Sunday, January 2, 2011

Books Read - 2010

I read 56 books in 2010; 3 short of 2009's 59.  Blah!

Please note:
  • I don't count audio books which I faithfully listen to Monday to Friday on my way to and from work.  I think the brain works differently hearing someone read a book vs. having to read it yourself.
  • I don't count my Buffy comics; they're too quick.  I also don't count magazines. 
  • I don't count the 4-5 books a week I read with my daughter.  She has to read a book a night for school.  These are WAY too easy, so I don't count them.  

Here they are by month:

January:
Heat Wave - Richard Castle
Mansfield Park* - Jane Austen

February:
Duty and Desire (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman. Book 2)
These Three Remain (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, Book 3)
Dracula* - Bram Stoker
Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris

March:
Children of the Mind - Orson Scott Card
The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
The Stupidest Angel - Christopher Moore
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters - Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters

April:
A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore
Tortilla Flats - John Steinbeck
Undead and Unappreciated - MaryJanice Davidson
Genya - Genya Finkelstein
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larrson
Fluke - Christopher Moore
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells

May:
The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
Dead and Gone - Charlaine Harris
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass* - Lewis Carroll
Undead and Unreturnable - MaryJanice Davidson
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
Practical Demon keeping - Christopher Moore
Frankenstein* - Mary Shelley

June:
Wicked Women Whodunnit- 4 authors
Coyote Blue - Christopher Moore
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
The Picture of Dorian Gray* - Oscar Wilde
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

July:
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Bloodsucking Fiends - Christopher Moore
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button* - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Little Altars Everywhere - Rebecca Wells
The Great Gatsby* - F. Scott Fitzgerald

August:
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Island of the Sequined Love Nun - Christopher Moore
The Doctor’s Wife - Elizabeth Brundage
Crepúsculo - Stephenie Meyer
Twilight - Stephenie Meyer

September:
Undead and Uneasy - MaryJanice Davidson
Suck it, Wonder Woman! - Olivia Munn
The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson
Dead in the Family  - Charlaine Harris
How to Cook a Tart - Nina Killham

October:
Lamb - Christopher Moore
Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Truss
Tears of the Giraffe - Alexander McCall Smith
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

November:
City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
You Suck - Christopher Moore

December:
Mocking Jay - - Suzanne Collins
Morality for Beautiful Girls - Alexander McCall Smith
This Side of Married - Rachel Pastan

My favorites of 2010?    

The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (& the rest of the series I've read so far)- Alexander McCall Smith
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Truss
The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson

Books I wish I could unread and get my time back:

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters - Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
Frankenstein* - Mary Shelley
Little Altars Everywhere - Rebecca Wells
How to Cook a Tart - Nina Killham


If you want to ask me about any of them, or tell me about a fantastic read I need to add to 2011, go ahead & comment!  I love talking books!  

*part of a Classics list I am working through. 

7 comments:

Niki said...

Have you read the Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde? I just finished the first one - The Eyre Affair- last night and thought of you. It is set in an alternate England where literature is as important as religion and the barrier between fiction and reality is rather thin. The better read a person is, the more jokes and references they will get so i think you'd really enjoy it.

Kaaren said...

I will add that to my list of things to read!

Tracie said...

I bought the dog book....haven't read it yet...but I have great intentions. I think it is awesome that you have read that many. My mom loves to read too and she read the Maximum Ride series. Then she gave them to my Jacob...he loves them too. Maybe when I graduate (in May---yeah)....I will have more time to read enjoyable books too. Some of my all-time faves (which you have read)are Harry Potter, The Secret Garden, The Chronicles of Narnia, Little Women, and actually there was one I had to read for History called "The Fiery Cross" (if memory serves correctly) that I enjoyed

Ashleigh said...
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Ashleigh said...

Yay for reading! I've kept a list of my own the past couple years and I read 143 books last year. For me, any book counts, but if it's under two hundred pages it gets paired with a buddy before it can count as a book. Hmmm, might be interesting to hear the conversations those books have.

Anyway, how did you like Heat Wave? It's almost like Beckett and Castle are actually together while they torture us in the show. And I am currently inhaling the Hunger Games series. I just finished Catching Fire and someone is going to lend me Mockingjay. How did you like them?

(and the deleted comment is because I forgot to check the box for follow-up comments)

Kaaren said...

I enjoyed "Heat Wave." it was like watching an episode. The banter was great.

OK, I LOVED "The Hunger Games." I was so excited to find out more about their world in "Catching Fire," but then I was disappointed with "Mockingjay." It was almost...slooooow, slow, slow and them BOOM. The ending/climax was just too fast. I had to re-read the ending because I missed some things. I don't know. I was disappointed.

Ashleigh said...

I know what you mean about Heat Wave. Plus it was almost like having Castle and Beckett together!

Yeah, Mockingjay was kind of odd. I think a lot of it had to do with Katniss being drugged a lot of the time. Which I understand but still. I liked Mockingjay, but I also see where the people who don't are coming from