Monday, January 10, 2011

My 2010 Reading List

As you might know I made a goal several years ago (like 10 or so?) to read as many books each year as I will have candles on my birthday cake.  Some years I go way over my goal and some years I just barely make it.  This past year I just went a little bit over :)  Hope you find a title that you might like.  I liked all of them with the exception of one or two which I will note.  They are in no particular order, just by when I read them.  So may I suggest. . .

1.  The Runaway Dragon by Kate Coombs--this is the sequel to her The Runaway Princess
2.  Dragon Kiss by E.D. Baker--#7 in the Frog Princess series
3.  The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson *** this was one of my favorites!!!  WWII love story
4.  The Looking Glass War by Frank Beddor--an adult/YA twist on Alice in Wonderland
5.  Seeing Red by Frank Beddor-2nd book in The Looking Glass series
6.  Arch Enemy by Frank Beddor --3rd and final book in The Looking Glass series
7.  Truce by Jim Murphy--about the WWI 1914 Christmas truce, fascinating
8.  Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson--a real eye opener about building schools in the Middle East
9.  The Last Olympian    by Rick Riordan--Percy Jackson #5, loved it!
10.  The Book Thief by Markus Rusak--this was not a favorite.  Language was quite bad.
11.  Christmas Jars Reunion by Jason Wright--not nearly as good as Christmas Jars, but liked it
12.  Once by Morris Gleitzman--WWII Polish Jewish boy and his story, so at times hard to read, sad
13.  Airman by Eoin Colfer--this was good
14.  When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead--this was very interesting and amazing someone thought of it
15.  The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz--a short fantasy read about a fairy that loses her wings
16.  The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck--a classic set in China in 1930's
17.  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer--more Twilight stuff, bring it on
18.  1776 by David McCullough--amazing, if you haven't read it, please do
19.  The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
20.  The Princess and the Snowbird by Mette Ivie Harrison
21.  Green Rider by Kristen Britain--clearly one of my favorites this year.  #4 comes out in Feb '11
22.  First Rider's Call by Kristen Britain--2nd in Green Rider series
23.  The High King's Tomb by Kristen Britain--3rd in Green Rider series
24.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett--another favorite
25.  Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong--met her this year, and liked her book
26.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins--conclusion to The Hunger Games, and I liked it
27.  The Demon King by Cinda Williams Cima--really liked this one
28.  The Klipfish Code by Mary Casanova--met her and reviewed this book here, first post
29.  Sarah's Quilt by Nancy E. Turner--2nd in These is my Words series, not as good as first
30.  The Star Garden by Nancy E. Turner--3rd in These is my Words series, better than 2nd
31.  The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker--cute, reviewed on this blog
32.  Lemon Tart by Josi Kilpack--a culinary mystery with great recipes, reviewed on blog
33.  The Silence of God by Gale Spears--first LDS members in Russia in 1918, reviewed on blog
34.  English Trifle by Josi Kilpack--follows same characters from Lemon Tart fun culinary mystery
35.  The Mansion  by Henry Van Dyke--short, great read, how are we doing building our mansions?
36.  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens--never read before, and really enjoyed the original

1 comment:

  1. Holy cow! I'm just amazed at how much you've read this past year. I'm so impressed. I go a lot slower. I did read several on your list this past year.

    If you liked 3 Cups of Tea - you should check out his sequel - I just loved it! I loved learning about the current state of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I wish he would write more - I couldn't put those books down.

    I'm glad you liked the conclusion of Hunger Games. I have to say the 3rd book was the biggest waste of book reading time for me this year. Seriously. I was so very dissapointed. Have we talked about this yet?? She spends 2 books building up a very strong relationship with strong, multi-dimensional characters and then throws the whole thing out the door and concludes their journey with 1 sentence at the end. Awful. Such a waste. But if you enjoyed it - good for you :)

    I need to check out your 2011 list.