2010 breakdown, 2011 resolutions

So it looks like September was my most successful reading month, where I peaked at 22 books, mostly fiction. And amazingly, I somehow managed to finish reading 7 non-fiction books in the month of August. I wish I had done up a table like this last year, I would’ve liked to see how much more (or less) non-fiction reading I’ve been doing.

And that’s another thing I need to do more of – keep better track of information about the books I’ve read. Instead of just author, title, setting, challenge, my reading lists should probably contain more information such as whether it’s a translated book, the gender of the author(s) and the year of publication. And at the end of 2011, I’ll have a more impressive table of statistics for you! So that’s bookish resolution 2011 no. 1. Keep better track of my reading.

My second resolution would be to write more about the books I read, whether it’s a full post dedicated to just one book, or one of those posts of review-lets that I seem to be more fond of lately. I’m pretty faithful about marking my Good Reads lists, giving them starred ratings, but making little notes will hopefully help me remember more about these books I’ve read.

And the third is actually about the reading itself – to read books that challenge and inspire. That includes more classics, books in translation, graphic novels, science fiction and non-fiction (and non-fiction of a wider variety, I should add!). And also to be less distracted by the shiny – I’m too guilty of attempting to read blog posts, email and surf the web while in the midst of a book. The ping from Apple Mail makes me immediately pick up the iPad to check my mail. Surely that can wait till I finish the chapter?

So it is now time for me to go finish reading a book. It’s the third day of January 2011 and I haven’t finished reading anything yet. I’m so behind! 🙂

Books read in 2010

January 2010
Fiction
1. Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw
2. Childhood’s End – Arthur C Clarke
3. Gourmet Rhapsody – Muriel Barbery
4. Herland –  Charlotte Perkins Gilman
5. Tell Me Something True – Leila Cobo
6. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Girls of Slender Means, The Driver’s Seat, The Only Problem –  Muriel Sparks
7. The Inheritance – Louisa May Alcott
8. The General in His Labyrinth – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
9. Oyster – Janette Turner Hospital
10. The Anthologist – Nicholson Baker
11. Washington Square – Henry James

Graphic Novels
12. The Sandman: A Game of You – Neil Gaiman
13. The Sandman: Dream Hunters – Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano

Non-fiction
14. Manhood for Amateurs – Michael Chabon
15. Other Colours – Orhan Pamuk
16. Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia –  Sheila and Lisa Himmel
17. The Perfect Storm –  Sebastian Junger
18. Not Becoming My Mother – Ruth Reichl

February 2010
Fiction
19. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley
20. White is for Witching – Helen Oyeyemi
21. Perfume – Patrick Suskind
22. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
23. O Pioneers! – Willa Cather
24. The Unit – Ninni Holmqvist
25. Death with Interruptions – Jose Saramago
26. Island – Alistair MacLeod

Graphic Novel (1)
27. The Sandman: Brief Lives – Neil Gaiman

Non-fiction (4)
28. The Food of a Younger Land- Mark Kurlansky
29. Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World – Claudia Roth Pierpont
30. Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica – Sara Wheeler
31. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table – Molly Wizenberg

March 2010
Fiction
32. Unless – Carol Shields
33. The City & The City – China Mieville
34. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
35. American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now – Peter Straub (ed)
36. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
37. The Keep – Jennifer Egan
38. Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real –  Celia Correas De Zapata (ed)
39. Her Fearful Symmetry – Audrey Niffenegger
40. Then We Came to The End – Joshua Ferris
43. Reservation Blues -Sherman Alexie
44. Antarctica – Kim Stanley Robinson
45. Blame – Michelle Huneven

Non-Fiction
46. Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail – Malika Oufkir and Michele Fitoussi
47. How Reading Changed My Life – Anna Quindlen
48. The Places in Between – Rory Stewart
49. Annie Leibovitz At Work – Annie Leibovitz
50. SuperHealth – Steven Pratt

April 2010
Fiction
51. Daisy Miller – Henry James
52. Things We Didn’t See Coming – Steve Amsterdam
53. Delhi Noir – Hirsh Sawhney (ed)
54. There Once Lived A Woman Who Tried to Kill her Neighbour’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales – Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
55. The Red House Mystery A.A. Milne
56. Right Ho, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
57. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
58. Offshore – Penelope Fitzgerald
59. The Convalescent – Jessica Anthony

Non-fiction
60. Zeitoun – Dave Eggers

May 2010
Graphic Novels
61. Salmon Doubts – Adam Sacks
62. American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang
63. The Sandman: World’s End – Neil Gaiman
64. Britten and Brulightly – Hannah Berry
65. Wonder Woman: Love and Murder – Jodi Picoult

Fiction
66. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
67. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
68. Passage – Connie Willis
69. Reef – Romesh Gunesekera
70. Checkpoint – Nicholson Baker
71. We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
72. The Man who Loved Children – Christina Stead
73. The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene
74. Embers – Sandor Marai

Non-fiction
75. The Crystal Desert – David Campbell
76. Around the world in 80 dinners -Cheryl and Bill Jamison
77. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles – Jennifer 8 Lee

June 2010

Fiction (8)
78. The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell
79. Anil’s Ghost – Michael Ondaatje
80. Headlong – Michael Frayn
81. Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
82. The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi
83. Red Spikes – Margo Lanagan
84. A vocation and a voice : stories – Kate Chopin
85. Midnight All Day – Hanif Kureishi

Graphic Novels (5)
86. The Alcoholic – Jonathan Ames
87. Exit Wounds – Rutu Modan
88. Lucky – Gabrielle Bell
89. The Curse of the Umbrella – Lewis Trondheim [translation by Joe Johnson]
90. Wilson – Daniel Clowes

Non-fiction (3)
91. The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream – Patrick Radden Keefe
92. The Caliph’s House – Tahir Shah
93. Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate – Alice Medrich

July 2010
Fiction (10)
94. American Rust – Philipp Meyer
95. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
96. Briar Rose – Jane Yolen
97. Pollyanna – Eleanor H Porter (e-book)
98. The Lemur – Benjamin Black
99- Justin Cronin
100. Moon Opera – Bi Feiyu
101. The Bone People – Keri Hulme
102. Bold as love – Gwyneth Jones
103. Long for this world – Sonya Chung

Graphic Novels (3)
104. The Sandman: Kindly Ones – Neil Gaiman
105. Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth – Chris Ware
106. Kick Ass – Mark Millar

Non-fiction (4)
107. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Anne Fadiman
108. You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening – Gayla Trail
109. The Pleasures of Cooking for One – Judith Jones
110. Washoku: Recipes from the Japanese home kitchen – Elizabeth Andoh

August 2010

Fiction (11)
111. The Zigzag Way – Anita Desai
112. Slammerkin – Emma Donoghue
113. At Mrs Lippincote’s – Elizabeth Taylor
114. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson
115. Desperate Characters – Paula Fox
116. In the Garden of Iden: A Novel of the Company – Kage Baker
117. Sky Coyote – Kage Baker
118. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
119. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
120. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
121. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling

Non-fiction (7)
122. Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a modern midwife – Peggy Vincent
123. Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Throughout the Ages – Anne Mendelson
124. Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting – Michael Perry
125. A sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler – Jason Roberts
126. Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook – Anthony Bourdain
127. Lucy’s Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins – Donald C. Johanson, Kate Wong
128. Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China – James Fallows

Graphic Novels (3)
129. When I’m old and other stories  – Gabrielle Bell
130. The Arrival – Shaun Tan
131. Fables: Mean Seasons – Bill Willingham

September 2010

Fiction (19)
132. Too Loud a Solitude – Bohumil Hrabal
133. The Lonely Polygamist  – Brady Udall
134. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
135. The Accidental Tourist – Anne Tyler
136. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
137. I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
138. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
139. The Bird’s Nest – Shirley Jackson
140. A Graveyard for Lunatics – Ray Bradbury
141. A Series of Unfortunate Events: Reptile House – Lemony Snicket
142. A Series of Unfortunate Events: Wide Window – Lemony Snicket
143. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill – Lemony Snicket
144. Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1) – Laurell K Hamilton
145. Kindred – Octavia Butler
146. Mendoza in Hollywood – Kage Baker
147. What Dreams May Come – Richard Matheson
148. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
149. The Fall – Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
150. A Child’s Book of True Crime – Chloe Hooper

Play (1)
151. The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde

Graphic novel (1)
152. Tales of the Slayers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) – Joss Whedon et al

Non-fiction (1)

153. Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo – Eric Hansen

October 2010

Fiction (14)
154. White Ghost Girls – Alice Greenway
155. The Girl Who Played Go – Shan Sa
156. The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #2) – Laurell K Hamilton
157. Uglies – Scott Westerfeld
158. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
159. The Fat and the Thin or The Belly of Paris – Emile Zola
160. Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann
161. Fruit of the Lemon – Andrea Levy
162. The Good Terrorist – Doris Lessing
163. Book of a Thousand Days – Shannon Hale
164. Pomegranate Soup – Marsha Mehran
165. Anne of Avonlea – L.M. Montgomery
166. Fall on Your Knees – Ann-Marie MacDonald
167. Quartet in Autumn – Barbara Pym

Graphic Novels (1)
168.The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For – Alison Bechdel

Non-fiction (5)
169. In Siberia – Colin Thubron
170. Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire – Amanda Foreman
171. Dancing On Ice: A 1930s Arctic Adventure – Jeremy Scott
172. The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices – Xinran
173. Band of Brothers – Stephen E. Ambrose

November 2010

Fiction (12)
174. Them – Joyce Carol Oates
175. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
176. The King of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner
177. The Autobiography of My Mother – Jamaica Kincaid
178. Ammonite – Nicola Griffith
179. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
180. Little Lord Fauntleroy – Frances Hodgson Burnett
181. Anne of the Island – L.M. Montgomery
182. The Story of a Country Boy – Dawn Powell
183. The Condition – Jennifer Haigh
184. The Powerbook – Jeanette Winterson
185. Flight of the Falcon – Daphne du Maurier

Graphic Novel (1)
186. The Little Prince – Joann Sfar

Non-fiction (3)
187. Mrs Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury – Alison Light
188. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea – Barbara Demick
189. American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood – Marie Arana

December 2010
Fiction (12)
190. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
191. The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall
192. Gigi; and The Cat – Colette
193. The Odd Woman – Gail Godwin
194. Pippa Passes – Rumer Godden
195. Wives and Daughters – Elizabeth Gaskell
196. Anne’s House of Dreams – L.M. Montgomery
197. I’m Not Scared – Niccolo Ammaniti
198. Black swan green : a novel – David Mitchell
199. Invitation to the waltz – Rosamond Lehmann
200. Gun, with occasional music – Jonathan Lethem

Graphic Novel (1)
201. Tales of the Vampires – Joss Whedon et al


Non-fiction (3)

202. The Salon.com Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Authors – Laura Miller
203. Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir – Diana Athill
204. Confections of a closet master baker : one woman’s sweet journey from unhappy Hollywood executive to contented country baker – Gesine Bullock-Prado

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2 thoughts on “2010 breakdown, 2011 resolutions

  1. You do seem faithful with your Good Reads lists: you’ve definitely inspired me on that score!

    (BTW, if you enjoyed the salon.com Guide, I bet you’d enjoy The Believer’s collection of interviews.)

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