My reading goal for 2010 had been to get through all (or at least a large portion) of NPR's 100 Best Beach Books Ever. Early in the year I started out pretty strong, trudging to the various branches of the Gainesville library every week with my list in hand. But it wasn't long before the whole thing became one giant pain in the ass. I wasn't finding the books that I really wanted to read, and I wasn't thrilled with the books I was finding. When it came time to actively begin packing and moving, I abandoned the list all together and instead just read whatever I could get my hands on, picking up books at Goodwill or Target. Now that I'm here in Portland and have access to a great library system and inexpensive used books at Powell's, the list has all but been forgotten. I'm reading what I want to read and loving it.
Books Read in 2010:
1. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
3. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
4. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
5. The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
6. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
7. Atonement by Ian McEwan
8. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
9. Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend
10. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
11. Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheeann Sweeney
12. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
13. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
14. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
15. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
16. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
17. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
18. Foxtrot: Assembled with Care by Bill Amend
19. The World of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington
20. My Abandonment by Peter Rock
21. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
22. Le Divorce by Diane Johnson
23. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
24. Good Grief by Lolly Winston
25. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
26. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
27. Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
28. Waiting by Debra Ginsberg
29. My Custom Van by Michael Ian Black
30. The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker
31. Why is my Mother Getting a Tattoo? by Jancee Dunn
32. Stuck in the Middle edited by Ariel Schrag
33. Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon
34. The Complete Strangers in Paradise (Vol. 1) by Terry Moore
35. Don't You Forget About Me by Jancee Dunn
36. The Three Incestuous Sisters by Audrey Niffenegger
37. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
38. I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee
39. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
40. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
41. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book #5) by Jeff Kinney
42. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
43. The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger
44. The Camera My Mother Gave Me by Susanna Kaysen
45. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
46. Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk by Tony DuShane
47. The Impostor's Daughter by Laurie Sandell
48. The New Kings of Nonfiction edited by Ira Glass (I finished this today-just in time to make the list.)
I've been chronicling what I've been reading since 2008 and this is the first year that I've read under fifty books, which is somewhat disappointing because I had actually hoped to go well past fifty and read closer to 75. But it was a busy year. A year for experiencing life, not just reading about it.
A Few Thoughts on my Year in Books:
*As I look over what I've read this past year, a lot of it was neither good nor bad, just forgettable. Until completing this list, I had forgotten about half of these books.
*The book I remember reading the most while packing to move is Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking. I never reviewed it here and in fact I don't think I even mentioned it. It was that shitty.
*For me, this was definitely the year of Barbara Kingsolver. I think I've read everything by her now except for The Lacuna. Have any of you read it? Should I make it a priority?
*The first book I read in Oregon was Good in Bed, which Jay picked up for me at a Target when we stopped in Boise. He remembered seeing it on the NPR list.
*Although so much of my list is kinda iffy, I did read quite a few books that I just loved and that I think about often: The Time Traveler's Wife, The Pilot's Wife, Atonement, Wicked, Good Grief, The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, to name a few.
*The biggest disappointment for me was Squirrel Meets Chipmunk by David Sedaris. What was this about? I don't know. I didn't understand it and I didn't like it. My Custom Van was equally a let down.
As for the coming year, I'm not going to set any hard and fast goals about what I should be reading, but I would like to inch a bit closer to the elusive 75 books. Other than that, I'm just going to keep reading what I want to read.
What are some of your memorable reads of 2010 and do you have any goals for the new year?