Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My 2010 Reading List

While there's still a week and a half left to 2010, all my spare time (and some time I can't spare) seems to be going into this crazy book I'm writing, so my guess is I won't be reading any more books until January. If I do somehow, and it's worth noting, I'll let you know.

In the meantime, here's my semi-adequate 2010 reading list. In defense of its seeming sparseness, I did write most of Blood Wounds in the winter, and I go through two newspapers a day, not to mention a great deal of internet discussion of American Idol (I may not watch the show, but I do love the analysis). Plus, my current obsession with TextTwist has enabled me to learn many six letter and under words (I still don't know what an ort is, but it comes in singular and plural).

Okay. Here's the list in chronological order. F stands for Fiction and N for Non-Fiction (it'd be a little silly if it were the other way around).

The Lace Reader- Brunonia Barry (f)
Dead Certainties- Simon Schama (n)
The Game- A.S. Byatt (f)
Consuelo and Alma Vanderbilt-Amanda Mackenzie Stuart (n)
Sunstroke- Jesse Kellerman (f)
An Unspeakable Crime- Elaine Marie Alphin (n)
From The Beast To The Blonde- Marina Warner (n)
Notes On A Scandal- Zoe Heller (f)
While I Was Gone- Sue Miller (f)
Ballerina On Skates- Zoa Sherburne (f)
You Call It Madness- Lenny Kaye (n)
Innocent- Scott Turow (f)
A Stranger In The Family- Robert Barnard (f)
The Dead Lie Down- Sophie Hannah (f)
Teresa Of Avila- Cathleen Medwick (n)
The Great Warming- Brian Fagan (n)
Doomed Queens- Kris Waldherr (n)
Madame de Pompadour- Evelyn Lever (n)
Stonewall Jackson- John Bowers (n)
Born To Be Hurt- Sam Staggs (n)
Revolutionary Road- Richard Yates (f)
The Bible Unearthed- Finkelstein and Silberman (n)
The Dive From Clausen's Pier- Ann Packer (f)
The Big Bam- Leigh Montville (n)
The San Francisco Earthquake- Thomas and Witts (n)
Gilead- Marilynne Robinson (f)
The Big Picture- Douglas Kennedy (f)
A Reliable Wife- Robert Goolrich (f)
Henry of Navarre- Henry Dwight Sedgwick (n)


Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

Wow, that's quite an impressive list! I managed 43 (I'm counting my current read) books this year but only one non fiction. Mostly YA/Kids books or Sci-fi/Fantasy.

Shirley Shimer said...

What were your favorites on that list (or the ones you would most highly recommend, anyway)?

Claus said...

Ort, german for (in alphabetcal order):
city, location, place, position, scene, site, spot, venue

plural: Orte

Wanda Vaughn said...

Wow! That's quite a list. I think I'll keep a list in 2011 and see what it looks like at the end of the year. You've inspired me.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Good morning (and happy eve of Christmas eve) to Lisa-Marie Jordan, Shirley Shimer, Claus (who is determined to teach me German) and Wanda Vaughn-

I started keeping a book list two years ago, thinking maybe it would encourage me to read more books. I don't think it has, but it's still a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

I'm always surprised by the amount of fiction I read, even though I don't think I read much fiction. Some of it is because of travel. Novels fit in airplanes and hotel rooms better than biographies for the most part.

Doomed Queens is simply a lot of fun (well, maybe not for the queens). I particularly enjoyed the biography of Stonewall Jackson (which I'd had around for ages before finally reading it), The Big Bam, a biography of Babe Ruth, and Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt, both of which books came by way of my friend Marci.

And Elaine Marie Alphin's book, An Unspeakable Crime, gave me a great deal to think about.

PS- My word verification is "bredslo" which leads itself into many different puns, but mostly makes me think of quarterbacks!

tigerlily* said...

Over the summer this past year (2010) I managed to read 25 books. Some of my favorites were:

Kira-Kira - Cynthia Kadohata
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Grace Lin
Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson
Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Dead and the Gone - " " "
This World We Live In - " " "
Touch Blue - Cynthia Lord

All very wonderful! =)

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi tigerlily*-

Keep on reading. There are so many wonderful books out there!