Without further ado, here are the various lists and numbers that encapsulate my 2010 reading:
My very favourite books of 2010
You’ve probably guessed most of these, but the ahem… official list, roughly in the order in which I read them:
- Diana Gabaldon‘s “An Echo in the Bone” (2009)
- Sean Kennedy‘s “Tigers and Devils” (2009)
- Steve Kluger‘s “Almost Like Being in Love” (2004)
- Sarah Dessen‘s “The Truth About Forever” (2004)
- Jennifer Echols‘ “Going Too Far” (2009)
- Lisa Lutz‘s “The Spellmans Strike Again” (2010)
- Patricia Briggs‘ “Silver Borne” (2010)
- Ilona Andrews‘ “Magic Bleeds” (2010)
- Sarah Rees Brennan‘s “The Demon’s Covenant” (2010)
- Josh Lanyon‘s “Fair Game” (2010)
- Seanan McGuire‘s “An Artificial Night” (2010)
- Lois McMaster Bujold‘s “Cryoburn” (2010)
I struggled to keep it down to twelve (okay, I tried for ten and couldn’t) and ended up limiting myself to one book per author.
New-to-me authors I’m glad I read this year
- Sean Kennedy
- Steve Kluger
- Sarah Dessen
- Seanan McGuire
- Jennifer Echols
- Sarah A Hoyt
- Meg Burden
- Harper Fox
- Suzanne Collins
- Jaclyn Moriarty
Again roughly in the order in which I read them.
Author most glommed during 2010
I didn’t go mad and read dozens of backlist books this time around – it was a tie between Sarah Dessen and Diana Wynne Jones, with five books each.
Warning: The final two sections are probably of no interest to anyone but myself…
|# of books read during the year||141||115||155|
|# published during the year itself||77 (55%)||55 (48%)||73 (47%)|
|# of authors read||88||71||88|
|# of new-to-me authors||29 (33%)||22 (30%)||27 (30%)|
|# of library books||20 (14%)||n/a||n/a|
I wasn’t consciously aiming to read more than I did in 2009, and to be honest, I’m surprised I did.
The proportion of 2010 v. pre-2010 books remained pretty constant, as did the number of new-to-me authors. I am trying to read more new-to-me authors so I’m glad that number went up – I’m looking forward to more in 2011.
A new stat I started tracking this year was number of library books read. I’m determined to make better use of my local library, and while I only read 20 books from there, they were a mixture of new-to-me authors I’m glad I tried (and will probably buy their books in the future) and also authors on the verge of jumping the shark, so I’m glad I saved my money for another book!
And finally, the graph…
Because I like it, and not because it actually says anything.
And that is it for 2010! I will do a 2011 post at some point about blogging resolutions and all that (which, to be honest, can probably be summed up as “blog more”) but looking back at the year as a whole, there were some really good books I’m delighted to have read – and I’m excited about what’s coming out in 2011.
Previous 2010 wrap-up posts