30 December 2010

Wrapping Up 2010 (Including My Top Reads for the Year)

This post highlights my reading life for 2010. I hope to get back in the habit of writing monthly wrap-up posts, but I make no promises.

I read and listened to a handful of books in 2010 that are not included in the following statistics because I haven't yet reviewed them. Those books will appear as part of my stats for next year. If my records are accurate, I read 118 books in 2010, but the following numbers are based on what I posted.

I decided not to include recipes or movie reviews because I think you are more interested in the books.

Some Basic Stats

Total reviewed: 113 books
First review was All Alone in the Universe by Lynne Rae Perkins
Last review was Dance to the Music of Time: Part 4 by Anthony Powell
Rereads (audio): The Lord of the Rings (including The Hobbit) and The Dance to the music of Time.
Female authors: 63
Male authors: 50


Finished: 16
Ongoing: 3
Failed or abandoned: 8

My Favorite Photos

Of course I loved the photos from the round barn and many others I posted in 2010, but here are my four favorite Wordless Wednesday photos: 70 (sunrise), 71 (Brugge), 80 (New York City), and 98 (flower).

Popular Discussion Posts

Got Links? Or Where to Share
Thoughts: Mockingjay by Suzane Collins (Spoilers)

Exciting Projects

Top Reads in 2010 (alphabetical order)

And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman (graphic nonfiction)
Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi (graphic nonfiction)
The Imperfectionists by Thomas Rachman (audio)
The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy (audio)
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson (audio)
Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Taroko Gorge by Jacob Ritari

Outlook for 2011

I don't have any real changes planned for 2011. I am looking forward to having fun with the challenges I signed up for and I'm thrilled to be working with four fabulous imprints so I can introduce you to books that I hope will make it to your reading list.

I have finally caught up on my major tasks for Audiobook Jukebox, which means I'll have more time to leave comments on the blogs I read.

Do you have major changes planned for your blog or reading schedule?

Happy New Year! Here's to a book-filled 2011.


Meghan 12/30/10, 8:35 AM  

Looks like 2010 was a good year for you! I hope 2011 is just as good, if not better.

Jen Forbus 12/30/10, 8:37 AM  

I ♥ THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE. It's still one of my all time favorites.

I'm very excited for 2011 between the reading challenges, one of which I'm hosting myself for the first time, and continuing some things I started last year.

The books for 2011 look very promising. I'm excited for Bouchercon and Muskego again. For the Book Blogger Conference and Love is Murder, which will both be firsts for me.

I think 2011 is going to be very good. Here's hoping!

Unknown 12/30/10, 9:06 AM  

Looks like you had a great 2010, here's to a even better 2011!

Anonymous,  12/30/10, 9:28 AM  

A very bookish year, good for you.


Molly 12/30/10, 9:44 AM  

You seem to do a great job of signing up for challenges that you actually complete. Good for you! I need to learn to focus my reading activity in that way.

Mary (Bookfan) 12/30/10, 9:46 AM  

CeeCee and Safe From the Sea are on my favorites list. I'll check out the others on your list.

Kaye 12/30/10, 9:46 AM  

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand was a stellar read to me and it made it to my favorite reads list also.

Hapy New Year to you and your family - may 2011 be filled with good books, good times, health and happiness.

Mary (Bookfan) 12/30/10, 9:46 AM  

Russian Winter too :-)

Sandy Nawrot 12/30/10, 10:31 AM  

You have had such an amazing year...alot to be proud of. Personally, I love your imprint features, and of course I'm completely invested in the Audiobook Jukebox!

And OMG, I just finished And the Pursuit of Happiness. What a perfect title, because that book did make me very happy. I rented it from the library, but I think I may need to own it!

Esme 12/30/10, 10:45 AM  

Should the top reads for 2011 say 2010-I only read Saving CEe Cee Honeycutt-which I loved-I have to think what my top reads where-The Piano Tuner, The Forgotten Garden and The Distant Hours, Claude and Camille are some that come to mind.

Beth F 12/30/10, 11:00 AM  

Thanks Esme! Fixed now. :)

Anonymous,  12/30/10, 11:17 AM  

Oooh, you'll mean you'll actually grace our blogs with your presence in 2011? Oooooh, how exciting ;).

Thanks for reminding me of a few books about which I forgot.

Michele 12/30/10, 11:35 AM  

I think I just added every single on of your top reads to my TBR pile....don't think I read one of them....arggghhh.

No planes for us in 2011, except maybe to read more books that I want to, not ones because I have to. I love the difference between the two.

Jen - devourer of books 12/30/10, 12:20 PM  

Almost all of these are on my TBR list, thanks to you!

Literate Housewife 12/30/10, 12:30 PM  

You had a great reading year! I have The Imperfectionists and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand on the ready whenever I can get to them. They sound wonderful.

I love your imprint feature. It's a lot of fun. One of your best features, I think. I'm also excited about What's in a Name 4. I think What's in a Name 3 was only the second challenge I have ever finished. LOL!

Julie P. 12/30/10, 1:13 PM  

Great year! My book club is reading MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND in a few months!

Dorte H 12/30/10, 2:02 PM  

What a prolific year you have had.

You might consider it a change that I have joined five challenges already, but apart from that I like my blog the way it is. I learned to make new pages today, however, and I am quite pleased with myself :D

Happy New Year, Beth!

Michelle 12/30/10, 2:59 PM  

You've had a fantastic year! I wish you continued success with all of the wonderful features you share with us. :)

Unknown 12/30/10, 3:29 PM  

I haven't read any of your favourites, but I have Embroideries in my pile. I hope you have a wonderful 2011!

Amused 12/30/10, 3:41 PM  

What a great reading year for you! 113 books reviewed! Many of your top picks are books I am looking forward to reading next year. Happy 2011!

caite 12/30/10, 5:01 PM  

very nice wrap up!
and it reminds me of some of the great WW photos you posted. I was going to pick a fav until I looked at them.
then I couldn't..lol

Bernadette 12/30/10, 5:47 PM  

Great year you had. Thanks for setting up the Audibook Jukebox - it's becoming a great resource for audio book junkies like myself :)

Amy 12/30/10, 8:59 PM  

What a great wrap-up. I love those photos as well, and hope to read a few of the books that you mention!

Carrie K. 12/30/10, 9:30 PM  

Great wrap-up! I have many of your top reads on my to-read list. And I loved CeeCee, too. :) Happy New Year!

Anonymous,  12/30/10, 10:59 PM  

Changes? Hah. I'll be lucky if I finish my reviews of books read in 2010 by the end of 2011.

JoAnn 12/31/10, 10:40 AM  

I enjoyed all of Satrapi's books this year, and have been on the waiting list for And the Pursuit of Happiness forever. Looking forward to Major Pettigrew, too - it's my Jan book club selection.
No big changes ahead for Lakeside Musing. Happy New Year!

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) 12/31/10, 10:54 AM  

I loved the where to share links post - thanks for pointing it out again. And good job with all your reading this year, it looks like some fantastic books.

Beth Hoffman 12/31/10, 11:05 AM  

I'm so tickled and honored and downright surprised that CeeCee is on your 2010 favorites list!

Thanks so much. I've enjoyed this whirlwind experience and I'm really looking forward to seeing you at BEA in May!

Happy New Year to you and yours!

joanna 12/31/10, 1:24 PM  

wow, so many wonderful books on your list, how is it possible that so many are new to me?? Happy New Year!

Anonymous,  12/31/10, 1:56 PM  

I'm really happy to have found your blog in 2010. Thank you and happy new year.

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 1/1/11, 9:40 AM  

I have got to make the time to read Major Pettigrew. I think I will love this one. you had a great reading year. I am so amused to see that a lot of the lists are heavy on the female authors.

Vasilly 1/1/11, 9:11 PM  

You had a great reading year! It looks like I should read Major Pettigrew soon since it made so many best of lists.

Literary Feline 1/2/11, 2:28 AM  

It sounds like you had a great reading year! I keep seeing Safe from the Sea and Saving Cee Honeycutt on top ten lists. I had better dig those two out of my TBR collection and read them.

I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Alice 1/2/11, 6:09 AM  

I love that flower shot. Such glow and the red so beautiful.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 1/2/11, 8:44 AM  

How did I miss this post? You had a great year in books for 2010. Hope you have a wonderful New Year and read lots of great books in the process :)

Alexia561 1/2/11, 6:02 PM  

Congratulations on having such a productive 2010! Here's to an even better 2011! *raises glass*

Anonymous,  1/2/11, 9:56 PM  

Happy New Year Beth!! I'm in awe of all of you bloggers reading more than 100 books!!

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