Friday, December 31

2010 Year End Wrap-Up!

Whew! What a year. I may not have read as many books as I wanted, or finished all the challenges I started, but it was a good year. I expanded my reading comfort zones, dipped into some new genres and new authors, and for the most part, liked what I read. I did accomplish one goal, which to me was the most important, and that was experience some books and authors that I normally don't read. Because of this I found, I really enjoy Asian and Middle Eastern Literature (and authors). I also started dipping into paranormal books, which surprisingly aren't half bad. I only have a couple of authors I've tried, but I tried something way out of my normal reading comforts, and it surprised me - this is mainly due to the Women of the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong. I just can't get enough of her books. I have the first 6 on my shelf, and have finished reading the first three, and almost done the forth. They're like book crack.

The Books

For 2010 I read 76 Books all together, which isn't bad. I was hopping for a lot more, but I'm happy with that. I've read some really great books this year, and some not so good books, and some really, really bad books. Some books that had a lot of hyper were not so great, and not just that they were a let down after all that hype, but they weren't even close to what the "hype" was saying. And then there were some I liked. Some were lesser knows, and others were "why hadn't I read this until now?" Either way, it was a good reading year. Hopefully next year will be better.

The Books

1) Julie & Julia - Julie Powel - 6/10

Jules' Top Ten Books of the Year

1) The Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway - 10/10
2) Ireland - Frank Delaney - 9.75/10
3) The Outlander - Gil Adamson - 9.5/10
4) The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood - 9.5/10
5) The Road - Cormac McCarthy 9.5/10
6) Day After Night - Anita Diamant - 9.25/10
7) The Postmistress - Sarah Blake - 9/10
8) The Guernsey and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows- 9/10
9) War on the Margins - Libby Cone - 9/10
10) The Color Purple - Alice Walker - 9/10

Other Noteworthy Books - They may have not reached my top ten, but here is a list of ten books, I really enjoyed this year. I highly recommend these ones.

1) The Piano Tuner - Daniel Mason - 8.5/10
2) The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien - 8.5/10
3) Miss Chopsticks - Xinran - 8.5/10
4) A Thread of Sky - Deanna Fei - 8.5/10
5) Yellowknife - Steven Zipp - 8.5/10
6) No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod - 8/10
7) Secret Daughter : A Novel - Shipli Somaya Gowda - 9/10
8) City of Thieves - David Benioff - 8.5/10
9) Water for Elephants - Sarah Gruen - 9/10
10) The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa - 8/10

The Not So Great Books. Ugh. - Even though some ratings are fairly good, these books you may want to stay clear of.

1) The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown - 2/10
2) The Xibalba Murders - Lyn Hamilton - 3/10
3) Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry - 4.5/10
4) Hour Before Dawn - Sarah MacDonald - 4.5/10
5) Coastliners - Joanne Harris - 5/10
6) Quartet in Autumn - Barbara Pym - 5/10
7) The Sixth Surrender - Hana Samek Norton 5/10
8) The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie - 5.5/10
9) Evermore - Alyson Noël - 5.75/10
10) The Passage - Justin Cronin - 6/10

So there you have it, my list of the best, the worst, and some honourable mentions.

The Challenges

Oh.... I was over my head. I signed up for far to many challenges, and failed er.... didn't finish most of them. But I had fun attempting them, and that's what counts. This year I attempted at 41 challenges (yes you read that correctly). I completed 13 of those.

Completed Challenges

1) NaJuReMoNoMo - Completed January 31, 2010. Read 10 Books.
2) New Authors Challenge - Completed February 20, 2010. Read 15/15 Books
3) Historical Reading Challenge - Completed April 3, 2010. Read 6/6 Books.
4) Wish I Read That Challenge - April 18, 2010. 12/12 Books Read.
5) 1st in a Series - Completed on May 7, 2010. Read 3/3 Books
6) Typically British Challenge - Completed May 15, 2010. Read 6/6 Books.
7) What's in a Name? Challenge - Completed June 21, 2010. Read 6/6 Books
8) Chunckster Challenge - Completed on October 9, 2010. Read 6/6 Books
9) The Seconds Challenge - Completed on October 10, 2010. Read 6/6 Books.
10) Global Reading Challenge - Completed on October 22, 2010. Read 12/12 Books
11) Fantasy Reading Challenge - Completed on October 24, 2010. Read 6/6 Books.
12) Marple Poirit and Holmes Challenge - Completed on November 27, 2010. Read 6/6 Books.
13) Read 'n' Review Challenge - Completed on December 31, 2010. Read and Review all 76 books of 2010. I read.

Not bad, but not what I had planned. I'm not listing the ones I didn't finish. This post is already becoming one of the longest. I do have to say one of my favourite challenges is the A - Z Challenge. I love trying to find titles and authors for Q and X (I actually have two books, by two different authors who has their last name beginning with X!) Another favourite challenge of mine is the 2010 Countdown Challenge. I didn't finish that one either, but it is fun to see what's out there. Finally the Canadian Reading Challenge. I love finding new authors and stories, and going back to authors I love.

Two challenges are carrying over until 2011. The IV Canadian Reading Challenge and the 2011 Countdown Challenge. There isn't an official challenge for the 2011 one, but I found a blogger who is doing it on their own, and I decided to jump in too.

Books that Followed me Home

Now, not all of these books were purchased. Some were gifts or review books. Some were also used books, so they were cheap. Dirt cheap! So don't judge me! If I calculated correctly, 236 books were added to my collection. I did buy that wonderful collection of 51 books this year. And I estimated I had about 15 of the titles before hand. Not sure exactly on that number though. But yes, a lot of books came home with me. They followed me home I swear! Even the ones I ordered on the Internet! I was going to list them all..... but now I', not to sure. If you go the the LibraryThing link on my side bar, you can see my library.That may be a better plan. Sad thing is, I want more books! MORE! Although, my book shelves probably disagree with me.

And there is my year end wrap up!


  1. Thanks for sharing your wrap-up! I really enjoy reading these.

    I also love Guernsey..., but was one of those few that hated The Road. Something about The Postmistress didn't quite work for me, although I still liked it. Good thing there are books out there for everyone's tastes.

    I hope you have an even better reading year in 2011!

  2. 76 books is definitely not bad at all!

    I have The Postmistress, Secret Daughter, and The Housekeeper and the Professor sitting on my self. Seeing them in your two top lists makes me even more excited to read them.