Books I read in 2012

March already, and I never posted this up…

  • Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table (Fiction) – My god, did I love this. What a great start to the year for reading.
  • Tara Moss’s Split (Crime/Thriller)
  • David Musgrave’s Phantom Limb (Poetry)
  • Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible (Fiction)
  • Andy Kissane’s Out to Lunch (Poetry)
  • Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader (Fiction)
  • Assaracus, A Journal of Gay Poetry, Issue 6 (Poetry) – Normally I don’t list journals and magazines, but it was a good read and I was honoured to have my poems included in it.
  • Joyce Carol Oates’ I’ll Take You There (Fiction) – Always wondered what her writing was like. I enjoyed it enough, not spectacularly. The story was contained and I didn’t fall into it. But she’s a good writer.
  • Alex Miller’s Lovesong (Fiction) – One of Australia’s more prominent writers – I enjoyed this, a good story, readable, engaging. Something fairly direct about his style. It was an interesting contrast to the Oates book.
  • Armistaud Maupin’s Mary Ann in Autumn (Fiction) – A return to the Tales of the City series that I loved so much. This was a pretty good return to form as I didn’t love ‘Michael Tolliver Lives’.
  • Nicole Mones’ a cup of light (Fiction) – an interesting enough exploration of the world of Chinese porcelain. Well-told.
  • Shane Koyczan’s Our Deathbeds Will Be Thirsty (Poetry)
  • Jennifer Egan’s Emerald City (Short Fiction)
  • Bonny Cassidy’s Certain Fathoms (Poetry)
  • Benjamin Law’s Gaysia (Non-fiction)
  • Leigh Stein’s Dispatch from the Future (Poetry)
  • Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! (Fiction)
  • Kate Fagan’s First Light (Poetry)
  • Ruth Park’s Harp in the South (Fiction)
  • Toby Fitch’s Rawshock (Poetry)
  • David Adams Richards’s Mercy Among The Children (Fiction)
  • Ahn Do’s The Happiest Refugee (Memoir)

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