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Sunday, December 26, 2010

2010 Reading list summary

I'm fairly certain that I won't have time to knock off one more book this year, so I've decided to go ahead and do a summary of the 76 books I read for 2010. Didn't quite reach my goal of 100 books, but since I did reach another more important goal (that I'll talk about later in the week), I'm still feeling pretty good about this number.

So here's the rundown:
Of the books I read, 51 could be classified as young adult, 25 as children's or middle grade (see the complete list here). I didn't read any adult books this year. That's right, ZERO ADULT BOOKS. I'm quite certain this will change in 2011 as I have one adult book that will be released in March that I'm really looking forward to. But aside from that, I'd like to note the one adult book I tried to read, Anne Rice's Angel Time, I couldn't get into! That's right. I just couldn't get engaged in it, which is really weird considering how much I've loved Anne Rice in the past.

More categories:
Paranormal/Fantasy  - 26
Dystopian - 4
Historical - 4
Contemporary - 42

After looking at this list, I'm actually shocked. I write paranormal, so what's up with all the contemporary?? Obviously my tastes have changed of late, not sure if my writing preference ever will but it's something to think about.

Most read authors:
1. Rick Riordan -8
2. Laurie Halse Anderson -5
3. Sarah Dessen - 4
I had many doubles listed and I'm sure that I'll be picking up more of their books in the future. Of particular  note are Jaclyn Moriarty, Melina Marchetta, Courtney Summers and Meg Rosoff. In the children's category I'd love to pick up another book by Patricia Riley Giff.

Books with serious issues that are highly recommended:
1. Smack by Melvin Burgess - drug addiction
2. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - anorexia
3. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher - suicide
4. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen - rape

Best of:
Best paranormal (for concept) Peeps by Scot Westerfeld
Best paranormal (for writing) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Best contemporary (most moving) If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Best off-beat contemporary - Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams

Strongest female protagonist - Nya from Blue Fire by Janice Hardy
Male crush - Mason from Lighter Side of Life and Death by CK Kelly Martin
Favorite female character - Emily from Dreaming of Amelia and The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty

Best overall YA (too addictive to put down) - City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. It is really necessary to read the first two in this series to get to the third. I found the second to be kind of slow, but it's worth it to get to the last book in this series.

Best overall Middle Grade/Children's - The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan. I chose this one because I think it's most attractive to kids, but Holes by Louis Sachar comes in a close second.

I can't leave this post without declaring my goal for next year. Since I may be taking classes in the spring, I'm going to have to trim my reading down a bit. I'll be happy if I manage to read 50 books, though I'm going to hope for more of course. Hope this post gives you some ideas to put on your own reading list for 2011.


Nomes said...

argh, this is brilliant! love the breakdown of genres within YA.

apart from some of the MG I've pretty much read everything here :) I have pre-ordered The Lighter Side of Life and death (paperback)

I am so thrilled you enjoyed Beatle Meets destiny! I know it's something completely different but absolutely my kind of read!

love this list ~ I've only read City of Bones. My library has the other two, but not sure ~ although it does sound like it may be worth it to continue.

have an awesome holiday break Angie!


Andi said...

Great list! Of these books I've read 13 Reasons Why, Just Listen, Shiver, City of Glass, and The Lightning Thief.

I'm definitely going to be checking out some others though, like Beatle Meets Destiny and The Lighter Side of Life and Death.

Bee said...

I love, love, love this list, angie.
Em is awesome, ftw :D

And now I really have to get around to reading Beatles Meets Destiny.

LM Preston said...

Great list. Just remember that as picky as your reading tastes are, so are the readers that you want checking your book out are. We readers are a prickly bunch. I seem to flux in my reading habits too, but also realized that some story lines I'm even picky about.

Krista Ashe said...

Great list!! And I love, loved If I Stay. Can't wait for Where She Went. If you want another moving book, I'd recommend The Sky is Everywhere. My favorite of the year!!

Here's to happy reading in 2011!!!

Angie said...

Thanks for the comments guys! Krista - I have read The Sky is Everywhere. Loved it too, but it didn't make me cry the way If I Stay did. Still, a great recommendation!

F.I.C said...

I've ordered The Year of Secret Assignments and I'm waiting to organise my finances a bit before getting Blue Fire. Some of the others you've mentioned will need to go onto the wish list for now though.



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