Year in Review

Hello, 2010! You’re looking nice today. Can I call you “oh-ten” for short? No? Blast. Well, I’m glad you’re here anyway; I’ve noticed that every year just gets better and better so I’m expecting you to be pretty darn spectacular. I mean, just look at what 2009 gave me:

First, I managed to read 131 books. That is simply ridiculous. In 2008 I was all, “I want to read 60 books in 2009!” Ha. Take that, wimpy 2008 self. Of course, that reading activity was strongly helped by five months of unemployment that involved spending my days looking for jobs and reading and another seven months of being a library science student but still not having a job and therefore spending my days going to class, doing homework, looking for jobs, and reading. Now that I’ve got a job, at least through August, I’m guessing that that reading thing might fall a little bit by the wayside, but I’m going to try not to let that happen. My goal for you, 2010? Just 100 books. But they’d better be spectacular.

Second, I did read a lot of wonderful books this year. My favorites: I absolutely loved the first two books of the Moon series, which answer the question you never asked about what would happen if the moon moved just a titch closer to the Earth. Answer: Um, lots of bad things. I can’t wait for the third one to come out this year!

Elantris was a total surprise love for me; it is a wonderfully written and perfectly fantastical look into the dilemmas of culture and religion. And there is magic! You can’t go wrong with magic.

The Old Man’s War series didn’t get my highest ratings as individual books, but I would definitely put the whole series in the “Go read this now. Why are you still looking at your computer? I’m serious. Go read this now.” category. It’s humorous military science fiction, which sounds ridiculous but is amazing.

And lastly, I want to highlight The Manual of Detection, a book that I read in March but which I am still in awe of today; that trade paperback is MINE as soon as it comes out. Berry’s writing is spectacular and his story of a Watson-turned-Holmes is delightful. (My other top-pick books can be found under the rated 9-10 tag.)

Third, etc.: I managed to complete eight reading challenges of awesomeness, participated in Book Blogger Appreciation Week, and read six books in 11 hours for the Read-a-thon. Oh, and I started an online book club with a couple of dear friends and have had a lot of fun yelling about bad books, though if we could get some excellent books going that would be great, kthx. πŸ˜€

And now, by the numbers!

2009, in review
Days spent reading: 295
Books read: 131

…in fiction: 118
…in speculative fiction: 25
…in fantasy: 22
…in mystery: 18
…in humor: 8
…in thriller: 8
…in short stories: 7
…in classics: 4
…in historical fiction: 3
…in memoir: 2
…in non-fiction: 12
…in popular science: 2
…in young adult: 29
…in children’s: 13
…in graphic format: 3

New favorite authors: John Green, Mary Doria Russell, John Scalzi, Susan Beth Pfeffer
Authors I’ll be keeping an eye on: Jedediah Berry, Maureen Johnson

Month by Month

January
Books read: 11
Favorite: Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi (Review) 8.5/10

February
Books read: 9
Favorite: Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson (Review) 9.5/10

March
Books read: 13
Favorites: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (Review) 9/10
and The Manual of Detection, by Jedediah Berry (Review) 9/10

April
Books read: 8
Favorite: An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green (Review) 8/10

May
Books read: 9
Favorite: People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks (Review) 8/10

June
Books read: 10
Favorite: Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow (Review) 9/10
and Woman With Birthmark by HΓ₯kan Nesser (Review) 9/10

July
Books read: 15
Favorite: The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster (Review) 9/10

August
Books read: 13
Favorite: The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (Review) 10/10

September
Books read: 10
Favorite: Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Review) 10/10
and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart (Review) 10/10

October
Books read: 13
Favorite: The Dead and the Gone, by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Review) 10/10

November
Books read: 9
Favorite: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon (Review) 10/10

December
Books read: 11
Favorite: Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane (Review) 9/10

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3 thoughts on “Year in Review

  1. Petunia says:

    You have such a positive outlook. Wanted to let you know, because of your review of Shutter Island I have requested it from the library. Can't wait to read it.

  2. Mari - Escape In A Book says:

    First of all Happy New Year, wishing you all the best for 2010!

    I have my eye on the Moon series, I have read so many great reviews of the first two books. I simply have to find out if the books are as good as people say.

    I listened to Old Man's War this autumn and I thoroughly enjoyed it, will be listening to the rest of the series sometime during 2010.

    This post made me add a couple of more books on my never ending wishlist πŸ™‚

  3. Alison says:

    Petunia β€” I try to be positive always, because life is just better that way. πŸ™‚ (See? Positivity!) Shutter Island is not a positive book, though!

    Ladybug β€” Seriously, even my husband who hates YA loved the first Moon book and may or may not have cried at the end. But don't tell him I told you that!

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