Books I Read in 2012

This is the total list of everything that I read in full for the year of 2012. I feel like it is important for me to say that–I read outside of this list, sometimes extensively, but what makes the list are things that I read all the way through, front cover to back cover.

The links that pepper the list are links to books that I enjoyed a lot, or books that lit up in my mind as I was copying the list, or books that have altered me permanently as a person. Somewhere in there.

So, before the list, some numbers:

125 total books (the list below is short because I collapsed some multivolume things into single lines)

15 of those books were written by women, which is 12.9%, which is absolutely shameful. That said, I actually increased over last year, which was 3.8%. That is still a terrible ratio, and I am going to try to push it even further next year. That said, about halfway through the year I instituted a leisure reading policy based around getting rid of books in my home–I have (literally) thousands that I have accrued over the years, and I have decided I don’t want to move that many. I started reading a lot of things that I had picked up in thrift stores, book sales, or whatever so that I could get rid of them. That’s why the latter half of this list is so damn weird (and also why I haven’t finished a book in two weeks [I am reading the longest Hemingway bio]).

In any case, here is the list:

  1. John Dies At The End – Wong
  2. Unit Operations  – Bogost
  3. Milk and Cheese Omnibus – Dorkin
  4. Rant  – Palahniuk
  5. Extra Lives  – Bissell
  6. The Monsters of Templeton – Groff
  7. The Soul at Work – “Bifo” Berardi
  8. Doom Patrol vols. 1-6 – Morrison
  9. Spheres vol.1 Bubbles – Sloterdijk
  10. The Handmaid’s Tale – Atwood
  11. Sophie’s Choice – Styron
  12. Do Anything – Ellis
  13. Looking for Jake – Mieville
  14. Sexual Politics – Millett
  15. Essex County – Lemire
  16. Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen – Shulman
  17. 11/23/63 – King
  18. Quest for Lost Heroes – Gemmell
  19. How To Do Things With Video Games  – Bogost
  20. The Mirror in the Well  – Marcom
  21. Ethics of Computer Games – Sicart
  22. Gaming: Essays in Algorithmic Culture – Galloway
  23. The Female Man – Russ
  24. Ironic Ethics – Berardi
  25. Flex Mentallo – Morrison
  26. Rise of the Videogame Zinesters – Anthropy
  27. Robopocalypse – Wilson
  28. American Vampire vols 1-3 – Snyder
  29. Art Power – Groys
  30. Jennifer Government – Barry
  31. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Foer
  32. The Princess and Curdie – MacDonald
  33. Sharp Teeth – Barlow
  34. Games of Empire – Dyer-Witheford and Peuter
  35. Alien Phenomenology – Bogost
  36. V For Vendetta – Moore and Lloyd
  37. Why We Love Sociopaths – Kotsko
  38. Absolute Planetary v.1 – Ellis and Cassiday
  39. After the Future – “Bifo” Berardi
  40. My Friend Dahmer – Backderf
  41. The Half Made World – Gilman
  42. The Truth: Red, White, and Black – Morales
  43. The Wind Through the Keyhole – King
  44. Vibrant Matter – Bennett
  45. Virgin – Blank
  46. The Marvelous Hairy Girls – Hanks
  47. Are You My Mother? – Bechdel
  48. Gameplay Mode – Crogan
  49. The Einstein Intersection  – Delaney
  50. “You’ll Die in Singapore!” – McCormac
  51. Not In Kansas Anymore – Wicker
  52. All-Star Batman and Robin – Miller
  53. Wonder Woman v.1 – Azzarello
  54. The Dark Knight Strikes Again – Miller
  55. Absolute Planetary v.2 – Ellis
  56. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1-3 – Moore
  57. Absolute Sandman v.1 – Gaiman
  58. Zelda – Milford
  59. Comic Book History of Comics – Van Lente
  60. The Supergirls – Madrid
  61. Absolute Sandman v.2 – Gaiman
  62. Introduction to Antiphilosophy – Groys
  63. A Thousand Plateaus – Deleuze and Guattari
  64. Absolute Sandman v.3 – Gaiman
  65. Blindness – Saramango
  66. Dark Reign: Fantastic Four – Hickman
  67. Fantastic Four v.1 – Hickman
  68. Absolute Sandman v.4 – Gaiman
  69. Post-Cinematic Affect – Shaviro
  70. Absolute New Frontier – Cook
  71. The Artificial Silk Girl – Keun
  72. Chaos, Territory, Art – Grosz
  73. Black Kiss – Chaykin
  74. Collected Writings – Laure
  75. Cloud Atlas – Mitchell
  76. Orc Stain v.1 – Stokoe
  77. Wild Children – Kot
  78. Seeing Through Race – Mitchell
  79. Prophet: Remission – Graham
  80. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller – Lambert
  81. Protocol – Galloway
  82. JLA: Earth-2 – Morrison
  83. Batman: Year 1oo – Pope
  84. This is Not a Pipe – Foucault
  85. Hey Wait… – Jason
  86. Doom Patrols – Shaviro
  87. The Serpent and the Rainbow – Davis
  88. Camera Lucida – Barthes
  89. American Elf v.4 – Kochalka
  90. Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy – Harman
  91. The Beach – Garland
  92. Ugly Man – Cooper
  93. Pistolwhip – Kindt
  94. The Underwater Welder – Lemire
  95. Poetics of Relation – Glissant
  96. Stranger From Abroad – Maier-Katton
  97. Digestate
  98. Coward – Brubaker
  99. Lawless – Brubaker
  100. The Dead and the Dying – Brubaker
  101. Black Hole – Burns
  102. Slime Dynamics – Woodard
  103. Complete Bone – Smith
  104. Comics vs. Art – Beaty
  105. The Book of Mr. Natural – R. Crumb
  106. Maus I – Spiegelman
  107. Batman: Death and the Maidens – Rucka
  108. Maus II – Spiegelman
  109. Vampyroteuthis Infernalis – Flusser
  110. Too Cool To Be Forgotten – Robinson
  111. West Coast Blues – Manchette/Tardi
  112. The Uprising – “Bifo” Berardi
  113. Killing is Harmless – Keogh
  114. The Making of Indebted Man – Lazzarato
  115. Osborn: Evil Incarcerated – DeConnick
  116. Violent Cases – Gaiman
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5 Responses to Books I Read in 2012

  1. Black Steve says:

    You forgot Invisible Man, motherfucker.

  2. Matt Hare says:

    What did you make of Jennifer Government? That was one one of my favourite books when in my early teens, but I haven’t read it since.

    • kunzelman says:

      It was so-so. I think it is a beautiful idea that falls apart in execution; also, there’s a big space of missed time in the last part of the book and it feels like a dropped reel.

      • Matt Hare says:

        I’m kind of afraid to revisit it. It was a formative book for me, and I still love the idea, but even in my memory it already somehow feels like that.

        Also, really want to read Spheres, but keep putting it off. How was it?

        • kunzelman says:

          It was really great, but also really long. I wrote a post about it that you could search the blog and find–I would do it, but I am on my phone right now!

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