I’ve read 99 books in 2010. Sadly, I doubt I’ll have time to squeeze in that last book to make the total an even 100. The following twenty are my favorite for the year, not listed in order of preference, but listed in order of reading them:
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
- A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
- Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
- The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
- Out by Natsuo Kirino
- Silence by Shusaku Endo
- Therese Raquin by Emile Zola
- Of Bees and Mist by Eric Setiawan
- The Wind in The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
- The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
- Madame Bovary by Gustauve Flaubert
- The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski
- The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
- The Guardians of Ga-Hoole: The Capture by Kathryn Laski
- Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
- The Catcher in The Rye by J. D. Salinger
- The Voyage of The Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
- The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
Stats. For posterity.
- Total books read: 99
- Children’s books: 14
- Short story collections: 0
- Graphic novels: 0
- Nonfiction: 4
- Poetry: 5
- Play: 0
- In translation: 18
- Classics: 23
- Rereads: 14
- Favourite authors discovered this year: Sarah Waters, Marghanita Laski, Emile Zola, Ivan Doig
- Best reading months: March (10 books read) and July (11 books read)
- Worst reading months: September (five books read) and December (only 3 read)
- Completed challenges: 6 out of 8.
- Completed read-alongs: 10 out of 10
Highlights from 2010:
- Starting the year with the Woolf in Winter shared read hosted by Claire, Frances, Emily, Sarah.
- Paris in July hosted by Tamara and Bookbath.
- Dr. Zhivago and Madame Bovary shared reads hosted by Frances.
- The Japanese Literature Challenge 4 I host (still a month to go!).
- Persephone Secret Santa hosted by Claire of Paperback Reader.
Reading Goals for 2011:
- Less challenges, more personal choices.
- Read mostly from the lists in my To Be Read section (Guardian’s 1,000; Pulitzer Prize winners; Virago Modern Classics; Haruki Murakami’s books, etc.)
- Read the books I’ve bought before buying more. (That goal should last about a week or so… 🙂
- Remember this quote from St. Exupery’s Little Prince: “L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” (“What is essential is invisible to the eye.”)
Thanks to Claire of kiss a cloud for much of the statistics outline. Miss her so much, and hope that she’ll return in 2011 if it’s possible within her schedule.