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Looking Back At 2010

January 4, 2011

2010 was my first full year of blogging, and my reading stats and TBR shelf are a testament to the influence my fellow book bloggers have had on me. More on the state of my TBR shelf will be in my 2011 post, but let’s talk a bit about the stats and books of 2010.

At the end of 2009 I extremely pleased with the amount of reading I’d been able to accomplish, reading a total of 50 books, the most I’d ever read in one year. This year I managed to top that, reading 68 books. I read some absolutely fantastic books I hadn’t even heard of 12 months earlier (Chaos Walking Trilogy) and some that I had been wanting to read for a while (Rebecca).

I also had fun continuing the weekly Soundtrack Saturday posts. They’re not always the most viewed (maybe because they show up on the weekend? maybe because not everyone else is as into music?), but I always enjoy scouring my music collection for songs that compliment what I’m reading. And it always fills me with joy when someone else adds their own soundtrack pick or when an author comments on what I’ve selected for their book. Totally makes my day. I’ve listed a few of my favourite soundtrack matchings from the last year below.

What were your favourite books of 2010? Do you have any posts that were particularly fun for you to write?

Highest Rated books (9-10)
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Paper Towns by John Green
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
One Was Lost by Sara Zarr

Honourable Mentions
Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Before I Forget by Melissa Hill
Jane by April Lindner
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Favourite Soundtrack Saturday Posts
Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (Bar in Amsterdam by Katzenjammer)
Jane by April Lindner (To I Bestow by Mundy)
Benny and Shrimp by Katarinea Mazetti (Light a Roman Candle by fun.)
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (Mecha Love by Hadouken!)
One Day by David Nicholls (Nothing Like You & I by The Perishers)

11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2011 3:35 pm

    I read and loved 4 of your top 10 picks, 3 Honorable mention..I think you had a great year in reading. As for the Soundtrack take on it is that it’s hard for people to relate the music to the books if they haven’t read them yet. I read Hummingbirds earlier this year and when I finished the book, the author had included a soundtrack in the back. So I Youtubed them all and each song made perfect sense, but if I’d listened to them ahead of time maybe not so much. Just my two cents…don’t stop doing them because I like them!!!

  2. January 4, 2011 4:36 pm

    I keep hearing how great Patrick Ness’s series is but my library doesn’t carry them…so I need to figure out another way to get my hands on them without buying! Guernsey was on my top ten list as well! Can’t wait to see what you read this year! Congrats on your stats.

  3. January 4, 2011 4:36 pm

    Congratulations on a year of great blogging. I’ve really enjoyed grabbing book ideas from you. Can’t wait to see what you read in 2011 and which of your reads end up on my own list!
    Happy New Year!

  4. January 4, 2011 5:12 pm

    I’m enchanted the Patrick Ness books came out so high in your year (as you know). :p

  5. January 4, 2011 6:02 pm

    Oh yes, and I bet your reading continues to increase! It’s amazing how much blogging increases and influences reading–I know it did for me (until this year when reading/blogging took a second seat).

    I just started The Knife of Never Letting Go and am already so intrigued. Seems everyone has really loved it.

    Hope 2011 is great for you!

  6. January 5, 2011 3:26 pm

    I must read Rebecca…there is no excuse for me this year!

  7. January 5, 2011 4:59 pm

    i listened to 2 of your top pics on audio–guernsey and papertowns–and did really enjoy them. i read life as we knew it a while back and was ‘wow-ed’ by it–it was my first real dystopian read. as for your soundtrack posts, i do often read them but don’t always comment and am amazed by your eclectic taste in music. i thought i had a diverse collection, but you really dig up some obscure songs! hope you’ll continue with it in 2011…

  8. January 5, 2011 7:51 pm

    Staci – Yeah, I can see that being an issue with the soundtrack posts. But I’m glad you enjoy them!

    Heather – I recommend just buying them. Now that I’ve finished the series, I very much wish I owned the books.

    Better is Possible – Thanks! Stop by more often in 2011 :)

    Jenny – The other day I was playing Boggle and I found ‘colt’ as one of the words and it made me sad. I also renamed our honey christmas cookies, which we cut out in gingerbread-ish boy and girl shapes, Todds and Violas.

    Trish – Yay, I’m glad you’re reading The Knife Of Never Letting Go! I hope you love it. I wasn’t expecting to, but, well, you saw my top picks ;)

    Coffee and a Book Chick – Do it! I fully, whole-heartedly recommend it.

    Nat – I fully intend to continue with the Soundtrack posts, although I do worry about having to start reusing bands at some point :)

  9. stacybuckeye permalink
    January 6, 2011 8:23 pm

    I read The Five Love Languages years ago because of the recommendation of a friend and learned so much about myself and my husband. Very insightful. I should make sure I look at it again when I get frustrated with him! :)

  10. January 9, 2011 7:51 pm

    Great post… I liked comparing your top reads to the ones I had also read and enjoyed.

  11. January 10, 2011 10:19 am

    I liked Guernsey when I read it.

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