I didn’t really have much in the way of reading plans for 2010 other than to read from the TBR Challenge pile and I managed to do okay with that. Between working full-time and going to library school I tend to leave things up in the air and read more by whim than anything. It both works and doesn’t as I like the flexibility but tend to also feel directionless. Still, it was a pretty decent year of reading even if the books I read tended to be rather short-ish sandwiched in between big fat books.

I am halfway through 2666 so that one will get pushed into 2011 and will show up on the list this time next year. I suppose I could rush through it to finish, but that’s no way to read a good book.

So, here’s how 2010 shakes out:

Books Completed: 56

Fiction: 29
Nonfiction: 19
Poetry: 4
Plays: 4

From the Above:
Graphic Novels: 2
Multimedia Novels: 2
Books of Short Stories: 2
Books of Essays: 3
Books in Translation: 10

Published BCE: 5
Before 1900: 9
1900 – 1999: 14
2000 and after: 28

Books by Women: 18
Books by Men: 37
Books By Multiple Authors: 1

From the Library: 23
Kindle: 4
Own: 21

Rereads: 3
Books begun but abandoned: 0

Five Books I liked Best (in no particular order):

  1. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. Have I ever mentioned that Atwood is one of my favorite authors?
  2. The Gates by John Connolly. This one makes top five because of its sheer quirky delightfulness and because it still makes me smile whenever I think about it.
  3. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. A wonderfully told tale about the wonders of telling tales.
  4. If Not, Winter by Saphho, translated by Anne Carson. Even in fragments Sappho’s poetry took my breath away and Carson’s translation is most excellent.
  5. A Scrap of Time by Ida Fink. These short stories are deeply sad but not depressing and oh so beautifully written.

Honorable Mentions:

  • My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse. Any book that can make me laugh out loud on an airplane has got to be good.
  • Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov. A fascinating look into a changing Russian society and a very enjoyable read even though I frequently wanted give Oblomov a kick in the pants to try and get him off the sofa.
  • The Master by Colm Toibin. A beautifully written book that seemed to capture the essence of Henry James.
  • Reader’s Block by David Markson. How a book made up of fragments that often aren’t even connected can possibly be enjoyable and make sense I have no idea. But it is and it does. So there you go.
  • Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee. I nominate Hermione Lee as Goddess of Biography.
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. This has got to be one of the best ghost stories ever.

Weirdest Book I have ever Read: Sartor Resartus by Thomas Carlyle. And I’ve read some weird ones, but so far this one takes the cake.

I thought it pretty good that I didn’t have to abandon any books this year. The gender imbalance is bothersome. The fact that I only read 21 books that I already owned is also bothersome especially since I am certain I bought more than 20 books during the course of the year. There is always 2011 to do better in, right?

More on 2011 plans tomorrow.