Friday, December 31, 2010

Year in Review: My Favorite and Best

Just how much did I read in 2010? I read 812 books in 2010. (July was the month I read most, December was the month I read least.) Review copies made up 58.2% of my reading (470). Library books were 30% of my reading (242). Borrowed books were 7.9% of my reading (64). Bought-books made up 3% (24). Gift-books made up  .9% (7). I am pleased to see that 42% of what I read came from sources other than review copies. In total, I read 143,766 pages this year.

My Favorite Board Books: I read 71 board books. (8.7%) My top ten:

My Favorite Picture Books: I read 164 picture books. (20.2%) My top twenty:

My Favorite Children's Books: I read 79 children's books. (9.7%) My top ten:

My Favorite Middle Grade Books: I read 81 middle grade books. (10%). My top ten:

My Favorite YA Books: I read 116 YA books. (14.3%) My top fifteen:
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. 2010. [March 2010]. HarperCollins. 480 pages. 
  • Blue Plate Special by Michelle D. Kwasney. 2009. Chronicle Books. 366 pages.
  • For Keeps. Natasha Friend. 2010. [April 2010] Penguin. 272 pages. [YA Realistic Fiction/YA Romance]
  • Scarlett Fever. Maureen Johnson. 2010. February 2010. Scholastic. 352 pages.
  • Airhead. Meg Cabot. 2008. Scholastic. 340 pages.
  • The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle. 2010. September 2010. Henry Holt. 160 pages.
  • Ship Breaker. Paolo Bacigalupi. 2010. May 2010. Little Brown. 326 pages.
  • Grace. Elizabeth Scott. 2010. September 2010. Penguin. 208 pages.
  • Monsters of Men. Patrick Ness. 2010. September 2010. Candlewick Press. 608 pages.
  • Real Live Boyfriends. E. Lockhart. 2010. December 2010. Random House. 240 pages.
  • The Wee Free Men. Terry Pratchett. 2003. HarperCollins. 400 pages.
  • Wintersmith. Terry Pratchett. 2006. HarperCollins. 325 pages.
  • Prom & Prejudice. Elizabeth Eulberg. 2011. [January 2011] Scholastic. 288 pages.
  • Jane. April Lindner. 2010. Little Brown. 373 pages.
  • Perfect Chemistry. Simone Elkeles. 2008. [December 2008] Walker & Company (Bloomsbury). 368 pages.

My Favorite Adult Books: I read 92 adult books (11.3%). My top twelve:

My Favorite Christian Books: I read 95 Christian books. (11.7%) My top ten:

Five favorite Christian nonfiction:

Five favorite Christian fiction:
My Favorite Nonfiction Books: I read 56 nonfiction books. (6.9%)

 Top five for younger readers:

Top five for older readers:
My Favorite Graphic Novels: I read 30 graphic novels. (3.7%) My top five:

My Favorite Poetry Books: I read 22 books poetry books. (2.7%) My top three:
My Favorite Short Story Collections/Novellas: I read 6 short story/novella collections. (.7%) I've got two short story collections I'd like to highlight:

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Marce 4:59 PM  

Flavia is my favourite character of the year. I look forward to reading Weed in the series next year.

Great list Becky, you read a TON of books, wow.

Happy New Year

Bev Hankins 6:41 PM  

Oh My Goodness! 812! And my husband thinks 203 is a lot...little does he know. :-)

Still finishing #203, actually. So I won't be posting my 2010 wrap-up for a little bit.

Happy New Year!

Jessica (The Bluestocking Society) 10:22 PM  

This is an amazing list/resource. Thank you! I had a baby this year and am always looking for good suggestions on board books in particular. I'll definitely be checking out the ones you listed. Happy New Year!

Yvonne 10:49 PM  

Wow you had a great year! Happy New Year!

DesLily 6:32 AM  

incredible becky!! I don't know how you accomplish so much!

I hope you have a wonderful 2011!!!

Mrs. N 11:10 PM  

Thanks for all the great recommendations, I added tons to my to read list. I also just read North and South this year and loved it (It was one of my top 5). I couldn't believe I hadn't read it sooner.

Sarah at SmallWorld 7:02 PM  

WOW!! What a fantastic set of lists!

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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
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  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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