Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 reading roundup

This is the fourth year I've been keeping track of the books I read or listened to. I primarily use Librarything (here's my profile page) but I also use Goodreads (see my profile) because some of my friends use it and in some ways it's more user friendly than Librarything. This year I  read 65 books, which is about 20 books less than I read in 2007 and 2008 and about 10 less than last year.One reason for this is that I couldn't connect my mp3 player to my car radio so I listened to fewer audiobooks this year, in fact, the least amount so far.

Here is the list of the books I read in 2010 in the order I read them:

1.    Now You See Him by Eli Gottlieb
2.    Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin
3.    The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
4.    Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva
5.    Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman
6.    It Only Takes a Moment by Mary Jane Clark
7.    Self Storage: A Novel by Gayle Brandeis
8.    Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo
9.    City of Bones by Michael Connelly
10. South of Broad by Pat Conroy
11. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
12. Plainsong by Kent Haruf
13. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
14. The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
15. Run by Ann Patchett
17. The View from Garden City by Carolyn Baugh
18. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
19. Between the Tides by Patti Callahan Henry
20. The Myth of You and Me: A Novel by Leah Stewart
21. Night Listener by Armistead Maupin
22. Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss
23. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
24. U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
25. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
26. Ribbons For Their Hair by Estelle Chasen
27. The Song Is You: A Novel by Arthur Phillips
29. Driftwood Summer by Patti Callahan Henry
30. Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon
31. The Fugitive Wife: A Novel by Peter C. Brown
32. The Confessor by Daniel Silva
33. Hour Game by David Baldacci
34. How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper
35. The Eight: A Novel by Katherine Neville
36. Welcome to the Great Mysterious by Lorna Landvik
37. The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
38. In the Woods by Tana French
39. Bloodroot by Amy Greene
41. Back Spin by Harlan Coben
42. The Last Child by John Hart
43. The Summer We Fell Apart by Robin Antalek
44. The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
46. Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
47. The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw
48. Impatient with Desire by Gabrielle Burton
49. The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha
50. The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
51. Innocent by Scott Turow
53. Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
55. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
56. 61 Hours by Lee Child
57. Gone by Jonathan Kellerman
58. The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman
59. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
60. The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller
62. Worth Dying For by Lee Child
63. Deception by Jonathan Kellerman
65. The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory

Some of my favorite reads this year were Nobody's Fool (partly because I kept imagining Paul Newman as the leading character since he played him in the movie which I haven't seen), The Help, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest ( a great finale for the Millenium Trilogy and as I was warned by CK, I was sorry that there weren't more books to read when I finished this), Year of Wonders, How to Talk to a Widower, The Eight,  The Last Child, Child 44 (hard to get into but once you do, well worth it), and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (fascinating).

My favorite line from a book came from The Myth of You and Me: A happy ending isn't really the end. It's just the place where you choose to stop telling the story.

Most awaited book: South of Broad by Pat Conroy, who I absolutely love. His book, Beach Music, is my all time favorite book and one of only two books I've ever reread (intentionally that is). Every few years I feel like I want to read it again. If you haven't read it, you should. South of Broad is Conroy's first novel in 14 years, since Beach Music. I guess with the expectations I had going it's not surprising that I was disappointed with it. It just didn't hold a candle to Beach Music (or Prince of Tides, also by Conroy). 

Least understood book: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake which got great reviews was totally lost on me. I still don't understand what the deal is with the brother. If anyone read it and can help me figure it out, drop me a line.

Book I was most surprised not to hate: I resisted reading Eat, Pray, Love for a long time because I just knew I would hate it. But the book got so much hype that I was too curious to pass it up. Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed it. It's a bit whiny at first but it picks up.

2010 saw the birth of the Book Sisters, a group that includes four women here in Israel and one in the states who I've either reconnected with or gotten to know and the four of us here get together periodically (but not often enough) to chat, complain, and kvell as well as swap books. At least seven of my books came from them this year (I wasn't keeping track but I think I will from now on), not including The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest which CK graciously gave me as a library school graduation gift (and thanks too to SK who shlepped it home from London).

The highlight of 2010 occurred last week, when I was gifted with a Kindle by four of my friends in San Jose, organized and delivered by Katie Devorah.  For those of you who don't follow me on Facebook, I've been obsessing about following e-readers since about 2006 and I guess I post about them an awful lot (can you say understatement). Anyway, it is the most awesome and unexpected gift and I want to once again and publicly thank Katie Devorah, Leah, Barbara, and Rachel. You guys rock and I miss you! Now back to the Kindle. I bought one book from Amazon so far and I have three Overdrive library books on it (not really legal and if you want the details e-mail me privately) and I'm not really sure how this is going to change my reading habits. I'm looking forward to getting acquainted with my new toy and will try to keep you updated in 2011. 

On my Amazon wishlist you can see some of the books I'm looking foward to reading in 2011. 

Here's hoping that 2011 is a year filled with good friends and reading adventures! 

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