Wednesday, January 05, 2011

My Year in Books 2010

Filed under: Thursday Thirteen, Reading, Books

1. I read a total of 42 books during 2010, up from 36 last year. I keep track on Goodreads.

2. I read two children's books, both by Roald Dahl: The Magic Finger
and George's Marvellous Medicine.
Neither one was great.

3. One of my favorite authors is James Patterson. I read 8 books by him:
Don't Blink,
The Postcard Killers,
Worst Case,
Witch & Wizard,
The 9th Judgment,
and I, Alex Cross.

4. I read 6 books for my book club:
I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie (Pamela Des Barres),
Nefertiti (Michelle Moran),
Shanghaii Girls (Lisa See),
The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrewy Niffenegger),
Water for Elephants (Sara Guren),
and The Guardian (Nicholas Sparks).
Out of those, I thought Nefertiti was the best one.

5. I read ten young-adult novels: Fang and Witch & Wizard were mentioned previously. The others were
Unwind (Neal Shusterman),
The Lottery Rose (Irene Hunt),
Closed for the Season (Mary Downing Hahn),
The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Mary E. Pearson),
Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson),
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins),
Once Upon a Marigold (Jean Ferris),
and Maggie's Door (Particia Reilly Giff).
Out of those, Speak was the best one.

6. I read two books by another favorite author, John Grisham:
Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer
and Ford County Stories.
I'm currently reading another book by Grisham.

7. Four of the books I read were nonfiction including one mentioned above (I'm With the Band.) The others were
Grown Up Digital:How the Net Generation is Changing the World (Don Tapscott),
The Ultimate Guide for Men and Women to Understand Each Other (Alex A. Lluch),
and Ready from Within: A Personal Narrative (Septima Clark).
Non-fiction is not my favorite genre.

8. I read 3 books by Janet Evanovich (who is a hoot!):
Sizzling Sixteen,
Plum Lucky,
and Wicked Appetite.

9. I read two books by Robert Crais, another favorite author:
The Two-Minute Rule
and The Watchman.

10. I also enjoy reading Stephen White, but I only read one by him:
Dead Time.
His newest book is next on my list.

11.I read two books that are considered classics:
Animal Farm (George Orwell)
and Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte).

12. Five of my books did not fall into any of the above categories:
The Heretic Queen (Michelle Moran),
The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold),
Heat Wave (Richard Castle),
19 Minutes (Jodi Piccoult),
and Wildwater Walking Club (Claire Cook).

13. If I had to choose a favorite book, that would be difficult, becaus unlike the previous two years, none of them was breathtakingly good (like Angels and Demons and The Kite Runner from 2009 and 2008). I suppose I would choose Neffertiti by Michelle Moran. One of the worst books on my list was Witch & Wizard. Find me on Goodreads and let's connect! I'd love to have suggestions for reading material!


  1. Lots of great books. I haven't read Nefertiti, but I'm going to put it on my to-read list. Happy TT!

  2. 42 books is very impressive!

    Enjoy your Thursday!

  3. Goodreads is my new friends, my TBR list is exploding. Thanks for adding to it!

    Happy TT,

    13 New Year's Goals

  4. How does Grisham keep cranking out books? I only read (complete) a few each year, not counting storybooks to my grandson.

  5. I love reading but 42 seem like a lot. wow

  6. I could never get into Jannet Evonovich, though everyone says she's a hoot. I wish I could.

  7. I did not know you were on GoodReads. I am here. Have you joined their 2011 Reading Challenge? I read 104 books in 2010, so have signed on for 100 this year. Gulp...

  8. I think 42 is a great number! Of your reads, I've only read Water for Elephants, which I thought was excellent. Good luck with the reading in 2011.

  9. I must read The Hunger Games. A lot of people really like that series.

  10. good for you...i REALLY need to make more time for reading...BOOKS!!

  11. I love to read and also need to find a way to work in more reading time. I loved the wide range of reading you did this past year. I think most folks could find a few on your list they'd enjoy. I often wish that I'd kept track of every book I'd read since I began reading adult books. I'd love to go back and reread ones whose names I don't even remember and see what I get out of them now!

  12. Wow....what a list. I wish I read half that many books. Now with 2 small kids and a business I feel accomplished when I read a menu. I live in Guatemala and it is hard to find books, but several of the books you mentioned I have heard of and will keep my out for, especially the ones you liked the best.

  13. Great reading and good job keeping track, I suck at keeping track of what I read I somehow never get out to goodreads to log it.

    19 Minutes left my stomach churning, The Lovely Bones was better than I expected and I even enjoyed the movie, and I never did finish The Time Traveler's Wife.

  14. I love to read too. :) Enjoyed some of the same books this year. Enjoying your blog.

  15. Thanks for some quality points there. I am kind of new to online , so I printed this off to put in my file, any better way to go about keeping track of it then printing?

  16. Loved your list and am going to borrow the idea for my next 13.

  17. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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