What I Read in 2012

This is a reasonably accurate list of the books I read in the last year: nine eleven non-fiction and six fiction titles. That said, since I didn’t keep track as the year went by there may be a couple missing titles.


  1. What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us Guy Kawasaki (ebook)
  2. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander
  3. Bite-Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for the Over Worked Librarian Nancy Dowd
  4. The Self Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity Bruce Hood 368 pages
  5. Awakening of the Heart: Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries Thich Nhat Hanh 544 pages
  6. Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh Thich Nhat Hanh, Melvin McLeod 384 pages
  7. Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice Thich Nhat Hanh 92 pages
  8. Healing: A Woman’s Journey from Doctor to Nun Sister Dang Nghiem 146 pages
  9. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain 368 pages (didn’t finish)
  10. A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh 62 pages
  11. Conscious Loving: The Journey to Co-Committment by Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks (my wife just reminded me that I read this book too)


  1. Time Travelers Never Die Jack McDevitt 385 pages
  2. The Facility: A Novel Simon Lelic 352 pages
  3. Cloud Atlas David Mitchell, 509 pages
  4. Amped Daniel H. Wilson 352 pages
  5. Among Others Jo Walton 304 pages (ebook)
  6. Those Across the River Christopher Buehlman 352 pages

See my online bookshelf with details and reviews.






3 responses to “What I Read in 2012”

  1. Jim Tillman Avatar

    i read these three

    Awakening of the Heart: Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries Thich Nhat Hanh 544 pages
    Cloud Atlas David Mitchell, 509 pages
    Healing: A woman’s Journey Sister D.

    both were very very good… I keep going back to the AWAKENING of the HEART.. to practice what we already know is my challenge today…

    I saw the CLOUD ATLAS movie first.. and LOVED IT.. the book filled in the story very nicely.. but for whatever reason the ending did not have the emotional impact of the movie..

    Sister D’s story made quite an impact!!!

  2. Kenley Neufeld Avatar

    Yes, the Awakening the Heart title is next to me everyday and will be on the 2013 reading list as well.

    It’s good to know the Cloud Atlas title works after seeing the movie. I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie, which I did, and I loved knowing all the back stories and richness found in the book while watching the movie. They are a good compliment to each other.

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