Reading Roundup: 2010

(click here for 2007, 2008, and 2009)


This year I read 86 books; I thought I had read fewer than I had in previous years, but it was more than both 2008 and 2009 . Since having a baby at the beginning of this year and then starting to work part-time I feel much more pressed for time than I used to; it doesn't look like my reading time has suffered nearly as much as I think it has.


59 books were fiction and 27 were nonfiction; I thought I had been reading plenty of nonfiction, but I guess I was wrong. Several of those nonfiction books were memoirs; this must have been a year for narrative. I do like nonfiction and maybe next year I'll read more. In 2007 and 2008 the numbers were almost evenly split between fiction and nonfiction, but the last two years have been heavily weighted towards fiction.

48 books were written by women and 38 by men, nearly an even split. This seems to continue a trend that I've seen over the past few year.I also read a lot of LDS books, something I have been trying to do more of during the last few years. I also read a few 'classics' and would like to increase that number, as well as the number of books in translation.

In no particular order, here are some books that stood out to me:

Fiction
Dispensation: Latter-day Fiction ed. Angela Hallstrom
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
These is My Words by Nancy Turner
In the Company of Angels by David Farland
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Room by Emma Donaghue
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

Nonfiction
Nurtureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Nothing Was the Same by Kay Redfield Jamison
Yearning for the Living God by F. Enzio Busche
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin
Every Man in this Village is a Liar by Megan Stack

We only watched 38 movies last year; that's more than in 2009, but still not as high as earlier years. I love movies and we just bought a projector for our family room, so hopefully in 2011 we'll watch even more. Some of my favorites were:

The Best of Youth
The Lovely Bones
Up in the Air
Avatar
Shutter Island
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Comments

Julie P said…
I love your monthly media updates.
Earth Sign Mama said…
We watched a movie called "Winter's Bone" recently. It was really unusual, and really good.

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