Jan 07 2011
As promised, here’s my 2010 book wrap up! So, after achieving my goal of 50 read in 2009, my goal for 2010 was to read 75 books. As mentioned in my final Read by Jody of 2010, I did not make my goal, but I’m OK with that.
I did manage to read 69 books in 2010, so I wasn’t too far off my goal.
Only 11 of my books were e-books this year, which actually disappoints me because it’s DOWN from 2009. I love my e-reader and have found e-books actually more enjoyable to read than traditional books, and I try very hard to be environmentally friendly, so I want this number to go up instead of down! I blame the backslide partly on review books, which are mostly still coming as hard copies, and a large gift certificate for a bookstore that couldn’t be used for e-books. I’m really hoping this number will increase significantly in 2011.
A whopping 42 books of my 2010 reads were YA books! This is up significantly from just 15 in 2009. I’m not sure what this says about me, but I think I should really try and incorporate some more adult books into my reading this year!
40 of my 2010 reads fell into the Science Fiction & Fantasy genre, which is no surprise since this is where my heart lies. But since my overall book count went up, I actually managed to read more non-fantasy books this year than last, so I’m happy about that.
Highlights of the year…
- Definitely The Hunger Games trilogy! I love me a great epic adventure that sticks with you. Add in a strong female heroine and I’m in love. It’s been weeks since I read Mockingjay and I still can’t stop thinking about Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch and Gale. And I’m coveting Hunger Games merchandise, so clearly this one has struck a chord with me!
- Some great starts: I read a few gems that I really loved which all look like promising starts to new series. Anyone who has been following this blog for any length of time knows I’m a series addict. I like to get attached to my characters and follow their stories for years to come. And that’s why these awesome books stand out for 2010: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, EON by Alison Goodman, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, and The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller.
I’d also like to give a shout-out to Graceling by Kristin Cashore because I really loved it, but unfortunately Fire, book 2 in the Seven Kingdoms series was a very poor follow-up.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians. While not every book in this 5 volume series is a 5 star book, I enjoyed them all and it had a fantastic 5 star ending. Ending a series satisfactorily is a big deal as far as I’m concerned!
- Netgalley. A site that offers plenty of great review books and all in e-book format! Big win.
- Real life YA. I don’t know if that’s the best name for it, but I read some absolutely amazing stories about teens dealing with real life issues that resonated with me on every level. If you’re ever looking for a book to really make you feel, check out The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, As She Grows by Lesley Anne Cowan, God is in the Pancakes by Robin Epstein or The Second Trial by Rosemarie Boll. All are amazing.
I signed up for three challenges in 2010, but unfortunately I only completed two of them.
I actually surpassed my goal for the 2010 YA Reading Challenge hosted by J. Kaye’s Book Blog (now known as Home Girls book blog). I signed up for The Mini YA Reading Challenge, which requires you to read 12 Young Adult novels, but completed the Just My Size YA Reading Challenge, which requires you to read 25 Young Adult novels.
I just barely finished The What’s in a Name? Challenge, hosted by Beth at Beth Fish Reads. My final book for that challenge was completed on Dec. 26 and it wasn’t until after I read it that I learned that Nightshade was a plant name and qualified for the last book in the challenge!
I did not however manage to complete the TwentyTen Reading Challenge hosted by Bart’s Bookshelf. I was close, but only managed to get in 17 of the 20 books required. I do think this one was a fun challenge, and it was a good one for getting me to select books I may not normally have picked.
(To see any of my challenges just follow the links above.)
So there you have my 2010 book year in review. I’d love to hear some of your highlights from the year! Please share some of your faves from 2010 in the comments below.