2012 Year in Review: What I bought and read
What kind of spending blog would this be if I didn’t also review what I bought in 2012?
(Okay this is just for me and you voyeurs out there.)
(I didn’t start recording this stuff until February 2012, so there’s no January 2012 unfortunately.)
Let’s start with the books!
MOST NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2012
In an effort to read more, I am going to read at least one of my purchased books per month in 2013 and give a short “yay” or “nay” to read it or not.
Only these books stood out in my mind as I went through my library of what I’ve read in 2012.
Consistently awesome author for 2012: Malcolm Gladwell
Every Malcolm Gladwell book I read, I love. Learning about how I and others think, looking at how he puts the whole picture together is a real treat for me.
He has a real style and knack of writing (or a fabulous editor!), and I will pretty much buy anything he writes.
Malcolm Gladwell‘s other books:
- Outliers: The Story of Success
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
- Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
The most influential book for me for 2012
Took me 3 hours to read, and it was worth every penny I paid. I made a lot of bookmarks, and will be reading it again and again.
It is also an excellent book to help me CURB MY SHOPPING for 2013.
It kind of disgusts you as you read it when you think about all the marketing ploys and tricks being used and how it worked on you, but once you know the game, you can avoid all those pitfalls (presumably).
Most interesting twist on a classic character (kind of like fan fiction!)
I LOVE detective stories, shows, and crime-anything, so it goes without saying that BBC’s Sherlock TV series with Benedict Cumberbatch, the new Elementary TV series with Lucy Liu… and basically anything to do with Sherlock Holmes as a character grabs my attention.
This book was written in the style of Sir Conan Doyle by the author Anthony Horowitz, and is a “new” book in the series of Sherlock Holmes, and it pays homage to both the original author and the character quite nicely.
Most insufferably long book, and yet also my proudest book accomplishment
The Complete Memoirs of Casanova (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics)
For $1.99, how can you say no? On my iPad on the Kindle app, this book was no less than 45,835 page turns.
Let that sink in… 45,835 PAGES to read. It took me about a month and a half, because I couldn’t read about his philandering for more than 50 pages at any given time.
Overall, it was still interesting to read because I am a bit of a history buff, and I especially like reading about how people acted in those days, what the customs were, and all their rules for living.
I was rather annoyed a few times with Casanova as a PF blogger because he was just so bloody wasteful with his money, spending it on seducing women left and right even up until a past-expiration date.
(That said, women didn’t have much choice but to offer in those days other than their beauty, body and virginity to get any kind of money to survive, so in a way, he was doing them a favour to help them survive.)
The man met almost all the heads of Europe at the time, hung out with all of these rich and high-society folk, was generous to a fault, and didn’t seem to work very much. I can’t even figure out what his job was, other than ‘traveling playboy’.
Would I read it again? No. Dear god NO.
Do I regret that I read it? No. I learned a lot and had a better feel for how things were back then.
On to what I bought!
JUNE 2012 WHAT I BOUGHT
JULY 2012 WHAT I BOUGHT
OCTOBER 2012 WHAT I BOUGHT