Friday, December 31, 2010

Books read in 2010

It's New Year's Eve and I'm pretty confident that I will not be finishing either book I've started recently tonight (Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes and By Midnight by Mia James) so I figured I'd get this out of the way first.

2010 has been an incredible reading year for me. 188 books read - mostly YA. I slowed down my trips to the library, read more of my own books this year. Managed to read 99 new-to-me authors this year. Took part in a few book tours. Only re-read four books the entire year.

For 2010, there isn't much I'd like to change. I'd like to continue reading my own books, mostly YA. Maybe throw in more than just 11 non-fiction books in a year though. Just enjoy reading. Stay on top of my reviews so they aren't all piling up like they are now.

I think I did an OK job of the reviewing, but you can still see in each month how many books I haven't reviewed... most of the time, the reason I don't review a book is because I can't find the words and the book was really wonderful.

My two favourite authors of 2010? Melina Marchetta and E Lockhart. Didn't even have to think too hard to come up with that. They're both incredible and I've read some wonderful books by both authors this year.

Let's talk about the books I read in December for a minute. I was beginning to panic a little bit with the amount of review books I'd had being published in January, so December has seen me read 5 review books, frantically. Immortal Beloved, My Soul To Take, Inside Out, Being Billy and My Love Lies Bleeding (obviously not published in January, but I'm working my way up to the latest book in the series). I also had a UK book tour book, The Mockingbirds, with me which had a time limit. I really enjoyed ALL of these books, but to balance out these books I HAD to read, I chose some other books I'd really just wanted to read.

Let It Snow I read just before Christmas. I read Hate List and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour for an event next year. I randomly picked A Certain Age of my TBR shelves, and finally to finish my yearly totals, I read a book I won in a competition recently. It was about how well you know romantic comedies and I won From Notting Hill With Love ... Actually by Ali McNamara and it was such fun. It put a big smile on my face.

Favourite book read in December? Without a doubt it has to be Being Billy by Phil Earle, review coming soon.

Books read in 2009


1. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2. Nation by Terry Pratchett
3. Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman
4. Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx
5. Dear Me: Letters to My 16 Year-Old Self
6. Sexing the Cherry by Jeannette Winterson
7. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
8. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
9. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts About Being A Woman by Nora Ephron
10. Persepolis by Marjane Sartapi
11. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
12. Maus by Art Spiegleman
13. Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
14. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day by Winifred Watson
15. Invisible by Paul Auster
16. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
17. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
18. Wake by Lisa McMann
19. Under the Duvet by Marian Keyes

Favourite of the month? Nation by Terry Pratchett


20. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
21. Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
22. The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
23. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
24. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
25. Property by Valerie Martin
26. Skellig by David Almond
27. Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge
28. Nobody's Girl by Sarra Manning
29. Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen
30. Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins

Favourite of the month? Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card


31. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
32. Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
33. Boy by Roald Dahl
34. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
35. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
36. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
37. Della Says OMG by Keris Stainton
38. Ransom My Heart by Mia Thermopolis with Meg Cabot
39. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
40. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
41. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
42. Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning
43. A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong
44. The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
45. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Favourite of the month? Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


46. Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
47. The Firework-Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman
48. The Butterfly Tattoo by Philip Pullman
49. Unsticky by Sarra Manning (reread)
50. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
51. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
52. What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
53. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
54. Girl With Glasses: My Optic History by Marissa Walsh
55. Shopgirl by Steve Martin
56. The Graduate by Charles Webb
57. Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
58. Dog Boy by Eva Hornung
59. Ash by Malinda Lo
60. Beautiful Dead: Jonas by Eden Maguire
61. The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
62. Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
63. The Unfinished Novel and other stories by Valerie Martin
64. Beastly by Alex Flinn
65. Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak
66. Beautiful Dead: Arizona by Eden Maguire
67. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
68. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
69. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
70. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
71. Scarred by Julia Hoban
72. Sticky Fingers by Niki Burnham
73. When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
74. The Book of Luke by Jenny O'Connell

Favourite of the month? The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson


75. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
76. The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle
77. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
78. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
79. Marked by PC and Kristin Cast
80. Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
81. Paper Towns by John Green
82. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
83. Embroideries by Marjane Sartapi
84. Cut by Patricia McCormick
85. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
86. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
87. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
88. Forget You by Jennifer Echols
89. Betrayed by PC and Kristin Cast
90. Strange Angels by Lili St Crow
91. Fallen by Lauren Kate
92. When I Was Joe by Keren David

Favourite of the month? I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, When I was Joe by Keren David, North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley. Phew, this was an incredible reading month.


93. Chosen by PC and Kristin Cast
94. Untamed by PC and Kristin Cast
95. Split By A Kiss by Luisa Plaja
96. Hunted by PC and Kristin Cast
97. Betrayals by Lili St Crow
98. Notes From the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell
99. Tempted by PC and Kristin Cast
100. My So-Called Afterlife by Tamsyn Murray
101. I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
102. Lighthousekeeping by Jeannette Winterson
103. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
104. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
105. Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

Favourite of the month? Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready and The Boyfriend List by E Lockhart


106. Maus II by Art Spiegelman
107. Fat Kid Rules The World by K L Going
108. Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell
109. Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
110. Big Mouth and Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
111. Angel by LA Weatherly
112. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
113. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
114. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
115. Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
116. Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
117. The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: and Other Stories by Tim Burton
118. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
119. The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols
120. Boy vs Girl by Na'ima B Robert
121. Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw
122. Lost It by Kristen Tracy
123. The Dead by David Gatward
124. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
125. Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur
126. Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

Favourite of the month? Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta and Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur


127. Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer
128. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson
129. Twilight: the graphic novel volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim
130. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
131. Major Crush by Jennifer Echols
132. Matched by Ally Condie
133. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
134. Candor by Pam Bachorz
135. Jealousy by Lili St Crow
136. The Good The Bad and The Dumped by Jenny Colgan
137. Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti
138. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
139. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
140. Almost True by Keren David

Favourite of the month? Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma and Impulse by Ellen Hopkins


141. Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn
142. Torment by Lauren Kate
143. Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
144. The Boy Book by E. Lockhart
145. Take Me There by Susane Colasanti
146. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
147. Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
148. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

Favourite of the month? Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn


149. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E Lockhart
150. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling (re-read)
151. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
152. Girl Parts by John M. Cusick
153. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (re-read)
154. From Somalia, With Love by Na'ima B. Robert
155. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
156. White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick
157. The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan
158. The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruis Zafon
159. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
160. Grace by Elizabeth Scott

Favourite of the month? The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E Lockhart and Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers


161. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
162. Slog's Dad by David Almond and Dave McKean
163. The Killer's Daughter by Vivian Oldaker
164. Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak
165. You Against Me by Jenny Downham
166. Zelah Green by Vanessa Curtis
167. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
168. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
169. Kissing the Rain by Kevin Brooks
170. One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
171. So Much To Tell You by John Marsden
172. Entangled by Cat Clarke
173. Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton
174. Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman
175. The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Favourite of the month? Entangled by Cat Clarke, You Against Me by Jenny Downham, Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman - another great reading month.


176. My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey
177. Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
178. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
179. Unsticky by Sarra Manning (reread)
180. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
181. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
182. My Soul To Take (Soul Screamers) by Rachel Vincent
183. Being Billy by Phil Earle
184. Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
185. Outside In by Maria V. Snyder
186. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
187. A Certain Age by Rebecca Ray
188. From Notting Hill With Love ... Actually by Ali McNamara

Favourite of the month? Being Billy by Phil Earle

Total: 188

YA/Children's books: 137
Short story collections/essays: 9
Fiction: 39
Non-fiction: 11
Graphic novels: 9

Books read from library: 40
Books read that I own: 136
Book tours/borrowed: 11

New-to-me authors: 99
Re-reads: 4


  1. What a fantastic reading year you look to have had! :)

    Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, as I really want to read that one!

  2. Darren - It was pretty fantastic! My review of Amy and Roger, sadly, won't go up until July when I'm taking part in a Death and Bereavement in Teen Lit event! Sorry.

  3. Cor! That's a long wait! :-o Still good to know it's a good'un!

  4. Oh I know, I'm sorry! I just didn't want to read a bunch of books about death all at one time. So I've been spacing them out as much as I can!


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