2010 Reads

It was a good reading year here at Bookish Dark. I completed most of my reading challenge commitments, although the TBR got derailed by Adams and the wide world of ebooks. I did pretty well with the goal of giving away books, too, moving some 50 or so books off the shelves via Bookmooch. (No comment on how many came in from Bookmooch!) I think there’s more work to be done there in 2011, and the more comfortable I get with ebooks, the easier it is for me to give up the paper copies. I’m beginning to have half a hope of one day owning a carefully curated collection, rather than the great greedy piles of books I’ve always had.

My challenge results:


2010 Chunkster Challenge

Completed the Do these Books Make My Butt Look Big? level.
1. Xenogenesis, Octavia Butler
2. The Robber Bride, Margaret Atwood
3. Doubt: A History, Jennifer Michael Hecht
4. The Ozark Trilogy, Suzette Haden Elgin


Attacking the TBR Tome

Erm, 8 against a goal of 20. Not my best showing!
1. Xenogenesis, Octavia Butler
2. The Robber Bride, Margaret Atwood
3. Doubt: A History, Jennifer Michael Hecht
4. A Crack in the Edge of the World, Simon Winchester
5. Marjory Fleming, Oriel Malet
6. Uncle Tungsten, Oliver Sacks
7. Singularity Sky, Charles Stross
8. The Ozark Trilogy, Suzette Haden Elgin


Science Book Challenge 2010

Complete!
1. Doubt: A History, Jennifer Michael Hecht
2. A Crack in the Edge of the World, Simon Winchester
3. Uncle Tungsten, Oliver Sacks


Readers Imbibing Peril V

Peril on the Screen: Complete, and then some!
Peril the First: Complete! (4 required, 5 read)
1. Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger
2. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
3. The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
5. Fox Evil, Minette Walters

I was so-so on the commitment to mention every book I read, although I’ll let myself by on the technicality that I did faithfully maintain my reading list. I like the way Ramona does her bi-monthly round-up, and may try that out for next year. I’m also happy to note there are 14 women and 13 men among the authors. I wasn’t consciously trying for gender balance, but I’m glad my natural reading patterns tend that way. Here are the books I read in 2010:

1. Xenogenesis, Octavia Butler
2. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley
3. The Robber Bride, Margaret Atwood
4. Doubt: A History, Jennifer Michael Hecht
5. A Crack in the Edge of the World, Simon Winchester
6. Marjory Fleming, Oriel Malet
7. Uncle Tungsten, Oliver Sacks
8. Singularity Sky, Charles Stross
9. The Ozark Trilogy, Suzette Haden Elgin
10. The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, Alan Bradley
11. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
12. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams
13. Life, the Universe, and Everything, Douglas Adams
14. Gunpowder Green, Laura Childs
15. The Ice House, Minette Walters
16. Mostly Harmless, Douglas Adams
17. Berlin Diaries, William Shirer
18. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
19. Island of the Sequined Love Nun, Christopher Moore
20. The Ghost Brigades, John Scalzi
21. Full Cry, Rita Mae Brown
22. Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger
23. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
24. The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
25. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
26. Fox Evil, Minette Walters
27. The Breaker, Minette Walters
28. Roseanna, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
29. To Bed With Grand Music, Marghanita Laski
30. The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, Leanna Renee Hieber
31. Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett
32. Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett
33. Logicomix, Apostolos Doxiadis & Christos Papadimitriou

Here’s to more great reads in 2011!

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2 Responses to 2010 Reads

  1. Ramona says:

    What was your impression of the Stieg Larsson book? Worth reading? I’ve got to check to see if Alan Bradley’s is out in paperback yet. May have to make a book stop when we go through DM Saturday.
    Funny you’re considering a bi-monthly round-up while I think I’m going to do an every book or every two books review. Tho’ I probably get a few more read per month than you.
    Happy New Reading Year! Happy New Year in general.

  2. kaizerin says:

    The thing about Larsson is he writes fiction like a journalist–which he was, of course. Now that I’ve read the first Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo book, I see there’s something of a tradition of that in Swedish mystery-writing–and they did it better. Plus, the violence was particularly unsettling. I haven’t continued the series yet, despite having them on hand, and I may content myself with watching the movies instead.

    I’ll still do long reviews for the really worthy books, but like your format for quick mentions of books that I don’t feel like doing a full write-up on.

    Happiest of New Years to you, Mommy!

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