Here’s the complete list of books I read in 2010, in handy Google spreadsheet form.
How many books read in 2010? 159
How many fiction and non fiction? 137 fiction, 22 nonfiction (more specifically: 1 mystery, 4 juvenile nonfiction, 7 graphic novels, 18 adult nonfiction, 19 juvenile fiction, 21 adult fiction and 80 teen novels)
Male/Female author ratio? 72/92 (there are more here than books read because of multiple authors/editors)
Favorite book of 2010? My favorites were For the Win, The Help, Will Grayson Will Grayson, Mockingjay and Storyteller (Roald Dahl’s biography)
Least favorite? Er, probably something I didn’t finish. Maybe The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris: middle-aged characters I just didn’t relate to.
Any that you simply couldn’t finish and why? See above. There were a couple of others in this category, including the highly regarded Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater which I’ll probably try again some day.
Oldest book read? Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (1818)
Newest? I read a ton of books published in 2010 (actually 80). I’ll go with Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares which came out 10/26.
Longest and shortest book titles? Are subtitles included? I say no so, I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb is longest. Pop by Gordon Korman and Ash by Malinda Lo are tied for shortest.
Longest and shortest books? Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson at 796 pages was longest, Lucy Long Ago at 64 pages was shortest.
How many books from the library? 146. I am a library power user. Which makes sense, as a librarian.
Any translated books? Yes. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Nowhere, Island Beneath the Sea, The Housekeeper and the Professor, The Legend of the Wandering King.
Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author? 6 volumes of Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley. 3 each by Brandon Sanderson and Brent Weeks.
Any re-reads? Yes, but I don’t track those. I know I read Behemoth twice. I reread a few Harry Potters. I reread John Green’s Paper Towns and Ken Jennings’s Brainiac. There are a few more I’m sure, but they’re not leaping to mind. Oh yeah, Heist Society, Hunger Games and Catching Fire too.
Favorite character of the year? Oliver from I Am A Genius… is a great character, evil and hilarious. I don’t really like him, as a person, but he was unique. Lee Fiora in Prep–boy did she feel like she came straight out of my own soul. And who doesn’t love Katniss??
Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading? The US (past, present and future), Canada, Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, France, England (past, present and future), Sweden (and wherever else Lisbeth Salander goes), China, Japan, Italy, ancient Arabia, India, Ireland, postapocalyptic Northern Africa, the Ottoman Empire, Denmark, and several imaginary or nonspecific planets and countries.
Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation? I don’t think I would have read Possession without the Boston Bibliophile‘s repeated mentions of it as her favorite book. Hat tip to her as well for this list of questions. And I even enjoyed it too!
Which author was new to you in 2010 that you now want to read the entire works of? I’d like to read more Isabel Allende and Michael Perry.
Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read? I have 18 books on a list in my draft email to read sometime, and about 30 books on request from the library. There are too many books to be read so I can’t be annoyed I haven’t read some of them or I’d be annoyed all the time.
Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read? Not really? Some day, I’ll read Moby Dick. Some day.