Books of Summer 2012: The List That Never Ends

Currently reading: Messy – Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

You know the drill. If you don’t, click here. If you don’t know the drill, but you don’t care, don’t click there. If you know the drill but you don’t care, I don’t blame you, because I’ve stopped caring too. I mean, I obviously somewhat care because I’ve been doing this list for a full year now…okay, let’s just say I’m apathetic at best…which is the reason why I’ve yet to finish this list once and for all!

Okay. Let’s move on, shall we?

List of books under the cut.

Update: Instead of the usual reviews, I will be liveblogging my way through each book on Tumblr

Update #2: June 23, 2012. Won’t be doing a liveblog after all; it takes up a lot of time. If I had just a few books to read, I would, but I have over twenty books to go through, so reading them and blogging about them will take about twice the time. Instead, I will just do as usual and just do a review for each after I’ve read them. 

1. The White Tiger – Aarvind Adiga

What It’s About: An Indian villager goes from chauffeur, to rich landlord…to murderer.

2Surfacing – Margaret Atwoood

What It’s About:  A young woman returns to northern Quebec – where she grew up – to investigate the disappearance of her father.

3. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

What It’s About: Seriously? See what I wrote below about 1984, minus the reference to the TV show, of course.

4. Messy – Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

What It’s About: The Fug Girls return with their companion novel to their first, Spoiled.

5. Wild Stars Seeing Midnight Suns – J. California Cooper

What It’s About: A collection of short stories. From the book jacket: “J. California Cooper writes about the search fulfillment that propels people’s dreams and desires.”

6. My Soul To Keep – Tananarive Due

What It’s About: From the book jacket: “What would people be like if they never aged, never got sick, or never died?”

7. Joplin’s Ghost – Tananarive Due

What It’s About: After visiting a historical site, an up-and-coming R&B artist finds her life taking a strange turn after encountering the spirit of a music legend, whose sound is being channeled through a rap superstar. How have I not read this yet?!

8. Skinnydipping – Bethenny Frankel

What It’s About: Yeah, I’m reading a novel “written” by a Real Housewife. Don’t judge me! Okay, I won’t blame you if you do. As for the plot? For that, scroll down to see the plot description of Snooki’s novel. Yup, that Snooki. Now I really don’t blame you if ya judge me.

9. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

What It’s About:  Nick and Amy Dunne appear to be the perfect couple, but when Amy goes missing, Nick may or may not be responsible. I usually don’t read mystery novels, but after reading the description of this one, I couldn’t resist.

10. Into The Darkest Corner – Elizabeth Haynes

What It’s About: Four years after escaping a passionate but abusive relationship, a young woman lives in a paranoid state even though her abusive ex is in prison. Then she meets a new guy, things are going great, “until the phone rings”, as the book jacket ominously tells me. Either her dry cleaning is ready, or her ex must be baaaack.

11. Forgotten – Catherine McKenzie

What It’s About: Thanks to an illness and and earthquake, Emma’s one-month trip to Africa turns to six. When she returns home, everyone and everything has moved on without her, because everyone thought she was dead. Harsh.


12. Between You and Me – Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

What It’s About: Believe it or not, this is the sixth full-length novel courtesy of the ladies who brought you The Nanny DiariesThis one is about a young woman who becomes an assistant for her super famous cousin, which leads her on a discovery of her family secrets.

13. The Emperor’s Children – Claire Messud

What It’s About: From the book jacket: “The Emperor’s Children is a dazzling, masterful novel about the intersections in the lives of three friends, now on the cusp of their thirties, making their way – and not – in New York City.”

14. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

What It’s About: Duh. Stupid insipid girl and creepy stalker vampire boyfriend. I know I often complain about bad writing on this site, but in a sick way I guess I enjoy reading things I can make fun of. That’s the only reason my sister and I watched Full House back in the day. Anyway, the real reason I’m reading this is because I read another so-bad-it’s-good novel, which I am now referring to as The Book That Won’t Go Away  – you know what I’m talkin’ ’bout – that this is based on, so I want to see the similarities. It’s not like I paid money for this, or anything; I’ve borrowed it from the library.

15. The Upper Room – Mary Monroe

What It’s About: Mama Ruby stole her best friend’s stillborn baby, brought her back to life, and raised her as her own. She also may or may not have killed her husband. But now Maureen – the stolen baby, wants to get away from her mother, whom the whole town fears. Once again: how have I not read this yet?

16. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

What It’s About: This is a story of young love with – surprise surprise – a night circus serving as a backdrop.

17. The Collector of Hearts – Joyce Carol Oates

What It’s About: Another short story collection. From the book jacket: “In these twenty-seven tales of the forbidden, Joyce Carol Oates explores the waking nightmares of life with eyes wide open, facing what the bravest of us fear the most. With eerie brilliance, this master of the short story reminds us just how seductive – and terrifying – they can be…”

18. I’ll Take You There – Joyce Carol Oates

What It’s About: From the book jacket: ” ‘Anellia’…falls passionately in love with a brilliant yet elusive black philosophy student. But she is tested most severely by a figure out of her past she’d long believed dead.”

19. 1984 – George Orwell

What It’s About: If you don’t know by now, I can’t help you. And if you watch Big Brother and STILL don’t know, you should really get some help. Just not from me.

20. Sex Wars – Marge Piercy

What It’s About: Fredyeh is a young Jewish woman from Russia working in New York so she can send for the rest of her family. But when she finds out her younger sister is “adrift somewhere”, she sets out to find her in “a search that carries her through brothels and prison.” Included in the plot are accounts of real-life heroines such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B.  Anthony.

21. A Shore Thing – Nicole “Snooki” Polozzi

What It’s About: Who cares? I’ll finish this in a day and immediately forget what happened.

22. The Reverend’s Wife – Kimberla Lawson Roby

What It’s About: In this ninth instalment of the Reverend Curtis Black series, Charlotte finds herself fighting for her marriage after having not one, but two affairs. But it may be too late, as her husband plans on holding on only until their son graduates high school – and he may have already met someone!

23. Small Sacrifices – Ann Rule

What It’s About: The only non-fiction title on this list. Diane Downs brings her three gravely wounded children to the emergency room, claiming that somebody had shot them. Turns out it was she who shot them.

24. The Innocents – Francesca Segal

What It’s About: A husband-to-be is tempted by his fiancée’s cousin. Juicy!

25. Some Sing, Some Cry – Ntozake Shange with Ifa Bayeza

What It’s About: From the book jacket: “From Reconstruction to both world wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam, from spirituals and arias to torch songs and the blue, Some Sing, Some Cry brings to life the monumental story of one American family’s journey from slavery into freedom, from country into city, from the past to the future, bright and blazing ahead.”

26. On a Day Like This – Peter Stamm

What It’s About: From the book jacket: “Andreas leaves everything behind  – sells his Paris apartment, cuts off all social ties, quits his teaching job, and waves good-bye to his days sent sitting idly in cafes – to look for a woman he loved half a lifetime ago.”

27. Queen Bees and Wannabes – Rosalind Wiseman

What’s It About: This is the book that inspired the movie Mean Girls. From the front cover: “Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World.”

28. Addicted – Zane

What It’s About: Yeah, yeah, I know I spent like five posts bitching about another one of Zane’s books, Nervous, but this one involves some of the characters in that novel. In fact, it was published prior to Nervous. As for its plot: it’s about sex addiction or something. It’s porn erotic fiction; it’s not that deep.

Expect this list to get bigger, because I currently have ten books on hold at the library. Yet I scratch my head over why I can’t seem to finish this list.



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