Thursday, January 6, 2011

2010 Reading Year in Review

Fiction: 51
Total: 132, 14 less than last year. Go ahead and scold me, I've already scolded myself. Although, come to think of it, I did give birth to another human being in good old 2010 (I'm nostalgic for it already!) so I might cut myself some slack. 

Anyway, that works out to 11 per month or around 2.5 books a week.
Most books read in: January, with 16.
Fewest books read in: November, with 6.
Most non-fiction read: tie between January and August, with 9 each.
Most fiction read: tie between January and September, with 7 each.

Favorite Fiction Series: the Ian Rutledge mysteries by Charles Todd, although they're of varying quality
Best Novel: La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith. Read in February
Most Hyped Novel: The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Also read in February.
Most Austen-esque: A Little Folly by Jude Morgan (Also wins "Book I'd Actually Pay Money to Own" and "Favorite Novel" awards). Read in June.
Worst Austen Tie-In: Darcy's Voyage by Kara Louise. Read in December.
Best Vintage British: any of the books by D.E. Stevenson, although I especially enjoyed Vittoria Cottage, read in June.

Number of Dickens completed: 10 (Read my thoughts about my Dickens challenge in this post)
Favorite Dickens: Our Mutual Friend, read in November.
Least Favorite Dickens: Martin Chuzzlewit, although I wouldn't say I didn't like it, it's just the later stuff is more memorable.
Best Book / Movie Combo: Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.

Best Biography: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet Spy by Eric Metaxas, read in December. (Also wins "Most Moving" and probably "Most Thought Provoking")
Best Biography Runner-Up: The Rose of Martinique: A Life of Napoleon's Josephine by Andrew Stuart, read in March.
Most Influential Non-fiction: Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung. Every Christian should read this book. I read it in June.
Most Influential Non-fiction Runner-Up: 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. Can't recommend this one highly enough. Read in November.
Best Practical Christian Living Book: The Peacemaker by Ken Sande. Also did most of a Ladies' Bible Study based on this book. Definitely recommended reading.

Best Book Read as Research: Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour by Lynne Olson.Read in April.
Best Research Book Runner-Up: The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel. Read in March.

Type of books I probably won't be reading in 2011: Pregnancy & newborn books, of which I read at least five in 2010.
Type of books I will always be reading (sigh): Organization or time management books. Go figure.

I'm working on a new fiction challenge for myself. And I can feel the writing muse coming upon me again, so that means even more research. The 2011 reading year (2 finished so far) has already begun!

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Karabeth Baptist Homeschool said...

Good grief! Your "best of" lists have more books than what I read all of last year. And I didn't even take time out to give birth last year. (Can I have a BIG amen for that?!)

I'd say I taught you everything you know, but I know better. :)

Vicky said...

WOW! You amaze me!

Amy said...

How do you keep up with (and remember details!) all the books you read? Do you have a notebook or log somewhere? Or do you rely on your monthly blog posts? I am ashamed to admit that these days I am lucky if I get one book per month read, but I would still like to be able to look back and see it recorded somewhere. Just curious how you do that.

Kelly said...

I think my heart may have literally skipped a beat when I realized this was up. Favorite. post. of. the. year. (Except maybe birthday posts. And letters to Lili. Okay, third favorite.) :)

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