Friday, December 31, 2010

Year in review : 2010

Instead of a weekly wrap-up, or even monthly wrap-up, I decided to make this a year in review post. What better time for reflecting on 2010 than the very last day of the year, right?

2010 heralded my return to blogging with renewed vigor! I took a hiatus from Reader for Life for pretty much all of 2009 and part of 2010. When I decided to come back, I made a commitment to posting five days a week. The first couple of months were rough, but I've done a pretty decent job of maintaining that since the end of September. I created a calendar to help plan posts and reading, and it's been a huge help. I'm so glad I came back as I'm really enjoying both the blogging and the community of book bloggers I've connected with on Twitter.

Books read
To start blogging again, I needed to get back on the reading horse. I really kicked into high gear over the summer thanks to a few great mystery series - Cotton Malone, the Camel Club, and the Millennium Trilogy. Here's a list of everything I read in 2010.

According to Their Deeds by Paul Robertson
The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry
Etta by Gerald Kolpan
The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry
The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry
The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry
The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry
The Bellini Madonna by Elizabeth Lowry
No Such Creature by Giles Blunt
The Camel Club by David Baldacci
The Collectors by David Baldacci
Stone Cold by David Baldacci
Divine Justice by David Baldacci (re-read)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
The Death Artist by Jonathan Santlofer
Color Blind by Jonathan Santlofer
The Killing Art by Jonathan Santlofer
Darling Jim by Christian Moerk
Provenance by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo
Stealing the Mystic Lamb by Noah Charney (DNF)
The Forger's Spell by Edward Dolnick
What Alice Knew by Paula Marantz Cohen
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger
The Privileges by Jonathan Dee
Heart of Lies by M.L. Malcolm
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
Djibouti by Elmore Leonard
Hell's Corner by David Baldacci
My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton
Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom

I posted my top ten of 2010 on Tuesday as part of Top Ten Tuesday.

Bookish events
I made my annual pilgrimage to the Printers Row Lit Fest in June. While there, I saw Charlie Pierce and Amy Dickinson of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! fame (among other things). That was before I got going on the blog again. In Indianapolis, I had the opportunity to see Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, Karl Zimmer, Lorrie Moore, Madeleine Albright, Will Manley, Jonathan Lethem, and Elmore Leonard, all of which I recapped on Reader for Life.

I also attended the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting (January) and Annual Conference (June) where I always manage to squeeze in a little time in the exhibit hall to look for upcoming releases I want to read.

Plans for 2011
I signed up for a number of 2011 reading challenges including my own Edgar Awards Reading Challenge and a personal challenge to read all of Nick Hornby's novels. You can keep track of my challenge progress here. I'm also on the lookout for interesting readalongs to participate in besides those hosted by The Lost Entwife. If you're hosting one, let me know! Between challenges, readalongs, ARCs, and the existing TBR pile, I'm going to be a busy reading bee all year long.

I've already got a few author events marked on my calendar, which I'll be posting soon. I'm most excited about seeing Michael Koryta in February. The ALA Midwinter Meeting is in San Diego this January, and I'm super excited about going someplace warm! If you're going too, let me know. Maybe we can meet up!

I plan to continue blogging in the same way I have been bringing you reviews, bookish events, weekly wrap-ups, and other things bookish as they strike my fancy. See you next year!

1 comment:

  1. Good luck on all your challenges this year, and I envy your trip to San Diego, as I look out on all the snow, lol.

    Hope you have a great 2011, and I'll be reading your blog!