Friday, December 31, 2010

My 2010 Reading Year

My Reading Year

Goodbye 2010.  You've been good to me.  I've discovered some new to me authors, rediscovered some old to me authors and explored around the world, plus journeyed through the atmosphere, planet hopping.   I also discovered the joy of reading e-books.  Surprisingly, when I received my nook last year, thought only would be using it for reading when traveling.  Toward the 2nd half of the year I started using it about 50% of the time.  For the first half of the year I instituted a book buying ban and was pretty good in resisting the temptation to buy books.

How did my reading year go?

I ended up reading 179 books compared to last year in which I read 184.   Out of those 179 books, 67 were new authors and 52 were e-books.   I started off the year joining way too many challenges and dropping out of all of them except for the 


I slowed way down with book reviews this year and only reviewed about 35 books, doing book tours for TLC Book Tours and various publishers and authors. 

I hosted two challenges:  Read 52 books in 52 Weeks and Mind Voyages Science Fiction Reading Challenge and had a hard time keeping up with three blogs, so for 2011 have melded Mind Voyages in with 52 Books in 52 Weeks.  If you'd like to join in, head on over to 52 books and sign up.

My top ten favorite reads or discoveries for the year 

1. The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.  Thank you to Candace of  Beth Fish Reads for introducing me to Sookie. 
  
2)  Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman. Great christian romance which lead me to read the Daughters of Boston series.

3) The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser which also resulted in me reading the whole series.

4) Rainwater by Sandra Brown

5) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Yes, I fell in love with Claire and Jaime)

6) The last stand mysteries: The Perfect Couple, The Perfect Liar and The Perfect Murder by Brenda Novak - creepy, chilling murder mysteries.

7)  Nora Roberts Bridal quartet series - Visions in White, Bed of Roses, Savor the Moment and Happy Ever After.

8)  People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks

9) The Forgotten Legion - Ben Kane (good historical fiction)

10) The Lace Makers of Glenmarra - Heather Barbieri

I currently have a huge mixture of books (112 to be exact) currently on my nightstand consisting of classics, mysteries, science fiction/fantasy, paranormal, romances, historical fiction and e-books.  I am instituting another buying ban for the first half of the year in order to concentrate on reading my own books.   I limited the number of challenges as well and only joined the one's I currently have books on the shelves that will meet the goal.  I won't be reviewing as many books in 2011.  I'll mainly be doing book reviews for book tours and author/publisher requests, but only a couple a month in order to concentrate on my last two classes, writing challenges and home school.  Be on the look out for mini reviews or reviews of books that really strike a chord with me.  

2011 is shaping up to be an interesting year and I'm looking forward to it.  



A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest



  Cheers!

5 comments:

  1. I like your list Robin. I also read the Lumby series and like it a lot. Same with Nora Roberts Bridal Quartet, except for the last book. I'm saving the reading of that one for a nice cozy read day.

    Sure hope you and your family have a very Happy New Year.

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  2. ROBIN!!! Thank you SO very much for including A Hope Undaunted on this incredible list ... uh, especially a list that includes one of my all-time favorites after Gone With the Wind -- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon!!! HOLY COW, just to see my name in a list with hers sure says "Happy New Year" to me, I can tell you that! :)

    Here's to a boatload of blessings for you and yours in 2011!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  3. So glad to Sookie here -- I just love her!

    Oh, and Outlander . . . what can I say? Can't have too much Clare and Jamie.

    Have a happy, healthy, wonderful new year, Robin.

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  4. I loved 2,3,4. and 10 too!! You had a great year of reading and I just know that 2011 will be wonderful to you in ways of writing and reading!

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  5. Great picks!

    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.

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