Hard to believe that it is 2011 already and that I have finished 2 books! One is a cookbook and the other was a graphic novel but still! 2010 was no doubt the year of the graphic novel for me. I read 24 of them!
To break it down a bit more:
Childrens/Teens – 16
Graphic Novels – 24
Memoirs/Biography ( an area that I don’t read often) – 3
Audiobooks – 9
New authors – 24
Rereads – 2
Grand total – 81, my goal for 2010 was 75 so I surpassed that.
2009 total – 68
2008 total – 82
- The entire Percy Jackson series. Rick Riordan. I love this series. Fiction with mythology in it has been a favorite of mine for a while now and this one did not disappoint! Wonderful story arcs, great characters, wry writing and dialogue. Loved it!
- Mockingjay. Suzanne Collins. A stunning conclusion to a harrowing trilogy about a deadly game of survival.
- Life of Pi. Yann Martel. I had not read this but have heard many good reviews so when looking for a book in cd for a car trip I grabbed this. It was different than I had expected but I enjoyed his writing style. The ending still makes me shake my head. Still not sure about the ending. Who was really in the lifeboat with Pi all that time he was drifting?
- Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated. Alison Arngrim. This book had me laughing out loud! AA has a no nonsense, tell it like it is writing style that was easy to relate to. As a longtime fan of LHOTP I adored the insider information and tell all aspect but also liked learning about her as a person. She did not come off at all as though she felt the need to write a book because Melissa Gilbert and Melissa Sue Anderson did.
- Room. Emma Donoghue. This book is hitting all the best books lists and deservedly so. It is raw, haunting and beautiful at the same time. Five year old Jack has lived his entire life in a small garden shed with only his Ma and occasional visits from the man who imprisioned Ma seven years ago. Ma has created a world for Jack that makes him feel secure and loved. If only Ma felt that way. Jack’s voice is so honest and real – Donoghue truly captured the voice of a five year old. Don’t expect to be able to put this down once you start reading it.
- The Thirteenth Child. Patricia Wrede. (teen) This mix of historical fiction and fantasy just didn’t do it for me. I have no specific reasons why, I just didn’t like it.
- Impatient with Desire. Gabrielle Burton. The experiences of the doomed Donner party have always intrigued me so I was pretty excited to read this slim novel about it. However it just didn’t live up to my expectations. I found it dull and draggy.
- How Not to Make a Wish. Mindy Klasky. I enjoyed Mindy Klasky’s trilogy about newbie witch/librarian Jane Madison but this one about a genie seemed too formulaic for me.
- The Way I See It. Melissa Sue Anderson. After reading Melissa Gilbert’s fun sort of tell all Prairie Tales I heard that this one was coming out by MSA. It didn’t have the fire or the spirit that MG’s did. Part of it seemed like she was bound and determined to write a book simply because MG did.
- Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Aimee Bender. There was so much hype about this book…sadly for me it did not live up to it. The plot line that appealed to me the most (the main character being able to feel people’s emotions through the food they prepared) was dropped halfway through to make room for side plot about her brother who faded into the furniture.
So there you have it, 2010 in review. What did you read this year? What were your favorites, your least favorites? New authors/genres that you discovered?