Saturday, January 1, 2011

End of 2010 - Happy New Year of Reading!

I thought I had noted where I got this meme, but alas I did not. Still, it looked like a fun way to summarize the year.

How many books read in 2010? 84 new, and 16 rereads. That’s 100 total for 2010!

How many fiction and non fiction? 15 fiction, 1 nonfiction for rereads. 31 fiction, 53 nonfiction for new reads. Pretty easy to pick the winner! Although funny how lopsided they are. But of course rereads are mostly from my childhood, when I read fiction exclusively

Male/Female author ratio? 42/58. This is something I’ve tracked the last few years but I don’t pay attention to while I’m picking books. But I’m glad it came out fairly even without trying (with a lean toward the women.)

Favorite book of 2010? The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

Least favorite? The Known World by Edward P. Jones and The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard

Any that you simply couldn’t finish and why?
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery – characters were irritating and nothing was happening.
The Ask by Sam Lipsyte – characters were repulsive and unrealistic, and the book smacked of arrogance.
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver – nothing happened! I don’t like the flowery poetic style.

Oldest book read? The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett 1934

Newest? Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff – in fact I read this in June, 5 months before it came out!

Longest and shortest book titles? I did these not including subtitles
Longest: An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
Shortest: Sway by Ori and Rom Brafman

Longest and shortest books?
853 pages Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Shortest: 148 pages The Headmaster by John McPhee (not counting any children’s books)

How many books from the library?
None. I have several hundred books in my house already that I need to read! Plus, until I was laid off in August, I could request books from any publisher and I did. But I volunteer at the library and I suspect 2011 will be a little different!

Any translated books? Wow, many more than I had thought!
Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story by Leonie Swann, Anthea Bell (translator)
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi, Mattias Ripa (Translator)
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, Mattias Ripa (Translator)
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist, Marlaine Delargy (Translator)
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator) (partial)

Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author? Jen Lancaster, 4! Thank you Jenni!

Any re-reads? 15, mostly childrens:
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
This Place Has No Atmosphere by Paula Danziger
Sister of the Bride by Beverly Cleary
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Blubber by Judy Blume
Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume
Forever... by Judy Blume
You Shouldn't Have to Say Goodbye by Patricia Hermes
Stuart Little by E.B. White
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene Du Bois
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Chocolate: The Consuming Passion by Sandra Boynton

Favorite character of the year?
Miss Maple, the smartest sheep in Glennkill

Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading?
Sweden, Britain, Spain, Scotland, Australia, Tahiti, Ethiopia, Botswana, Belgium, Mexico, the Republic of Georgia, Egypt, China, Iran, Austria, Canada, Japan, Mars.

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation? Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – thank you Jessica!

Which author was new to you in 2010 that you now want to read the entire works of? Jen Lancaster (have read 4/5) and Tony Horwitz (have read 2/3).

Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read? none really. I have a long TBR list but if I’d really, really wanted to read something, I would have read it already.

Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read? The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

2010 TOP EIGHT Book Events in Carin’s Book Life - in no particular order:
8. Started volunteering at the library
7. Got laid off. More time to read!
6. Volunteered at the 5K for the library
5. Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville, TN closed (my childhood bookstore)
4. Drastically increased the number of books my boyfriend reads, keeping intact my perfect record of getting guys I date to read (more in this case)
3. Volunteered at the Friends of the Library book sale
2. Our wildly successful first Bibliofeast, our WNBA chapter’s signature event
1. Reading 100 books this year!


Kate Scott said...

What a great way to recap the year's reading adventures! The Westing Game was one of my childhood favorites–and Jane Eyre was wonderful too! Looks like you had a good year in books!

Melissa said...

I could not STAND The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Truly, it was almost painful reading that one.

I have The Ask out from the library now, so I'll be interested to see if our opinions agree on that one too. :)

gautami tripathy said...

Wonderful reading!

I read 95 books, not bad, considering I was in a reading slump for more than four months.

Happy New Year to you and your family. Have a great reading year in 2011!!!

Here are my Best Reads of 2010.

Carin said...

Oh I like this recap. It's very cool. 100 books is HUGE! Nicely done.

Very sorry about your layoff though. Seems like that's happening to everyone. Hope your 2011 is brighter and better than 2010 was! :)

Teacher/Learner said...

Nicely done! I'm going to post something similar for my year-end wrap-up tomorrow. Happy New Year :)

christa @ mental foodie said...

I like your recap! You mind if I steal some of your questions for next year? :)

The Unit is one of my top fiction reads in 2010 - it's definitely a story that stay with me. My recap: