Archive for January, 2011

January 2nd, 2011

Ding, Dong the Year is Gone ~ 2010 in Review

by Gwen


December could not finish soon enough for me, but it is hard to say goodbye to the rest of 2010. Let us all observe a moment of silence for the year that is passing…….Enough already, let’s get to the hits!

I read a grand total of 200 books as of this moment. That blows last year’s total of 106 out of the water. A friend did the math for me, that is a book every 1.8 days. Apparently, I have an abundance  of free time. I sort of knew that already, but don’t like seeing the facts in black & white. If you know what I mean.

My non fiction favorites from 2010, in no particular order are {insert cool drum roll here}

The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell ~you may have seen the show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, on Planet Green, but Josh in written form is MUCH better and a lot more fun.

Julita’s Sands: A Memoir by Emily Placido ~I keep meaning to review this and interview her here, but just haven’t gotten to it yet….. No matter, if you have ever had a loved one with Alzheimer’s, this will make you smile, cry and want to hug Emily Placido all at the same time.

Denial: Memoir of Terror by Jessica Stern ~part memoir, part investigation into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, this is Jessica’s story of rape and  the  search for her rapist. What made him the person that does that? and her coming to terms with how it effects her today.

The fiction that is really sticking with me this year is ……{insert even cooler drum roll here}

The Alchemy of Murder by Carol McCleary 2010 ~Historical fiction/mystery with real life characters? How can you go wrong?!

Dogfight: A Love Story by Mike Burgess ~A dark yet hopeful inner-city story that makes me grateful to have what I have.

The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell ~The story of Feliks disassembling after the fall of the Soviet Union.  It proves that what you think is true about your past, just might be a load of crap.

I sort of flew off of the track the last month or so here, but my goals are to get it back in gear by the time Bloggiesta starts on January 21st. I am also going to keep plugging along with 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die as well. (so far, the books that I have read are sort of weird and not exactly life changing)


So, happy 2011!  This New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want.