2010 Reading Journal

This is what I have read for the year (posting it so I can archive it in preparation for next year!). It’s nowhere near as much as the previous years, but I read quite a few good books so I feel there’s far more quality there compared to quantity and maybe that’s more important.

I’ve rated them for everyone’s benefit from 1-5 hearts and I’ve linked the books to reviews if I’ve reviewed them.

  1. – Painfully Boring
  2. ♥♥ – Boring
  3. ♥♥♥ – Average or Undecided
  4. ♥♥♥♥ – Entertaining
  5. ♥♥♥♥♥ – Absolutely wonderful

The Aussie Author ChallengeCompleted

1. Slights – Kaaron Warren ♥♥♥♥
2. Tomorrow, When The War Began – John Marsden ♥♥♥♥

The R.I.P. V ChallengeCompleted

3. Gone – Michael Grant ♥♥♥♥♥
4. Storm Front – Jim Butcher ♥♥
5. Carmilla – J. Sheridan Le Fanu ♥♥♥♥♥

The Two Month Comic Challenge

6. Warhammer 40K: Fire and Honour – Graham McNeil ♥♥♥
7. Godspeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic – Barnaby Legg, Jim McCarthy, and Flameboy ♥♥♥♥♥
8. B.P.R.D. Hollow Earth and Other Stories – Mike Mignola ♥♥♥♥
9. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born – David, Furth, Lee, and Isanove ♥♥♥♥
10. The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel – Nicki Greenberg ♥♥♥♥
11. Lewis Carrolls’ Alice In Wonderland: A Campfire Graphic Novel – Lewis Helfand and Rajesh Nagulakonda ♥♥♥♥
12. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A Campfire Graphic Novel – Lloyd S. Wagner and Naresh Kumar ♥♥♥♥
13. The Time Machine: A Campfire Graphic Novel – Lewis Helfand and Rajesh Nagulakonda ♥♥♥♥♥
14. Harry Houdini: A Campfire Graphic Novel – C.E.L. Welsh and Lalit Kumar Singh ♥♥♥♥♥
15. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death – Laurell K Hamilton and Jonathon Green ♥♥
16. Dracula: An All Action Classic (Graphic Novel) – Michael Mucci, Ben Caldwell, and Bill Halliar ♥♥♥
17. The War of The Worlds (Graphic Novel) – Stephen Stern and Arne Starr

Combined: RIP V & Aussie Author

18. Chasers – James Phelan ♥♥♥♥♥

Combined: RIP V & Two Month Comic

19. Vlad The Impaler: The Man Who Was Dracula – Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colon ♥♥♥♥
20. The Crow: Flesh and Blood – James Vance & Alexander Maleev ♥♥ and a half
21. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives – Ed Brubaker & Bryan Talbot ♥♥♥♥

The Rest

22. The Burning Bridge – John Flanagan ♥♥♥♥
23. Threshold – Caitlin R. Kiernan ♥♥♥ & a half.
24. The Icebound Land – John Flanagan ♥♥♥♥
25. Oakleaf Bearers – John Flanagan ♥♥♥♥
26. The Sorcerer In The North – John Flanagan ♥♥♥♥
27. The Siege of Macindaw – John Flanagan ♥♥♥♥
28. The Radiance of Pigs – Stan Rice ♥♥♥♥
29. Erak’s Ransom – John Flanagan ♥♥♥♥
30. The Time Traveler’s WifeAudrey Niffenegger ♥♥♥♥♥
31. Requiem: Resurrection – Mills & Ledroit ♥♥♥♥♥
32. Requiem: Vampire Knight – Mills & Ledroit ♥♥♥♥♥
33. Nightlight – The Harvard Lampoon ♥♥♥♥
34. Infected – Scott Sigler ♥♥♥♥
35. Contagious – Scott Sigler ♥♥♥♥
36. The Painted Man (The Warded Man – US Title) – Peter V. Brett ♥♥♥♥
37. The Desert Spear – Peter V. Brett ♥♥♥♥
38. Glass Houses – Rachel Caine ♥♥♥♥
39. The Dead Girls’ Dance – Rachel Caine ♥♥♥♥
40. Midnight Alley – Rachel Caine ♥♥♥♥
41. Feast of Fools – Rachel Caine ♥♥♥♥
42. Lord of Misrule – Rachel Caine ♥♥♥♥
43. Carpe Corpus – Rachel Caine ♥♥♥♥
44. Fade Out – Rachel Caine ♥♥♥
45. Kiss of Death – Rachel Caine ♥♥♥
46. On The Road – Jack Kerouac ♥♥♥
47. Satan Burger – Carlton Mellick III ♥♥♥♥
48. Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy ♥♥♥♥
49. Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire – Derek Landy ♥♥♥
50. Kallocain – Karin Boye ♥♥♥♥
51. Sarah’s Books: Notes From Underground – Fyodor Dostoyevsky ♥♥♥
52. The Moth Diaries – Rachel Klein ♥♥♥♥ & a half
53. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins ♥♥♥♥♥
54. The Chrysalids – John Wyndham ♥♥♥
55. The Dead of Night – John Marsden ♥♥♥
56. The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters ♥♥♥
57. Sarah’s Books: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte ♥♥♥
58. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro ♥♥♥
59. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert ♥♥
60. HorrorCon – Scott Norton♥♥♥
61. Horns – Joe Hill ♥♥♥♥
62. Mice – Gordon Reece ♥♥
63. A Study in Scarlet & The Sign of The Four – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ♥♥
64. sWitch – Scott Norton ♥♥♥♥
65. Spirit Bound – Richelle Mead ♥♥♥ and a half
66. Last Sacrifice – Richelle Mead ♥♥♥
67. Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare ♥♥♥♥

Top Picks & Highlights For 2010

These are the top books or books I recommend from the last year and authors I found well written or enjoyed. The lists are not numbered because they are not by order of what is best.

10 Books

10 Authors

Adult Fiction Authors

  • Peter V. Brett
  • Audrey Niffenegger
  • Scott Norton
  • Scott Sigler
  • Kaaron Warren

Young Adult Fiction Authors

  • Michael Grant
  • James Phelan
  • John Marsden
  • Derek Landy
  • Suzanne Collins

Highlights

I don’t celebrate New Years, because it is another day, but I think it’s fun to look back on what happened in the last year, to remind oneself of what has come to pass and focus on the positives that have occurred. I find it helpful because I do forget what has happened in a certain period of time, therefore these are my bookish highlights for 2010.

  • I got a new bookcase for $50 from Ebay. Bargain! Of course it filled up within a couple of days, but still…
  • I started my own book club after not being able to join another one and it has gone really well.
  • I’ve also hosted my first reading challenge, which only my girlfriend and I signed up for, and have gotten a lot of people signing up for the ones I’m hosting for next year.
  • I was fortunate enough to be approached by a publishing company for reviews.
  • This is more a writing thing, but it’s still bookish – Joining up with NaNoWriMo and having an awesome experience with it is one hell of a highlight for my bookish year.
  • I’ve also had quite a few interactions with authors, both negative and positive, yet am grateful for all of them and have learned some things from the experience.
  • Last, but not least, in only having this blog for a year I have ended up getting quite a few regulars and visitors in general, which is fantastic. I really appreciate regulars, even if it’s just regular readers and not commenters. If I didn’t have visitors I would still blog, but even though I love blogging just for myself it’s nice to know that there’s people out there reading what you’re putting time and effort into so thank you for all followers in the past year.

Do you have any highlights from 2010?

That’s Enough For Now

Since about Christmas time I have received a lot of books either via buying them or as gifts (what else do you get a bookworm?).

I thought I’d run out of room before, but then I doubled up my books in one of my bookcases and was ok for a little while. A very little while.

I have a tea chest which I keep my fish on and before there was only the fish bowl, a pair of clogs, photos, and my modem. Now there’s the fish bowl, a pair of clogs, photos, my modem, and three piles of books. My poor fish has slowly been surrounded by towers of books and I’ve now realised what is disrupting my internet reception…. My books. Reception was beautiful before I started piling them on there, but now it’s so finicky that pages won’t load anymore.

I’ve been keeping a list of my personal library and so far in less than three months I have received or bought these books…

  1. Tallow – Karen Brooks
  2. Endymion Spring – Matthew Skelton
  3. Graceling – Kristin Cashore
  4. White Tiger – Kylie Chan
  5. The Icebound Land – John Flanagan
  6. Oakleaf Bearers – John Flanagan
  7. The Burning Bridge – John Flanagan
  8. The Ruins of Gorlan – John Flanagan
  9. The Sorcerer In The North – John Flanagan
  10. The Siege of Macindaw – John Flanagan
  11. Erak’s Ransom – John Flanagan
  12. Halt’s Peril – John Flanagan
  13. The King’s of Clonmel – John Flanagan
  14. Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief – Rick Riordian
  15. Nation – Terry Pratchett
  16. Hunger – Michael Grant
  17. Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
  18. Illium – Dan Simmons
  19. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  20. Angel Time – Anne Rice
  21. The Left Hand of God – Paul Hoffman
  22. Glad Day Daily Meditations for BLGT – Joan Larkin
  23. The Book of The Damned – Charles Fort
  24. The latest Oxford Dictionary
  25. Australian Thesaurus by Oxford
  26. Best Ghost and Horror Stories – Bram Stoker
  27. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
  28. Nightlight – The Harvard Lampoon
  29. The Power In The Storm – Tamora Pierce
  30. The Healing In The Vine – Tamora Pierce
  31. A Radiance of Pigs – Stan Rice
  32. The War of The Dwarves – Markus Heitz
  33. Skulduggery Pleasant (book one) – Derek Landy
  34. Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire – Derek Landy
  35. Sacred Scars – Kathleen Duey
  36. Slights – Kaaron Warren
  37. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Steig Larsson
  38. Requiem Vampire Knight Volume II – Mills and Ledroit
  39. Let The Right One In – John Alvide Lindqvist
  40. Learn to Draw and Paint Fairy Tale Creatures –
  41. Fade Out – Rachel Caine
  42. Threshold – Caitlin R. Kiernan

And out of those books I’ve only read

  1. Threshold
  2. A Radiance of Pigs
  3. Slights
  4. Requeim Vampire Knight Volume II
  5. Nightlight
  6. Erak’s Ransom
  7. The Siege of Macindaw
  8. Oakleaf Bearers
  9. The Burning Bridge
  10. The Sorcerer In The North
  11. The Icebound Land
  12. The Ruins of Gorlan
  13. Endymion Spring

That’s 13 books out of 40 (not including the dictionary and thesaurus even though I do actually read those). I’m really tempted to ditch my current challenges and just focus on reading those books, but several of these are part of trilogies or series that might be counter-productive.

Oh well, at least I know one thing. I don’t really need to buy books for awhile…