Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 in Books.

In January of 2010 I joined Goodreads... and it has definitely been one of the best decisions I made this year!

I love looking and seeing what books I read at what times... and how long it took me to read some of them.

In all, I read.... drumroll please....

65 books this year.

(Goodreads says it's 64 cause apparently I forgot one of the Sookie Stackhouse books as I flew through them. I read it, just didn't mark it on Goodreads, oops!)

Wow! That seems like a ton, especially considering that the sum of all those books is 24,447 pages.

Some were great, some were bad... but you've probably seen the reviews of my favorites and least favorites here around the blog.

Because I clearly suck at writing books reviews... here's the quick and dirty reviews guide for you:

MUST READS (Bold and green!)
Excellent Reads (Blue!)
Hated the Plot Reads (Red)
And the ones in black... I clearly don't remember what they were about. Awesome, right?

So, without further ado... my 2010 book list:

  1. The Idea of Love, Megan Lewis
  2. The Fixer Upper, Mary Kay Andrews
  3. Do Me, Do My Roots, Eileen Rendahl
  4. Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling #1), Megan McCafferty
  5. Second Helpings (Jessica Darling #2), Megan McCafferty
  6. Charmed Thirds (Jessica Darling #3), Megan McCafferty
  7. Sushi for Beginners, Marian Keyes
  8. Fourth Comings, (Jessica Darling #4), Megan McCafferty
  9. Savannah Blues, Mary Kay Andrews
  10. Perfect Fifths (Jessica Darling #5), Megan McCafferty
  11. Dear John, Nicholas Sparks
  12. Watermelon, Marian Keyes
  13. Little Altars Everywhere, Rebecca Wells
  14. Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kiddler
  15. Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin
  16. Something Blue, Emily Giffin
  17. The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin
  18. The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks
  19. American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld
  20. Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld
  21. The Secret of Joy, Melissa Senate
  22. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  23. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1), Charlaine Harris
  24. Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2), Charlaine Harris
  25. Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #3), Charlaine Harris
  26. Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4), Charlaine Harris
  27. Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse #5), Charlaine Harris
  28. Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #6), Charlaine Harris
  29. * All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #7), Charlaine Harris (Goodreads says I skipped this one, but I definitely didn't.)
  30. From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse #8), Charlaine Harris
  31. Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9), Charlaine Harris
  32. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10), Charlaine Harris
  33. Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp, Lauren Lipton
  34. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Stephanie Meyer
  35. Little Earthquakes, Jennifer Weiner
  36. Easy on the Eyes, Jane Porter
  37. The Choice, Nicholas Sparks
  38. Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
  39. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
  40. I Will Carry You, Angie Smith
  41. Such a Pretty Fat, Jen Lancaster
  42. Little Bitty Lies, Mary Kay Andrews
  43. Hissy Fit, Mary Kay Andrews
  44. Bright Lights, Big Ass, Jen Lancaster
  45. Firefly Lane, Kristin Hannah
  46. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1), Suzanne Collins
  47. Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2), Suzanne Collins
  48. Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3), Suzanne Collins
  49. Savannah Breeze, Mary Kay Andrews
  50. My Fair Lazy, Jen Lancaster
  51. Fly Away Home, Jennifer Weiner
  52. Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan
  53. Love Walked In, Marisa de los Santos
  54. Belong to Me, Marisa de los Santos
  55. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (HP #1), J.K. Rowling
  56. Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (HP #2), J.K. Rowling
  57. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (HP #3), J.K. Rowling
  58. Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (HP #4), J.K. Rowling
  59. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (HP #5), J.K. Rowling
  60. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince (HP #6), J.K. Rowling
  61. Mini Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella
  62. Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher
  63. The Secret Life of Ceecee Wilkes, Diane Chamberlain
  64. Deep Dish, Mary Kay Andrews
  65. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows (HP #7), J.K. Rowling
I would like to thank the lovely designhermomma for suggesting Jen Lancaster books. They are hilarious and true and I devoured them all.

I would like to thank the gorgeous PinkSass for forcing me to read The Hunger Games trilogy and then for fretting about it because she was nervous I wouldn't like them. I, of course, LOVED them. Definitely set a high benchmark for 2010 books.

I would like to thank the original members of the #TwilightPosse (that would be miss Megan Tree and Pink Sass) along with Rachel for forcing me to read Harry Potter. They sat next to my bed for days and weeks on end because I was so afraid to undertake such a challenge... but holy cow, I loved them. I'm definitely re-reading them this year.

And to all of the other sweet girls who have left me book suggestions on random posts all year long: THANK YOU! I just dove through my inbox and pulled out a ton more of your suggestions - I can't wait to get started on them!

And of course if you've read anything good lately I want to know about it. I'll share the good ones if you do too!

Here's to just as many awesome books in 2011!

28 Classy Comments:

PinkSass said...

OMG I thought I read a lot of books! My goodness!

Love the shoutouts. I still am so happy that you loved the Hunger Games. Can't wait for the movies.

I felt the same way about HP and I wasn't ready for the longest time and then boom I was and the series is amazing.

Pigtails and Bowties said...

Thank you for the great book suggestions!! I wish I had read that many books this past year...I think my total was 6! I know I can beat that this year :) xoxo

LG said...

I have been waiting for this blog! B?C I am your friend on Goodreads and you seriously read A TON! I am always amazed!! and a little jealous! I must watch less TV This year...

Jen said...

I'm bookmarking this post for inspiration! I love the way you color-coded the books. Fantastic!! I still need to read HP. I don't know what I'm waiting for. I know that I will love it!!

cailen ascher said...

wow! i am totally impressed. i love to read and definitely don't make enough time for it. i feel inspired to include "read more" in my 2011 resolutions.

happy new year!

Karah said...

Just joined good reads. Im so excited and can't wait to start on my reading list of 2011. I will be hitting up some of your suggestions.

Caroline said...

I love this post, because I just got a Kindle for Christmas and have NO IDEA what books I want to read. Thanks!!

katie@tulsadetails said...

Love the book reviews! I love to hear what everyone is reading and their picks!

Heather said...

I also joined GoodReads this year too and it's great! I just wish I could've read as many books as you did. I read about 30 this year...and I thought that was a lot!

Journey2Goal said...

I joined Shelfari and loved it, it's similar to GoodReads.
You read a TON of books this year! I love a good book... nothing better than getting lost in one to escape reality!
One of my favorites this year was The Castaways by Elin Hildebrand. I read Hunger Games as well (except MockingJay, I haven't gotten to it yet). I liked them, but I loved Twilight still much better!

All Things Cherish said...

Wow, 65 is very impressive! Reading more is one of my goals for 2011. Now I have the perfect book list when I run out of titles. Happy 2011!

LuvRedandWhite said...

I'm definitely starting Good Reads now! How do I add you to my list of friends? I'm on there as "LuvRedandWhite" (I'm so original ;)).

designHER Momma said...

you read alot. Very impressive. Did you just love The Hunger Games? Oy, so good. Can't wait to see what you read in 2011.

Bonnie said...

I bought all of the Harry Potter books about a year ago & have yet to read them. I just don't think I'll like anything as much as I loved Twilight! I'm a Twilight super freak. (as well as my sister who got me to read them!) I started reading a book called "Shiver" & it's really good, but I've been so busy, I haven't finished it yet. I'll keep you posted & let you know how it is!

Megan said...

I can't believe you read all of those books this year!! I definitely know who to go to when I need a book suggestion!

Sweet Simplicity said...

I am so impressed by you! I need to add several of these to my list asap!

Sara said...

65 books?! That's awesome! I've needed some book suggestions, so this post is extremely helpful!

Jessica Lawlor said...

Oh my gosh- I didn't realize you've been reading so much! I'll have to look for your reviews.

Commencement was bad?! I saw the cover and read the description at the bookstore in the summer and it sounded good. Guess I'll stay away now!

I also love Jen Lancaster <3

Sarah said...

Wow, way to go! It is ridiculous how excited I get about hearing about other people that enjoy reading as much as I do!!

Allison said...

I'm impressed with your reading Girl! That's a ton. I read about 2 books a year. Now that I have a new job, I'll keep my nose in more books.

Katie said...

That's a heck of a lot of books!!

I love reading the Mary Kay Andrews books. She wrote other under her "real" name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Not quite like the MKA books, but pretty good.

moosh in indy. said...

Promise not to judge me?

Because I'm already pretty disappointed with myself.

I didn't read a single book in 2010.

I mean, unless you count the two books I read to Addie every night.

(That's just supposed to make you feel guilty in case you were judging me.)

moosh in indy. said...

LIES! I read three books. Maybe four. All on airplanes.

So I'm not a total failure.

Perfectly Imperfect said...

wow. that's a lot of books! I'm so glad y'all all babble on about books on Twitter because it's made me excited to get back to reading. I'm stealing some of these books and adding them to my Goodreads (which I'm also so thankful y'all tweeted about!).

BelleinBows said...

Thank you for posting this. I just joined Goodreads. I am adding your must reads to my 2011 list (minus Harry Potter...sorry I just can't)

If I come across any good books in 2011 I will let you know!

the rigdons said...

thanks for all the awesome book suggestions! and i'm signing up for goodreads right now!

Bella said...

I loved the Jessica Darling series, but read the 5th book. I hated Eat, Pray, Love though.

Right now I'm reading the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series and some Candice Bushnell. I liked One Fifth Avenue. Four Blondes was okay. Couldn't get through Lipstick Jungle. Currently reading Trading Up :)

Meg said...

Wow -- you had an awesome year in books! Megan McCafferty's books are my absolute favorite... can't get enough Marcus Flutie. And I'm glad you enjoyed The Hunger Games series, too -- so addictive!

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