Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Bookshelf, 2010 edition

I'm not sure how I managed it, but somehow in 2010 I worked my way through thirty-four books. To be fair, some of these titles were lighter than others, but still, I think that's a pretty good number. I'm not really someone who goes for those year-long reading challenges (a book per day or a book per week, etc.) because I expect it would make me a less attentive reader, more concerned with the number of pages left than the page I'm reading. 

Anyhow, here's what I read last year (excluding, of course, magazines and newspapers). Of the thirty-four titles on the list: 11 are rereads, 8 are non-fiction, 2 are poetry, 23 are novels, and 12 are Canadian. Clearly, I need to improve my poetry and short-fiction reading in 2011. All in all, though, those numbers indicate a reasonably balanced bookshelf.

Just like the last time I did this, the stars indicate rereads – can you believe that until this year I'd never read a novel by Margaret Atwood or Kurt Vonnegut? Consider those holes filled.

What I read in 2010:

Abel’s Island by William Steig*
American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center by William Langewiesche
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
How Soccer Explains the World: An [unlikely] theory of globalization by Franklin Foer
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
The Adventuress by Audrey Niffenegger
The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon
Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden*
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
Fiasco by Stanislaw Lem
The Dog Who Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowat*
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman*
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Summer Sisters by Judy Bloom*
Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White*
The Princess Bride by William Goldman*
Bloom by Michael Lista
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Annabel by Kathleen Winter
February by Lisa Moore
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson*
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart

This year, I'm looking forward to lots of new reading (and some rereading as well). At the top of my list are:

The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud
Storyteller: The authorized biography of Roald Dahl by Donald Sturrock
Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
Tiger by John Vaillant

Here's to another great year of reading!

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