January 4th and I didn't want to let him go. We were having too much fun going to movies and staying up late talking and playing games and eating out and sleeping in . . . er, yes. 

And then I was gone January 5-9th for my brother's interment and after I returned, it was a case of yikes, I gotta get back to real life, take down all the Christmas decorations and, um, there was this little thing called a new novel I had to finish writing! And which I am STILL working on. And which I need to turn in to my Scholastic editor this week.

My goal is Thursday afternoon. Well, probably Friday afternoon. And yes, it is still quite a mess, and here I am reading the whole thing for the very first time. I finished the First Draft's on December 29th - talk about cutting it close. Well, I got to the middle the other day and there are SO many notes to myself about new scenes still to write and a whole slew of scenes to re-order that my head started spinning - I kid you not - swiveling like Pinky Whitehead from Harriet the Spy.

Without further ado, here is the list of books I read during 2013. Children's/YA titles are mixed up, but marked. They are listed in order of being read. Then comes nonfiction, for pleasure and for research. Last of all, adult titles. GRAND TOTAL: 101 books! 

I'm kind of proud of myself. 

And this year I also kept a list of movies I watched. Many are ones my hubby wanted to see. There are several I still want to see, like Lincoln and Skyfall.

I also critiqued 17 manuscripts for various friends and crit partners. Whew!

Children’s/YA Books Read:
Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood MG
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin YA
Trapped by Michael Northrop YA
May B by Caroline Starr Rose MG
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness MG
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi YA
The Visconti House by Elsbeth Edgar MG
Eight Keys by Suzanne LeFleur MG
Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming MG nonfiction
10. Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Auxier MG
The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer Holm MG
The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell MG
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr YA
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George MG
15. Variant by Robison Wells YA
The Everneath by Brodi Ashton YA
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs MG
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes MG
Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams YA
20. Girls Don’t Fly  Kristin Chandler YA
The Humming Room by Ellen Potter MG
Starters by Lissa Price YA
With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo MG
Sean Grisham’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt YA
25. Slayers by C. J. (Janette Rallison) YA
Shifting by Bethany Wiggins YA
Legend by Marie Lu YA
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs YA
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate MG
30. Wonder by R. J. Palacio MG
Bigger Than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder MG
Where Things Come Back, John Corey Whaley YA
What Happened on Fox Street? Tricia Springstubb MG
Tighter by Adele Griffin YA
35. Chime by Franny Billinsgly YA
Shine by Lauren Myracle YA
Grave Mercy by R.L. LeFevers YA
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen MG
The Wild Queen Carolyn Meyer YA
40. Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindle YA
Desert Angel by Charlie Price YA
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor YA
Leisl and Po by Lauren Oliver MG
Across the Universe by Beth Revis YA
45. Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker MG
46. Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin MG
47. Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone MG
48. Iva Honeysuckle by Candice Ransom MG
49. Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter YA
50. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage MG
51. Small Damages by Beth Kephart YA
52. The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford MG
53. Don’t Look Behind You by Michelle Gagnon YA
54. Skylark by Meagan Spooner YA
55. Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy MG
56. The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech MG
57 Throne of Glass  by Sarah Maas YA
58. Crewel  by Gennifer Albin YA
59. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron YA
60. Liar Society, Book #2 by Lisa and Laura Roecker YA
61. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang YA
62. Every Day by David Levithan YA
63. Vixen by Jillian YA
64. Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale MG
65. On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s by Barbara O’Connor MG
66. Hit the Road by Caroline Cooney YA
67. Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead MG
68. Z is for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brian MG
69. Toby Gold by Craig R. Everett  MG

Non-Fiction Books:
7 Miracles that Saved America by Todd Stewart
7 Miracles that Saved the World by
America’s Hope by Douglas Brinley
Growing up Amish by Ira Wagler
Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo
The Writer’s Book of Hope by Ralph Keys
The Bedouin by Jamail Jabbar
Bedouins of the Desert
Belly Dance by Wendy Bonaventura
Lehi’s Journey
History of the Middle East
Jordan, Past and Present
Arabian Travels by Wilford Thesiger
Travels in Arabia Deserta by Charles Doughty
Abraham Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
The Shallows: How the Internet is Transforming our Brains
Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
Life as a Victorian Lady by Pamela Horn
Second Sight  by Cheryl Klein
The Victorian Home
Victorian Dress
The War of Art  by Steve Pressfield
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Countess Carnarvon
What Austen Saw and Dickens Knew
25. Daily Life in Victorian England

Adult Novels:
1. Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman
2. The Dressmakers Daughter by Kate Alcott
3. Sister by Rosamund Lipton
4. The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler
5. State of Wonder by Anne Patchett
6. The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge
7. Opal by Katherine Beck (partial)


Movies Watched (there may actually be more, I didn't start keeping the list until part way into the year:
I Capture the Castle
Possession
Downton Abbey (10 hours)
Cranford, BBC production (4 hours)
The Pianist
Persuasion
The Illusionist
Cranford Returns
The Help
Jane Eyre, 1944 version
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Mansion Houses of England
Mansfield Park
Ondine (surprisingly fantastic. If you haven't seen this, you must. Beautiful and haunting.)
Secret of Moonacre
Elizabeth
Jane Eyre, 2007 Masterpiece Theatre version
War Horse
Battleship
John Carter 3D
The Westing Game
Anonymous
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Somewhere in Time
The Bourne Legacy
Man From Snowy River
17 Miracles
Men in Black 3
The Dark Knight
The Avengers
The Recruit
Twilight, Breaking Dawn
Red Dawn
Jack Reacher
Casino Royale
Quantam of Solace
Birdsong, Masterpiece Theatre
Les Miserables

Television: 
Once Upon a Time, 10 episodes
My Guilty Pleasure: Southern, Funny, and Sexy: Hart of Dixie, 32 episodes - I had to watch all of Season One on Netflix and catch up!


5 comments:

Andrea Mack said...

Wow! Amazing list. I'm going to look closely and see if there are some great reads here.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Fun to see some of my recommendations here! Happy writing. xo

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love seeing what authors read. You've read some I've read and a lot I haven't, including lots of nonfiction. Thanks for sharing your list.

Donna Hosie said...

Wow! I'm in awe of your capacity to list!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Andrea, thanks! Hope you find some inspiration and good books to read!

Natalie, thanks for commenting. I always love to see what everyone else is reading, too, and compare lists.

Donna, *blushes* - ha, ha. This if the FIRST time I've kept a decent record of what I read for the year. I just started a Word document and listed them as I purchased a title or got one from the library. I've already started the list for 2013 - but so far it's all books I'm reading as a judge for the Whitney Awards. :-)

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