A Year in reading – 2010

One of my big joys at the turn of the year is to look back at what happened the previous year, especially at what I read.

Books read in 2010: 61 [62 in 2009]. This is an average of 5.08/month.
Among these , 13 were Audiobooks [16 in 2009], and 1 a manga – The 14th Dalai Lama

Actually, I should add the number of books I translated, that is, 6 this year, for a total of over 100 pages, and so it means also 6 written!

Favorites: too tough to choose only 1!

Books started and abandoned: I don’t keep track of those usually, but I will in 2011. I do remember giving up on Mrs Dalloway…

Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio: 29/32 [39/23 in 2009]

Male/Female authors ratio: 30/25 [26/18 in 2009]

Books by the same author:12 [20 in 2009], that is, 6 authors with 2 books each

Re-Reads: 1 [3 in 2009] : Great Lent *

Oldest: The Catcher in the Rye – 1951

Newest: Unbroken – nov 2010

In translation: 7 [9 in 2009]

Other countries these books led me to: [20 in 2009] South America, Romania, Turkey, Greece, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Vietnam, Sweden, Egypt, Russia, Ireland, England, India

Set in the Middle-Ages:4 [13 in 2009]

Shortest: Metamorphosis

Longest: Fall of Giants – 985 pages. In 2011, I’ll write each time the number of pages/hours for books and do a yearly average

Funniest: The Great Typo Hunt*

Favorite character of the year: Renée, in The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation? The Help

Which author was new to you in 2010 that you now want to read the entire works of? Ken FOLLETT

Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read? The Pillars of the Earth

Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read?
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Foucault’s Pendulum*
Catcher in the Rye

Best title: Eats, Shoots, and Leaves
Longest book title: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Shortest book title: Kokoro

Books coming from:

  • my personal bookshelf: 1 [1 in 2009]
  • books received for review: 1 [9 in 2009]
  • my city Public Library: 59 [52 in 2009]

And to finish here are the section I enjoy most for my wrap up:

– When I was younger I was : The Dreamgiver
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m: The Good Thief
– I will never be: The Constant Princess
– At the end of a long day I need:  The Great Typo Hunt
– Right now I’m feeling: A Parisienne in Chicago*
– Someday I want to: [The] Search for the Perfect Language*
– At a party you’d find me: Finding Atlantis*
– I’ve never:  (Taught) [Teaching] a Stone To Talk* – that’s the best I could do on that one!
– I really don’t enjoy: The Devil’s Door*, but I enjoyed the book !
– My advice is to: (Have) Appetite for Life*
– In my next life I want to be…: The Invisible Man

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Planet Google*
– Your favorite form of transportation: The Ladder of the Beatitudes, a ladder allows you to go from point A to point B, right?
– Your best friend is: Kokoro
– You and your friends are: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
– What’s the weather like: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
– Favorite time of day: A Walk in the Woods*
– If your life was (a) : One Hundred Years of Solitude
– What is life to you: Metamorphosis
– Your fear: The Solitude of Prime Numbers
– What is the best advice you have to give: Learning True Love
– Thought for the Day: We Shall See Him As he Is
– How I would like to die: Inside The School of Charity
– My soul’s present condition: Unbroken

And now to 2011:

I have signed up to 4 Reading Challenges:

1: What’s in a name. 6 books : http://whatsinaname4.blogspot.com/
– Number: The Crying Of Lot 49
Movement: Running with Scissors
Life Stage: The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
– Gem: Cutting For Stone
– Size: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
– Evil: Strong As Death

2: My own challenge: Books Published in The First Years of My Life. Kid level : 5 books https://wordsandpeace.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/books-published-in-the-first-years-of-my-life-challenge-2011/
– 1966: The Crying Of Lot 49
1967: Company for Henry, by Wodehouse
– 1968: Do Butlers Burgle Bankers, by Wodehouse
– 1969: Edible Woman
– 1970: Bluest Eye

3: Victorian Literature Challenge: 1-4 books: Sense and Sensibility level: http://subtlemelodrama.blogspot.com/p/victorian-literature-challenge.html
The Invisible Man, by HG Wells
War And Peace
–  Middlemarch

Victoria, byElizabeth Longford

4: 2011 Audio Book Challenge – Fascinated: 6 Audio books. Hosted by http://teresasreadingcorner.blogspot.com/p/2011-audio-book-challenge.html
Books as I read along

I plan as well:
– to keep track for books I start and abandon
– to keep track of the number of pages/hours of books I read/listen to
– if possible, read at least 65 books

I have not published any book/article this year, but an article on Liturgical Objects in Cistercian Art should be coming out in 2011. I also plan to finish very very soon a lengthy translation of a book on the Rule of Saint Benedict.

*= this is on my older blog, or earlier on on this same book blog, when I was unfiortunately not writing one post per book. Sorry. If you are interested in reading specifically about this book, do a Search, with CTRL=F, and type the title of the book

New post coming soon with a renewed TBR list





4 thoughts on “A Year in reading – 2010

  1. Wow, Emma! You are indeed a voracious reader and I am very impressed!! (Thanks, by the way, for including my book as a favorite. That’s a real honor!) I’m going to look up some of your last year’s books and put them on my current to-be-read list. I’m still putting my last year’s review of books together, but it’s not going to look nearly as impressive as yours!!


    • Voracious, you think so ? I read a book blogger the other day, she read over 200 books last year… I wonder when she sleeps, eats, etc!
      It was also fun to use you book title for ‘How I would like to die’! This morning when I opened FB, it showed that Laura Hillenbrand [I liked her page] was being interviewed on Illinois radio, and I was able to listen to it live online – while doing English-French translation, oh my!! Must be nuts! I have a recording in case you are interested.
      Did you see? I’m going to join you in your challenge! Thanks for doing this, it’s fun.


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