boring post in which I list all the books I read in 2010

Since I did the work of reading them, though, I’m going to go ahead and commemorate myself. K thanks πŸ™‚

Legend:
* Fill-in-the-Gaps book
^catching up with sff unnamed but obsessive reading project
~mystery/crime reading project

1. Carry On, Jeeves*, P.G. Wodehouse 1/2/10
2. Ash, Malinda Lo 1/3/10
3. Wench, Dola Perkins-Veldez 1/4/10
4. Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, Leslie T. Chang 1/10/10
5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie 1/12/10
6. The Magicians, Lev Grossman 1/20/10
7. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid 1/15/10
8. The House of Spirits*, Isabel Allende 1/29/10
9. The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P, Rieko Matsuura, translated by Michael Emmerich 2/2/10
10. Sons & Other Flammable Objects, Porochista Khakpour 2/7/10
11. Herzog*, Saul Bellow 2/20/10
12. Genghis Khan & the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford 3/1/10
13. Ragtime*, E.L. Doctorow 3/12/10
14. First Test^, Tamora Pierce 3/14/10
15. Housekeeping*, Marilynne Robinson 3/20/10
16. Chinatown Beat~, Henry Chang 3/25/10
17. Cambridge Blue~, Alison Bruce 3/26/10
18. The Samaritan’s Secret~, Matt Beynon Rees 3/27/10
19. When Red Is Black~, Qiu Xiaolong 3/30/10
20. The Naked Sun^~, Isaac Asimov 4/1/10
21. The Surrendered, Chang-Rae Lee 4/4/10
22. Paranormalcy, Kiersten White 4/8/10
23. Soulless^, Gail Carriger 4/13/10
24. The Sandbox, David Zimmerman 4/18/10
25. Wildwood Dancing^, Juliet Marillier 4/23/10
26. Rock Paper Tiger, Lisa Brackmann 4/30/10
27. A Stranger on the Planet, Adam Schwartz 5/2/10
28. Spells, Aprilynne Pike 5/7/10
29. Alcestis, Katharine Beutner 5/13/10
30. Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English, Natasha Solomons 5/23/10
31. Collusion~, Stuart Neville 5/29/10
32. Rag & Bone~, James R. Benn 6/3/10
33. Moonshine, Alaya Dawn Johnson 6/5/10
34. Elvenbane^, Andre Norton & Mercedes Lackey 6/8/10 (this was a reread)
35. Lips Touch Three Times^, Laini Taylor 6/12/10
36. Murder in Passy~, Cara Black 6/20/10
37. Midnight Never Come^, Marie Brennan 6/29/10
38. A Morbid Taste for Bones~, Ellis Peters 7/1/10
39. The Book of Salt, Monique Truong 7/6/10
40. The 19th Wife, David Eberhoff 7/11/10
41. Snake~, James McClure 7/14/10
42. Every Bitter Thing~, Leighton Gage 7/16/10
43. The Lonely Polygamist, Brady Udall 7/22/10
44. One Corpse Too Many~, Ellis Peters 7/25/10
45. Shanghai Girls, Lisa See 7/31/10
46. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell 8/11/10
47. Death of an Englishman~, Magdalen Nabb 8/12/10
48. Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, Marilyn Chin 8/18/10
49. The Heart Specialist, Claire Holden Rothman 8/22/10
50. My Antonia*, Willa Cather 8/27/10
51. Jade Lady Burning~, Martin Limon 9/6/10
52. Murder in the Marais~, Cara Black 9/9/10
53. Tithe, Holly Black 9/13/10
54. Watership Down*, Richard Adams 9/20/10
55. The Shipping News*, E. Annie Proulx 9/27/10
56. The Coroner’s Lunch~, Colin Cotterill 10/1/10
57. Krik? Krak!, Edwidge Danticat 10/4/10
58. Kindred*^, Octavia E. Butler 10/5/10
59. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini 10/10/10
60. White Cat, Holly Black 10/11/10
61. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling 10/19/10 (another reread)
62. Possession*, A.S. Byatt 10/30/10
63. Towers of Midnight, Brandon Sanderson 11/11/10
64. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms^, N.K. Jemisin 11/16/10
65. Changeling^, Delia Sherman 11/20/10
66. Unwind, Neal Shusterman 11/29/10
67. Palipsest^, Catherynne M. Valente 12/1/10
68. Inda^, Sherwood Smith 12/11/10
69. Murder in Belleville~, Cara Black 12/14/10
70. Murder in the Sentier~, Cara Black 12/17/10
71. Murder in the Bastille~, Cara Black 12/20/10
72. Murder in Clichy~, Cara Black 12/26/10

A record for me! I normally average one book a week. But a lot of this year’s books were YA or otherwise short, so I feel a little like I was cheating. Also, no back-busters like last year (when I read Gravity’s Rainbow, Middlemarch, Anna Karenina, and all twelve books in The Wheel of Time series and somehow still read 66 books. Hmm, counting up last year’s tally makes me feel less awesome about this year’s. Oh well.

Ok, now working on my 2011 tally πŸ™‚

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12 Responses to boring post in which I list all the books I read in 2010

  1. Briony says:

    That’s a pretty good year of reading!

    My list is here: http://brionywilliamson.wordpress.com/2010-book-list/

  2. Faye says:

    What did you think of Leslie T. Chang’s book? I debated about that for a while for the gaps list, but I may pick it up anyway.

    • You know, I’m glad I read it, but I wasn’t as profoundly affected by it as by other nf books I’ve read about China. She’s rather heavy-handed with her personal story — her family was sent to Manchuria, split to pieces, then forced to flee — and in my opinion, although her personal story is interesting, it didn’t have as much place in the story of modern Chinese young women as I would have hoped. For me, too, it also irreparably colored how I received her information, since she has a very specific (and often negative-feeling) attitude about certain events/themes in Chinese history, and I would have hoped for more objectivity. (Hence the reason I didn’t force it on you like I did FORTUNE COOKIE CHRONICLES πŸ™‚

      I did really like certain moments/chapters, particularly the beginning, where she focused on the personal journeys of a couple different women. The huge migration of country to city in China is a really interesting phenomenon, the scope of which is a little hard to imagine until you think hard about it.

  3. JES says:

    As I looked down the list I was struck anew by how broadly read you are — aside from sheer numbers, I mean.

    And I bet a list like yours would give pause to any anti-genre bigots out there, if any remain I mean. To answer the question “What kind of book is that?” sometimes seems almost to say more about the answerer than about the book.

    Oh, and I was also curious: I know you got a Kindle late in the year, right? You haven’t said anything about it online, as far as I know, since announcing you’d gotten it in the first place. But were any of the books above in e-form? That cluster of Cara Black titles in the lase couple weeks of December made me wonder if you’d traveled with the e-reader.

    • JES says:

      Der. lase = last.

      • You know, I shunned “genre” for a long time — for some reason in my teens I became embarrassed about how much genre reading I’d done as a kid. It’s kind of a late-in-the-day epiphany, but a couple years ago I realized genres are actually these tight cliques of devoted, smart, and deeply read readers/writers who are often pushing literary movements within their own conversations/exchanges. There’s a LOT of interesting stuff to tap into — the thing is, if you want to roll with those people, there’s a LOT of overhead work you have to do. Genre readers are really serious about reading and having an opinion on everything in their genre, and (kindly) expect you to have similar exposure. So. Sff was an easier step for me, since I had a lot of background reading there as a kid. Mystery/crime is maybe more important, since that’s where I’m working now.

        An unnecessarily long explanation as to why I feel the need to deflect your compliment — on the contrary, monsieur! I must read even more!! (Was contemplating making additional Gaps lists, but haven’t done that yet.)

        As for the Kindle — I’m been using it a lot, but only to read manuscripts. It sure does beat slaughtering trees and dragging around 400-page submissions that will most likely be nos anyway, or trying to read off a computer screen. I love it!!! But I love reading physical books when I read for pleasure. So in fact I have not read a single ebook in my life. Alas.

        Maybe this year!

  4. Karissa says:

    i seriously don’t know how you do it every year.

  5. Ello says:

    Hey I have read 10 from your list! That’s good! I didn’t keep track of the books I read this past year. That was bad of me, right? Given my memory I might go and buy the same books again. I’m so bad.

  6. Katie says:

    I hate you. haha. Why do I have to read so slow?

    p.s. When are we getting noodles?!

  7. Impressive list! I love Cara Black (as much as a person as a writer–she’s fab). Ah, POSSESSION is one of my favorite books. Now you’ve made me want to re-read it!

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