Tuesday, January 04, 2011

70 Books Read in 2010!

Every year for the last 5 or so years I have tried to read 50 books in 365 days, Jan 1st to Dec. 31st. I don't count children's picture books and most of the books have chapters but a few aren't exactly above 8th grade level. I try to get some adult books and some political books in there, as well as classics and self help. Overall I think I had a good year of reading. My favorites are the YA fiction books and Science Fiction, they are just easy and entertaining which means Fun! The most memorable are the Classics, I will probably read a few of those again again.

So this year I read a total of 70 books. I blame it on the long cold winters of Utah. I think I evened out with the heavy-educational-worth-your-time books and the take-it-easy-and-enjoy-wasting-your-time books. No regrets this year.

Books finished in the year 2010.

1. Chicken soup for the Soul Christmas cheer: 101 stories about love, inspiration, and joy of Christmas by Newmark, Hansen and ?
2. The Christmas Box by Evans, Richard Paul*
3. The Bears On Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgiesh*
4. Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
5. Christmas on Mill Street by Joseph Walker*
6. A Stranger For Christmas: A Novel by Carol Lynn Pearson*
7. Ay Antonia by Willa Cather*
8. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater*
9. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater*
10. Lemon Tart by Josi S. Kilpack
11.Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink*
12. Machine of Death: A collection of Stories about People who know who they will die by Ryan North
13. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley*
14. Left to Tell:Discovering God amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza*
15. Lord of the Flies by William Golding*
16. Fire in the Bones: William Tyndale-Martyr, Father of the English Bible by Michael Wilcox*
17. Blue Shoes and Happiness #7 by Alexander McCall Smith
18. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith
19. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins*
20. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins*
21. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins*
22. Belles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth JR.*
23. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
24. The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
25. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
26. The Kalahari Typing School For Men by Alexander mcCall Smith
27. Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
28. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
29. Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
30. Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers: The Ultimate Escape by Tom Clancy - Books #1,#2,#3 (so technically this is three books)
31. Leaning Into the Curves by Nancy Anderson*
32. Funeral Home Evenings by Patricia Wiles*
33. Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
34. The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter*
35. Homestead by Rosina Lippi
36. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
37. Secret Sisters by Tristi Pinkston*
38. Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
39. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
40. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer*
41. Amazing Grace:William Wilberforce Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas*
42. Am I Not A Man? The Dred Scott Story by Mark L. Shurtleff
43. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis*
44. The Help by Kathryn Stockett*
45. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis*
46. Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt*
47. Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale
48. Mary Emma And Company by Ralph Moody*
49. The Actor And the Housewife by Shannon Hale*
50. The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
51. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson*
52. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson*
53. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson*
54. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne*
55. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak*
56. A lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich*
57. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card*
58. The Promise by Chaim Potok*
59. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
60. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card*
61. The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13) by Lemony Snicket
62. The Face on the Milk Caron by Caroline B. Cooney*
63. Letters from Rifka by Karne Hesse
64. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton*
65. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
66. The View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts*
67. The Shortstop by Zane Grey*
68. Tarzan the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs*
69. Agent in Lace by Tristi Pinkston
70. The Dred Scott Decision by Bonnie L. Lukes*

*Highly Recommend


Scorchi said...

That is darn impressive. I wish I would keep track of what I read, but even if I did, it wouldn't be THAT impressive. Great job!
You could also list the scriptures you read and the Church magazines. They should count double.

bug girl said...

Which of all the books I recommended to you was your favorite?
#23, 38, 39, 46, 62, 66, 67, 68?

The Bec-ster said...

I sure wish my oldest son would write down all the books he reads...his list would put mine to shame in quantity.

Kim-I really liked 46,62,66,67 and 68. Sorry but the rest weren't very good. So out of those 5 I would say that The Shortstop was very well written for a baseball book. The View from the Cherry-tree was very scary and intense. The Face on the Milk Carton was unpredictable and suspenseful. The Tarzan book was surprisingly not like the stupid movies and very intriguing. Across Five Aprils was a great Historical Book and probably the most educational, well written and worth reading of them all.
Thanks for the suggestions!