Jen’s Reading Roundup 2010

Well, when I actually added up all the books that I’ve read this year, it is a little embarrassing.  It is actually a lot embarrassing.  It pretty much proves the fact that I don’t really have a life outside of books.  Granted, I am a pretty fast reader, but that really is no excuse for reading 581 books in a year.

581 is actually an underestimation of the real number because it doesn’t include some of the books that I re-read this year.  It also doesn’t include any of the picture books I read for storytimes or just for fun.

Well, here is a list of how the numbers breakdown:

Adult Fiction–36

Adult NonFiction–34

Adult Graphic Novels–2

YA Fiction–115

YA NonFiction–3

YA  Graphic Novels–12

JFiction (includes chapter books and beginning chapter books)–243

J Graphic Novels–10

J NonFiction–102

NonFiction Picture Books-24

I am impressed with how many adult books I read this year, especially nonfiction.  I am really enjoying reading adult nonfiction books.  So far, I have only read one book in 2011 and it was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (which is awesome by the way) and it was an adult nonfiction book, so I am sure that I will continue to branch out into more grownup books this year.  I didn’t really meet any of my other goals from last year.  I haven’t really read too many “boy books” or very many classics.  Oh well, I can always work on that this year.

I wanted to list off some of the real standout, amazing books that I really loved reading this year.  Some of them are 2010 releases, and some of them are older books that I’ve read for the first time.  Like I’ve mentioned before, my tastes are not what anyone would consider “highbrow” so these books might not be award worthy, but they really stood out to me, which in a field of 581 books is pretty impressive.  And sorry, but the list is really LONG.

All of the Humphrey books by Betty G. Birney (Surprises According to Humphrey was my fave)  (J fiction)

Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale  (YA graphic novel)

Heist Society by Ally Carter  (YA fiction)

Truce by Jim Murphy   (J nonfiction)

Making the Rounds With Oscar by Dr. David Dosa  (Adult nonfiction)

Dragonfly by Julia Golding  (YA fiction)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin  (J fiction)

Both Agency books by Y.S. Lee  (YA fiction)

Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper  (J fiction)

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg  (YA fiction)

Crunch by Leslie Connor  (J fiction)

Beastly by Alex Flinn  (YA fiction)

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye by Nancy Springer  (YA fiction)

Dark Life by Kat Falls  (YA fiction)

The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor  (YA fiction)

Kakapo Rescue:  Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery  (J nonfiction)

Scumble by Ingrid Law  (J fiction)

Word After Word After Word by Patricia MacLachlan  (J fiction)

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass  (J fiction)

Clementine:  Friend of the Week by Sara Pennypacker  (J fiction)

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach  (Adult nonfiction)

Diamond Willow by Helen Frost  (J fiction)

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo  (J fiction)

Keeper by Kathi Appelt  (J fiction)

The Memory Bank by Carolyn Coman  (J fiction)

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool  (YA fiction)

Whew!  That was a long list!  I would highly recommend any of those books because they are all awesome, but I know not everyone might love them as much as I do.  There have also been a few books that stand out from the past year for not-so-good reasons.  The following is a list of books that I really, really, really disliked.  Sometimes it doesn’t take much for me to really loathe a book, so these books might be well loved by others, even though they didn’t give me any enjoyment at all.  Here is a list of books that I wish I had never wasted the time to read.

Dark Song by Gail Giles  (YA fiction)

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff  (YA fiction)

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott  (YA fiction)

The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams  (YA fiction)

Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller  (YA fiction)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins  (YA fiction)

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins  (YA fiction)

The Death-Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine Mccaughrean  (YA fiction)

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson  (J fiction)

The Bag Lady Papers by Alexandra Penny  (Adult nonfiction)

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott  (YA fiction)

Well, this post is already appallingly long, so I will wrap it up and say that I hope all of you read some awesome books this year, and happy reading for 2011!!!


P.S.  I think my reading goal for this year is to just read 200 books.  I am a little worn out after this year, so I am going to be a little more selective about what I choose to read and not just read everything I buy for the library 🙂


5 Responses to “Jen’s Reading Roundup 2010”

  1. 1 Abby January 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    You didn’t like Anna and the French Kiss?! I am shocked! I thought it would be up your alley!

    Dude. 581 books?! You are a super star!

  2. 2 ngtjennifer January 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Abby, yeah, when I started reading it I thought it would be my favorite kind of book, but I honestly hated it. Lindsay and I are going to do a joint post about how she liked it and I hated it.

  3. 3 ngtlindsay January 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I did not love The Lonely Hearts Club 🙂
    But I still cannot figure out why you didn’t like Anna! I guess I will soon when I email you my part! YEA!

    • 4 ngtjennifer January 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      The more that I think about it, the more I absolutely LOATHE Anna, so I hope my post doesn’t come out sounding like it was written by a deranged meanie. That’s why I’m glad it will be a joint post, so you can tone down my stuff.

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