Saturday, January 1, 2011

Good Reads and Happy New Year!

It is once again time for my yearly reading post. I didn't read as many this year as I would have liked, but I liked what I read. I've placed an asterisk next to my very favorites (which tend to be fantasy), but if they are on the list I enjoyed the book.

There was a recent buzz on Facebook about The BBC Book List. Here is an interesting Post about the Facebook book list verses the original BBC list that was compiled in 2003. They are a bit different, as you will see. I was a little discouraged to find I'd only read 20 on the Facebook list, so this year one of my reading goals is to tackle the classics. I got a Kindle for Christmas *giggles with glee*. There are quite a few free downloads in the Classics choices. My first read will be EMMA, by Jane Austen. As for hard copies, I've a stack of ARCs hip deep that's been taunting me for a while. I have plenty of books to keep me occupied.

So here it is...

Books I've Read In 2010 List
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold*
Starcrossed, Elizabeth C. Bunce*
The Hobbit, J.T. Tolkien*
The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan
The Exiled Queen, Cinda Chima*
Illegally Blonde, Nelsa Roberto
Claire de lune, Christine Johnson
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins*
The Hero's Trail, T.A. Barron
Spells, Aprilynne Pike*
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Stephanie Meyer
Beast, Donna Jo Napoli*
His Excellency, George Washington, Joseph J. Ellis
The Smile, Donna Jo Napoli*
Sisters Red, Jackson Pearce
Harmonic Feedback, Tara Kelly*
Prada & Prejudice, Mandy Hubbard*
Radiant Shadows, Melissa Marr
Stories From the Nerd Herd, Edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Eighth Grade Bites, Heather Brewer
The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great, Donald Mass*
Another Faust, Daniel & Dina Nayeri
Uglies, Scott Westerfeld
Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia, Cindy Pon*
Graceling, Kristen Cashore*
Wings, Aprilynne Pike*
Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850, Bartoletti

Books I've Read in 2009
Books I've Read in 2008

Happy Reading and Happy New Year!


Christina Farley said...

I love this list! I'm going to check out some of these books that you starred. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I have some of these books on my TBR shelf...I didn't read as many books in 2010 as in previous years. It must have had something to do with the floods in our basments. (Pretty much anything that went wrong in 2010 was related to the weather in Iowa!)

Happy New Year, Nora! I put you on my blog roll. :-)

Angela Ackerman said...

I didn't even know about that novel by Donald Mass! I'll look for that one. Great books here--you're so organized, keeping a list!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

adrienne said...

Happy New Year and happy reading, too!

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Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great list, Nora! I've been keeping track of my books since Chautauqua. I like the asterisk idea. I think I'll do that on my list.

O4U Peru said...

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Cindy said...

You've inspired me! I came across your blog by accident and based on your comment about the original BBC list, I've decided to read them all AND keep track of my adventures reading them in a blog. Keep up the reading!!

Nora MacFarlane said...

Thanks All! I'm glad you enjoyed the list. It's fun to look back and see what I've read over the last few years. I think this year I'm going to keep track of what I re-read as well.

OFU Peru - :)

Cindy - I'll check out your list through the year. Thanks for visiting my blog!