Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Reading Year in Review

I thought I'd do a list of all of the books I've read in 2009. I've seen some other bloggers do this and I think it's a great way to catalog and look back on what you've read and possibly a way to make goals of what to read in the coming year. I've never cataloged what I've read in a whole year, but I believe I read about a book a week, so I am intrigued to see what I've accomplished. Obviously I didn't start blogging until the end of September but I started cataloging my reads in February of this year through paperbackswap and Book Army so I think it should be pretty easy for me to remember the whole year. Also I think it might give you a flavor for what I read in an average year.

Let's see how I did.
  1. 'Any Place I Hang My Hat' By Susan Isaacs - Grade B
  2. 'Midwives' By Chris Bohjalian - Grade A
  3. 'The Great Indoors' By Sabine Durrant - Grade C
  4. 'Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)' By Cathie Black - Grade A
  5. 'The Nature of Water and Air' By Regina McBride - Grade C
  6. 'People of the Book' by Geraldine Brooks - Grade A
  7. 'The Ginger Tree' By Oswald Wynd - Grade C
  8. 'Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe' By Bill Bryson - Grade B
  9. 'Summit Avenue' By Mary Sharratt - Grade C
  10. 'More Innocent Times' By Imogen Parker - Grade A
  11. 'The Secret of Lost Things' By Sheridan Hay - Grade C
  12. 'Surrender, Dorothy' By Meg Wolitzer - Grade A
  13. 'I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away' By Bill Bryson - Grade A
  14. 'Beneath a Marble Sky' By John Shors - Grade A
  15. 'The Dearly Departed' By Elinor Lipman - Grade B
  16. 'The Senator's Wife' By Sue Miller - Grade A
  17. 'Kate Caterina' By William Riviere - Grade D
  18. 'Secrets of the Heart' By Elizabeth Buchan - Grade B
  19. 'Man Camp' By Adrienne Brodeur - Grade D
  20. 'Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen' By Julie Powell - Grade B
  21. 'The Lost Continent - Travels in Small-Town America' By Bill Bryson - Grade C
  22. Glass Castle' By Jeannette Walls - Grade B
  23. 'Things I Want My Daughters to Know' By Elizabeth Noble - Grade A
  24. 'The Middle Place' By Kelly Corrigan - Grade A
  25. 'The Ten-Year Nap' By Meg Wolitzer - Grade D
  26. 'Certain Girls' By Jennifer Weiner - Grade B
  27. 'Animal Dreams' By Barbara Kingsolver - Grade B
  28. 'Rattled: A Memoir' By Christine Coppa - Grade A
  29. 'Mother's Milk' By Edward St. Aubyn - Grade C
  30. 'Love Life' By Ray Kluun - Grade C
  31. 'Getting Rid of Matthew' By Jane Fallon - Grade B
  32. 'The Virgin's Lover' By Philippa Gregory - Grade D
  33. 'Lessons in Heartbreak' By Cathy Kelly - Grade A
  34. 'The Visible World' By Mark Slouka - Grade B
  35. 'The Extra Man' By Jonathan Ames - Grade D
  36. 'Lullabies for Little Criminals' By Heather O'Neill - Grade D
  37. 'The Road Home' By Rose Tremain - Grade A
  38. 'Remember Me?' By Sophie Kinsella- Grade D
  39. 'Good-Bye and Amen' By Beth Gutcheon - Grade F
  40. 'The Beach House' By Jane Green - Grade A
  41. 'Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny' By Suze Orman - Grade B
  42. 'The Last Bolyn' By Karen Harper - Grade C
  43. 'The Lost Dog' By Michelle de Kretser - Grade F
  44. 'Snow Flower and The Secret Fan' By Lisa See - Grade B
  45. 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore' By Ilene Beckerman - Grade B
  46. 'Love in the Present Tense' By Catherine Ryan Hyde - Grade A
  47. 'Stop That Girl' By Elizabeth Mckenzie - Grade C
  48. 'Astrid and Veronika' By Linda Olsson - Grade A
  49. 'The French Gardener' By Santa Montefiore - Grade B
  50. 'Working With You is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself From Emotional Traps at Work' By Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster - Grade C
  51. 'The Bastard of Istanbul' by Elif Shafak - Grade F
  52. 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' By Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer - Grade A
  53. 'From Here You Can't See Paris' By Michael Sanders - Grade C
  54. 'Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines' By Stephanie Elizondo Griest - Grade B
  55. 'The Sleeping Beauty Proposal' By Sarah Strohmeyer - Grade B
  56. 'Dear Fatty' By Dawn French - Grade B
  57. 'Love Marriage' By V.V. Ganeshananthan - Grade D
  58. 'A Spot of Bother' By Mark Haddon - Grade B
  59. 'A Catch of Consequence' By Diana Norman - Grade A
  60. 'Lottery' By Patricia Wood - Grade B
  61. 'The Septembers of Shiraz' By Dalia Sofer - Grade C
  62. 'Made in America' By Bill Bryson - Grade C
  63. 'An Offer You Can't Refuse' By Jill Mansel - Grade B
  64. 'A Change of Climate' By Hillary Mantel - Grade C
  65. 'Sweet Love' By Sarah Strohmeyer - Grade B
Wow, so I thought I averaged about a book a week. Clearly I do a little more than that. Sweet!

Obviously, looking at this list, I'd like to make some goals for next year. I think a good round number to shoot for would be 75 books read for next year and reviewing them all on my blog. I first started reading blogs because I was finding that reading reviews about books in magazines was leading me to read books that left me less then pleased and clearly you can see from my list that there are almost as many C's, D's and F's as there are B's and A's. One of my goals with blogging next year will be to become more thoughtful about my reading choices since I will be reviewing them all so I am hoping to have far more A's and B's to recommend to you, my faithful readers, then to C's, D's and F's no matter how useful they are (to be able to cross them off your lists!).

Now that I've compiled this list, tomorrow I will do my top 5 books of the year post so get excited! Happy New Year everyone!


  1. This is a great list--we have such a similar taste in books. I'm marking several of these for reading in 2010--thanks!

    Happy new year! Hope it is the best one yet.

    Love, Connie

  2. You've had a great year of reading! We don't mind the D and F reviews, but they're probably painful for you to read. Happy New Year!

  3. Congratulations on your accomplishment!
    Borders had The Ten Year Nap on their bargain display for $3.99 -- I almost bought it -- now I won't! Thanks for saving me the $$!!

  4. Happy New Year!

    Great job this year on the books and the blogging. I have enjoyed reading your posts so much and I hope that you are having a good time!

  5. This is truly inspiring. Barbara Kingsolver will be presenting writers' workshops at the San Miguel Writers Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico February 19-23. I just signed up. It looks like a rare opportunity to meet her. Are you going?


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